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Spoiled with Sunshine: Outdoor Adventures in San Diego

It’s only fitting for America’s Finest City to have the finest weather on the West Coast. Enjoy the sun and spend your day outside with activities that spark your adventurous side. San Diego doesn’t hold back when it comes to events in 70-degree weather, so here are some ideas that may require sunscreen!

Go on a Tour of Mission Bay

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Photo Courtesy of Mission Bay Aquatic Center


In the heart of the city lies the Mission Bay Park, an area with countless outdoor activities, from kayaking to to wake boarding. Go on a night tour of the bay on a stand-up paddle board with the Mission Bay Aquatic Center or go ride a jet back above the bay through the Mission Bay Sports Center. Both organizations offer activities that will give you a new perspective on the bay and are offered most days of the year.

Experience Downtown San Diego

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Photo Courtesty of Quartyard

In the mood for good food, cold beer and live music? Downtown’s Quartyard is a go-to for enjoying cocktails, craft beer and corn hole. It also doubles as a concert venue and has hosted Skrillex, Milky Chance, Dillon Francis and Stephen Marley. They’ve even attached a dog park. Find more events on their calendar.

1102 Market St in Downtown San Diego


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Photo Courtesy of San Diego Whale Watch

Hop on board and watch these majestic creatures as they make their 10,000-mile annual migration. These tours never go out of season – there are always spectacular whales and dolphins to see year-round.

$24 – $48

Experience San Diego in the Air

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Photo Courtesy of Torrey Pines Gliderport

If water isn’t your thing, take to the sky! Just 20 minutes from Ocean Park Inn, The Torrey Pines Gliderport offers either tandem paragliding or tandem hang gliding from the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Beach. The Gliderport is the largest tandem operation in in the world and welcomes people of any age to fly with their team of experts.


Book a Surfing Lesson

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Photo Courtesy of San Diego Surf Lesson

Learn to conquer the waves by enrolling in surf lessons that will have you hanging ten in no time! The San Diego Surf Lesson School offers classes from all ages with professional instructors highly trained in water safety and awareness, wave etiquette, board positioning, and wave knowledge who will encourage and guide you through your surfing progression.


Snorkel with Friendly Sharks

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Photo Courtesy of SD Expeditions

The shallow coastline of La Jolla, just minutes from Ocean Park Inn, makes it a gem for snorkeling and exploring the plentiful marine life of San Diego. In the summer months, southern California’s largest leopard shark colony lives in La Jolla. These harmless sharks, ranging from three to five feet, swim along the ocean floor looking for crustaceans to eat. Book a snorkel excursion and learn more while admiring these creatures under water. Your instructor will make sure you are comfortable with the equipment and techniques before entering the water! Tickets available online.


Take your Dog to the Beach

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Photo Courtesy of Coronado Times

Relax at the beach with family and friends…and even your dog! Coronado Dog Beach, Ocean Beach Dog Beach and Fiesta Island are all off-leash dog beaches, dedicated to wet hair and wagging tails. San Diego really does have something for everyone to enjoy, even your pup. For parking information and a list of off-leash parks and beaches in San Diego, see here.

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