By Rachel Childs

Looking for San Diego Things To Do?

Stationed at MCRD San Diego and looking for San Diego things to do? MCRD San Diego offers a host of recreational opportunities on the depot. But to get the most out of San Diego, you'll want to get out and explore! San Diego's nearly limitless opportunities are sure to please every type of visitor. San Diego is home to beautiful beaches, stunning hiking trails, enviable parks, world-class museums, and so much more. Ready to dive in? Keep reading to learn about San Diego things to do!

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12 San Diego Things To Do

Military Discounts for Nearby Attractions

1. Tickets & Tours

MCX Complex, Building 16 San Diego, CA 92140


: 1 (619) 725-6343 If you're looking for discounted ITT tickets, MCRD San Diego has you covered. ITT MCRD San Diego goes by "Tickets & Tours." Tickets & Tours has your discounted tickets to nearby theme parks and attractions, including Disneyland, Legoland, SeaWorld, and more. Visit the office's website for the current price lists for local attractions, local events, and nonlocal attractions outside of California.

MCRD San Diego Gyms and Sports Fields

MCRD San Diego has several fitness facilities, sports fields and courts, and health programs so you can stay fit and have fun. Visit the MCCS San Diego website for more information on available athletic programs and recreational facilities.

2. Fitness Center

3800 Chosin Ave. San Diego, CA 92140


: 1 (619) 524-4427 The depot's fitness center, in Phillips Hall, offers a variety of workout equipment and group fitness classes.

3. HITT Center and Racquetball Facility

Building 313 San Diego, CA 92140


: 1 (619) 524-4427 The High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) program is a comprehensive strength and conditioning program. The program is available for 1-on-1 and group sessions.

Recreation Centers

4. MCRD San Diego Community Center

3800 Chosin Ave. San Diego, CA 92140


: 1 (619) 524-4446 MCRD San Diego's Community Center is a great place to relax and have fun. If you're looking for the MCRD San Diego bowling alley or the MCRD San Diego movie theater, the community center is where you'll find them. At the community center, you can bowl a few frames, shoot some pool, grab a drink at the Bulldog Tavern, enjoy a slice of pizza, test your skills on an arcade game, watch a movie or the big game, and so much more. For information on party reservations and other amenities at the center, visit its website.

Zoos and Aquariums

5. Living Coast Discovery Center

1000 Gunpowder Point Drive Chula Vista, CA 91910


: 1 (619) 409-5900 The Living Coast Discovery Center is a nonprofit zoo and aquarium on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on San Diego Bay. It’s one of the best San Diego things to do! The center is home to sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, octopuses, owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, and native shorebirds. Touch a stingray, get an up-close encounter with a screech owl, and more as you explore all the center has to offer.

6. San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101


: 1 (619) 231-1515 Balboa Park's 100-acre San Diego Zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals and more than 700,000 exotic plants. See baboons, bears, camels, elephants, giraffes, hippos, jaguars, koalas, leopards, lions, monkeys, otters, penguins, rhinos, sloths, zebras, and more.

Golf Courses


7. Mission Bay Golf Course and Practice Center

2702 N. Mission Bay Drive San Diego, CA 92109


: 1 (858) 581-7880 The Mission Bay Golf Course and Practice Center features an 18-hole golf course, a driving range, practice putting greens, chipping greens, and professional golf instructors. The facility also offers DiscGolf and FootGolf. Visit the center's website for more information on fees and booking tee times.

Outdoor Recreation: Beaches, Parks, Hiking Areas, and More

8. Balboa Park

1549 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101


: 1 (619) 239-0512 Don’t let the name fool you: Balboa Park is so much more than just a park. The 1,200-acre Balboa Park is home to 17 museums, performing arts venues, stunning gardens, a zoo, hiking trails, and so much more. The park features stunning Spanish-Renaissance-style architecture that was built especially for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Visit the park’s website for a full list of its attractions, shopping and dining venues, and information on tours.

9. The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department

The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation manages more than 400 parks, 26 miles of shorelines, 59 recreation centers, 14 pools, seven skate parks, and three golf courses. Looking for a San Diego dog beach to explore with your four-legged friend? Want to embark on a Sunset Cliffs Natural Park hike? Trying to find the Mission Trails Clairemont Mesa Trailhead? Want to learn how to dance or swim? The department's website can point you in the right direction and help you find the perfect park, beach, hiking trail, pool, or activity.

10. MCRD San Diego Boathouse, Marina, and Recreation Area

Neville Road San Diego, CA 92101


: 1 (619) 524-5269 The MCRD Boathouse, Marina, and Recreation Area offers picnic areas with barbecues, a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, horseshoe pits, a playground, equipment rentals, and everything you need for a day of fun on the water. Boats, kayaks, surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, wetsuits, and more are available for rent. For a full list of available rentals and marina fees, visit the website.


11. Old Town Model Railroad Depot

2415 San Diego Ave., Suite 107 San Diego, CA 92110


: 1 (619) 299-9015 If you like trains, then you'll love the Old Town Model Railroad Depot. It’s one of the greatest San Diego things to do for railroad enthusiasts! This model railroad museum and store features a 2,000-square-foot, highly detailed model railroad. Peer into a miniature world that features a zoo, a ballpark, an industrial district, a city lit up at night, and a drive-in movie theater. The line also travels past a quiet countryside with a farm, a mountain range, a lake, and more.

12. San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101


: 1 (619) 232-3821 Balboa Park's San Diego Natural History Museum explores the natural history of Southern California with four floors of exhibitions and a giant-screen theater. Learn about 75 million years of history with exhibitions exploring dinosaurs, animals, fossils, gems, and so much more.

Still Looking for San Diego Things To Do?

We've just scratched the surface on all the amazing San Diego things to do. For more suggestions on places to explore, play, and stay, visit San Diego's official tourism website. Good luck and happy exploring!

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