The Best Activities for San Diego Spring Break

With its year-round sunshine and vibrant culture — including a world-class dining, shopping, and nightlife scene — San Diego is the perfect destination for spring break (or a winter break, or a summer break…). For those who wish to visit America’s Finest City during March, April, or May, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can spend your getaway.

Explore the Museums 

Museum-hopping is a great way to spend any vacation, and San Diego has no shortage of venues where you can do so — many of them conveniently set within top-rated attraction Balboa Park. These include Fleet Science Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, The Nat, San Diego Air & Space, and San Diego Automotive Museum. You can learn about everything from the fascinating way the city manages its water supply to the California film industry’s history with racing vehicles.

Make a Splash at SeaWorld

For those planning a trip to SeaWorld, there will soon be a new floorless “dive coaster” called the Emperor Dive Coaster, channeling the movement of an Emperor penguin as it dives into the sea. You can also learn about dolphins and sea lions, sample cuisine from a newly updated culinary program, check out events such as Viva La Música Latin-culture festival and the Electric Ocean show, and shop for souvenirs.


Springtime is a great time for whale-watching in San Diego, as it falls during the migration of the gray whale — which is the largest migration of any animal on Earth. You can join whale-watching excursions with San Diego Whale Watch that allow you to scout for them while they travel from Baja California to Alaska.

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Hit the Beach

Although San Diego’s sun shines all year round, spring and summer offer the warmest temperatures and are the best seasons for swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, or just lounging on the Pacific sands. Check out our list of the best beaches in the city for an idea of where to start.

Visit Belmont Park

Belmont Park is a great place to experience some of San Diego’s best roller coasters and beachfront attractions, from the famed Giant Dipper to the Liberty Carousel to a “laser maze” and climbing wall. The theme park also features gift shops, restaurants — including a pub with roughly 100 beers on tap — and more.

Find a Food Truck

If you find yourself simply wandering around the city without much of an itinerary, be sure to make a pit stop at one of the many food trucks, like The Rush Coffee and Cucina Caprese. Check StreetFoodFinder to keep track of the various vehicles’ daily routes and coordinate your visit accordingly.

Secure Your Spring Break Stay

Ready to book your spring getaway in San Diego? Check out the spacious accommodations at Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld and start planning your stay.