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Great San Diego area Day Trips

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Great San Diego area Day Trips

Animal experience
The world famous San Diego Zoo is a great day away from home. Also save time to explore the surrounding Balboa Park
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San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
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The world famous San Diego Zoo is a great day away from home. Also save time to explore the surrounding Balboa Park
If you like walking outdoors and experience wildlife in their natural habit this place hits the mark. Amazing and peaceful.
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
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If you like walking outdoors and experience wildlife in their natural habit this place hits the mark. Amazing and peaceful.
Great for kids - not a huge aquarium but is well worthwhile - combine it with a walk on La Jolla shores
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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2300 Expedition Way
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Great for kids - not a huge aquarium but is well worthwhile - combine it with a walk on La Jolla shores
Sightseeing
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San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Dr
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Walking the shores of La Jolla and following it up with some fine dining downtown La Jolla is a must. Sea Lions, Marine Park with scuba diving and kayaking awaits you
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La Jolla Cove
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Walking the shores of La Jolla and following it up with some fine dining downtown La Jolla is a must. Sea Lions, Marine Park with scuba diving and kayaking awaits you
Lots of museums and gardens on display here. Try going on Tuesday when some of the museums are free.
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Balboa Park
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Lots of museums and gardens on display here. Try going on Tuesday when some of the museums are free.
Short trip from Encinitas. Drive on to the island and park or catch a ferry across and then walk the coastal path. Be sure to end up at the Hotel Del Coronado where Marilyn Monroe had her famous skirt photo take.
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Coronado Island
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Short trip from Encinitas. Drive on to the island and park or catch a ferry across and then walk the coastal path. Be sure to end up at the Hotel Del Coronado where Marilyn Monroe had her famous skirt photo take.
If you need to see the sign and walk the walk of fame it’s about 100 miles away and can take a while if there is traffic
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Hollywood Sign
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If you need to see the sign and walk the walk of fame it’s about 100 miles away and can take a while if there is traffic
Famous for their Apple pies, this little neighborhood is a great day trip for the family. Park and walk the town.
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Julian
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Famous for their Apple pies, this little neighborhood is a great day trip for the family. Park and walk the town.
Take a fast ferry out to Carlin’s island. Great place to trundle around on. See the bison...
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Catalina Express
320 Golden Shore
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Take a fast ferry out to Carlin’s island. Great place to trundle around on. See the bison...
Great place to go and hike. Rock pools are great but the views are also great
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Point Loma Tide Pools
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
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Great place to go and hike. Rock pools are great but the views are also great
No trip to San Diego should skip a trip to the Midway
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USS Midway Museum
910 North Harbor Drive
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No trip to San Diego should skip a trip to the Midway
Some great food places and lots of Mexican shops. Great day out.
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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
4002 Wallace Street
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Some great food places and lots of Mexican shops. Great day out.
Fun day getting out
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Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane
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Fun day getting out
Great spot on the beach. Great outdoors, great restaurants, pub on the beach
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Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
1500 Orange Avenue
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Great spot on the beach. Great outdoors, great restaurants, pub on the beach
Food scene
Great date night place, sports event viewing, pub crawls, dinner and a show. Downtown San Diego is a must.
Gaslamp Quarter
208-226 Fifth Ave
Great date night place, sports event viewing, pub crawls, dinner and a show. Downtown San Diego is a must.
Park and walk - great little street if you like Italian
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Little Italy
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Park and walk - great little street if you like Italian
For the kids
Great for kids of any age. Great for dad too. Just 1/2hr drive, if that...
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Legoland
One Legoland Dr
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Great for kids of any age. Great for dad too. Just 1/2hr drive, if that...
The original amazing Disney theme park is just over an hours drive from Encinitas. Family fun for all.
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Disneyland Park
1313 Disneyland Drive
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The original amazing Disney theme park is just over an hours drive from Encinitas. Family fun for all.
There are 2 parks at Disney and this is the one with the more adult rides. Well worth the trip.
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Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Drive
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There are 2 parks at Disney and this is the one with the more adult rides. Well worth the trip.
If you like water and fish this is a great outing for the day. I love aquariums and I could spend all day there.
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SeaWorld San Diego
500 Sea World Dr
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If you like water and fish this is a great outing for the day. I love aquariums and I could spend all day there.
If the fair is on you gotta go. Pick up some discounted tickets from the local grocery stores.
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Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
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If the fair is on you gotta go. Pick up some discounted tickets from the local grocery stores.
Great family beach with playground and bathrooms
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Moonlight State Beach
400 B St
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Great family beach with playground and bathrooms
Lots of parking (paid) with great access to beach and rock pools (at low tide)
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Torrey Pines State Beach
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Lots of parking (paid) with great access to beach and rock pools (at low tide)
Get a boat and go fishing
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Lake Hodges
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Get a boat and go fishing
Action and Activities
Want to go paragliding? A professional will take you.
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Torrey Pines Gliderport
2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
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Want to go paragliding? A professional will take you.
Great way to see Encinitas and the surrounding vista. Takes off within a mile of our place!
Compass Balloons
1969 Villa Cardiff Dr
Great way to see Encinitas and the surrounding vista. Takes off within a mile of our place!
Snorkel or scuba the protected marine reserve in La Jolla
Snorkel & Scuba
1188 Coast Boulevard
Snorkel or scuba the protected marine reserve in La Jolla
Park at the bottom and hike to the top (easy to hike, steep but on a road). Once on top take one of the many trails down and see if you can make it to the beach and then walk back on the beach
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Torrey Pines State Reserve
12600 North Torrey Pines Road
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Park at the bottom and hike to the top (easy to hike, steep but on a road). Once on top take one of the many trails down and see if you can make it to the beach and then walk back on the beach
If you have a dog this is a must. You’ll interact with hundreds of other dogs And owners on the beach. Parking requires payment.
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Del Mar North Beach
3200 Camino Del Mar
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If you have a dog this is a must. You’ll interact with hundreds of other dogs And owners on the beach. Parking requires payment.
If you like fishing or surfing this is a great spot
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Oceanside Pier
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If you like fishing or surfing this is a great spot
Take time to golf the local course with some great views.
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Encinitas Ranch Golf Course
1275 Quail Gardens Drive
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Take time to golf the local course with some great views.
Nightly shows at this local pub / club
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Belly Up Tavern
143 South Cedros Avenue
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Nightly shows at this local pub / club
Go ski for a day or simply go and take in the sites
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Big Bear Lake
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Go ski for a day or simply go and take in the sites
Enjoy the wine farms of Temecula
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Wilson Creek Winery
35960 Rancho California Road
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Enjoy the wine farms of Temecula
A dive of a casino. Card tables. If you enjoy gambling it’s just next door ;)
Ocean's Eleven Casino
121 Brooks Street
A dive of a casino. Card tables. If you enjoy gambling it’s just next door ;)
If it’s baseball season you have to go to the best ballpark in the country
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Petco Park
100 Park Boulevard
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If it’s baseball season you have to go to the best ballpark in the country
Stand up paddle boarding.
Aqua Adventures Kayaks & Stand Up Paddleboards Rental & Sales
1548 Quivira Way
Stand up paddle boarding.
Play a little paddle ball. $10 for a session.
Bobby Riggs Racket & Paddle
875 Santa Fe Drive
Play a little paddle ball. $10 for a session.
Don’t forget to straighten the spine after your activities.
Chiropractic Life Center
447 Encinitas Boulevard
Don’t forget to straighten the spine after your activities.
Dune activities - ATV - we took our RV and had a blast
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Anza Borrego State Park;
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Dune activities - ATV - we took our RV and had a blast
Shopping
Outdoor outlet mall right next to the famous Carlsbad flower fields. Mixture of all brands at outlet mall prices
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Carlsbad Premium Outlets
5620 Paseo Del Norte
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Outdoor outlet mall right next to the famous Carlsbad flower fields. Mixture of all brands at outlet mall prices
Best shopping mall in the area. High end stores with lots of open fun areas for the family.
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Westfield UTC
4545 La Jolla Village Drive
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Best shopping mall in the area. High end stores with lots of open fun areas for the family.
Surf spots
Local surf spots
Famous surf spot - enough said
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Swami's State Beach
1298 South Coast Highway 101
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Famous surf spot - enough said
Beacons and Grandview are local favorites
Leucadia State Beach
948 Neptune Avenue
Beacons and Grandview are local favorites
A little way up the 5N but well worth the trip
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San Onofre State Beach
Old Pacific Highway
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A little way up the 5N but well worth the trip