Rancho Santa Fe Area
Beaches: 70 miles of breathtaking coastline borders San Diego so the choices for ocean activities and great beaches are endless. Visit one of American's finest beaches on Coronado Island, take a surf lesson at La Jolla Shores, stand up paddle in Cardiff by the Sea, kayak with sea lions in La Jolla Cove, bodysurf in Del Mar or explore the tide pools at Table Tops in Solana Beach.
Biking: Rancho Santa Fe is a popular road bike destination for local cyclists who enjoy navigating its meandering country roads. Enjoy the bucolic setting with its tree-lined streets, lush gardens, mountain vistas and empty roads.
EQUESTRIAN: Enjoy the sunny San Diego days on horseback exploring the scenic park-like trail system of Olivenhain. This guided trail ride is ideal for beginners and experienced riders.
Hot Air Ballooning: Lift your spirits and float up into the sky for a bird's-eye view of Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, the coastline and more. Sunrise and sunset sails with Sky's the Limit.
Hike Torrey Pines: The coastal state park is home to the infamous twisted tree, spectacular views of the Pacific coastline, migrating birds and unspoiled beaches. Take a guided tour with a naturalist on the weekends or forge ahead on the well-marked hiking trails that lead to breathtaking vantage points and to the sea for a swim.
SURF LESSONS: Enjoy professional surf lessons for all levels at nearby Moonlight State Beach. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced wave shredder who wants to take it to the next level, let Dawn Patrol Surf provide a unique, customized experience for all ages.
Whale Watching: Enjoy a day on the water and experience San Diego's aquatic playground where dolphin pods, seals and whales frolic. Captain Russell Moore commands a Coast Guard certified boat and offers daily explorations with Xplore Offshore. Whales migrate from Alaska to Baja from December to March and the spectacular blue whales often feed off the shores of San Diego over summer.
Balboa Park: Home to 15 major museums, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park calls for leisurely walks, picnics, cultural exploration and family fun.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: From late July to early September, The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, "where the turf meets the surf," hosts exciting horse races including the $1 Million Pacific Classic, along with Opening Day parties, hat contests, concerts, kids' programs, food festivals and more.
Historic Rancho Santa Fe: Visit the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, located in La Flecha House, the town's first residence designed by architect Lilian Rice. Grab a self-guided tour pamphlet and explore the village, its historic landmarks, early architecture and country charm. Or schedule a Group Guided Tours by calling: 858.756.9291.
Museum of Contemporary Art: La Jolla's seaside museum was once the oceanfront home of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. Enjoy rotating world-class exhibitions, the sculpture garden and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
San Diego Polo Club: Enjoy watching some of the world's finest players, horses and polo matches. Spectators can enjoy picnics, tailgating, kid's entertainment and exciting play. The season runs from May to October.
Legoland: This unique park offers over 60 rides and compelling Lego exhibits, featuring millions of Legos configured into city skylines, giant dragons, celebrity busts and more. A waterpark and sea life aquarium add to the family fun.
San Diego Wild Animal Park: Over 2600 animals live in this sprawling 1800-acre park where you can hand-feed giraffes, ride Segways past elephants or relax on the tram as it passes rare rhinos, water buffalo, big cats and more.
San Diego Zoo: The world-famous zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, many rare and unusual. Watch polar bears swim, pandas chew on bamboo and giant condors spread their wings. Live shows and interactive exhibits. Truly one of the best zoos in the world.
SeaWorld San Diego: Adventure abound with Shamu shows, a chance to swim with dolphins, and wet-and-wild rides.