Hit the beach.
Year-round sunshine and comfortable temperatures lure locals and guests alike to San Diego's 70-mile stretch of coast, where its 33 beaches are open to the public. Watch surfers hang ten at Pacific Beach or relax under an umbrella on Coronado Beach, a spot made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the film "
Seize free kids admission.
San Diego's top attractions welcome kids under 12 for free in October. While unique experiences such as scrubbing a rhino (left) may come with an additional cost, kids general admission is $0 to the San Diego Zoo (reg. $34). Also included among the more than 100 "kids free" deals: SeaWorld and the USS Midway Museum.
Discover culture in a park.
Get a large dose of culture and fresh air in Balboa Park (left). It's bigger than New York City's Central Park and home to 15 museums and performing arts venues, earning it the nickname "The Smithsonian of the West." The Passport to Balboa Park ($53 per person) provides admission to most museums over seven days, and a free tram zips
Kayak, hike & paddleboard.
Break away from San Diego's urban adventures for one amid nature. Adrenaline rushes await with surfing in Pacific Heights and mountain biking or hiking Torrey Pines State Reserve. The gentle waves of La Jolla Shores provide a serene setting for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding -- both possible into winter months.
Sip local wine & craft beer.
Dine by the sea in La Jolla, chow down on fresh fish tacos in the Gaslamp Quarter or clink beer mugs in the 30th Street Corridor, touted as "easily the nation’s best beer boulevard" by Men's Journal. Time a trip around San Diego Beer Week (Nov. 2-10) or the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival (Nov. 2