Summer Bucket List 2021

Summer Bucket List 2021

We’ve gathered a list of fun summer activities for the whole family to enjoy!


Ferry Boat from San Diego to Coronado

Ride the flagship ferry, the oldest wood working ferry in the US! Have some fun on the bay while traveling via ferry from San Diego to Coronado. They even allow you to bring your bike on for free if you choose to cruise around the island.  Spend the day exploring the beautiful beaches, shops, eateries and parks of Coronado Island.

Coronado Ferry

Annie’s Canyon Trail

Enjoy the outdoors with an adventurous day exploring the sandstone crevasse that has created a hiking path up to a 200-foot elevation above sea level. The canyon was sculpted by water over time, which poured over sandstone and smoothed its surface into narrow corridors with sandy footing like a dry creek bed.  Whether you hike through the steep switchbacks, or choose the winding path to the overlook, once you reach the top you are welcomed with panoramic ocean and lagoon views! It’s an experience the whole family will enjoy.


La Jolla Caves

Check out the world famous Sunny Jim Sea Cave in Ja Jolla. The unique and beautiful cave has a manmade tunnel from inside the Cave Store with a 145-step decent which allows you to enter the Sunny Jim Cave by land – this is the only cave you are able to access by land on the California coastline.  It’s truly a great experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

La Jolla Caves

Torrey Pines Gliderport

What a fun way to see aviation in action, from the top of the Torrey Pines Bluffs! Gliderport is home to one of the most historic aviation sites in North America.  Be in awe as you watch paragliding, hang gliding, remote control models and sailplanes take flight over the La Jolla Bluffs and enjoy a coast view for miles.  Bring a picnic or grab some lunch at the Cliffhanger Café and have front row seats to an amazing aviation experience!


Spruce Street Suspension Bridge

One of our favorite things to do is soak up the beautiful San Diego weather, which means a lot of our favorite activities involve the outdoors. However, this one is not for those who are afraid of heights. Bring your bravery and take a stroll across this 375 foot long suspension bridge, it’s a San Diego must. The Spruce Street Suspension Bridge was built in 1912, and is hidden within the residential neighborhood of Bankers Hill. Beware: The bridge suspends over a giant canyon and word around town is that with a sharp wind gust, the bridge can swing slightly, WHEEEEE! 🙂

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Oceanside Harbor Boat Rentals

Rent a paddle board, kayak, canoe or boat and get out on the water with the kiddos.  Cruise your way through the harbor for an afternoon of fun in the sun and if you’re lucky…you might even have an occasional up close and personal seal encounter!

Oceanside Harbor Boat Rentals

Batiquitos Lagoon

The famous Batiquitos Lagoon runs between the cities of Carlsbad and Encinitas. Our favorite spot to access is off of Gabbiano Lane, which is South Carlsbad. After priding myself for being a San Diego native and seeing the Batiquitos trails over and over again, I just recently stumbled upon a hidden gem… swings! They overlook the entire lagoon, with views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. What better way to wind down and enjoy a sunset after a long day?

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San Diego Botanic Garden

This hidden gem was deemed one of 2017 North American Garden Tourism Conference, “Top 10 Gardens Worth Traveling For.“ SDBG is a 37 acre urban oasis with four miles of trails and 29 different themed gardens that house countless species of plants that you cannot find in any other botanical garden in the world. Also, the largest interactive children’s garden on the West Coast, making it a perfect family friendly spot.


Leo Carrillo Ranch House

Prance around with the peacocks and play on an authentic and historic ranch. The perfect place to bring the family for a day full of wandering. This ranch is equipped with old buildings and farming equipment and is a hidden treasure right in the city of Carlsbad. Pack a picnic and don’t forget to bring your camera, as this spot is a must for your next Instagram post!

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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Located within San Diego city limits and still remains one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast! Not to mention one of the most beautiful sights we’ve seen. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a popular destination by travelers because of its 1,750 acres of stunning overlooks, peaceful trails, and beautiful environment… and right below, Torrey Pines State Beach. Whichever destination you choose, you will be in awe.


Cabrillo National Monument

Located right at the tip of Point Loma is statue honoring Cabrillo, the discoverer of San Diego Bay. All in one location you have the Bayside Trail that offers spectacular views of San Diego Bay, tide pool area which offers a unique opportunity to see shore creatures up close and personal, or you can guide yourself through the old 1855 built lighthouse… basically lots of history, mixed with breathtaking views of downtown! Count me in.

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Waterfront Park

Enjoy a fun filled day at San Diego’s Waterfront Park, flanked with views of the city skyline and the San Diego Bay.  Splash through interactive water fountains, play and explore in the futuristic playground and run free in the open park!

Waterfront Park

Windmill Food Hall

Over a year in the making, Carlsbad’s Windmill Food Hall is a must try. Basically a 12,000 sq. ft. adult/family playground filled with all kinds of different vibes, with each corner you turn. Whether it’s a meet up with friends, taking the family out for a date, or planning your next party, you won’t be disappointed. Open 7 days a week!


Bliss Tea Treats

Your typical tea house with a modern twist… and delicious dessert! If you love tea, this is where you want to be. Specializing in organic teas, boba & a high tea experience, everything is produced locally… which we love! Make sure to check their monthly schedule for fun events like poetic night, paint night, etc.


One Paseo

Don’t want to make a drive to the famous Grove in LA? Go hang out at the newest and impressively-stylish living, dining, shopping, and lifestyle destination. San Diego’s most anticipated development is officially open for business. This place is a mix of everything you could possibly need! You can shop, dine, and be entertained, all in the mix of multiple plazas, living complexes, and various office buildings. With plenty to do, you could spend an entire day at this new coastal entertainment stop.

One Paseo

Cinépolis Junior Theater

Catch a family-friendly movie at the Vista Cinépolis with a dedicated Junior Theater that screens all the latest and greatest kid friendly movies (G & PG) seven days a week. Designed for kids ages 3-12, the theater is equipped with slides, turf lawn, play structures, etc. Families are allowed to arrive 20 minutes early to let the kids exhaust all possible energy before show time. Once the lights dim you will be able to enjoy comfy, casual seating in either the long lounge chairs, or a huge bean bag chair. Talk about the perfect family movie spot!


Moonlight Amphitheater

If you’ve ever been to a live play you know just how fun and entertaining they can be! Especially at the Moonlight Amphitheater where you get to enjoy the theater experience outdoors under the stars.  It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a picnic dinner before the lights dim and the show begins. Make sure you get your tickets in advance before they sell out. Trust us, this is one family date night you don’t want to miss.



Combining a more complex understanding of nature, with a passion for learning the value, complexity and fragility of the natural world is EcoVivarium’s main goal. This museum features reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods. We are pleased to share that 98% of their animals are rescues, while the other 2% are donated to the organization. If you schedule a tour through the museum, expect a very hands on experience, as you will have the chance to pet and/or hold up to 20 trained animal ambassadors.


Salt & Straw

First having major success in Little Italy, this will be Salt and Straw’s second San Diego scoop shop for the Portland-based creamery. If you’re looking for an excellent playdate to some handmade, deliciously interesting ice cream, this is your perfect escape. Known for their odd and limited creations, they also have the classics so there is always something for everyone!


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Cat & Craft

North County’s newest feline phenomenon!  Over 800 square feet of Cat & Craft is dedicated as a cage-free environment for the adoptable cats who reside at Cat & Craft until they meet their furrever family.

The cats get to enjoy plenty of cozy snoozing spots, natural light and vertical climbing space.  As a guest at the cat lounge, snag a comfy chair or cushion and enjoy your favorite coffee beverage while meeting and interacting with Cat & Craft’s foster felines.  Make a reservation for you and any other cat lovers (ages 6 and younger have designated “Kiddie Cat” hours), this will be your purr-fect playdate! Who knows, you may just come home with a new cuddly family member too! 😉

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Mellano Farm Stand

Mellano Farm Stand is fun for the whole family! You’ll find tractor rides, u-pick strawberries, fresh flowers and produce, food trucks, live music… and even pigs!

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Alga Norte Aquatic Center

Who doesn’t love a day at the pool? Cool off this summer at the Alga Norte pool – tons of fun for everyone, including a splash pad and inflatable zone.


Vital Climbing Gym

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing!”  Vital Climbing Gym is a great boulder climbing gym right down off the 101 in Oceanside.  Take the whole family for an active experience filled with challenges and accomplishments!

Vital Climbing Gym

Park 101

A family fun outdoor eatery to relax and dine in the summer sun!  Enjoy playing Connect Four, Corn Hole or catching a sports game on the multiple TV’s while munching on pulled pork sandwiches, beet salad and killer fries!  Top it off with handmade cotton candy for the kiddos. Throughout the summer, they are also doing movie nights, luau’s, and more!

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