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7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego

Dive into these 7 big, bright water-related San Diego adventures

By: San Diego Magazine
Sunny 7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego Kayak

Get Stoked for Secret Sea Caves

Kayak the Sea Caves of La Jolla

La Jolla offers several guided kayak tours that provide an adventurous and up-close way to see the natural caves and cliffs of the area. On your journey expect to see colorful garibaldi fish, harmless leopard sharks and abundant kelp forests all before exploring the secret sea caves.

Sunny 7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego Jetski

Big Smiles at High Speeds

Jet Ski in Mission Bay

Why play in the waves when you can make them yourself? Have the adventure of a lifetime riding a single or tandem jet ski around Mission Bay. Cruise around Fiesta Island, jet between sailboats or explore the bay’s seemingly endless 27 miles of shoreline and 19 miles of beach.

Sunny 7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego Sportfishing

Reel in Something Amazing

Go Sportfishing Off Point Loma

Whether you’re a first-time fisher or advanced angler, San Diego’s sportfishing scene is zero to none. Take a charter out of Shelter Island or Harbor Island in Point Loma and try your luck at catching bass, yellowtail and rockfish in anywhere from a half-day to multi-week excursion. The ocean deepens quickly off shore, meaning exceptional deep-sea fishing is not far away in San Diego.

Sunny 7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego Surfing

Shred Like a Local

Surf in Pacific Beach

Tourmaline Surf Park, known as Turtle Line to locals, is found on the outskirts of Pacific Beach and has become a staple location in the surf community. Come here to see experienced surfers catching a wave on their decade-old longboard as well as newbies standing up on foam boards for the very first time. Either way, strike up a conversation and learn what brings locals and tourists alike to this legendary surf spot.

Sunny 7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego Waterparks

Slide into a Good Time

Enjoy Two Water Parks in One at LEGOLAND®

Cannonball into fun with two waterparks in one place: LEGOLAND® California Resort. Enjoy traditional LEGO fun racing down the Twin Chaser waterslides, building your own LEGO raft to float down the river on or getting blasted by water cannons in the Joker Soaker. Then, make your way to CHIMA™ Water Park for fun inspired by the Cartoon Network show “Legends of Chima”. Roll along with ginormous waves in Lion Temple Wave Pool and slide through the mouth of a crocodile in Cragger’s Swamp.

Sunny 7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego Tidepools

Awesomeness Under the Surface

Discover Point Loma’s Tide Pools

See snails, crabs, anemone and barnacles in their natural environment at the Cabrillo National Monument tide pools in Point Loma. The tide pools are present year-round, but reach their peak in fall and winter where low tide happens twice daily.

Sunny 7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego Birch Aquarium

Under the Sea, Up Close and Personal

Explore the Birch Aquarium

When you’re finished playing in the sun and sand, make an indoor splash at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. With more than 60 exhibits, this public exploration center lets guests learn about a variety of marine ecosystems and organisms. Don’t miss out on the two-story giant kelp forest and the endangered loggerhead sea turtle rescued by the aquarium.

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