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Free Activities in San Diego

Downtown SD

Waterfront Park in Little Italy, Downtown San Diego


The best things in life are free. In fact, some of the best places to explore in San Diego are free too! Below are our top recommendations for the budget conscious visitor.

Enjoy a Concert

Fletcher Cove Beach Park

Solana Beach, CA 92075

Many of San Diego’s neighborhoods, including our own Solana Beach, host summer concerts that are free and open to the public. Solana Beach’s “Concerts at the Cove” series is every Thursday night at 6pm. additionally, there are live jazz concerts at the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center on Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9pm.If you want an earlier show, La Jolla Cove hosts concerts from 2-4pm every Sunday from July 19-September 6, 2015.

Check out Cedros Design District

Cerdros Ave.

Solana Beach, CA 92075

Explore art galleries, interior design, locally made jewelry and more in Solana Beach’s premier design district. On Sundays, you can also enjoy a farmer’s market from 1-5pm.

Waterfront Park

1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

This beautiful, new park is a community art project come to life. Little ones love to splash in the water jets. Older children love the modern playground. Popular musical acts also perform shows from time to time for the park visitors.

Visit the Local Beaches

The best things in life are free. Visiting the beaches in San Diego costs absolutely nothing and it’s a terrific way to spend the day whether you’re traveling as a couple, family or solo. View our favorite beaches here.

Stroll through Balboa Park

1549 El Prado

San Diego, CA 92101

Visiting San Diego’s sprawling urban park doesn’t have to cost a dime. There are 13 beautiful gardens to explore without an entry fee. Additionally, if you’re a San Diego county resident or military, every Tuesday certain museums offer free admission. On the first Wednesday of each month, you can also stargaze through the telescopes just outside the Fleet (Reben H. Fleet Science Center).

Explore Old Town

4002 Wallace St.

San Diego, CA 92110

Old Town San Diego has many charms, one of which is the historical element. You can wander through the historic buildings and see what life was like during the colonial era.

Tour the Downtown Harbor, Embarcadero and Seaport Village

1 Marina Park Way
San Diego, CA

Stroll along San Diego’s Bayfront, just near downtown. Altogether, there are 34 miles of coastline to explore, featuring bay-side parks, marinas, historical architecture and so much more. If you’re traveling from Solana Beach, the Coaster is an ideal way to get into downtown without worrying about parking or traffic. Our train and coaster station is located at 105 N Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075.