Top three free things to do in San Diego?

Asked by Jane Belanger

November 23, 2010

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Nick Blasic

From Tierrasanta (E.M.T.)

Torrey Pines State Beach. And Mount Soledad because you get such cool views of the city. Mission Trails is pretty cool, too.

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Jacob Neidiffer

From North Park (Unemployed)

Balboa Park has their days where you can get into the museums free. Black’s Beach is the bomb. For the gay community you could always go to the Gay and Lesbian Center. They have a lot of free activities there.

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Joanna Bronkema

From Hillcrest (Staff Research Associate)

Practice Spanish with locals, play music with fellow musicians, and there’s free country-western dancing lessons at Urban MO’s on Thursdays in Hillcrest.

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Seth Doherty

From La Mesa (Survey Tech)

The top of my list is just hanging out in Little Italy. And anytime at the beach — that’s free. I tend to go down to [Sunset] Cliffs a lot. And maybe Mission Trails. It’s awesome there.

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Rebecca Vanegas

From La Mesa (G.I.S. Technician)

Walking through Balboa Park, going to Fiesta Island, and the Little Italy farmers’ market. If you don’t buy anything, it’s free!

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Sadie Miller

From College Area (Student)

Going to San Diego State football games — they’re free if you’re a student. Balboa Park. And hanging out at the mall.


Robert Johnston Nov. 23, 2010 @ 10:33 p.m.

My top three:

01) Mission San Luis Rey Museum, Oceanside--the history of Early California is extremely fascinating.

02) The Boardwalk--walked it from Pacific Beach to Mission Beach at 'Canes!

03) Seaport Village--Spent lots of happy afternoons here.



MsGrant Nov. 24, 2010 @ 9:20 a.m.

Cabrillo National Monument!! Ride your bikes there. Amazing views and a true slice of San Diego history.


Reader_reader Nov. 24, 2010 @ 9:35 a.m.

When I first moved to San Diego, I used to take all of my guests to the southern end of Balboa Park to play Frisbee under the flight path. When a jet flies overheard there's this crazy whippee-whirl electric sound in the air. So fun to watch my friends and family to react to it! (I never really get tired of it either....)


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 24, 2010 @ 11:30 a.m.

The Cabrillo National Monument is certainly one of the best, if not thee best, site in San Diego.

I buy a year pass, pretty cheap, and go all the time.


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