San Diego’s Healthiest Spring Break Activities
With so many tourists in town for spring break, some of San Diego’s more well-known attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND, The USS Midway, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Coronado, and Balboa Park, can get pretty busy. Luckily, San Diego has so much to see and do that you won’t have to stay home and sacrifice your own spring break to avoid the crowds. Experience the best of San Diego this spring with these alternative activities.
Not all of San Diego’s water spring break activities revolve around the beach! There are many lakes across San Diego where you can fish for bass, trout, catfish, crappie, bluegill, and more—some of the best are Lake Hodges, Lake Poway, Lake Murray, Lake Miramar, Santee Lakes, and Lake Jennings. Decide if you’d rather fish from shore or rent a boat, then buy bait and tackle at concession stands. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a first-timer, you’ll relish a day of fresh air and warm sunlight out on the water. Be sure to find out if you need a fishing license or permit—requirements can vary depending on location.
Soak Up San Diego Culture in North Park
Unlike the tourist-filled beach destinations, North Park has quickly become one of San Diego’s most popular spots for locals. It’s home to the trendiest eateries and coffee shops as well as art galleries and studios. For a fun spring activity, visit North Park Nursery, a locally-owned nursery and garden center where you can purchase plants and gardening supplies. Pick out some of your favorite plants and pots to take home with you—adding greenery is a quick and easy way to beautify your home!
You’ll also want to stop by the North Park Thursday Market, a farmers market held every Thursday from 3:00 to 7:30 pm. This is a great way to ensure you’re eating healthy and cooking with healthy ingredients while you support local businesses! In addition to fresh foods, the market has live music and cooking demonstrations (with tastings!) by chefs from North Park restaurants.
Experience laid-back, beachy charm in Encinitas. Encinitas is sometimes called the “Flower Capital of the World” because of its many gardens, which makes it a great place for spring break activities. Find relaxation in the Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage and Meditation Gardens, a site offering beautiful gardens, a koi pond, and ocean views. You can also visit the San Diego Botanic Garden to see and learn about plants from all over the world.
Get Out of Town
Another good way to avoid the crowds is to venture outside of San Diego on a day trip to nearby Julian. In spring, you’ll see daffodils and lilacs in bloom around this quaint mountain town. Visit the Pioneer Museum and tour original gold mines to get an idea of what life what like back in the 1870s. Then, take your pick of hiking trails to get your heart rate up and burn some calories so that you can head back into town for some guilt-free apple pie!
We hope you’ll find lots of fun spring break activities! Remember, having time off from work and school means spring break is also a good time for doctor’s appointments. No matter what kind of appointment you need, Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups has you covered.