Top 7 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in San Diego

Mother Panda, Bai Yun and her baby, Yun Zi, at the San Diego Zoo. Photo by San Diego Zoo
Mother Panda, Bai Yun and her baby, Yun Zi, at the San Diego Zoo. Photo by San Diego Zoo

Go Wild at the San Diego Zoo

At the San Diego Zoo, it’s time to party. This year marks the popular zoo’s 100-year anniversary, and there are special activities to celebrate the occasion. The summer will be filled with centennial-themed events, and the San Diego Zoo will keep its Nighttime Zoo hours again this year, allowing guests to stay in the park after dark. The San Diego Zoo is home 3,700 rare and endangered animals, and a botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. 

A family walks along Cornado Beach. Photo by Brett Shoaf
A family walks along Cornado Beach. Photo by Brett Shoaf

Hit the Beach on Coronado Island

The beaches on Coronado Island have been rated some of the best in the country. You can reach the island by driving over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The bridge can get congested at times, and taking a ferry is more enjoyable. Ferries run every half hour from 9:30 am from Seaport Village to the island. Like the bridge, the Hotel del Coronado is an architectural delight. It has a wild past, full of ghost stories, scandals and celebrities. Marilyn Monroe starred in “Some Like It Hot,” which was filmed at the hotel. The hotel is a rich backdrop to the soft sandy beaches and easy waves.

Coronado Central Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard with a backdrop of colorful mansions and the Hotel del Coronado. The water is shallow and the sand is smooth, making it the perfect place to enjoy the sun.

Ferry Landing Marketplace has a sandy beach area adjacent to the ferry pier where the boats drop passengers off. The marketplace has more than 25 shops, restaurants and art galleries. There is also a large grassy area, where you can take a break and soak in the view of Downtown San Diego. The water here is tranquil and perfect to cool off in between shopping and dining.

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