10 Things to Do in Fall in San Diego

With a year-round average temperature of 70 degrees, we can still enjoy the outdoors in San Diego in fall. The beaches are less crowded and the sun is still out.

Tide pooling is a popular activity in fall and winter whenever there happen to be minus tides during daylight hours. Cool little sea creatures reveal themselves like hermit crabs, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, octopi and more. Two good places for this are La Jolla Shores Beach near Scripps Pier and the Cabrillo National Monument.

We also have a couple of very popular, county-wide events in fall. The first is Kids Free San Diego, which happens in October. This means that kids are free with a paid adult to various museums, theme parks, restaurants, tours, hotels and other fun activities around town (check to see if any restrictions apply). This makes fall one of the very best times for families to visit San Diego.

And, there are also Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations to enjoy. So, come to San Diego in fall to enjoy good weather, less crowds, annual events and some pretty major discounts.

If it's major league baseball time, as fall is, why not grab some tickets to a Padres home game at PETCO park if they're in town? Not only does PETCO park have the best sight lines in baseball, there's also great views of San Diego from some...  Read More

San Diego Beer Week kicks off with a two-day Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego. Here, guests will enjoy samples from more than 60 San Diego County breweries and feel good about...  Read More

East County

Five generations of the Bates family have owned and operated the Bates Nut Farm. It started out as a walnut farm but they now sell nuts from all over the world in addition to other old-fashioned delights. Shopping is part of what you do here and...  Read More

Cabrillo National Monument
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Don't leave San Diego without visiting the Cabrillo National Monument, perched high on the cliffs at the end of the Pt. Loma peninsula. You'll be awed by the spectacular view onto San Diego Bay, downtown San Diego, and the mountains looming...  Read More

Del Mar horse racing has been a tradition ever since Bing Crosby helped found the track and first greeted fans on opening day in 1937. The fall season is called Bing Crosby Season in honor of the Hollywood celebrity and horse racing enthusiast....  Read More

There is so much to do here that it's hard to begin and the beach overall is less crowded in fall. It's one of the best beaches to learn surfing, scuba and stand-up-paddle boarding because of the sandy bottom and ease of getting into the ocean....  Read More

The picturesque town of Julian, itself a registered historic landmark, got its start during a minor gold rush in the 1870s. Located about an hour out of San Diego, it's a great destination for a day trip especially in fall when it's apple...  Read More

LEGOLAND California
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Brick-or-Treat party night happen on Saturdays at the end of September and throughout October. Kids can get another wear out of their costumes here and participate in dance parties, crafts, safe trick-or-treating and much more. Note that a...  Read More

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
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Old Town celebrates Dia de los Muertos in style the weekend before the actual event. Visitors will be able to take a look at over 40 altars of remembrance presented in both traditional and contemporary ways. There is also a public altar where...  Read More

Kids Free San Diego is an annual event where kids go free with a paid adult to over one hundred theme parks, museums, tours, restaurants, hotels and other attractions around town for the entire month of October. This includes LEGOLAND...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie