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Top 8 Cost-Free Ways to Enjoy San Diego

If you’re staying in San Diego and looking for some fun free things to do, we’ve got you covered. Listed below are some of the greatest activities you can enjoy without spending a penny, brought to you by the friendly team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located and budget-friendly hotels in San Diego. Although there are eight activities listed, they only scratch the surface of what’s available to do for free in San Diego.

1. Go to a Beach

San Diego is home to more than 30 public beaches that are free to visit. Throw on your swim trunks or bathing suit and take a swim, surf, snorkel, or just lie back and catch some rays. Pacific Beach, Moonlight State Beach, and Coronado Beach are three excellent options. The beaches tend to get crowded in the afternoons, so make sure to get there early to secure a good spot.

2. Hike at Torrey Pines

A trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without visiting the beautiful Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Go hiking on the trails while enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and amazing rock formations. Paragliding is another popular activity at Torrey Pines, and it’s a lot of fun to watch. There are more than eight miles of hiking trails available, but pets aren’t allowed, so please plan accordingly.

3. Check Out the Oceanside Municipal Pier

The Oceanside Municipal Pier is one of the most iconic landmarks in San Diego. Extending 1,954 feet into the Pacific Ocean, it’s the oldest wooden pier on the West Coast. Take a walk on the pier or simply enjoy the beach while enjoying the ambiance of the pier at sunset. Make sure to take your camera to grab some beautiful and memorable photos with your family. The pier makes an excellent backdrop.

4. Hike to the Top of Cowles Mountain

If you’re looking for a workout and don’t mind breaking a sweat, plan a hike to the top of Cowles Mountain. At 1,953 feet, it’s the highest peak in the San Diego area. You can enjoy panoramic views of the city from your mountaintop vantage point to the northeast of the downtown area. As with the beaches, go early if you want to beat the crowds.

5. Check Out La Jolla Cove

Known for its Caribbean-like teal blue water and caves, La Jolla Cove is a great place to observe sea life. Sea lions are one of many types of creatures that frequent the area. The cove is also great for snorkeling, scuba diving, and water sports such as kayaking. There’s a drive-in park above the cove, so it’s easily accessible by vehicle.

6. Take a Walk in the Gaslamp Quarter

Visit this historic section of San Diego to take in some of the nightlife. This 16-block area gets its name from the gas lamps that were once used to light that section of town. In this district that’s known as “The Heart of San Diego,” you’ll find many restaurants and pubs, but you won’t need to spend a cent to enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere.

7. Take a Brewery Tour

Check out some of San Diego’s craft beers by taking a tour of one of the local breweries. Stone Brewing Company and La Jolla Brewing Company offer free tours. Make sure to bring a designated driver if you decide to sample a few too many.

8. Attend a Summer Concert

Perhaps one of the coolest parts of staying in San Diego is enjoying live outdoor music. In the summer, there are numerous free concerts planned every week. Check out the Coronado Summer Concert Series as well as the La Jolla Concerts by the Sea for dates and times.

There are so many free ways to enjoy San Diego that it will take several days to do and see everything on your list, so reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for the most comfortable cheap hotels, San Diego visitors will be amazed by our unbeatable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and proximity to the best tourist attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544.