A city full of theme parks, fine dining and multi-million dollar homes might lead visitors to believe that finding free things to do in San Diego is next to impossible. The truth is that the city is full of options that don't require emptying your wallet. And, many of these activities are the things you should be doing here anyway.
San Diego's most popular attractions, the beaches, are free! Sure, depending on where you go, you may find yourself dropping quarters in a parking meter, but with good planning and early arrival, parking spaces in public lots should be accessible. Pack a picnic, sunscreen and umbrella for a day in Southern California sunshine. Award-winning Coronado Municipal Beach tops our list of favorite beaches for it's gorgeous white sand and relatively calm water that is perfect for kids.
Hike Torrey Pines State Park for spectacular ocean views, the occasional dolphin sighting, bird watching and fabulous exercise. It's a day-use park with a fee-based parking lot but plenty of free, street parking is available during off-peak times. Keep an eye out.
The must-do with kids in La Jolla is the Children's Pool. What used to be a swimming area has been taken over (to the dismay of some) by sunbathing seals.
Without further ado, here is the list of the 10 best free things to do in San Diego.