6 Free Things to Explore in San Diego, CA

6 Free Things to Explore in San Diego, CA

There are many reasons to love Southern California, including the amount of activities at your fingertips. Sometimes, you might be looking for an activity to do by yourself or with others that won’t break the bank. To help you find something to do in your spare time, we’ve compiled our six favorite free activities in San Diego.

1) Enjoy Live Music at Seaport Village

Seaport Village

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Location: 849 West Harbor Dr., Sa Diego, CA 92101

While your first thought of Seaport Village might involve shopping or dining, there are a variety of places to catch some live music. From authentic Greek music to weekend performances on the gazebo, there’s something for everyone.

2) View Seals at the Children’s Pool

View Seals at the Children's Pool

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Location: 811 Coast Blvd. (across from the Casa de Manaña retirement community), La Jolla, CA 92037

You don’t even need to go to SeaWorld to see some marine life. Hundreds of seals and sea lions can been seen on this part of the La Jolla coastline. Nearby beaches are also great spots for scuba divers.

3) Tour the Ballast Point Brewery

Ballast Point Brewery

Location: 9045 Carroll Way, San Diego, CA 92121

For those over the age of 21, the Ballast Point Brewery in Miramar offers free tours seven days a week. The Miramar location opened up recently and offers tours every day at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. You can reserve a spot through OpenTable.

4) Hike or Bike at Balboa Park

Ballboa Park

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Location: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Balboa Park offers 19 trails of various terrain, length, and difficulty for hikers and bikers. The park has a nice balance between picturesque tree-lined paved trails, along with more strenuous hikes and mountain biking trails. There are five gateways from the park to access trails: Golden Hill, Marston Point, Morley Field, Park Boulevard, and Sixth and Upas. There are also three different dog parks for you and your furry friend.

5) Learn About San Diego’s Past at Old Town

Old Town

Source: Instagram (@oldtownsandiego)
Location: Park at 4015 Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Just southeast of Interstates 5 & 8 is Old Town, which features many buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Explore history by visiting the Wells Fargo Museum, the Mason Street Schoolhouse, and La Casa de Machado y Stewart (an adobe-style house built in the 1800s, which became a California Historic Landmark in 1932.) Around Halloween, Old Town holds many different ghost tours, along with a sprawling Dia de los Muertos ceremony.

While many attractions do charge patrons to visit, it’s always a great place to admire adobe architecture and go for a stroll on a nice day.

6) Enjoy a Beach Bonfire

Enjoy a Beach Bonfire

Many beaches around the San Diego area do allow fire pits. La Jolla Shores offers six rings at a first come first serve basis, and plenty of free parking on surrounding streets. Closer to downtown San Diego, Mission Bay Park allows bonfires on the bayside beaches.


Want to learn more about San Diego? View our neighborhood guide to find out about the best shops, restaurants, and more things to do in San Diego.

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