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True there are many attractions in San Diego and when you are a traveler, you want to explore every site there is but wow they can be expensive! No need to panic, it wouldn't be America's Finest City if not for the free things you can do here, too. We’ve rounded up the best places and activities to keep you going out every day of the week. San Diego Travellers, its time to get busy!
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Take a dip on the many beaches of San Diego North County that is arranged from north to south and have a great time with your family and friends at the 70-mile coastline. From basking in the sun and getting that gorgeous tan to watching the sunset with your loved ones. Skateboarding, surfing, boogie boarding, kite boarding, walking, jogging and bicycling on the boardwalk are a few of the fun activities await in land or water. Get more information on the different beaches in San Diego
The 1.875sqm park has gardens, trails, history, recreational activities and amenities with a taste of international vibe. All throughout the summer, a different country is celebrated each Sunday through ethnic foods, song, and dance. There are free guided tours of Balboa Park throughout the week. Also, don't miss the biking races at the Velodrome.
Coronado Summer Concert Series
Bring a picnic and get ready for your jam at Spreckels Park on Sunday evenings this summer.
Dog Beach and Parks
Take your furbaby out on the approved Leash Free Locations all over the San Diego.
Balboa Park - 24 hours a day at Nate's Point - Balboa Drive at El Prado, south side of Cabrillo Bridge and Morley Field northwest of tennis courts.
Cadman Community Park - Cadman Park located at 4280 Avati Drive in Clairemont. Leash free hours during the summer is from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Capehart Park - 24 hours a day. Located at the corner of Felspar Street and Soledad Mountain Road in Pacific Beach with two fenced pens for small dogs and for large or all dogs, areas provide water for dogs, a drinking fountain, picnic tables and benches, and a parking area.
Del Mar's Dog Beach - located at the border of the south end of Solana Beach and the north end of Del Mar, or North Beach. Dogs are allowed to run free off-leash during certain times of the year
Torrey Highlands Park - a 1-acre park located on Lansdale Drive off Del Mar Heights Road.
Fiesta Island - 5.2-mile asphalt path located in Mission Bay Park. Dogs walkers are welcome from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park - Located at 3905 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights. It has two fenced pens for small dogs and for large or all dogs.
Doyle Community Park- 24 hours a day. Located at 8175 Regents Road in University City. It has two fenced pens for small dogs and for large or all dogs. But bring your own light as it is not lighted.
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A 16½ block historical neighborhood in Downtown San Diego, known for their entertainment and nightlife venues, as well as scheduled events and festivals, including Mardi Gras, Street Scene Music Festival, Taste of Gaslamp and ShamROCK, a St. Patrick's Day event. Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres located one block away in downtown San Diego's East Village.
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Located at Lake Murray, in La Mesa, San Diego Fly Fishers club offers a free fly-fishing lesson on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. They also have equipment ready for you to use just as long as you come in early.
Summer Movies in the Park
If you have nowhere to go on a Friday or Saturday night, take your kids, call your friends, you can even take your dogs (as long as you put them on a leash), head to La Mesita Park, Heritage County Park, Southcrest Community Park or Skyline Hills Community Park and enjoy watching movies under the stars. Choose what movies you want to watch.
Weekends are one to look forward to with free entertainment while enjoying the view of the San Diego Bay. And don't miss out on 2016 Landlubbers Day on September 17 from 12 to 4 p.m. The event features live music from the Jackstraws, San Diego’s own pirate-themed band, a “Talk Like a Pirate” and costume contest; arts and crafts; and pirate’s booty food and drink specials from the Seaport Village eateries.
Northern Little Italy opens their doors to the public for a live entertainment on center stage.
La Mesa Car Show
In downtown La Mesa Village from July 7 through August 25, 2016, from 5 - 8 pm every Thursday. Enjoy the vintage cars on display at the La Mesa Classic Car & Bike Show.
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A free car show and street fair every Friday night on Grand in Escondido until September.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Located in downtown San Diego. Free admission daily for anyone 25 and under. Free for all visitors the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m.
San Diego Union Museum
Tour the editor’s office and the original print room. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with free admission.
California Grunion Run
Grunion runs are done when the tide is high during or shortly after the full moon, the fishes come to the shore to spawn. Catching grunions are free but you must have a fishing license to be allowed to do so.
You already know the weather is going to be awesome. Have a good exercise and enjoy the scenery in San Diego as it is time to explore the city by foot and get your hike on. Make sure to bring water and your camera while you hike these beautiful trails.
Parking and admission are free although you need to pay for the rides and other attraction.