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7 Things to Do this Fall

Autumn is Awesome in San Diego

Make San Diego your awesome autumn escape with uncrowded beaches, breathtaking sunsets and a variety of fall outdoor activities, Halloween haunts, Kids Free savings and more.

Surfer at Windnsea Beach in San Diego California

Number 1

Find Your Perfect Beach

Discover the best beaches for families (including the tail-wagging members), spots for surfers of all skill levels and where you can enjoy bonfires, bike rides, tide pooling and more. Grab your beach towels, slather on the sunscreen, and get out to explore some of the finest beaches and bays in the world.

Young girl playing at the Bae Evenson Fountain in Balboa Park for Kids Free San Diego

Number 2

Kids Free San Diego

It's time to play! Kids Free San Diego is calling you back this October, when kids eat, stay, and play for free. So, c'mon, unforgettable family memories are waiting to be made in San Diego.

Pumpkin on the Beach for Halloween

Number 4

Haunting Halloween Experiences

Mild autumn breezes in San Diego usually echo the region's welcoming spirit, but as the end of October approaches, a spooky wind sweeps in and strange things begin to go bump in the night. From historically haunted tours to terror-filled scream zones, Halloween in San Diego is crazy fun for ghouls of all ages.

Pumpkin Patches in San Diego

Number 3

Find the Perfect Jack-O-Lantern

Autumn in San Diego means warm days, cool nights, Halloween fun and, of course, pumpkin patches! Find the perfect pumpkin patch near you.

Julian Main Street and Hotel

Number 5

Explore Julian - San Diego's Historic Mountain Town

Charming Julian, an hour east of downtown, could aptly be described "as American as apple pie." Nestled in the picturesque Cuyamaca Mountains in East County, Julian is famous for its mouth-watering apple pies and cider from local orchards, along with a rich California gold rush history. You can find Victorian-style architecture, old-fashioned stores, country-style restaurants, scenic hiking trails and a friendly country atmosphere in one of San Diego';s rural treasures.

Fall Colors Hike at Lake Cuyamaca

Number 6

Fall Color Hikes

Hike the higher altitudes of San Diego's Peninsular Ranges that wind through the county to wander amongst the reliable, and often spectacular, fall color shows.

sunset cliffs sunset

Number 7

Great Spots to Watch the Sunset

What better way to end a San Diego day than watching the sun disappear into the Pacific? While there's no bad place to watch the sky fade from lilac to vermillion, here are a few of the most breathtaking spots to choose from, including a mountaintop, pier, beach, and bluff.

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