5 things to do in San Diego in the Spring

5 things to do in San Diego in the Spring

This week, I am sharing a list of five things to do in San Diego in the spring. 

I love a festive fall moment and a cozy winter morning as much as the next girl, but the SECOND the weather turns here in San Diego, I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation. 

I have been absolutely loving this warm weather and feel like I am always the best version of myself when I’m spending time outside. And this goes for the girls, too. Yesterday we had the most “San Diego” day ever: we hit the Flower Fields in Carlsbad in the morning (more on that below) and went to the beach after naptime. Nor surprisingly, they both slept from 7pm-7am like ROCKS. 

There probably could be 20 things on this list, but it’s a good start. Here are five things to do in San Diego in the spring:


1. The Flower Fields in Carlsbad

Call me basic, but this is one of my absolute favorite things to do in San Diego in the spring. The Flower Fields in Carlsbad are open now until May 8th, and the grounds are just completely covered in ranunculus. I’m obsessed. We have done this a few times, and every time I go I just swoon and swoon. My friend and I took our girls yesterday and let them run around everywhere. It was totally cute. 

The Flower Fields also have a few gardening exhibits, a gold mining activity for kids, and a little stage where they do performances throughout the day. One-time entry tickets cost $22 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3-10. Kids under 2 are free. You can also purchase a season pass if you anticipate going back a few times ($46 for adults, $20 for kids). 

The fields are open every day from 9am-6pm. You do have to reserve your time slot and buy your ticket online in advance. We arrived at 9:30am for our slot and it was still relatively empty (although the parking lot had totally filled up by the time we left at 11am!). HIGHLY recommend doing this on a weekday. 

(And yes, Char picked a flower. Not ideal, but I promise I scolded her and she didn’t do it again lol).


2. Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park

Even if you missed the cherry blossom craze earlier this month, the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park is still an essential stop in San Diego in the spring. The azaleas, magnolias, and pear trees are just starting to bloom. I’m taking my girls later this week, and I’m SO excited. 

The garden is open daily from 10am-6pm (last admission at 5pm). General admission is $12 and student admission is $10. Kids under 6 are free.


3. Butterfly Jungle Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Every year in the spring, the Safari Park puts on a butterfly jungle exhibit, and it’s so much fun. You basically walk this path through the butterfly exhibit, and there are SO many butterflies flying around everywhere. It’s kind of magical. We did this a couple of years ago with Char when she was just a baby, and she absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to take the girls this year. 

Tickets to the butterfly jungle costs $15 for guests of all ages–this is an additional upgrade to your ticket into the park, by the way. The park is open from 9am-6pm. 

ALSO. My best tip for the Safari Park is to get there right when it opens and make a beeline for the tram ride. There is something so serene about seeing all of the animals on a cool morning before the crowds get there. And the scenery out at the Safari Park is other-worldy. 

4. Wildlife Explorers Basecamp at the San Diego Zoo

I am so excited about the brand new Wildlife Explorers Basecamp at the zoo. This is a 3 acre interactive, “learn by doing” kids area that aims to foster a love for nature and empathy for wildlife. This is the perfect way to round out a trip with kids to the zoo: spend the morning looking at animals and then burn out all of their energy running through the various stations at the basecamp. 

The San Diego Zoo is open every day from 9am-6pm (7pm on weekends), and the basecamp is included with admission to the zoo. 


5. Ride bikes in Coronado

So yes, you can do this anytime of the year (and you should), but the reason I’m mentioning on today’s list is because Coronado gets so ridiculously crowded during the summer. It’s the perfect activity to do in San Diego in the spring. One of our favorite things to do lately with the girls is park at the Coronado Tidelands Park, let them go crazy on the playground, and then take a walk or bike ride along the harbor. 

Tip: Round out your morning with brunch at The Henry


More San Diego posts: 

The Best Date Night Spots in San Diego

One Night in Coronado 

La Jolla Travel Guide

My San Diego Summer Bucket List 


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