Things to do for Adventurers

Are you an adventurer seeking adrenaline, action, and once in a lifetime experiences in San Diego? Navigate through the tabs below to find suggested itineraries to best plan your San Diego visit!

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Suggested One-Day Itinerary for Adventurers
Day One

  1. One thing you do not want to miss with only one day to spend in San Diego are the views around La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores. Kick the day off with a kayaking or snorkeling tour or rent some gear and head out on the water and get side by side with sea lions and other exotic marine life!

  2. Next, head 15mins up the coast to Torrey Pines Gliderport and cross one more thing off your bucket list with a tandem paragliding flight! After, you can hike down the cliff to Black’s Beach and/or continue just up the coast to hiking trail at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for beautiful views across the Pacific Ocean.

  3. To keep the adventure going into the night, go for a hike anywhere along one of the beaches or coast to watch the sun set and/or sign up for nighttime paddle boarding session and witness the colors of San Diego at night from the water.

  4. If you are not too worn out from the days’ adventure so far, head out to the Gaslamp Quarter to end the day with some good food, drinks, and dancing!

Suggested Three-Day Itinerary for Adventurers
Day One

  1. Kick off your first morning in San Diego with some speed with a Speed Boat Adventure Tour! What better way than to experience the San Diego harbor with some adrenaline and great views?

  2. Head to Belmont Park and Mission Beach, which are two of San Diego’s notable stops for visitors. Go on some of the rides at Belmont Park while overlooking the beach or test your skills out with some fun on the FlowRider!

  3. After you experience some adrenaline, spend some time relaxing on the sand at Mission Beach or head a few minutes North to Pacific Beach for some time to shop around, soak up the sun, and have fun in the waves.

  4. No trip to San Diego would be complete without a night exploring the Gaslamp Quarter. Head to downtown to end the day with some good food, drinks, and dancing!
Day Two
  1. One thing you do not want to miss with only one day to spend in San Diego are the views around La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores. Kick the day off with a kayaking or snorkeling tour or rent some gear and head out on the water and get side by side with sea lions and other exotic marine life!

  2. Next, head 15mins up the coast to Torrey Pines Gliderport and cross one more thing off your bucket list with a tandem paragliding flight! After, you can hike down the cliff to Black’s Beach and/or continue just up the coast to hiking trail at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for beautiful views across the Pacific Ocean.

  3. Take some time to relax in between your activities and chose to spend time at one of San Diego’s beaches like Ocean Beach or Carlsbad State Beach.

  4. To keep the adventure going into the night, sign up for a nighttime paddle boarding session and witness the colors of San Diego at night from the water.
Day Three
  1. As an adventurer, you cannot leave San Diego without having experienced action or adrenaline in the ocean waters. You cannot go wrong with a Hydro-flight lesson, learning to surf, or renting a jet ski.

  2. End your trip to San Diego with an evening hike at Iron Mountain or Cowles Mountain and witness the beautiful colors of a West Coast sunset.

Suggested Five-Day Itinerary for Adventurers
Day One

  1. Kick off your first morning in San Diego with some speed with a Speed Boat Adventure Tour! What better way than to experience the San Diego harbor with some adrenaline and great views?

  2. Head to Belmont Park and Mission Beach, which are two of San Diego’s notable stops for visitors. Go on some of the rides at Belmont Park while overlooking the beach or test your skills out with some fun on the FlowRider!

  3. After you experience some adrenaline, spend some time relaxing on the sand at Mission Beach or head a few minutes North to Pacific Beach for some time to shop around, soak up the sun, and have fun in the waves.

  4. No trip to San Diego would be complete without a night exploring the Gaslamp Quarter. Head to downtown to end the day with some good food, drinks, and dancing!
Day Two
  1. One thing you do not want to miss with only one day to spend in San Diego are the views around La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores. Kick the day off with a kayaking or snorkeling tour or rent some gear and head out on the water and get side by side with sea lions and other exotic marine life!

  2. Next, head 15mins up the coast to Torrey Pines Gliderport and cross one more thing off your bucket list with a tandem paragliding flight! After, you can hike down the cliff to Black’s Beach and/or continue just up the coast to hiking trail at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for beautiful views across the Pacific Ocean.

  3. Take some time to relax in between your activities and chose to spend time at one of San Diego’s beaches like Ocean Beach or Carlsbad State Beach.

  4. To keep the adventure going into the night, sign up for a nighttime paddle boarding session and witness the colors of San Diego at night from the water.
Day Three
  1. As an adventurer, you cannot leave San Diego without having experienced action or adrenaline in the ocean waters. You cannot go wrong with a Hydro-flight lesson, learning to surf, or renting a jet ski.

  2. End the day with an evening hike at Iron Mountain or Cowles Mountain and witness the beautiful colors of a West Coast sunset.
Day Four
  1. Spend the day at Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland or Universal Studios.

  2. Or spend the day exploring in the quaint Historic landmark, Julian, hiking or mountain biking.
Day Five
  1. End your trip with a full day on the beach to do all of the activities: beach volleyball, skin boarding, surfing, snorkeling, etc.

  2. Or if weather does not permit for the beach: Indoor rock climbing and Indoor skydiving are great adventure activities!

  3. Complete your day with going to one of the diverse neighborhoods to check out some of the local bars/restaurants like Soda & Swine and Polite Provisions.


Best for Adventurers in San Diego

1. Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center


Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center is a premier facility for indoor rock climbing, yoga, and fitness.



2. Pacific Beach


Pacific Beach offers some of the best surfing during the day and some of the best bars and restaurants at night.



3. Disney California Adventure Park


Disney California Adventure Park is a Southern California theme park featuring Disney and Pixar characters and stories at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.



4. Bike & Kayak Tours


San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours, Inc. is your #1 source for bike tours, kayak tours and snorkeling adventures in and around San Diego County.



5. Belmont Park


Beachfront amusement center with rides, indoor children's play center, and attractions, and much more!



6. Soda & Swine


An American Restaurant with a unique twist and amazing food!



7. Universal Studios Hollywood


Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place: thrilling Theme Park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk. Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family.



8. Torrey Pines Gliderport


Southern California’s premiere location for paragliding, hang gliding, remote control models and sailplanes.



9. La Jolla Kayak


Discover by kayak the spectacular sea cliffs, the Seven Caves and the La Jolla Underwater Park with abundant marine life including Sea Lions, Leopard Sharks, and Garibaldi. La Jolla Kayak offers kayak tours and kayak rentals to explore the coast line with a certified guide or on your own.



10. iFly San Diego


Experience the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you FLYING in the air. Super fun, super safe and super cool!



11. Fly Guys Watersports


We are San Diego’s premier flyboarding destination. We provide the ultimate experience for thrill seekers and action enthusiasts. If you enjoy jet skis, boats, snowboarding, paddle boarding, surfing or just swimming in the water, flyboarding in San Diego is a must.



12. Knott's Berry Farm


Fun is always in season at Knott's Berry Farm! With dozens of rides, shows, roller coasters, and attractions in five themed areas, there is something for everyone!



13. Gaslamp Quater


As the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, guests can immerse themselves in our rich Victorian architecture and history, dine with world-renowned chefs, and dance the night away at nationally recognized nightlife venues.



14. San Diego Surf School


San Diego Surf School was founded in 2000 and is the leading surf school in Southern California. San Diego Surf School is the place to come for quality, safe and fun surf lessons for all ages and levels. We teach that surfing is not just a sport, but a remedy for life.



15. Polite Provisions


One of the most unique bars in San Diego offering craft cocktails, microbrews and a classy-retro atmosphere.


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