San Diego beauty in downtown area

San Diego is one of the top destinations to visit in the country because of its beautiful landscape, sunny weather, and of course, endless list of activities. From the beach to the mountains and everything in between, there are plenty of ways to find entertainment any time of the week. When you find yourself with a day off in America’s finest city, take advantage by trying these fun things to do in San Diego!

Soothe Your Mind with Yoga

Yoga is quite literally one of the most relaxing exercises you can do and a healthy way to spend your day in San Diego. For a guided experience, head to SD Yoga Center where you can join a variety of classes designed for all skill levels, including a hot yoga class.

If guided yoga isn’t your preference, head to the park for a workout that you can do at your own pace. Kate O. Sessions is a hot spot for San Diegans and gives you a wonderful view of the city’s skyline and beaches!

Balboa Park in San Diego

Stroll Around Balboa Park

In the mood to tour a museum? Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in North America and home to more than 16 unique museums. In addition to that, the 1,200-acre park also has a botanical garden, shopping, and walking trails. As you walk from place to place, keep an eye out for magic shows and live music that are performed right along the pathways of the park.

Grab a Bite to Eat

With hundreds of award-winning eateries, you never need to worry about finding a good place to dine in America’s finest city.

Grossmont Center in La Mesa is a popular destination for locals to grab a bite. Whether you want a more casual experience at Panda Express and Chicken Charlie’s or prefer to dine outside at restaurants like Casa de Pico and Hooley’s, Grossmont has got it all. You’ll find a treasure trove of hip and trendy eateries that give you delectable dishes and Insta-worthy photo ops.

Waterfront Park in San Diego

Explore the San Diego Waterfront

Another fun thing to do in San Diego is explore the gorgeous waterfront area located downtown. Have a picnic at Waterfront Park and then walk along the Embarcadero to take in the impressive showing of historical ships. The USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are the two biggest attractions you’ll want to save time for to enjoy the incredible history and striking views of San Diego’s beauty.

Hit Up the Beach

You can’t say you’ve enjoyed a day in San Diego without at least dipping your feet in the ocean. It’s quite difficult to pick only one beach to visit, so why not stop by a few?

When you think of San Diego, Mission Beach is probably the first image that comes to your mind. With its long stretch of white sand and calm waters, it’s ideal for swimming and relaxing. Be sure to hop across the boardwalk over to Belmont Park to enjoy an ice cream cone and check out their fun amusement rides.

Love dogs? Take yours down to Ocean Beach to visit dog beach, a place where your pup can run around leash-free and have the time of their life. 

Pacific Beach should be your go-to spot if you want to lay out or catch some killer waves. This is also an awesome destination for bar hopping because the bars are located outside, right off the sand.

Grossmont Center sign

Enjoy Some Retail Therapy

Shop ‘til you drop! A little retail therapy can be just the trick to help you unwind on your day off. Consider taking a tour of the beautiful outdoor malls scattered throughout the city. If you have a passion for supporting small, local businesses, you’ll love Grossmont Center. From clothing to crafts, La Mesa retailers sell just about everything you can imagine. 

Get Pampered at a Salon and Spa

What better way to treat yourself than by making an appointment at a luxurious salon and spa? If you have one day in San Diego, opt for a relaxing experience at the salons tucked inside Grossmont Center. Avia Salon & Day Spa is one of the top locations you must try. With 10 treatment rooms and a nail and hair salon, Avia provides luxury services for everything beauty related.  

Visit San Diego Amusement Parks

Every year, visitors flock to America’s finest city to explore two of the most popular amusement parks in the country—the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld. If you’re an animal lover or are sightseeing with kids during your one day in San Diego, both of these parks should be at the top of your itinerary list. With educational shows, rides, and lots of beautiful animals, both the zoo and SeaWorld will keep you entertained all day long!

While there are countless fun things to do in San Diego, these activities are sure to give you a fantastic start! If you’d like to learn about other ways to enjoy your day off, take a look at 20 simple and inexpensive ways to treat yourself.

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