Free 1,000 San Diego Activities

These over 1,000 FREE things to do in San Diego is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to FREE fun things to see and do. Hopefully, it will jumpstart your engine and get you to realize that San Diego is Paradise on Earth when it comes to living in and enjoying every minute of the San Diego Adventure.

  1. 20 kid FREE Attractions
  2. 30 Parades Annually
  3. 30 Art Galleries at Spanish Village in Balboa Park
  4. 50 Maps & Walking & Driving Tours
  5. 54 miles of Beaches (La Jolla Shores is #1)
  6. 75 Places to eat offering kids eat FRE
  7. 75 Places to eat a FREE meal on your birthday
  8. 140 San Diego Festivals
  9. 200 Farmer’s Markets
  10. 250 Hiking Trails
  11. 340 City Parks for picnics & family outings
  12. Art: La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art free ages 25 & under
  13. Art: Art galleries line the block of Prospect Street in posh La Jolla
  14. Art: Timken Art Gallery in Balboa Park ALWAYS FREE
  15. Art: Mingei Museum Gallery in Balboa Park free to residents 3rd. Tue.
  16. Art: San Diego Art Institute Balboa Park free to residents 3rd. Tue.
  17. Art: San Diego Museum of Art free on 3rd Tue. for residents
  18. Art: Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park (21 Art Galleries) FREE
  19. Art: Art Walk at Liberty Station (August) Art Museums
  20. Art: Coronado open-air art walk at Spreckels Park weekends
  21. Antique District: Ocean Beach Antique District
  22. Antique District: Adams Avenue
  23. Bikes: 240 miles of bike lane tours of San Diego sights
  24. Boat Launching is FREE at all lakes & Bays in the county
  25. Boat Parade: San Diego Bay Boat Parades (2 times in December)
  26. Boat Parade Mission Bay Boat Parade (December)
  27. Body Surfing: World Championship July In Oceanside
  28. Christmas Lights: Tree Lane of Lights, Rancho Penasquitos
  29. Dog Parks & Beaches
  30. Farmers markets 200 countywide
  31. Festival: Festival of the Bells at Mission San Diego de Alcala (June)
  32. Festival: Lemon Capitol of the World in Chula Vista
  33. Festivals: Sandcastle Building Contest July in Imperial Beach
  34. Fishing at all piers in the county is FREE
  35. Fly Fishing Lessons Free at Otay Lakes
  36. Flower Fields in bloom (Mar 1–May 10) Carlsbad
  37. Free admission to SD Zoo on Founders Day Oct. 2
  38. Free admission to SD Safari Park Oct. 2 Founder’s Day
  39. Garden: City of Coronado Home Front Garden competition
  40. Garden: Self Realization Fellowship, Encinitas
  41. Garden: Water Conservation Garden (a gardener’s #1 must-see)
  42. Gliders at Glider Port at Torrey Pines viewing platform
  43. Hikes: Rancho Penasquitos Canyon County Preserve
  44. Hikes: Cowles Mountain (highest in County)
  45. Hikes: Iron Mountain 5.2 mile (1 hr.)
  46. Hikes: Mt. Woodson Summit & Potato Chip Rock
  47. Hikes: Around Lake Miramar
  48. Hikes: Around Lake Hodges
  49. Hikes: Around Otay Lake
  50. Kite Festival: Ocean Beach Annual Kite Festival
  51. Military Families: Free Admission to the Zoo
  52. Military Families: Free Admission to SeaWorld
  53. Military Families: Free admission to Air & Space Museum
  54. Military Families: Free admission to the USS Midway
  55. Museum: Bonita Historical Museum
  56. Museum: Flying Leather Neck Marine Museum
  57. Museum: US Marine Museum at Marine Recruit Depot
  58. Museum: Free admission for Children to USS Midway
  59. Museum: Heritage Museum of the Americas (#1must see Museum) 
  60. Museum: Coronado History Museum
  61. Museum: Olympic Museum & Training Facility, in Eastlake
  62. Museum: International Cottages Balboa Park (weekends)
  63. Music: Organ concerts year around balboa Park
  64. Nude Beach: Black’s Beach Bathing Suit Optional Beach
  65. Octoberfest La Mesa Village
  66. Over the line championship for two weekends in July on Fiesta Island
  67. Parks: Fiesta Island at Mission Bay
  68. Parks: Old Town Historic Park No admission & Free parking
  69. Parks: Balboa Park Free admission Tuesday’s for locals
  70. Parks: 340 City Parks for picnics and family outings
  71. Parks: Mission Bay 4,600-acre Aquatic Park
  72. Parks: Mission Trails Regional Park 65 miles of trails & info. Center
  73. Parks: Anza Borrego State Park, larger than the state of Rhode Island
  74. Parks: La Jolla Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove
  75. Scuba Diving at La Jolla Cove Underwater Park
  76. Street Fair: Carlsbad Annual Street Fair (April)
  77. Street Fairs: Encinitas Street Fairs
  78. Street Fair: Little Italy 🇮🇹 Feta (yet to be announced)
  79. Street Fair: Ocean Beach Street Fair (June 26, 2021)
  80. Street Fair: Rancho Bernardo Street Fair (Oct)
  81. Sunset: at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma. See a green flash!
  82. Surfing: Summer Girl Surf Pro championship
  83. Surfing: Luau and Legends of Surf Invitational event La Jolla
  84. Surfing: California Surf Museum Tuesday Free Admission
  85. Tide Pooling Ocean Beach and La Jolla Shores  
  86. Tours: Guided Gaslamp Historic tour
  87. Tours: Self-Guided Tour of Little Italy
  88. Tours: SelfGuided Tour Old Town
  89. Tours: Self-Guided Tour of Hotel Del Coronado (circa 1888)
  90. Views: Mt. Helix highest hill accessible by car in east county
  91. Views: Mt Soledad Veterans Memorial Park
  92. Walk: Self-Guided Embarcadero Walk (3 miles)
  93. Walk: Sunset Cliffs on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Pt. Loma
  94. Walk: 50 Self-guided tours featured in Sandiegan.com