Thinkgs to do this fall in san diego

what should i do this fall in san diego?


Fall is such a beautiful time of year in San Diego. The air is crisp and fresh, the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are flowing, and life is good! But, there’s more to fall in sunny San Diego than what meets the eye. This guide shares activities, food, drinks, and tips to keep your entire family busy and having a fun-filled season. Thanks to this guide, hopefully, you won’t have to hear, “I’m bored” or “There’s nothing to do” this season.

Family-Friendly Fall Activities

  • Savor the Flavors of Fall:
    Fall is the perfect time to indulge in some seasonal flavors. San Diego’s culinary scene doesn’t disappoint when it comes to autumn-inspired dishes. Start your day with a warm Pumpkin Spice Latte from a local coffee shop. Explore farmers’ markets for fresh apples, pears, and pumpkins to create your fall-inspired dishes at home. (my favorites are Hillcrest & Little Italy)  Don’t forget to try out the delicious apple cider donuts at Julian, a short picturesqe drive famous for its apple pies.
  • Outdoor Adventures:
    San Diego’s year-round pleasant weather makes it an ideal place for outdoor activities in the fall. Explore the stunning Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, where you can hike through gorgeous landscapes and catch breathtaking ocean views.(and maybe even see the train pass by) Consider a visit to Balboa Park, where the fall foliage adds an extra layer of beauty to the already impressive gardens, pond and museums.
  • Family-Friendly Fun:
    Keep the kids entertained with family-friendly activities. Take a trip to the San Diego Zoo, where the animals are often more active in the cooler fall temperatures. For a bit of history and adventure, visit Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to immerse yourself in the city’s rich past for Día de los Muertos.
  • Halloween Happenings:
    Fall wouldn’t be complete without Halloween festivities. Check out LEGOLAND’s Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, where the park transforms into a spooky, yet kid-friendly, wonderland. Don’t miss the haunted trails and pumpkin patches in various neighborhoods around the city.
  • Fall-Flavored Libations:
    While the kids are enjoying their Halloween candy, why not treat yourself to some adult indulgence? San Diego is home to numerous craft breweries and wineries. Try some seasonal craft beers or explore local wineries offering autumn-inspired wine tastings. Cheers to the flavors of fall!
  • Tips for a Smooth Fall Season:
    • Layer Up: Even in sunny San Diego, the evenings can get chilly, so always carry a light jacket or sweater.
    • Plan Ahead: Popular fall events can get crowded, so make reservations and purchase tickets in advance.
    • Stay Informed: Keep an eye on local event listings for fall festivals, markets, and special events.
    • Support Local: Fall is a great time to support local businesses, so shop at farmers markets and dine at neighborhood restaurants.

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