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What’s Open Right Now in San Diego? Top 10 Things to Do While Social Distancing

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Social Distance Guide to San Diego

Often referred to as America’s Finest City, this coastal town is saturated with year round sunshine and adventure can be discovered at every turn. With today’s new normal, it’s important to find social distancing approved activities around the breathtaking city, worth exploring. Luckily, San Diego has plenty of fun social distancing approved options available to enjoy. Whether it be visiting a historical landmark or strolling a lush garden, there’s a ton of social distancing approved activities worth discovering. Here are a few of the options around San Diego that are open with proper social distancing protocols.

Top 10 Activities & Attractions

Balboa Park

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Always worth a visit, the open Balboa Park is much more than one of the city’s most beloved parks. It is home to 15 museums, the San Diego Zoo, performing arts venues, cultural organizations, exquisite gardens, walking, biking and hiking trails, restaurants and much more. During spring, or any time of year, this magnificent urban cultural park is a great way to spend the day while in San Diego.

San Diego Zoo

picture of polar bear swimming

The world famous San Diego Zoo is a must do and is open right now in San Diego – no matter how old you are and even if you didn’t bring the kids. It’s an ideal outing on a warm and sunny spring day and the zoo is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals of more than 650 species. Witness the beauty of the snow leopards, watch as playful orangutans swing amongst the trees and be awed by the African gorillas. You’ll also see polar bears, giraffes, numerous reptiles, koalas, anacondas, Chinese alligators and so much more. Walk through the 100 acres of this beautiful zoo and enjoy the botanical gardens, numerous habitats, animal exhibits and special activities designed for children.

Seaport Village

tourists social distancing on downtown seaport village boardwalk in san diego

During the day, visitors can explore the attractions with dramatic views of the San Diego Harbor as their backdrop. The venue is a great place to find a special keepsake or just enjoy a few hours of fun and music. In addition to being a kid-friendly entertainment destination during the day, the open Seaport Village is a place where couples can enjoy a romantic meal while watching a beautiful sunset. The sun-drenched promenade is a popular area for runners and others who want to unwind. The wide assortment of dining, shopping and fun activities is designed to please every taste and budget.


aerial view of san diego embarcadero

A visit to the open San Diego Harbor is not complete without a stroll through the Embarcadero Marina Park. Surrounded by the bay on three sides, the Embarcadero Marina provides an authentic San Diego experience complete with scenic views and fresh sea air. Visitors also get a chance to discover the loyalty and courage of many of our Naval Military personnel through various memorials and statues including the Aircraft Carrier Memorial, The Homecoming Statue, and the USS San Diego Memorial.


Shopping at Old Town Market San Diego

Learn about the rich history of Old Town San Diego with free historic storytelling, shows, and entertainment every day of the week! Shop 40 unique gift stores, watch working artisans or enjoy a bite to eat. Visit our Festival Marketplace and experience Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California.


san diego uss midway

Coming in at #6 on the Tripadvisor® Travelers’ Choice list of the Top 25 Museums in the United States, the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum doesn’t disappoint. Standing tall in the San Diego Bay, this impressive aircraft carrier is likened to a floating city on the sea and delights visitors year ‘round. During the sunlit-filled hours of the day, locals and travelers alike take pride in the nearly 50 years of military history showcased aboard this stunning vessel. And in the evening, the red, white and blue lights adorning the deck shine brightly across the harbor.

SEAL Tours

It’s a bus and a boat! Open right now in San Diego, the San Diego SEAL Tour takes place aboard an amphibious vehicle that is both street and water ready at all times. So you’ll start out seeing the sights on the city streets, then take the plunge into the harbor without missing a beat. The open design of the SEAL offers great views for all aboard and a delightfully warm and breezy experience.

Hit the Beach

Girl surfing off San Diego coastSan Diego is known for its magnificent beaches and although anytime of the year is a great time to have a beach day, springtime brings the most perfect weather. There are 70 miles of shoreline to explore, from rocky cliffs to sandy stretches and much in between. With most of the city’s breathtaking beaches open to the public, you’ll have a chance to get out and spend some time enjoying the picture perfect setting that San Diego is famous for.


panoramic view of coronado island skyline in san diegoThe bay provides a spectacular backdrop to a charming collection of specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants. Originally known as the old Ferry Landing, visitors and locals alike come to enjoy the palm-lined pathways and open-air amusements. Whether you’re hungry for fresh seafood or California cuisine, there’s a variety of fine dining and casual eateries to choose from. Spend some time at the waterfront park to fish off the pier, relax in the grass, or build a sand castle at the beach. Or you can just lounge under a tree and watch as the many different boats travel in and out of the bay.


exterior of building at san diego presidio parkWith its beautiful views of the city, the Pacific Ocean and 40 acres of natural beauty, Presidio Park is where many folks come to enjoy a picnic and play on a sunny afternoon. The open park has a rich history and is known as the place where the first European settlements were founded in 1769. Also here is Junipero Serra Museum that showcases the San Diego Historical Society’s collection of original artifacts from that era.


Providing over 700 acres of natural magic – including trails and views of San Diego’s island, ocean and mountain regions – Elfin Forest leaves hikers and travelers wanting more after each visit.

Ride the Old Town Trolley

Visitors Center in Balboa Park

For an exceptional sightseeing experience, get your seat on our San Diego tour, open now. This comprehensive tour is fully narrated and transports you to more than 100 points of interest. You’ll have a chance to get off and stay as long as you wish at any of the stops including the Maritime Museum, the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, Seaport Village, Little Italy, Gaslamp Quarter, Hotel del Coronado and much more. Old Town Trolley Tours San Diego is not currently social distancing on tours. The Old Town Trolley conductor shares interesting history and entertains with amusing anecdotes. Also, there are trolleys coming along all day long so you can enjoy lunch in Coronado or downtown San Diego, shop or just explore Old Town. You can even spread out your tour over a few days.

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