We’ve been counting down the days to summer, and now it’s finally here! So what exactly is on your summer agenda? As weather-spoiled Southern Californians, we go on beach walks year-round, so we went ahead and planned your next big adventure for you.
iTAN takes the summer season very seriously and created the ultimate summer bucket list for SoCal. Check out all the summer activities you can check off your list throughout the region.
1. Hot air balloon ride
The sky’s the limit! Take in the beautiful scenery of silky clouds by going on a hot air balloon ride. Lift off into the blue skies of Temecula and enjoy the ride. Up, up and away you go!
2. Surf’s up
Summer is a great time to take on some new hobbies, and SoCal beaches have the best surf spots! Learning to surf is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the long summer days and endless waves. Some of our favorite surf spots include La Jolla Shores, Oceanside Pier and Tourmaline Surfing Park.
3. Take a hike
If you’re feeling adventurous or need an extra Instagram photo-op, take advantage of the gorgeous backdrops found in some of the region’s best-known trails! Some of our favorite trails are at Torrey Pines State Reserve, Mission Trails Regional Park and Mt. Woodson Trail (Potato Chip Rock)!
4. Bonfire night
Find a spot, bring some marshmallows and lay out a blanket in Crown Point Park. Don’t know how to build a fire? No problem! We’ve recently experimented with a Light ‘n Go Bonfire Jumbo Log that lights with one match.
5. Ride a roller coaster
Thrill seekers rejoice! The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster in Mission Beach features beach views and 75-foot drops that make it an iconic part of San Diego beach culture. A national historic landmark, The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster is one of two large wooden scaffolded coasters on the West Coast.
6. Horseback riding
Ditch your car and ride a horse in Temecula! Horseback riding through Temecula is a fun way to explore the natural beauty of wine country so saddle up, summer beauties!
Nestled in the Inland Empire, the Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet is a go-to fishing spot. Fishermen and fisherwomen are often found catching Largemouth Bass, Trout and Catfish.
8. Kayaking and paddle boarding
Plentiful sunshine is the only ingredient you need for successful kayaking and paddle boarding! The Mission Bay Aquatic Center offers rentals and lessons for guests of all ages. Are you outdoor ready? Get a base tan at iTAN to prep your skin for summer.
9. Take the ferry
For those looking for a little exploration, take the Coronado Ferry and enjoy a bike ride around the island. The Coronado Ferry landing is filled with restaurants and shops around the boardwalk, which makes for a great day trip!
Superhero powers and capes required – or not! Comic-Con 2015 returns to San Diego to celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. Open online registration is closed, but you can still cruise the Gaslamp Quarter where comics and costumes reign supreme.
11. Sunset Cliffs
A popular spot for sunset viewings and weddings, Sunset Cliffs hosts panoramic views for a summer-day picnic. With coastal bluffs, arches and sea caves, it’s safe to say that Sunset Cliffs will not disappoint!
12. Dog Beach
We’ve come to one conclusion about our furry friends: dogs are people, too! Bring Fido to Coronado Dog Beach for a play-day with other barking beauties. Your pup will have plenty of space to run on the wide and sandy Coronado Dog Beach while you both bask in sunshine.
13. 4th of July Fireworks
Prepare to be amazed; San Diego is the best place to be for all-American 4th of July fireworks. Feel the spirit of the holiday with one of the region’s many firework shows. Bundle up and admire the firework specials from San Marcos to downtown San Diego.
14. Beach volleyball
Maximize your weekends in the sand with beach volleyball! With several SoCal beaches featuring volleyball posts, find your favorite area and set up your net. You can also join social beach volleyball groups, as hosted by iTAN partner VAVi.
15. Balboa Park
Fun fact: Balboa Park is almost double the size of New York’s central park. An urban cultural park, Balboa Park is gifted with museums, restaurants and gardens. So what are you waiting for? Take a walk in the park!
16. Ray at Night
Also known as San Diego’s largest art walk, Ray at Night in North Park features an eclectic blend of national and local artists. Don’t miss out! Live street performances and local food vendors will also be on site. Summer dates are June 13, July 11, August 8 and September 12.
17. Free Summer Concerts
Turn it up and make it the best summer ever with free summer concerts! The region offers summer concerts from Carlsbad TGIF Jazz in the Parks to Summerfest Under the Stars in La Jolla.
Remember, adventure is out there! Explore and make this summer your own.