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Travel Like a Local

San Diego has some of the most popular attractions in the region, and along with these treasures, the city has many hidden gems just waiting to be uncovered.  Below is a list of some of our favorite things to do in San Diego, and the best part is they are budget-friendly!

fun on a budget

  • DECO Bike San Diego  (Rentals-$7-1hr/$12/2hrs...can drop off at any station/location)
  • Point Loma Lighthouse/Cabrillo Monument  ($10/car)
  • Old Town-Whaley House  ($15 and under)
  • Stroll "artsy" Little Italy and sample Café Zucchero Patisserie  (Stroll-FREE/pastries @ patisserie $1-$10)
  • Kobey's Swap Meet (Fri $1 Sat-Sun$2; kids under 11 FREE)
  • Chula Vista Nature Center ($15 and under)
  • Maritime Museum  ($15 & under)
  • Petco Park Tours  ($15 and under)
  • Disc Golf at Morley Field ($3 weekday/$4weekend/$1.50 disc rental)

fun for free!

  • Liberty Public Market - a 7-day a week Public Market and event venue offering showcasing a rustic environment with prepared foods, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, produce, fish, desserts and pastries, pastas, arts and crafts, a test kitchen, pop up dinners, and educational driven events.  LPM is a great place to stroll (FREE) and sample some of the region's best bites.
  • Sunset Cliffs -  check out miles of CA coast, home to local surfers and some of San Diego's most beautiful sunsets (FREE)
  • 7 Bridges Walk San Diego  - urban "hiking" at its finest! (FREE)
  • Mission Trails Regional Park -  Hiking Trails & Visitor Center (FREE)
  • Mission Bay & Fiesta Island - have a bayfront bonfire at one of the many fire pits (FREE)
  • Moonlight Beach & Playground (FREE)
  • Torrey Pines State Park - Ocean view hikes for all levels (FREE)
  • Waterfront Park, County of San Diego  -A favorite of local families!  Enjoy wading pools with sprinklers, playground & picnic areas. (FREE)
  • Picnic at Presidio Park  (FREE)
  • Balboa Park - stroll through the iconic Botanical Gardens Rose Gardens or  Japanese Friendship Garden (FREE)
  • Seaport Village - browse waterfront shops and dining while enjoying stunning views of the bay (FREE)
  • Window shop : Fashion Valley Mall, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, La Americas Premium Outlets, Viejas Outlets
  • US Olympic Training  - FREE tours every Tuesday-Saturday @1:30pm
  • Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial  (FREE)
  • Gaslamp Quarter -explore a plethora of unique shops and restaurants in this historic district (FREE)
  • Hillcrest Farmers Market - on Sundays only (FREE)
  • Little Italy Farmers Market  - on Saturdays (FREE)
  • Belmont Park & Boardwalk  - watch the flow-rider wave simulator from the boardwalk! (FREE)
  • La Jolla Cove & Children's Pool (FREE)
  • Torrey Pines Glider Port - watch paragliders in action as they jump off the cliffs and gilde over the ocean.  Outdoor café and seating onsite (FREE)
  • Hotel Del Coronado & Beach (FREE if you park on the street)