It’s our favorite time of year in San Diego and undoubtedly, spring is the favorite season for many of you, as well. But for those of us year-round residents, we tend to take for granted the beautiful surroundings and lovely weather of the season. Perhaps it is time for you to get out and enjoy spring in San Diego like a tourist and find some new favorite activities and destinations to enjoy in the next couple months.
When was the last time you saw a whale up close and personal? Did you know that April is prime whale watching season?
What you’ll see: pods or single gray whales on their journey from the Baja peninsula up to Alaska for the summer. At this time of year, young whales and their families tend to travel together at a speed of about six miles per hour. San Diego’s coastline is the perfect place to watch them go by on their journey north and best seen from Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Torrey Pines State Reserve or Cabrillo National Monument. You could also book a whale watching boat excursion, where you will learn all about these gentle giants.
Kayak the Sea Caves of La Jolla
Speaking of water activities, how about traveling along the coastline in a kayak? Start from the city of La Jolla, where you can find several different kayak tours, complete with guide to show you the majestic cliffs and natural caves along the shoreline. There is an abundance of sea life to observe from your kayak, including undulating kelp forests, rainbow-hued garibaldi fish and small leopard sharks, which are harmless. You get a nice little workout while enjoying the best marine sights our area has to offer.
Spring is the perfect time to revisit one of San Diego’s biggest attractions: Balboa Park. When was the last time you strolled through our city’s magnificent, 1,200-acre park which, by the way, is the largest urban cultural park on the continent? Undoubtedly you know that Balboa Park houses a zoo, museums, an art center, restaurants, gardens and shops. But if you have not visited Balboa Park lately, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Visit Balboa Parks’ website to check for events occurring on the days you plan to visit.
The Food & Beverage Scene
We’ve previously highlighted the vibrant craft brew scene here, but did you know you can also taste a variety of wines at places such as Hungry Hawk Vineyards & Winery and the Forgotten Barrel Winery?
Indulge in an evening of Asian tastes by visiting Convoy Street’s Asian Restaurant Row, where you will find a handful of authentic restaurants, markets and even a brewery with Asian-themed beers.
Another great option for a lovely spring night is dining al fresco on a rooftop. San Diego’s tourism website lists seven rooftop restaurants where you can enjoy lunch or dinner with a great view of the ocean.
Isn’t it time you for you to get out and enjoy spring in San Diego like a tourist? Our area is packed chock-full of fun things to do and events to attend. We encourage you to enjoy this lovely season while it lasts.