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6 Best Fall Activities in San Diego

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The fun in San Diego doesn’t stop in summer. Read our blog to learn more about our favorite fall activities in San Diego!

San Diego is a great place to visit all year round, but Fall is exceptionally beautiful. Great weather, gorgeous beaches, and plenty of things to do. It’s no surprise that we have over 35+ million visitors every year!

Here are our 6 best Fall activities in San Diego:

  1. Visit the Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch
  2. Visit the Drive-Thru Scream Zone
  3. Go apple picking in Julian
  4. Explore the stunning Torrey Pines State Reserve
  5. Take advantage of Kids Free October at the San Diego Zoo
  6. Go on a Speed Boat Ride

1. Visit the Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch

This pumpkin patch offers so much more than just picking pumpkins. There’s also plenty of fun fall activities for the entire family. Go on a tractor ride, get lost in the corn maze (or the haunted one for the brave), and of course, get your Instagram family pumpkin photos to share online! Definitely one of our favorite fall activities in San Diego.

2. Visit the Drive-Thru Scream Zone

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Fall activities in San Diego and Halloween go hand in hand. You can’t miss the San Diego Drive-Thru Scream Zone! Picture yourself driving through the haunted streets of San Diego. Highly recommended for Halloween loving families who want something different yet amusingly scary. 

3. Go apple picking in Julian

Enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery while venturing up to Julian, California – the Apple Capital of Southern California. Grab some apples to enjoy for the week and pick your own pumpkins at the pumpkin patch. The kids will love it

After your trip to the Apple farm, spend some time driving through the surrounding Cuyamaca Mountains. Get lost in the trees, enjoy the weather, and snap some pictures of the amazing views. Don’t forget to stop for some apple pie at the Julian Pie Company.

4. Explore the stunning Torrey Pines State Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Just north of La Jolla, this State Reserve has scenic hikes through sandstone canyons leading down toward the ocean below. You’ll pass by plenty of evergreen chaparral on your way down into gorgeous groves filled with pine trees that feel like an entirely different world from where you started out! 

5. Take advantage of Kids Free October at the San Diego Zoo

In the month of October, kids from 11 and younger can get in free to the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo is known for being one of the best zoos in the country, so make sure to take advantage of this awesome deal. There are some great fall activities in San Diego to choose from.

6. Go on a Speed Boat Ride!

A couple drives in a private speed boat in a speed boat riding along the ocean in San Diego

If you’re looking for an exciting new experience for the family, go on a speedboat tour of the San Diego Harbor. The sunset from the harbor is beautiful and the views from the water of the city and Coronado Bridge are unforgettable! After your tour, enjoy dinner and the city lights at Coasterra. One of our best restaurants in San Diego!

For fun fall activities, San Diego is the best place in the world! With gorgeous weather and picturesque locations everywhere you go, Fall is a fantastic time of year to visit San Diego. We hope this article has helped you choose some fun fall things to do in San Diego with friends or family.