San Diego is known for great weather, beautiful sunsets and miles upon miles of picturesque beaches. With so many sunny days with mild temperatures, it makes sense that there would be no lack of amazing activities to enjoy on your vacation with your family.
From the gorgeous beaches in La Jolla, hiking in Balboa Park to nightlife and cafes in Downtown San Diego, there are plenty of options to fill your San Diego vacation with memories.
Whether you’re looking for a bit of adventure or a stroll on the beach, San Diego has activities you’re sure to enjoy!
Spend a Day at the Beach or on the Bay
Featuring over 70 miles of coastline as well as a lively bay and harbor, there truly is an activity everyone in your family will enjoy!
Try your hand at surfing or take a surf lesson at one of the local surf schools. Soak in the rays at Pacific Beach with an afternoon of sunbathing or an evening strolling the boardwalk, visiting the pier or taking in an amazing sunset!
Visit La Jolla and snorkel with seals (or harmless sharks), explore the tide pools, go scuba diving or rent a kayak for an afternoon of fun!
Go sailing on the bay, paddleboard around Mission Bay or take your family for a picnic at one of the many local parks.
Take a Tour
San Diego offers harbor cruises that feature amazing water views of the San Diego skyline, opportunities to see wildlife and the ability to explore historic and interesting locations such as the Cabrillo National Monument and Coronado Island.
Consider a whale watching tour leaving from San Diego Bay and venturing out for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the whales up close as they migrate just off shore!
Save on the Gear You’ll Need
With so many activities to choose from, you’ll want to be smart about where and how you rent the gear you’ll need to be a part of the action!
The best and cheapest way to save on the gear rentals you will need such as snorkels, surfboards, bike rentals and more is to purchase a Go San Diego pass in advance of your travels. With the pass you save up to 55% when you combine gear rentals and also visit the most popular San Diego attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California, all at a steep discount.
As an added bonus, use our discount code for an additional savings on top of the already discounted rates!
Stay a Night Near the Best Activities
Stay near the action at the iconic Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island, a great hotel for couples that offers shopping, strolls on the beach and a touch of elegance.
Also consider the La Valencia Hotel to be near the La Jolla Cove, The Children’s Pool, snorkeling, tide pools and seals or explore our article on the Best Family-friendly Hotels in San Diego for even more excellent options!