San Diego is one our favorite cities! It’s always a good time to be in San Diego but if you are looking for a place for Spring Break…San Diego is amazing in the Spring! If you live in San Diego, you may have forgotten about the cool and affordable places you can take the family during this time so we will share a few of our favorite spots. Please see our video feature on the CW San Diego 6 in our news page.
Torrey Pines State Reserve – This is one of our favorite beaches and hike locations. We love to take our mountain bikes and cycle right on the sand! Check out the tide level on your iphone or computer and once you know that you will have plenty of sandy area to cycle on, get out there early. We can usually find free parking on the side of the beach but there is convenient paid parking available. This is great fun and exercise for the entire family! The sand let’s you slow down your ride so you can enjoy the view and at the same time spikes up your heart rate. After your bike ride, you can always walk to downtown delmar and visit the cute shops and then picnic at the park near the water as the kids enjoying swinging to a view of the stunning Delmar beach. If you are looking for a different place to watch the sunset, walk a short distance to the Del Mar Plaza shopping center, get yourself some coffee or hot coco and go to the top floor for a comfy sitting area overlooking the water! For more information, please visit their website.
The House of Pacific Relations at Balboa Park – There are a group of houses also known as the ‘international houses’ that represent 32 countries in beautiful Balboa Park. They have free lawn programs on Sundays from March through November. Each Sunday, a different country is represented and you can learn as you enjoy celebrating their music, dance, ethnic foods, traditional costumes, arts, and crafts. This is a great learning experience and fun for adults and children. For more information and to see the calendar dates for specific countries, please visit the Balboa Park website.
Flower Fields in Carlsbad – If you have never taken your family to the Flower Fields, you are in for a special treat! The fee is only $11 for adults and $6 for children (children under 2 are free). The views are breathtaking. I can’t think of a better backdrop for special family pictures in Spring! They also offer special classes and free concerts so you will want to check out their calendar. They are open for a short period of time and close their doors after mother’s day so if you are in San Diego during this time – put it on the calendar. For more information, visit the Flower Hill website.
Kayaking in La Jolla Shores – This is one of our favorite activities in the Spring and Summer. We loved it so much that we bought our own Kayak so we can go anytime we wanted! It can be a little intimidating to watch the kayaks in La Jolla Shores but I”m here to tell you that you can actually rent a kayak and get out there without any formal training. I’m an average swimmer and had never been in a kayak before. Mr. Cool and I figured it out in minutes and it became of our favorite things to do. You see La Jolla from the most amazing angle…not to mention the seals, sea lions, and dolphins that say hello. Do a little research and you can find rental rates for $12-$15 per hour for a tandem kayak. After your ride, you can end your day in beautiful downtown La Jolla or make a firepit and enjoy some yummy marshmallows and smores! To look at reviews for La Jolla Shores, please visit their Yelp page.
Hillcrest Farmer’s Market – In our busy lifestyles we sometimes forget how much fun it is to take the family to the farmer’s market. The Hillcrest market is one of our favorite spots for Sundays. They are open 9 am to 2 pm. It’s a great way to teach your children to buy local organic produce and support local farmers and businesses. There are 140 vendors but it’s not all about shopping for food. You will find live music, unique and affordable international cuisine and coffee, arts and craft vendors, and fun activities for the kids. On specific Sundays, they even have visiting chefs that will share their secret recipes and tricks through live demonstrations. For more information, please visit the Hillcrest Market website.
Mission Trails Regional Park – I don’t think there is a spot in San Diego that is not beautiful and the Mission Trails is no exception! Volunteers run 90 minute nature walks all of April on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am. You can enjoy the outdoors with your family and make new friends…and it definately doesn’t hurt that there are over 300 beautiful wild flowers on the trail. For more information, please visit their website.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps – My little one loves fish and San Diego’s Birch Aquarium is one of her favorite spots. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year so on the 20th of every month until September – everyone get’s 50% off admissions. Kids 2 and under are always free and AARP card holders receive 25% off admissions for up to 6 visitors making it a perfect place for some bonding with grandparents. For more information, please visit the Birch website.
Seaport Village – You can take a mini vacation by just visiting this beautiful place! There are free Sunday concerts from 1 – 4 pm. You will enjoy the views, entertainment, and cool shops and restaurants. The concerts are held in the East Plaza Gazebo. For more information, please visit their website.
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