Things To Do In San Diego During Spring Break

La Jolla Kayak Spring Break

Spring break is here—enjoy it to the fullest! San Diego offers a huge variety of things to do, but don’t be overwhelmed. Hit the highlights with our list things to do in San Diego during Spring Break.

Best Day Trip Ideas

Want to check visiting Tijuana off your list this spring break? Check out our TJ taco travel diary for travel tips and great lunch locations!

For those who like adventure, visit the shipwreck in Coronado during low tide! There’s a ton of great restaurants nearby. If you want to see the inside of a not-sunken ship, check out the Star of India at the SD Maritime Museum.


If you’re in a road-trip mood, go for one of our Favorite San Diego Day Trips and head up to Temecula! Temecula Wine Country offers scenery, great wines, and more. Visit Old Town and check out the Old Town Sweet Shop, or swing by the famous Temecula Olive Oil Company for tastings and a well-stocked gift shop.

San Diego is famous for its brewery scene, particularly its local craft beer industry. Whether you’re a dedicated beer lover or just beginning, you haven’t gotten a true San Diego experience until you’ve visited at least one craft brewery!

Skip Sea World and go whale watching! Seeing these gorgeous mammals in their natural habitat is a completely different experience, and there’s nothing like the thrill of suddenly seeing a whale and their young pop up out of nowhere. La Jolla Kayak offers whale watching trips, along with kayaking, snorkeling, rentals and tours.

Getting Active

Torrey Pines Hiking Trails

Seize the day! If you’ve always wanted to try an extreme sport, try indoor skydiving at iFly! This new Mission Valley recreation location gives you the full experience of skydiving without the (possibly terrifying) views of the ground far below. Torrey Pines Gliderport also offers hang gliding or paragliding for a more natural outdoors experience.

Go horseback riding! There’s tons of locations in and around San Diego, and Happy Trails Horse Rentals even offers beach rides. You’ll get great scenery and spring break is the time to go, since it won’t be as hot as later in the year.

Of course, there’s always the beach. If you want to go beyond sunbathing, there’s kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, biking (rent bikes for cheap at California Bicycle), hiking, jetskiing, and windsurfing. La Jolla Kayak offers supplies for many of these activities.

SEE ALSO: Enjoying a Bonfire at La Jolla Shores

The Arts

Feeling arty? Catch a film from the 23rd Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 10 – 20! Hosted at AMC 18 at Fashion Valley, the festival recently announced its Cine Gay Showcase lineup and Spotlight Film programming. Grab an unbeatable deal of 5 film showings for $40 (just $8 per film!) in early bird ticket sales.

MCASD offers free admission on Thursday, March 17 from 5pm – 7pm. Visitors have free access to galleries (including tours beginning at 5:30 pm) at both the downtown and La Jolla locations. If you’d like an extra hour of gallery time and more of a party atmosphere including music and food / drink deals, swing by MCASD’s downtown location for Downtown at Sundown.

The San Diego Museum of Art at Balboa Park is currently featuring Arts of the Open Air. The museum’s sculpture collection, including works from important artists Joan Miró, Auguste Rodin, and Tony Rosenthal, will be displayed in the Plaza de Panama. Visitors can stroll through the sculptures for free every day, so don’t miss this opportunity!

For more local happenings, see our events page or follow our blog for weekly and monthly event roundups.

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