Planning a vacation can be a lot of fun! Between picking out the best attractions to explore with your family, discovering new places to dine, checking out upcoming events and locating the perfect place to stay, organizing a trip is exciting! Visiting somewhere new means discovering all of the intriguing things that come along with it.
When it comes to planning a vacation, it’s pretty easy for it to become costly and blow the budget you had set for the trip. Without some free things to do, it can all start to add up very quickly!
While staying on budget during vacation can be tough, San Diego is the perfect destination for the budget conscious traveler as it features a variety of free things for visitors (and locals) to do!
The Unconditional Surrender Statue Next to the USS Midway
Free Things in San Diego
San Diego is a family-friendly town full of free activities for the entire family, from outdoor enthusiasts to history buffs searching for the quintessential San Diego museum. The free family fun you are looking for will definitely be found in the area.
For couples visiting San Diego and locals alike, there's an abundance of free activities that will make for the perfect date day or date night! Whether you are searching for a romantic activity to celebrate an anniversary like a stroll through the historic Gaslamp Quarter, a birthday of window shopping in Downtown San Diego or a free stroll on one of the 78 beautiful beaches in San Diego just because, there’s a free activity waiting for you.
San Diego is also well-known for its mild temperature and blue skies, perfect for going on a free hike at one of the many parks throughout the area. Get the family, a small group or go as a couple and get some fresh air while exploring nature and hopefully enjoy an incredible view during your hike! Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Trails Regional Park are two fan favorites in the San Diego area we cover below!
Start by exploring our tips on how to get heavily discounted admission to the most popular attractions in town so that they are ‘almost free’. Next, explore our list of budget-friendly hotels so you can stay-and-play on a tight budget.
Finally, explore our list of the best free things to do in San Diego!