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Parks and nature in San Diego

Top parks

Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“Beautiful sight-seeing. A historical park with lots of museums. If it’s your first time in San Diego, this is the place to go!.”
  • 1040 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of good hiking with breathtaking views from cliffs over Del Mar/La Jolla. May not allow dogs in certain areas. Check State Parks site for rules. ”
  • 521 locals recommend
Zoo
“The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an expansive, non-profit wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,000 animals representing more than 300 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.75 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California.”
  • 276 locals recommend
National Park
“Excellent place with awesome views. I think its the best place in San Diego for views. National Parks pass is free to enter $10 per vehicle”
  • 294 locals recommend
Park
“Natural cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean offer views of the coast & the occasional cliff diver. Beautiful to take some photos & to enjoy a sunset. ”
  • 110 locals recommend
Garden
“A beautiful and unique place to go with the family. There is wonderful place for children to play and peaceful walk while enjoying all the botanicals ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful Beach if you don’t mind the drive! For the more adventurous visitors, great location to explore and find caves.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Bar
“Perfect for groups with kids. There is a cute little play area great food and drinks. ”
  • 105 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Bar
“Perfect for groups with kids. There is a cute little play area great food and drinks. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
Park
“Sweet playground in Kellogg Park, right next to the FAMILY FAVORITE La Jolla Shores Beach. Public bathrooms with outdoor showers and a free parking lot are right there. But beware - parking spots fill up early!”
  • 84 locals recommend
Park
“Popular beach area. Visit the sea caves. Take a Kayak tour, surf lessons , snorkeling and diving lessons. Walk up the beach or hill to see Scripps institute of Oceanography. I recommend going to Carolines café for breakfast or lunch over the pier next to Scripps institute.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Park
“Powerhouse Park is a great place to access the incredible Del Mar beaches. The lifeguard station is quite close. Also, it is an easy place to access good surf spots.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful park and beach. Great for kids with lifeguards and also good surfing!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Great local community park with playground for kids. Community organization hosts concerts in the park series for several Fridays every summer.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Park
“Local Mexican neighborhood park with a lot of history. Located under the Coronado bridge, the pillars are filled with murals, influenced by Chicano culture.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Lake
“You can go on a hike to Potato Chip Rock or rent a fishing boat at the dock.”
  • 16 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers. There is also seals and sea lions everywhere! If you want to make the most out of this experience contact me and you can enjoy an amazing tour from a locals eyes.”
  • 391 locals recommend
Beach
“Mission Bay, many parks & several beaches, Seashells, Belmont Amusement Park, Sea World, Shopping, restaurants”
  • 148 locals recommend
Beach
“Famous reefbreak firmly entrenched in the annals of surfing history. Powerful, thick peak with a long, tapering right and a shorter, hollower left. Either can hold sizeable swells. Best with summer SW swells and any tide; usually bigger than other spots around. Gets very crowded and has a competitive atmosphere Accessed from the end of Vista de la Playa and from Vista de la Playa at Fern Glen, and by stairways along Neptune Place, south of Fern Glen.”
  • 101 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful Beach if you don’t mind the drive! For the more adventurous visitors, great location to explore and find caves.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Beach
“Lots of parking (paid) with great access to beach and rock pools (at low tide)”
  • 60 locals recommend
Park
“Sweet playground in Kellogg Park, right next to the FAMILY FAVORITE La Jolla Shores Beach. Public bathrooms with outdoor showers and a free parking lot are right there. But beware - parking spots fill up early!”
  • 84 locals recommend
Dog Run
“Beautiful place to bring your pup! Even if you don’t have a dog, it’s a great beach to spend the day. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Beach
“Head west to the 101 and drive north to Swami's beach. Park there & walk or bike south all the way to Solana Beach or head north & walk through the charming town on Encinitas. ”
  • 52 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“BEST MOUNTAIN. Cowles Mountain is a prominent mountain located in the San Carlos neighborhood, within the City of San Diego, San Diego County, California. The 1,593-foot summit is the highest point of the city of San Diego. It is protected within Mission Trails Regional Park. Difficult but worth the hike straight up - the BEST VIEWS of the city!”
  • 141 locals recommend
Mountain
“Ridiculous 360 degree views of San Diego, the ocean and all the way south to Mexico. Sunrise and Sunsets are beautiful and you can walk around a little bit. Short drive and worth stopping by at some point during your visit.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Lake
“Regional park offers playgrounds, boating, fishing, bike and walking trails. Can rent bikes or boats. Great place for family picnics and fun! Within walking distance from Casita. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Trail
“Good challenging hikes. Takes a couple of hours to reach peak and back go early in the am and take water especially if it’s hot”
  • 27 locals recommend
Trail
“If you like to people watch, listen to the waves break - this is the place for you!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Trail
“Just up the street from the airbnb is a large hiking trail that will take you through Tecolote Canyon. I've seen coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks, rattlesnakes and all sorts of lizards. You can make this hike as easy or difficult as you like, just ask me how.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Great hike with 360 degree mountain and ocean views. Can also drive to this park, which is at the top of the mountain. Hike starts from the bottom at “Discovery Lake Park””
  • 15 locals recommend
Trail
“Great for trail running, bird watching, enjoying ocean breezes and a slot canyon trial.”
  • 13 locals recommend
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