Outdoor activities in Downtown

Top 10 Outdoor Activities in Downtown (San Diego)

Outdoor Activities in Downtown

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  • erint968
    3 contributions
    beautiful area for walking, nice views, would like benches to sit and enjoy ocean like some other beaches in mission bay.
    Written 25 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Hari A
    Delta, Canada632 contributions
    Some dangerous looking cliffs. Stand at the edge and you can feel the waves caressing the hill below your feet. Great scenery and a great hike. If this does not tire you, spend the day at the Torrey Pines Golf course across the road!
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • Brenda M
    8 contributions
    SO many boats. As a boat lover, this was one happy camper!! Or sailor!! The history behind it all was so interesting. What an amazing place!
    Written 1 April 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Beth K
    Shawnee, KS1 613 contributions
    I love a great beach and this one was good. The beach itself is nice, clean, and contained a few seashells. I enjoyed walking under the pier at low tide on the rocks.

    What I didn't like was all of the druggies surrrounding the area. The pot smell was at times unbearable and I thought smoking marijuana was illegal in public places. That was a turn-off for me. I saw several people that were so high they were stumbling around.
    Written 1 March 2020
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  • Nikko Gandia
    Monterey, CA341 contributions
    easy hiking in the torrey pines natural reserve. i posted a video that includes a vlog, tips and suggestions for all hiking levels, so you can be prepared. you can find a link to my youtube on my profile or you can look me up by name: “nikko gandia”.

    there's free parking before the main entrance but that’ll add another 2-3 miles and some elevation to your hike. the fee was $25 and i went on a sunday.

    the guy fleming trail loop has beautiful views of the cliffs, ocean and the san diego coast. easy trail with minimal elevation.

    i also hiked to the red butte using the razor point trail and then down to the beach. it's another easy trail with about 300 ft of elevation gain.

    the park is made up of 2 trail loops and 5+ connecting shorter trails. i saw many families hiking, so i think it's a great place for beginner hikers. make sure to check the distance/elevation gain of the trails you're planning to go on to make sure you’re prepared.
    Written 2 October 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • outdoorsguy
    Yucaipa, Ca.6 contributions
    This is my favoite beach to camp at, second place/ close to a tie would be San Clemente State Beach. Being this far South the water is warmer than the farther North Beaches and the people are warmer and friendlier. They both sit on the bluff but have easy pathes to the beaches. The biggest plus for South Carlsbad is that 1/2 the campground is Ocean Side Vs. San Clamente only has 3 spots ocean side. Both are great spots though with clean showers and rest rooms
    Written 11 July 2019
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  • Diane P
    Portland, OR654 contributions
    People will say this is an easy hike but it’s relative. I thought it was very manageable but it is basically a mile down and a mile up so you’ll need to consider that. It’s not going to be easy for people who don’t walk or hike at least a little. The views are great and I like how it rounds the bend so that you get so many different views. I parked by the visitors center and walked up to the lighthouse and then down to the trail. $20 to get into the monument. You’ll also pass the beautiful and moving Fort Rosecrans National cemetery.
    Written 2 March 2022
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  • jkzoo
    Mansfield, OH878 contributions
    Just like the name says, a canyon full of palms amt other vegetation. Paths Aaron's down into the "canyon" and out seems cooler and calmer down there. Different groin the other gardens in balboa park.
    Written 18 September 2017
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  • Kyles Vacations Travorium Partner
    Las Vegas, NV273 contributions
    I had funs and the staff was nice. I went on my Birthday week and they sung happy birthday. The ride was very interesting and I would do it again. I love San Diego and I would say that You should do this ride anytime you are in town.
    Written 3 October 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Mushroom Mom
    Cincinnati, OH145 contributions
    I made two trips with Hornblower. I wanted to see whales. They promise if you do not see wildlife they will either take you out again or refund your money. I took the tour on a lovely afternoon. We were out almost 4 hours. The captains were very knowledgeable. We saw a pod of dolphins swimming right up against the boat. The sea lions were sunning themselves on the buoys in the bay, so saw them up close and personal. The captain found a group of three whales swimming together. It was probably a baby, mother and another adult. They never breached but we did see part of the tails. The captain followed the three whales for quite a long time. There were also naturalists from the museum on board to answer questions. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience.

    The second trip was perfectly fine but I personally found it a disappointment. It was the North Bay tour. There was lots of talk about the ships we passed and all the military history. As the captain spoke, I thought this talk is lost on me. I was so sorry that my husband was not with me because he would have loved it. I wished the person that I'd spoken to make the reservations had explained what this tour was. The South tour was probably what I wanted but no one explained that. I'd give the North tour only three.

    I uses an Explorer' pass for both admissions.

    Written 20 March 2022
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  • Mohammad Qutishat
    Amman, Jordan2 211 contributions
    It is a beautifully majestic ship, the Indian star is an old ship that was built in 1863 which makes it one of the oldest still floating ships.
    Note: the same ticket grants you access to multiple ships and submarines.
    Written 11 December 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.