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San Diego Activities
||Airjunkies Paragliding: (760)
Air Adventures Skydiving: (619)
A Ballon Adventure by California Dreamin: (760)
|San Diego’s spectacular
landscapes, sunny skies, and amazing climate produce a very prevalent
sport and recreational flying activity. The Palomar Airport in Carlsbad,
Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Montgomery Field in central San Diego, and
Brown Field in South County all have FAA-approved flying schools and
aircraft rental facilities.
Also well-liked in San Diego are hot-air balloons. Only in coastal
communities can you take up a hot-air balloon at daylight AND dusk. Many
businesses that take people on tours provide amazing picnics or
champagne flights to cater to a couple’s anniversary or birthday.
Aside from these activities, skydiving, air combat and biplane voyages,
helicopter or blimp rides, and even sky sailing are also presented in
beautiful San Diego!
||Coronado: (619) 435-4179
Oceanside: (760) 966-4570
San Diego: (619) 221-8884
Solana Beach: (858) 422-2971
|When a visitor comes to San Diego,
the most common areas they want to stop at are the amazing beaches all
around the area. Serious or new surfers, young and old couples, and
parents and children alike can all find the perfect beach for them. San
Diego’s 70 miles of coastline invite people of all kinds. Many beaches
are patrolled by lifeguards that keep beaches safe during riptides.
Those eager to learn more about lifeguarding or surfing can enjoy
specific classes that teach technique and different facts about each.
Surf and weather reports are available at the phone numbers above.
||County Route S7, Palomar Mountain (800)
||San Diego accommodates very well to
the bicycle-lover with bicycle lanes accessible on most all roads and
multiple bike paths around the county. Bicycling is also popular along
the boardwalks at the beach.
||Oceanside Yearley Sailboats: (760) 722-4940
Seaforth Boat Rentals: (619) 223-1681; 239-2628
|Yet again, San Diego’s famous weather
of fair winds, sunny skies, and amazing climate creates the ideal site
for boating, power-boating, and sailing. There are multiple marinas if
you need to rent a boat or even take sailing lessons. The boat-launching
ramps are numerous as well.
||California State Lifeguards (Beach): (760)
California Park Service
Information Center (State Park): (760) 767-5311
California State Park Reservation Center
(Fee-paid Beach): (800) 444-4275
|San Diego is home to a wide variety
of camping spots to choose from; 30 of which have private camping
locations tailered for RVs and tents. Whether you prefer camping on
beaches, rivers, creeks, mountain forests or deserts, San Diego is the
supreme camping spot for you.
o The popular Cleveland National Forest contains chaparral, mile-high
mountains and coniferous trees.
o Anza-Borrego Desert State Park presents the camper miles of deep
canyons, desert oasis, and dramatic plains.
o The state beaches of South Carlsbad and San Elijo have campgrounds on
the bluffs that face the beach.
o Cuyamaca Rancho State park is about 45 miles east of downtown and has
110 miles of hiking and horseback trails.
o The Palomar Mountain area and La Jolla Indian Reservation also contain
several campsites that are admired year-round.
|Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack
||2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar (858)
||Probably the most admired occurance
in Del Mar is the 375-acre site’s 3 week long Del Mar Fair. The
old-fashioned county fair is composed of traditional events such as
livestock judging and races, cooking contests, and eating contests as
well as popular entertainment and the great time-honored fast food that
can be expected from any fair.
Though the Del Mar Racetrack presents events throughout the year, “the
surf meets the turf” for seven weeks of horse racing during the Pacific
Classic race. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club presents home and horse
shows, riding competitions, a Halloween haunted house, and a light show.
||Gaming If gaming is what you like,
Barona, Sycuan, and Viejas Indian reservations can be found in eastern
San Diego County, all of which hold popular casinos! The casinos include
video gaming machines, card tables, bingo halls, off-track satellite
wagering on horse races, as well as restaurant dining with live
|Golfing & Tennis
||Balboa Golf: 2600 Golf Course Drive
San Diego, CA 92102 (619) 570-1234
Mission Bay Golf 2702 North Mission Bay Drive
|San Diego’s renowned “perfect”
weather is a golfer’s dream. Possibly the reason San Diego hosts 87
wonderful golf courses is because one could chose a tee time on any day
in the whole calendar year and live a golfer’s paradise. Therefore many
famous golf tournaments are also hosted in the region.Another year-round
sport in San Diego is tennis. There are over 1,200 private and public
tennis courts, many of which are bordered by large condominium complexes
that provide private lessons. La Costa Resort & Spa hosts the TIG Tennis
Classic annually attracting top tennis professionals.
||Audubon Society: (619) 275-0557
San Diego Trails Council: (619) 563-5025
Sierra Club: (619) 299-1744
|Read about San Diego’s numerous parks
to fully understand the amazement and wonders available to the
outdoor-lover. Many people help the area’s appealing characteristics
with guided hikes and trips. Afoot and Afield in San Diego County by
Jerry Schad is a good reference with a complete listing of local trails.
|Horseback Riding, Running, and Jogging
||San Diego is home to
numerous outlets for renting or boarding horses and seeing the area’s
more rustic places or finding equestrian lessons for the new rider. The
amazing climate and beautiful scenery of San Diego provide a wide
selection of clubs and popular 5K/10K runs such as the Camp Pendleton
International Triathlon and the San Diego Track Club providing coached
workouts at Balboa Stadium.
||Ice Chalet, University Towne Centre: (619)
San Diego Ice Arena, San Diego:
|Aside from what is probably a huge
misconception about San Diego, there is actually public ice skating
access year round! Popular sports aside from ice skating are broomball
||Balboa Park Activity Center: (619) 581-7100
San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department:
|For those of you who like indoor
activities such as bowling, bridge, chess, table tennis, and
arts-and-crafts clubs, San Diego provides multiple venues. Dance groups
such as international folk dance, Middle Eastern belly dancing, Hawaiian
hula dancing, square dance, swing dance, and tap and ballet dance
provide lessons and parties all around the county.
||Hamel Sports on the Mission Beach Boardwalk:
Rock & Roll at the
Escondido Sports Center: (760) 839-0796
|Close to 80% of the nation’s inline
skating industry is based here in San Diego. Famous top line inline
skaters featured on ESPN’s X-Games live in North County so it is no
surprise that skating has boomed in popularity around the city. Many
women over 30 are commonly incorporating inline skating into their
regular fitness activities!
||Horton Plaza – Fashion Valley – Mission Valley
Mira Mesa – College Grove – La Mesa - Escondido
Bonita – Chula Vista – La Jolla – Carlsbad
|One of the most loved pastimes in San
Diego is enjoying the numerous shopping venues all around the city.
Major malls can be located at all of the above listed locations, with
even more outlet stores in Carlsbad, San Marcos, San Ysidro, Alpine and
Temecula. San Diego also holds multiple specialty districts such as
Solana Beach (off Lomas Santa Fe and Cedros) where you’ll find stores
dedicated interior design and home furnishings. In Hillcrest (near
downtown) you can enjoy many bookstores. The Bazaar del Mundo in Old
Town features Mexican art, clothing and jewelry. Coronado Island is
acclaimed for its Ferry Landing Marketplace and Orange Avenue (between
First Street and Dana Place) where over 200 stores line the streets.
Also, the famous Prospect Street in La Jolla is the “Rodeo Drive” of San
If swap meets are what you seek, look in National City, Oceanside,
Santee, Escondido, South Bay, Spring Valley, and the Sports Arena in San
Diego. But, if fresh produce is the ticket, visit one of the city’s MANY
farmer’s markets where the corn you buy was picked from the fields
earlier that day.
||Escondido Sports Center, Escondido: (760)
YMCA Skate Park; (619) 298-3576
Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA: (760) 942-9622
Robb Field Skateboard Park: (619) 531-1563
|Though it is encreasingly important
to realize that skateboarding is not allowed on any school property,
malls, shopping centers, parking lots, or on the street, there are
numerous designated areas listed above where a boarder or a fan can show
off their tricks.
||Big Bear Mountain Resort, Big Bear Lake: (909)
Snow Report: (800) BEAR-MTN
Mountain Resort, Big Bear Lake: (909) 866-5766
Snow Report: Toll 888- SUMMIT-1
Mountain high Resort, Wrightwood: (760)
Snowcrest Snow Park/Ski Area, La Crescenta:
Snow Report: 583-9477
Snow Valley, Running Springs: (909) 867-2751
Snow Report: (800) 680-SNOW
Tamarack Ski Resort, Mammoth Lakes: (760)
934-2442 Snow Report: (800) 237-6879
|Where else in the world can you enjoy
the sunny surf in the morning and the snowy ski in the afternoon? San
Diego is only three to four hours away from the San Bernardino
Mountains, home consting of Big Bear Lakes. Even though only 135-180
inches of snow falls in the area yearly, the resorts are outfitted with
top of the line snowmaking machinery that can provide great snow cover
no matter what the weather is. Aside from skiing, Big Bear and Snow
Summit are complete with snowboard parks. If it's been awhile since you
last hit the slopes, Snow Summit even has one of the biggest
snowboarding schools in the state!
Mammoth Mountain is the place to go for the Southern Californian willing
to drive eight hours. The annual Winter Gravity Games, an exciting
winter sports festival, is hosted at Mammoth. Top athletes from around
the globe are drawn to California for competition in snowboarding, free
skiing, snow mountain biking, and more.
||Padres Tickets: (619) 283-4494
Chargers Tickets: (619) 280-2121
Gulls Tickets: (619) 224-4625
|San Diego is the place to find
baseball’s Nation League Champions San Diego Padres and the National
Football League’s San Diego Chargers. Charger games are viewed at
QUALCOMM Stadium in Mission Valley and the Padres play at Petco Park
conveniently located right downtown. The San Diego Sports Arena hosts
the San Diego Gulls Hockey Team as well.
||Pat’s Fishing Reports: www.biteson.com
Helgren’s Sportfishing at Oceanside Harbor: (760) 722-2133
H & M Sportfishing: (619) 222-1144
|Whether you prefer a half-day or a
full-day trip, alone or with a group, week-long trips to Baja or short
trips closer to home your specialized sportfishing trip is right here in
San Diego. Charter fishing boats sail each day from San Diego and
Oceanside. Information can be accessed by phone about daily catches. You
can also find information on runs of particular kinds of fish such as
albacore, yellowtail and rock cod over the phone.
||YMCA Youth Sports: (858) 292-4034
||Both Children and adults alike have
great opportunities to join in the camaraderie and skill-building that
is the team sport. To join up in any of the multiple varietes of sports
available, phone your local city park and recreation department, school
district, or YMCA for more information. If you are looking for a highly
competitive team or something fun to occupy your spare time, there is no
doubt you will definitely find the right league for you!
To highlight the YMCA of San Diego: It contains the biggest youth and
family services in the County because of its thirteen branches that each
contain a multitude of programs. Every sports program, including indoor
and outdoor soccer, swimming, gymnastics, flag football, basketball,
baseball, tennis, skateboarding, inline skating, roller hockey, and
more, features trained coaches and even character development. All
throughout the year, the YMCA offers Sports Camps that involve with
specialized training in all activities including even surfing and boogie
boarding in the summer!
||Wave Waterpark, Vista: (760) 940-9283
Whitewater Canyon Waterpark, Chula Vista: (619) 661-7373
|If you or your family is ready for
water slides and exciting play structures, these water parks are sure to
keep you happy through the summer!
||The beautiful lakes, bays, and
beaches of San Diego bring in people from all walks of life who are
interested in kayaking, swimming, water polo, canoeing and sailing. You
can also enjoy waterskiing, wind surfing, fishing, personal water craft
activities, and rowing.
||San Diego Harbor Excursions: (619) 234-4111
Seaforth Sportfishing: (619) 224-3383
|For a calmer and more placid setting,
between December and March, you can spend your time watching the
California gray whales make their way down the San Diego coastline. The
whales are taking their 7,000 mile migration from Alaska to the less
cold waters of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. In Baja they give birth to their
newest members of the migration, their calves.
||To enjoy the social stage of San
Diego one can learn about the ways of connoisseurs of wine. With the
wineries found in Rancho Bernardo, Escondido and Julian areas of the
Orfila Vineyards, many San Diegans participate in wine tasting. Other
wineries include: Bernardo Winery, Deer Park Winery, Ferrara Winery, and
Shadow Mountain Vineyards so near to San Diego; wine tasting is a very
common and fun activity.
City Offers Many Free Activities
Having a good time in San Diego doesn’t always require a lot
of money. In fact, many things to see and do here are
absolutely free. With 70 miles of beaches, amazing weather
and an array of settings country-wide, San Diego offers a
fun and inexpensive getaway for all seasons of the year.
Here’s a partial list of free, year-round San Diego
* Head to San Diego’s many beaches, all free, to swim, body
surf or hang-ten. Play in the sand, collect seashells or
just bask in the sun.
* Visit La Jolla Cove and see the magnificent sunset on the
ocean. The cove is a spectacular natural setting.
* See Seaport Village during the weekends for exciting, free
entertainment and hours of leisurely strolling and
window-shopping. Or just sit in the grass and watch the
passing yachts and ships on San Diego Bay.
* Stroll through the 16 ½ block historic Gaslamp Quarter in
downtown San Diego and enjoy the renovated
turn-of-the-century Victorian architecture, home to
restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, specialty shops and
* Fly a kite along the vast grassy areas in the Tecolote
Shores of Mission Bay Park, a 4,600-acre park. Here, away
from trees and overhead wires, friends and family often
gather to launch their colorful kites into the San Diego
* Enjoy free organ concerts and 2 p.m. on Sundays at the
Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. The Organ Pavilion
features one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs, a
San Diego landmark since 1914.
* Bike or jog along one of Mission Bay Park’s numerous
trails. Both Joggers and walkers can use more than 20 miles
of scenic trails that wind through both sunlight and shade
near the shoreline. The paths also have workout courses at
planned stations throughout the route.
* Visit the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista for
a free tour of the 150-acre-facility, including training
fields and tracks, athlete dorms and the Otay Lake
Reservoir. Tours are offered daily.
-- San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau