San Diego summers have a way of calling residents to the great outdoors. From hiking and gorgeous gardens to mini golf and boating, you can find all the parks and recreation on Yelp. Make sure you get the most out of the sunny stretch in the next couple weeks with these activities.
San Diego Botanic Garden (Encinitas)
Over 60 acres of stunning flora and fauna span this gem in Encinitas. The Botanic Garden also maintains a full calendar of events and activities. The Hamilton Children’s Garden is a special place where kiddies can climb, explore and play all year round. A full day could be spent pursuing the native and engaged plants from all over the world or even bird watching.
Velocity Paintball Park (Ramona)
The harmless hunting of your friends and family is encouraged at this paintball course in East County. It boasts 40 acres of wooded fields separated into 14 different playing zones, plus a yummy concession stand. It’s open seven days a week and if you don’t have the gear or need to get schooled in the basics of blasting, they have a couple retail stores that can fully outfit you for your adventure.
Pelly’s Mini Golf (Del Mar)
Pelly’s is open daily so grab the family for some putt-putt and friendly competition. There’s all the glory of a summer day to be had here with a fun Surfin’ Safari or Ocean Adventure-themed courses. After you take a couple swings treat the kids to some snacks at the concession stand, serving up ice cream, hot dogs, snow cones and French fries. No kids in tow? It’s open till 9 or 10 p.m. for a date.
Seven Seas Adventures (San Diego Area)
Grab your flippy-floppies and get on a boat! Charter a seaworthy vessel from this fabulous fleet, learn to sail or take a tour – just make sure you get your sea legs, landlubber. During certain times of the year, adventurers can whale watch or see dolphins dive into the deep. If you’re the type to take the helm, the captain on the tours will let you steer a bit into the sunset.
San Diego School Of Survival (Carlsbad)
Now that you’re out in wide-open spaces, conquer them! Sign up for a wilderness survival hike or a land navigation course. The guides at the San Diego School of Survival are certifiable gods of nature, and have experience in everything from the military to appearing on Discovery Channel shows. From the coast to the inland empire, they’ll teach you how to survive and dominate any climate with courses that will challenge any outdoor enthusiast.
Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.