Check out our can’t-miss list of things
to do around San Diego this summer

Edited by Brianne Brown

1. See a movie at one of San Diego’s last two remaining drive-in theatres in South Bay or Santee

Step back in time while seeing the hottest hits of summer

2170 Coronado Ave, San Diego, CA 92154

The South Bay Drive-In Theatre shows two movies daily on each of its three screens. Movies are shown year-round and only cash is accepted. Additionally, the South Bay Drive-In also hosts an outdoor swap meet on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

10990 N Woodside Ave, Santee, CA 92071

The Santee Drive-In shows movies seven nights a week, year-round, and also only accepts cash. The box office opens at 6:30pm Friday and Saturday and 7:00pm Sunday–Thursday. All movies are broadcasted through the FM radio in your vehicle.

2. Go Fish!
Check out the piers at Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach to catch on to something fresh

The Ocean Beach pier is the longest pier on the west coast and is open 24/7. There are plenty of amenities to assist you, including a bait and tackle shop and a fish cleaning station.

The Pacific Beach pier, known as Crystal Pier, is open daily from 8:00am until sunset, except for hotel guests who have access 24 hours a day. The pier has a fish cleaning station as well as a bait and tackle shop that offers pole rentals.

FYI: A California Sport Fishing License is not required to fish from either pier, and there are no fees or costs associated with fishing on the piers. However, fishing regulations are actively enforced along both piers, including bag limits and angling methods. For more information visit: sdfish.com/san-diego-fishing-piers

3. Ride The Giant Dipper, Mission Beach’s retro roller coaster
Enjoy exhilarating rides within view of the mighty Pacific

Untitled-1_0003_shutterstock_11903836The Giant Dipper, also known as the Mission Beach Roller Coaster, is a historical wooden roller coaster located in Belmont Park, a small amusement park in Mission Beach. The roller coaster was built in 1925 and reaches 70 feet high. The coaster costs $6 to ride (passes are available for purchase) and riders must be taller than 4’2″ to ride.

4. Play a round of miniature golf, or tee off for 18 hole.
Channel your inner Arnold Palmer

Untitled-1_0000_shutterstock_611386994Whether you’re training for the PGA or you don’t know the difference between a bogey and a birdie, tee up for fun at a number of area greens. For those looking for a full 18 holes, check out the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course or the Miramar Memorial Golf Course aboard MCAS Miramar, open to the public.

Tiki Town Adventure Golf
3116 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-1971 • tikitownadventuregolf.com

Pelly’s Mini Golf / Del Mar Golf Center
15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 481-0363 • delmargolfcenter.com

Torrey Pines Golf Course
11480 N Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 581-7171 • torreypinesgolfcourse.com

Miramar Memorial Golf Course
3550 Anderson Ave, San Diego, CA 92145
(858) 577-4155 • mccsmiramar.com/golfcourse


5. Hit the beach for a sandcastle-building contest or a bonfire with s’mores
Beautiful San Diego beaches always leave you wanting s’more

A number of area beaches allow bonfires or fire pits including, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Bay Park, Coronado Beach, La Jolla Shores, Moonlight State Beach (Encinitas), Crown Point, Shelter Island Shoreline Park, and Solana Beach. Please be sure to double-check rules and safety guidelines before going!

6. Drive to Julian, Pine Valley or Cuyamaca Rancho State Park for star-gazing
Wish on a shooting star…

Just a short drive east can yield an awesome view of the night sky for both amateur and seasoned star-gazers. Brush up on your constellations beforehand and challenge each other to find them!

7. Watch the sunset
Keep your eye out for the fabled “green flash”

Pretty much anywhere on the coast will provide an incredible view of the sunset, but some more well-known spots include Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach Pier, Crystal Pier, La Jolla Cove, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and Fletcher Cove Park. Bring a blanket and prepare to be amazed.

8. Take a tour of San Diego’s missions
Tour the missions of the founding fathers of San Diego

San Diego County is home to two of California’s 21 historic missions. Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded in 1769 at the mouth of the San Diego River. Today, the mission bells still ring before every mass, which take place on the hour on Sundays. San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside is the largest of the 21 missions and houses California’s first pepper tree, which is still growing in the fruit orchard.

9. Take a tour of Petco Park and check out a Padres home game
Root, root, root for the home team

The San Diego Padres are named for the Spanish Franciscan friars who founded San Diego in the 1700s.
Take a guided behind-the-scenes tour of Petco Park and
enjoy a hot dog and the atmosphere at Park at the Park, a grassy area of the stadium where you can enjoy the lawn and America’s favorite pastime. sandiego.padres.mlb.com.

10. Bicycle around Mission Bay’s sidewalk loop
Put the pedal to the metal

The Mission Bay Bike Path offers a scenic 12-mile bike loop that wends around SeaWorld, Pacific Beach, Crown Point and Fiesta Island. The path is flat and most of the route—with few exceptions—is closed to vehicles. Even so, don’t forget your helmet!

11. Go to the Del Mar Races
This ain’t your mama’s derby

Untitled-1_0004_Racing 1Fluff up your fascinator for Opening Day on July 19 and join in the fun at the Opening Day Hats Contest, where you could win a prize package of more than $1,000. Place your bets on horse racing from July 19–23, 26–30; August 2–6, 9–13, 16–20, 23–27, 30, 31 and September 1–4. Visit dmtc.com for times and tickets.

12. Take a trip to Balboa Park
Something for everyone

Untitled-1_0002_shutterstock_132522611Balboa Park is the pride and joy of San Diego. Home to a number of museums—including the Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Air & Space Museum, among others—as well as to the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park boasts something for everyone. Stroll through garden, enjoy food from many cafes and restaurants or take a tour of the unique architectural buildings that dot the map.