Enjoying Outdoor Activities in San Diego

If you’re someone who enjoys all the best of the outdoors, then you’d be hard-pressed to find a better spot to enjoy it than here in “America’s Finest City”. Not only is our legendarily mild year-round weather almost always perfect for getting outside, but the incredibly varied landscape of the area makes enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities in San Diego a breeze.

Read on to check out some of our favorite ways to enjoy everything nature has to offer.

Visit Presidio Park (3.3 miles away)

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Presidio Park is one of the San Diego park system’s loveliest outdoor spaces. It’s located adjacent to Old Town San Diego, and is perfect for setting up a picnic and taking a small hike to some of the area’s best hilltop views.

2811 Jackson St, San Diego, CA 92110


Enjoy Balboa Park (3.8 miles away)

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Balboa Park is another of the crown jewels of San Diego. At 842 acres, it’s one of the largest urban park spaces in the country — making it an even bigger green space than New York’s Central Park. It’s also home to some of San Diego’s most acclaimed museums, as well as the stunning Japanese Friendship Garden.

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101


Learn to Surf (4.1 miles away)

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San Diego’s surfing scene is legendary for a reason. Thanks to our varied coastline and mild temperatures, there’s no better place to catch a wave than here. Head on over to San Diego Surf School if you’d like to learn the ropes of shooting the curls.

4850 Cass St. San Diego, CA 92109


Check Out the San Diego Zoo (6.3 miles away)

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The San Diego Zoo is justifiably regarded as one of the finest zoos in the country. It’s home to 650-plus different species of animals, and welcomes more than 3.2 million visitors every year. Since it’s one of the largest zoos in the country, you’ll want to wear comfortable sneakers — since you’ll be doing a good amount of walking. Don’t miss your chance to visit your favorite animal friends!

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101


Visit the La Jolla Seals (6.8 miles away)

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You could always head to SeaWorld if you want to check out some marine life. If you’d like to get even closer to nature, a famous colony of seals and sea lions lives near the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. Be sure to bring your camera to capture some memories of these playful animals.

850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037   


See the Cabrillo National Monument (7.1 miles away)

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Juan Rodriguez Castillo became the first European to visit the west coast of what would become the U.S. back in 1542. Today, a stunning monument commemorating this explorer stands in nearby Point Loma. Climb to see it, and enjoy the panoramic views. Click here for more information about the hours and admission.

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106 


Kayak Through La Jolla’s Sea Caves (9.8 miles away)

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Looking for a fun and unique San Diego experience? Check out one of the local kayaking companies and spend the afternoon paddling through the La Jolla sea caves. The area is home to leopard sharks, sea lions and the occasional dolphins. 


Hike Torrey Pines Reserve (16.7 miles away)

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Torrey Pines Reserve is one of San Diego’s most remarkable outdoor spaces. We highly recommend heading out for a morning hike and enjoying the coolest coastal breeze on this oceanfront trail, all adjacent to truly spectacular views of the Pacific. While here, don’t miss the most notable feature of this striking area — the reserve is one of only two places on the planet where you can see a Torrey Pine.

12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037


Experience the Carlsbad Flower Fields (35 miles away)

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The breathtaking Carlsbad Flower Fields draw tens of thousands of visitors to a beautiful botanical super-bloom every year. Row after row of brilliant rainbow colors ripple across the landscape during peak seasons, making this the ideal spot for capturing the perfect Instagram photo. 

5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 


Explore Tide Pools

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Discover a variety of fascinating tide pools sprinkled along the San Diego coastline. During low-tide, when seawater recedes, rocks, reefs, and unique ocean life become visible for exploration. Want to visit these tiny tidal features for yourself? Here’s an overview of some of the best nearby.


Experience a San Diego Sunset

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The rumors are true: there’s no better place to catch a spectacular west coast sunset than in San Diego. Although there’s no bad spot to watch the sun slip below the water, some spots are simply better than others. This guide is a great place to start.


Stay and Play at Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside

As our guest, you’ll have plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors just steps from your room — from mini-golf, to picnicking on the lawn, to taking a dip in our outdoor pool and grabbing a bite and a beverage at our outdoor Bayside Bar dining patio. 

Don’t forget to take a look at the latest Special Offers at Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside for the best dates and rates when booking your outdoor San Diego adventure.