Spring is a lovely time of year in sunny San Diego. The temperatures are pleasant and mild, the sea is still cold but looks prettier than ever, and the flowers are in bloom all across Balboa Park. It’s also the perfect time to visit, before the rush of summer crowds but with enough tourist traffic to generate tons of great local events and activities. If you’re looking for things to do in San Diego in Spring 2020, check out our list of some of the best activities and attractions, including...
- Special Exhibits at the Fleet Science Center
- Butterfly Jungle at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- Yaycation at San Diego Zoo
- San Diego Harbor Tour
- SeaWorld® Seven Seas Food Festival
- La Jolla Adventures
- PETCO Park Tour
- and more!
Save on Springtime Activities in San Diego
Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the Go San Diego pass. Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate. Check out all available San Diego attractions, passes, and prices. Please note, some of these special spring events may be separately ticketed and not available on the Go San Diego pass.
Take a Yaycation at the San Diego Zoo
April 6 - 21, 2020
This spring, the San Diego Zoo will be in full bloom with festivities for the whole family. Head to the San Diego Zoo for fun under the sun with special animal experiences, activities, live music, a treasure hunt and much more. San Diego's zany Dr. Zoolittle will be leading entertaining excursions through parts of the Zoo as the Zoo Rock Radio DJ blasts the beats—so shake off the winter blues and plan your Yaycation today! Getting In: Admission to the San Diego Zoo are included with the Go San Diego pass.
Special Exhibits at the Fleet Science Center
Butterfly Jungle at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
March 2020 - dates TBC
Butterfly Jungle features thousands of colorful butterflies floating and fluttering throughout the Hidden Jungle aviary, where guests can also see many species of birds, lush greenery and flowers. Between 20 and 30 butterfly species will be highlighted this year, from Central, South and North America—including the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger, Grecian shoemaker, giant swallowtail and blue morpho. Guests are encouraged to wear bright colors to attract the butterflies as they walk among exotic beauties of all colors, shapes and sizes, take photos and learn more about these winged wonders. Getting In: Admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is included with the Go San Diego pass.
Go Whale Watching
SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival
SeaWorld San Diego Starting February 7, 2020
Explore the USS Midway
Ride a Bike in La Jolla
Take a Harbor Tour
Art Alive 2020
San Diego Museum of Art April 24 - 26, 2020. 9AM - 5PM
In its 39th year, the local tradition of “Art Alive” features more than 100 floral interpretations of the museum’s most iconic pieces. It’s a fundraising event as well as an awesome special flower show, and it’s the perfect combination of nature and culture for the discerning art lover. It’s also a nice window into the San Diego Museum of Art’s permanent and special collections, so it's an ideal event for first-time visitors to the museum. Getting In: Regular admission to the San Diego Museum of Art is included with the Go San Diego pass; Art Alive events are separate tickets and are not included with the pass.
Enjoy a Padres Game
Carlsbad Ranch March 1 - 10, 2020This awe-inspiring natural attraction gathers more than 100,000 visitors each year, and it’s a definite must-see for nature lovers. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is a 50-acre ranunculus extravaganza, a massive rainbow of color and blossom set on a hillside overlooking the ocean. Sound amazing? It totally is. Don’t miss the themed gardens or the charming sweet pea maze. If you’re interested in and enjoy the Flower Fields, you may also want to check out the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, a similar floral masterpiece, in bloom from February to April. Getting In: Admission to these attractions is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Diego pass.
San Diego Crew Classic
Mission Bay April 4 - 5, 2020The first major regatta of the year in the area, the San Diego Crew Classic attracts more than 100 different groups from across the U.S., all of who participate in over 100 exhilarating races. You’ll also be able to enjoy live music from local groups, an engaging trade show, and several rewarding alumni events. For those of you traveling with children, there is even a family festival area featuring a special kids zone and craft activities to keep them busy. This event also offers free parking! Getting In: Admission to the San Diego Crew Classic is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Diego pass. For more information, please visit the event website.
Balboa Park’s Offshoot ToursEnjoy these fun, free tours of the park’s botanical offerings on Saturdays all throughout the spring. Led by park volunteers, these easy, one-hour excursions cover a different themed topic on a rotating schedule; themes include Balboa Park history, palm trees, other trees in the Park, desert vegetation, and a tour del dia. Don’t miss out on the Alcazar Garden, with its beautiful designs modeled on Spanish gardens in Seville (pictured above). We always suggest heading to Balboa Park, no matter what time of year. It's packed full of amazing activities, museums, and more family fun. Getting In: These tours of Balboa Park are free. A good complement to the park's larger nature walks is the Japanese Friendship Garden, which is also included with the Go San Diego pass.
Sample Some of the Nation’s Best Craft BeerDid you know that San Diego is the unofficial craft beer capital of the country? With more than 100 different breweries throughout the San Diego area, locals take their beer seriously. From heavy hitters Stone Brewing and Green Flash Brewing to the tasty Coronado Brewing Company, tons of your favorites are brewed right here! Take a brewery tour, or sample some at many restaurants throughout the city. Getting In: Many brewery tours are free, but a few charge a modest fee. Brewery tours are not included with the Go San Diego pass.
Remember to Save on Admission
Did we miss anything? A few things to do in San Diego in the spring, including some special events, other seasonal activities in April, May, and June. Please note, the spring events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not available with the Go San Diego pass. We hope you consider adding some of these fun ideas to your spring vacation itinerary.