Top 10 Free Things to Do in San Diego, California

Looking for things to do in San Diego for free while enjoying the beaches and sunny weather? Here is Wanderlust's list of top free things to do in San Diego, CA as you explore America's Finest City.

1. Cabrillo National Monument

1. Cabrillo National Monument

Explore these well-preserved tide pools in Point Loma and visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse while you`re in the park. Only a five minute drive from most of our rental properties.
2. Sunset Cliffs

2. Sunset Cliffs

One of the best places to go to see a stunning San Diego sunset, is of course Sunset Cliffs scenic viewing area. You might be lucky and spy whales passing by the crashing waves below. Explore our Sunset Cliffs vacation homes here just steps away from these beautiful cliffs.

3. Neighborhood Stroll in Ocean Beach (OB)

Window shop local retail, restaurants and flair in this 70`s, boho, beach neighborhood. Just five minutes drive from many of our rental homes this will be your go-to neighborhood in San Diego!
4. Timken Museum of Art

4. Timken Museum of Art

This museum is always free to visitors and features a collection of European Old Masters, 19th Century American paintings and Russian icons. It is the only Balboa Park museum with free admission, but worth visiting also for the stroll through the rest of the Park property--with many museums and gardens to explore. Free days available to San Diego residents for other museums.

5. Museum of Contemporary Art

Free on the third Thursday of each month from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Downtown and La Jolla locations. Note: During the La Jolla closure, MCASD will continue to deliver high-quality exhibitions and programming at its Jacobs and Copley Buildings at MCASD Downtown
6. Coronado Municipal Beach

6. Coronado Municipal Beach

This property is most famous for the Victorian Hotel Del Coronado and beautiful beaches - explore all four while you`re here. These beaches are one of our favorite free things to do in San Diego.
7. The San Diego Botanic Garden

7. The San Diego Botanic Garden

Aka "Quail Botanic Garden" is free to San Diego residents (ID required) on the first Tuesday of every month. Explore current and upcoming events for extras with admission.

8. Ray at Night

North Park`s art walk is one of the most lively and longest-running cultural events in the city. Held on the second Saturday of every month from 6-10 PM.
9. Children`s Pool in La Jolla

9. Children`s Pool in La Jolla

Perfect location for snorkeling at your own risk, as well as spotting seal lions and seals that typically are hanging out here.

10. Torrey Pines State Beach and Park

Take a hike in this protected habitat, and overlook the Pacific Ocean on the cliffside hiking trails. Or settle down on the 4 1/2 mile beachfront and watch the surfers, boaters and more.