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10 Fun Things to Do for Free in North County San Diego

One of the reasons why people love North County is that you’ll never run out of things to do and places to see here. And the best part is, you can enjoy many of these sights and experiences without spending a dollar.

Here are 10 fun things you can do for free in the region.

  1. Spend countless hours at the beach.
    The region is home to dozens of beaches that are great for surfing and other water adventures. You can also just relax along the shore and bask in the ocean breeze and amazing sunsets. Some of the most popular beaches in the area are Del Mar City Beach, Moonlight Beach, the Torrey Pines State Beach, and Carlsbad State Beach.

    Many of North County’s most desirable homes offer the best access to these beaches. If you want to live the resort lifestyle all year round, check out our listings and give us a call to find the perfect waterfront home for you.

  2. Visit the breathtaking Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.The facility charges a parking fee of $10 per vehicle, but you can usually find free parking on nearby Highway 101. In addition to spectacular sandstone cliffs and forests of Torrey pine trees, the Reserve offers various trails with great views of the Pacific Ocean and plenty of birdwatching opportunities.
  3. Enjoy free summer concerts at the park. Each year, various outdoor venues across North County, such as Carlsbad’s Poinsettia Park, Heritage Park, and La Jolla Cove, become the stage for free concerts by top and up and coming performers.
  4. Hike the many trails in the region. In addition to Torrey Pines Reserve, North County is home to a number of hiking trails encompassing some of the region’s most beautiful spots. Among the best trails are the Rancho Carillo Trails, the Santa Margarita Trail, the Lake Poway Loop and the South Carlsbad to Cardiff Trail.
  5. Visit the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad. Once a working ranch owned by actor Leo Carrillo, this circa 1937 facility has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open to the public for free. Kids and kids at heart will be delighted by the peacocks roaming the place, as well as the carefully restored adobe buildings, windmills, barns, stables, and other vintage structures.
  6. Explore the 29 gardens at San Diego Botanic Gardens.The gardens feature themes from around the world, as well as a Native American theme, an olive garden, a bird and butterfly garden, and many more. Marvel at the wide assortment of flower, plants and trees, as well as impressive sculptures by various artists.
  7. Surfing 101 at the California Surf Museum. The museum features a permanent collection showcasing the history of surfing in California, as well as memorabilia and artifacts donated by surfing enthusiasts from around the world.
  8. Tour the Palomar Observatory and check out the famous Hale telescope. Owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology, the observatory will give you a glimpse of how astronomers explore space from the ground.
  9. Cruise along scenic Highway 101 by bicycle.Much of this old highway has been preserved especially for bicycling and hiking. Stop along the way to relish views of the coastline, considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
  10. Soak in SoCal’s skater culture at North County skate parks.
    Some of the best skateboarders in the world started their careers at these parks, which are now part of the quintessential SoCal hipster lifestyle. Whether you plan to ride or simply watch the daring pros and groms, you’re bound to have an enjoyable time.
  11. If you want to know more about the region or are looking for a home here, we’re the team to call. Get in touch with us at your convenience.