Beyond the Beach & Bay: Fun Things to Do in San Diego

Sunny San Diego is known for its miles of coastline, beautiful bays, and stunning beaches. But beyond the waterfront paradise lies a spectacular array of attractions, dining, and entertainment waiting to be explored. We’ve put together a list of things to check out beyond the beaches and bays of San Diego to prove that the fun doesn’t have to end once the water is out of sight.

Liberty Station

Located less than two miles from the hotel, Liberty Station’s urban village is filled with unique restaurants, community spaces, artisan goods, local breweries, and more. Discover local events such as art gallery showings, movie nights on the lawn, and live music performances. From coffee shops to general stores, you’re sure to always find something new to discover at Liberty Station.

Location: 1.5 miles from the hotel

Balboa Park

Step into the USA’s largest urban cultural park, Balboa Park, spanning over 1,200 acres of beautiful land in San Diego. Discover fine-dining options, interesting museum exhibits, performing arts events, and picturesque natural gardens throughout the park.

Location: 3.8 miles from the hotel

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Venture further from the beaches and bays to see wild animals in their natural habitats. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s 1,800-acre wildlife sanctuary is located in the scenic San Pasqual Valley of San Diego and is home to over 3,000 animals, who are able to roam free through the field habitats of the park. Go on a safari through the different habitats and learn about the amazing creatures who call the San Diego Zoo Safari Park home.

Location: 34 miles from the hotel

Potato Chip Rock

Feeling adventurous? Take a hike to Mt. Woodson summit and snap a photo at the famous Potato Chip Rock. Making for some eye-catching photos, Potato Chip Rock is a slab of stone that appears to hang right off of the side of the mountain. The 7.6-mile Poway hike offers lake and mountain views and takes a few hours to complete. Alternatively, there’s also a 4-mile paved and pet-friendly route that’s a bit easier for people looking for a moderate option.

Location: 34 miles from the hotel