Off the Beach La Jolla Activities for This Summer

Can you believe it? Summertime is in full swing and it’s a great occasion to get off the couch, out from behind that desk, and get outside and enjoy La Jolla! Sure, La Jolla is known for its beaches, but certainly that doesn’t mean you have to go to the beach to get some fresh air. Here’s some outdoor activities that don’t involve getting your toes caked with sand.

Hot Air Balloon

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Aside from the Wizard of Oz who explained it perfectly (although in Kanss), a veritable plethora of people have attempted to describe the sense of drifting through the ever sunny skies in a San Diego hot air balloon. Have you ever heard of the Balloonist’s Prayer? It simply defines the sport as a spiritual experience: one connecting with the sun, the wind and Mother Earth. It’s quite an enchanted event, a vast and free-floating excursion in the beautiful early morning sunrise or stunning evening sunset. Hot air balloonists in San Diego typically glide over San Diego beaches, lagoons, canyons and parks, suspended over strands of clouds, foam-covered white caps in the gleaming Pacific, and of course uninterrupted expanses of California coastline and plush, green valleys below. Why not give it a try and experience the thrill of a lifetime and get some truly fresh air while you’re at it?

The Coronado Ferry

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The Coronado Ferry schedule is clear-cut and simple to read and comprehend. Beginning at 9 a.m. each and every day, the Coronado Ferry leaves the San Diego Broadway Pier on the hour and journeys across San Diego Bay to allow its passengers to alight in the ever attractive city of Coronado at the Old Coronado Ferry Landing, a specialty shopping center. The last ferry to Coronado leaves at 9 p.m. Sunday through Monday, and at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. If you’re looking to spend the day in Coronado, be advised that return trips leave on the half hour. Sweet, right? Coronado Ferry tickets cost a mere $4.25 for a one way cruise, or $8.50 for a round trip. One of the benefits of riding the ferry is that you can bring your bicycle with you for no additional fee, that is, if you desire to sightsee Coronado beaches and various other attractions in that manner. For additional information concerning the Coronado Ferry, Coronado Ferry Landing and ticket information, simply call (619) 234-4111. You’ll be in for a treat!

Horseback Riding

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Okay, so you’re not John Wayne or a professional rodeo bronc rider. So what? If you’ve ever thought about enjoying a horseback ride but watching the Kentucky Derby or glimpsing a horse through a fence at the San Diego Zoo is the closest you’ve ever come, don’t fret it, let it. San Diego stables have rental horses and affordable lessons available for riders of all levels, from beginners to pros. In addition, there are myriad riding trails throughout San Diego and one or more is sure to fascinate you and your family or loved one. Bring along some chow, snatch that digital camera, and canter your horse in the peaceful Cuyamaca and Laguna mountains. On the other hand, you may opt to follow trails through a sandy river bed or along the beach near the San Diego border. C’mon, grab a pal and have some fun in the sun!

Bright Valley Farm

At Bright Valley farm there is truly a horse for everyone, pardner. You can ride through trails in a satisfying and serene riding area located near the Sweetwater River. While the rides are guided, they are not mere walking tours with a gimpy mare on her last legs. Indeed, trotting and cantering is permissible. Trail rides are $40 per person for an hour, $50 for an hour and a half, and $60 for two full hours. If you’re planning a group outing of 10 or more people, kindly call for easy and speedy reservations. Private and group lessons are also available for all age groups. Bright Valley Farm is located at 12310 Campo Rd., in Spring Valley. You can reach them at (619) 670-1861. Now giddy up and get out for a perfect day on a horse, of course!

Sweetwater Farms

Sweetwater Farms offers horseback riding lessons and awesome trail rides for all levels of riders. The staff provides calm dude ranch horses anybody will find at ease to ride. Trail rides are a mere $45 an hour. Sweetwater Farms is open Tuesdays through Sundays and on most holidays. Sweetwater Farms is located at 3051 Equitation Lane, Bonita. Give ‘em a call at (619) 475-3134 and saddle up!

Happy Trails Horse Rentals

Were you aware that Happy Trails is located near the only beach in San Diego that permits horseback riding? If trotting or galloping alongside the beach with fresh salt air in your face charms you, Happy Trails is the go to place for you and your loved ones. The company also provides trail rides in other parts of the greater San Diego area. Beach rides are $100 for two hours and $135 for three hours. Guided trail rides are $50 for an hour and $75 for an hour and a half. Happy Trails Horse Rentals is easily accessible at 2180 Monument Rd., San Diego. Grab your smartphone and give them a call at (619) 443-3517. Happy Trails is indeed a joyful experience for one and all.

Fore! Golfing in La Jolla

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Golfing during the summer in San Diego, much like holiday golfing, has a distinct essence of its own. Many tourists and business travelers invade San Diego for a taste of our desirable climate, and they also head to San Diego golf courses, especially those located on the coast. Unfortunately, golfing in most cities during the summer typically means there are no available tee times and so many of mosquitoes Monsanto couldn’t knock ‘em out. However, this is far from true for San Diego golfers. Here in charming San Diego County, there are more than 25 public or semi-private golf courses. Consequently, golf aficionados can get on those greens whatever time of the season.

The following list of San Diego golf courses includes useful information (facts, figures and fees) to help you decide where to play your next round of golf in San Diego. Check it out HERE

La Jolla Outdoor Activities for This Summer

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With summertime here, you’re going to want to be getting outside- and San Diego is indeed the picture-perfect city for people who have an affinity for outdoor activities. Scenic La Jolla, situated along San Diego’s central coastline, is idyllically located for people of all ages to access the areas myriad activities. This summertime you’ll find exceedingly more than enough to soak up your sunshiny San Diego days. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong resident, or whether you prefer to participate by air, land, or water, lovely La Jolla is your getaway locale for fun and adventure.

If you love to soar, consider an activity that will take you up in the air among our fair-feathered friends. With either hang gliding or hot air ballooning, people can revel in a breathtaking, bird’s-eye view of San Diego’s unique terrain and coastline permeated with gorgeous canyons, lagoons, and bays. At the Torrey Pines Gliderport, you can take private lessons, fly your own glider or paraglider, or opt to fly tandem with an experienced pilot. Individuals can also hop aboard a hot air balloon and soar over the coastline in the second best area next to Oz itself. One local company offers special fantastic tours at the end of the day so you can glimpse the glorious sunset from high above the Pacific Ocean.

For those individuals who prefer to keep their feet on the turf, you won’t run out of places to explore or sports to enjoy in La Jolla. There are walking, jogging and hiking trails scattered throughout the village and greater San Diego area, from the world famous beaches and bays to canyons and parks. Some of the canyon hiking trails stretch for miles, and as you meander across various creeks and waterfalls, you won’t believe you’re in the middle of the city. For those who have a preference for guided walking tours, there are several to choose from in San Diego, from urban safaris and food and drink tours, to tours for bird watchers and nature lovers. Well-appreciated and highly popular areas such as expansive Balboa Park and Old Town also extend regular walking tours, where visitors and residents alike can be educated about San Diego’s rich history and unique geography. You’ll also find many free volleyball courts on San Diego beaches and some of the better golf courses in the entire country. Individuals of all ages can also cycle safely on many bicycle routes or opt to ride horses on the beach or inland trails.

If you have a penchant for water activities, there are at minimum 15 major beaches dotting the San Diego coastline. From Torrey Pines in the north to Ocean Beach in the south, there are considerably more inviting beaches and parks surrounding Mission Bay. Visitors may choose to swim, surf, snorkel, scuba dive, explore tide pools, fish, launch a kayak, a sailboat, or a motorboat, or kick back and enjoy a picnic and an outstanding sunset. Several of San Diego’s beaches also include year-round lifeguards, restrooms, bar-b-cues, picnic tables, playgrounds for the kiddo’s, nearby eating locales, as well as various equipment rentals such as body boards, snorkels, fins, and bicycles. If you’ve always dreamed of learning how to surf or paddle a canoe or kayak, or perhaps scuba dive, you’ll discover many schools offering lessons throughout San Diego. Furthermore, if you enjoy being on the water, but fancy somebody else to take the helm, you can take a look into San Diego’s many water bound tours, including fishing, exploring coastal caves, whale watching, or touring San Diego harbor. Check out what we recommend for snorkeling and surfing! 

With all these wonderful outdoor adventures calling to you here in scenic and inviting La Jolla, what are you waiting for? Whether you seek to delight in San Diego’s many activities in the air, on the ground, or in the water, it’s high time to grab your favorite sunscreen and get out and enjoy life!


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