Your San Diego Spring Break “To-Do” List
Who says you still need to be in school to enjoy an amazing spring break? Not us. Spring is a time of renewal, and there’s no better time to get out and enjoy “America’s Finest City” than now. Even so, since there’s so much to do here, it can be tough to know where to begin. Good thing we have some fantastic suggestions! So if you’re looking for some great items to add to your San Diego spring break itinerary, we’ve got your back.
Take a Whale Watching Tour (various locations)
San Diego is one of the best spots along the West Coast to spot pods of gray whales as they make their annual 10,000-mile migration to cooler northern waters. December is the beginning of the season, and the migratory patterns of these majestic ocean behemoths can last for months. Although spotting whales from shore is not uncommon, many local boating charters offer trips that can get you up close with these amazing animals. We recommend paying a visit to our friends at (dog-friendly!) Next Level Sailing, and chartering a tour on the spectacular Yacht America.
See the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park (3.1 miles/29 miles)
The San Diego Zoo was recently voted the #1 zoo in the world by TripAdvisor. Once you visit, it’s not hard to see why. The zoo has been delighting visitors of all ages since 1916 and is currently home to more than 3,700 animals encompassing more than 650 species! And don’t forget — its sister attraction San Diego Safari Park also offers visitors a wildlife experience not to be missed. Visitors here enjoy a true safari experience as they observe over 2,600 different animals across 300 species, all thriving in an 1,800 acre habitat.
San Diego Zoo: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego Safari Park: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
Catch a Padres Game From Altitude Sky Lounge (4.7 miles)
Our hometown heroes the San Diego Padres have been knocking it out of the park in this city for more than 50 years. And while the Padres’ home of Petco Park is widely recognized as one of the finest stadiums in the league, we’re still big fans of watching the game from Altitude Sky Lounge. Altitude is the highest open-air rooftop bar in the area (at an impressive 22 stories up), meaning the sunset views are truly amazing. But since this upscale cocktail lounge overlooks Petco, it’s also the perfect spot to watch a game! In fact, if you’re looking for some insider tips on how to get the most out of your day at the park, check out our post on the best ways to do just that.
660 K St, San Diego, CA 92101
Check Out Belmont Park (5.7 miles)
Anyone looking for a classically Southern California day out will find much to love at Belmont Park. This timeless boardwalk-style waterfront rides-and-games destination is located in picturesque Mission Beach, and features fantastic attractions like the Giant Dipper roller coaster, mini-golf, rock climbing, classic oceanside dining, and more. Plus, Belmont is right on the beach, which is always a great way to spend a spring day around here.
3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Take a Hot Tub Cruise (6.7 miles)
What could be better than soaking in a bubbly hot tub spa? Well, how about doing it while you skim across the waves on a boat? The undeniable geniuses at Hot Tub Cruisin’ have combined the sublime joy of the pleasure cruise with the resplendent relaxation of a hot tub. While you enjoy the experience, you can play your own curated soundtrack over the on-board stereo, cook up a hot lunch on their propane grill, and even bring your own favorite beverages along to enjoy from a pair of coolers.
1010 Santa Clara Pl, San Diego, CA 92109
Visit the Carlsbad Flower Fields (28.9 miles away)
The breathtaking Carlsbad Flower Fields draw tens of thousands of visitors to a beautiful super-bloom of giant Tecolote ranunculus flowers every year. Row after row of brilliant rainbow colors ripple across the landscape during the peak months in spring. When visiting, guests are treated to not just the brilliant botanical display, but also a wide range of family-friendly activities, such as antique tractor rides, fruit picking, and much more.
5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
San Diego’s reputation as a “foodie” destination is well-deserved. Not only are we a cultural melting pot, but our close proximity to fresh seafood, produce and other quality ingredients is unparalleled. Plus, our nightlife scene is full of imagination, encompassing barcades, speakeasies, karaoke and other “not your average bar” stops. So there’s never a dull moment! Want to get out? Here are some fun places to check out:
- MOTHERSHIP: An out-of-this-world, space-inspired speakeasy.
Captain’s Quarters: A new bar with pirate-themed décor, drinks, and attitude.
Wolfie’s Carousel Bar: French fare with a real working carousel inside.
One Door North: Comfort food and craft cocktails with a campsite feel.
Swagyu Chop Shop: Gourmet burgers made with Japanese Wagyu beef.
Lucha Libre: Home of the quintessential overstuffed San Diego Burrito.
Cow By Bear: A mysterious, multi-location mobile dinner party with a “grizzly” twist.
- Coin-Op Game Room: Enjoy classic arcade games, draft beer and great food.
- Bunz, a Burger Joint: Our very own on-site burger-lover’s paradise.
Your stay at Days Inn puts you right in the center of all the best spring break experiences. Plus, you’ll find excellent rates, guest-first amenities and stellar service right here. Start your planning at our exclusive specials and offers page, and we’ll see you soon!