arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up play-button plus tab-indicator dots close menu search facebook google-plus instagram pinterest rss twitter youtube rss-two heart Check FeaturedBadge linkedin minus apps placeholder linkedin
Get out and play

Sports & Recreation

Outdoor adventure is a year round pursuit in San Diego

Photo By Aaron Chang

The Inside Scoop on Outdoor Fun

San Diego may be known as a relaxing, kick-off-your-shoes beach destination but the locals have a passion for sports and recreation that runs as deep as the Pacific. An ideal climate, 70 miles of coastline and diverse topography draw outdoor enthusiasts to San Diego year-round. Whether you're looking for a heart-pounding mountain biking excursion, an active surf lesson or even an exhilarating high-flying glide above the cliffs, there's always something exciting and thrilling to watch, do and discover in San Diego.

Watersports

If watersports are on your vacation agenda, you'll find plenty of options including sport fishing, sailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, and surfing, to name a few.

Individual Sporting Activities

On land, enjoy gorgeous hikes in the backcountry and along the coast, rock climbing, golfing at over 90 courses, mountain biking, running along urban and rural routes and horseback riding. For a bird's eye perspective on the spectacular San Diego coastline, try your hand at paragliding or hang gliding from La Jolla's Gliderport or skydiving both indoor and out.

Spectator Sports

For spectator sports fans, there is plenty of cheering to do as San Diego's professional sports teams battle it out each season. Get your Major League Baseball fix with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, where ballpark food takes on a whole new meaning with some of San Diego's favorite eateries and local craft beer on tap. Beyond the MLB, there are plenty of other spectator sports to enjoy, including international soccer tournaments, indoor soccer, ice hockey, rugby games, surfing, action sports competitions, marathons and much more.

Browse the articles and listings below to discover San Diego's best spots for fishing, sailing, scuba diving, mountain biking and more!

Find a place to stay

Book online or call 1-800-350-6205 to speak with a local expert

Things to do

What's Hot|
What's On|

7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego

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

Discover

Surf and Skate in San Diego

From the sand to the street, San Diego has been at the center of action sports for decades.

Discover

San Diego's Outdoor Sports Scene

Ride, Surf, Skate and More

Discover

Private Bay Tour of Downtown San Diego

Jan 17, 2023 - ongoing

Explore San Diego’s most classic landmarks on a fun, fast, boat cruise around the San Diego Bay!
 
Explore the San Diego Bay on a fun, fast, military inflatable boat.

Meet local wildlife including SeaLions, Harbor Seals, and tons of Pelagic Birds.

Take photos with the most iconic landmarks in San Diego including the Coronado Bridge and the Unconditional Surrender Statue.

Watch the sunset over the ocean, and enjoy breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline as it reflects the colors of the sky.

See the Naval base and tour the fleet of active military vessels in the largest NAVY port on the west coast.

Discover

Guided Tours Led by Docent Historians

Jan 9 - ongoing

Guided Tours at the Maritime Museum of San Diego is your opportunity to learn of the ships' in-depth stories from our trained knowledgeable historians, and enjoy the waterfront sights of San Diego Bay while meeting other people with like interests in maritime heritage and history.

The docent and volunteer community share a wealth of knowledge, and a passion and pride with visitors for this guided tour. Plan ahead and make your advance reservation today.

Choose from two 2 hour guided tours on select Wednesday's. 20 per time slot. 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.11:30 am - 1:30 pm.

Discover

Gray Whale Watching Tour

Jan 17 - Mar 31, 2023

Join one of our daily, public Adventure Whale Watching San Diego tours, or reserve the entire boat for a custom, private whale watching experience.

Public Whale Watching Tours are booked on a per-person basis. Reserve the number of seats needed for the people in your group and share your experience with other wildlife enthusiasts. We reserve up to 10 seats on each boat for our public whale watching tours.

Private Whale Watching Tours reserve all seats on the boat for your party. This is a more personalized and intimate tour experience. Private whale watching tours are reserved for up to 10 passengers per boat for a flat rate. We have multiple boats and can accommodate larger groups upon request.

Discover

Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego

Feb 25, 2023

Mermaid returns to San Diego's Mission Bay for a scenic women's 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. Come out and experience the joy of crossing the finish line.

Discover

What's Hot

View More

7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego

Discover

Surf and Skate in San Diego

Discover

San Diego's Outdoor Sports Scene

Discover

What's On

View More Events

Private Bay Tour of Downtown San Diego

Jan 17, 2023 - ongoing
Discover

Guided Tours Led by Docent Historians

Jan 9 - ongoing
Discover

Gray Whale Watching Tour

Jan 17 - Mar 31, 2023
Discover

Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego

Feb 25, 2023
Discover

More from San Diego

Neighborhoods

Offers

Activity

75-minute Naval History Bay Tour Only $20***

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Valid: Jan 10 - ongoing

Join us at the Maritime Museum of San Diego for a high-speed 75-minute narrated Naval History Tour! The US Naval Vietnam-era PCF 816 Swift Boat Listed In National Register Of Historic Places is...

Activities

Sunset Sail on San Diego Bay

Seaforth Boat Rental
Valid: Jan 5 - ongoing

Watch the sunset over the ocean and capture breathtaking views of San Diego’s Skyline in full sunset color, on your own private sail yacht.  Departing daily out of Coronado and Downtown...

Venues

10% off any 4:00PM Sunset Sail.

San Diego Sailing Tours
Valid: Oct 11, 2022 - ongoing

Enjoy an early Sunset due to the time of the year and get dinner after!

Related Articles and Features

Stay in touch

Sign up to receive the latest news, events, and updates about San Diego. Our monthly and weekly newsletters will keep you informed about the latest and greatest happenings in the destination.

Sign Up

Explore

Plan

Stay

Follow Us

Language:

English | Change Language

Select your country or region

China FlagChinaGermany FlagGermanyGreat Britain FlagGreat BritainJapan FlagJapanMexico FlagMexicoKorea FlagKoreaSwitzerland FlagSwitzerlandBrazil FlagBrazilFrance FlagFranceAustralia FlagAustraliaCanada FlagCanada USA

Or use Google Translate

Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Belarusian Bulgarian Catalan Croatian Czech Danish Deutsch Español Estonian Filipino Finnish Francais Galician Greek Haitian-Creole Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Nederlands Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Swahili Swedish Telugu Thai Turkish Ukranian Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish