When you're looking for fun things to do in San Diego, you never have to look hard. Great times abound in America's Finest City wherever you go, by land, sea, or air. But if you really want to experience San Diego, here are the 10 best things to do:

Sunny Jim's Cave

Smugglers once brought contraband alcohol in through the Sunny Jim sea cave, and a fun thing to do is trace their path along the long, dark staircase leading down into the cave from inside the Cave Store on the cliff above it!

Belmont Park

Head to Mission Beach to enjoy the many amusements of Belmont Park. You can ride a roller coaster, play carnival games, or rollick in the arcade — just make sure to watch the pros put on a show surfing the endless break at the Wave House.

Maritime Museum

Being inside a cold war era submarine may not have been the most fun thing to do for the sailors involved, but touring their underwater work and living quarters sure is. If you think the American sub is small, wait until you see the cramped Soviet one!

Padres Game

Definitely root for the home team! But win or lose, catching a baseball game in beautiful Petco Park will a fun thing to do thanks to a great atmosphere, plenty of food options, and a great selection of San Diego craft beer!

Torrey Pines

Part of the fun in hiking the trails of Torrey Pines State Reserve is the opportunity to make your way down to the beach. But take your time, there are plenty of beautiful plants and wind-carved cliffsides to take in while you breath in the clean ocean air.

Sunset Cliffs

Sandstone bluffs offer beautiful scenery any time of day on this two mile stretch of cliffside park, but everyone in San Diego knows the place is best just after the sun goes down, and the sunset light show begins.

Tourmaline Surf Beach

There are better waves, and more popular waves, but if you think of surfing as a fun thing to do in San Diego, heading out from the parking lot at Tourmaline is the sentimental top spot to catch a few rides.

Old Town

The pueblo of San Diego's humble 18th-century beginnings are preserved for historical accuracy in our local state park, including adobe ranch buildings, an old schoolhouse, and a possibly haunted graveyard.

Balboa Park

The city's cultural center offers many of the best things to do in San Diego, whether it’s art museums, the captivating plants in the park's botanical building and gardens; exhibitions filled with vintage cars or aircraft; or simply soaking up the beautiful architecture as you stroll along El Prado.

Hot Air Balloon Tour

An amazing way to capture may of the most fun things to do in San Diego all at once is to take a hot air balloon ride in San Diego! Enjoy the rush of floating up into the sky and drifting along with a view of the coastline and scenic landscapes — and Compass Balloons offers a sunset hot air balloon tour that may offer majestic color display that outdoes even Sunset Cliffs! Give us a call at (760) 704-7407 or fill out our contact form to book a hot air balloon tour with us!