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Your San Diego Spring “To-Do” List

Spring in San Diego brings a sense of renewal and excitement to “America’s Finest City.” With its perfect weather and abundance of activities, there’s no better time to explore. From the blooming flowers to the vibrant wildlife to the sandy shores, San Diego offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and memorable experiences. So, if you’re looking for some fantastic additions to your San Diego spring itinerary, look no further!


Take a Whale Watching Tour (various locations)


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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)

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Springtime in San Diego brings a burst of vibrant life to its renowned animal sanctuaries. The San Diego Zoo, TripAdvisor’s #1 zoo worldwide, welcomes visitors to witness over 3,700 animals from 650 species emerging from winter’s rest. Meanwhile, at The Safari Park, spring is a time of enchantment as the park hosts its “Spring Safari” event from March to May. Amidst the lush greenery, visitors can immerse themselves in the breathtaking Butterfly Jungle, where fluttering wings create a kaleidoscope of colors. But that’s just the beginning. The Safari Park offers a true safari experience, spanning 1,800 acres and housing over 2,600 animals from 300 different species. It’s an opportunity to witness wildlife thriving in expansive, natural habitats.

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 at Petco Park (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. Plus, the Padres’ home of Petco Park is widely recognized as one of the finest stadiums in the league, with the delicious variety of food and drink options playing a large part in that acclaim. Make sure to check out local favorites including Hodads, Pizza Port, and Holy Paleta! With Opening Day just around the corner this spring, if you’re searching for insider tips on how to get the most out of your day at the park, head over to our post on the best ways to do just that.  

660 K St, San Diego, CA 92101


Check Out Belmont Park (5.7 miles) 

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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)

A group of 8 people in a hot tub on a Hot Tub Cruise

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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)

Woman in a white dress alongside a white picket fence in the Carlsbad Flower Fields

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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  


Explore San Diego’s Dining & Drinks Scene

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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:

Stay at Days On Your San Diego Spring Break 

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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!