Things to Do in Del Mar

Del Mar's popularity is due to more than its scenic beauty. There are so many things to do in Del Mar...

Del Mar Fair

The Del Mar Fair (now the San Diego County Fair) is the preview to the real show in the summer - the Del Mar Racing Season, which opens in July. However, not everyone is a horse-player, and the fair has all the elements of the traditional county & state fairs around the country. In fact, the Del Mar Fair has consistently been one of the top 10 fairs in the country.

Here's more information.... Del Mar Fair

Whale Watching in Del Mar

Twice a year there is a spectacular migration of the California Gray Whales off the coast of Del Mar. In the winter, they travel south to the warm waters of sunny Mexico to frolic, then in the spring they return the the arctic waters of the Bering Sea.

You can actually watch these magnificent mammals from the beach and bluffs of Del Mar! For more information, check out this page...
Whale Watching in Del Mar

Shopping in Del Mar

The shops in Del Mar are a great way to spend some time when the weather is keeping you from the beach. The Del Mar Plaza, at the corner of 15th Street and Camino Del Mar, has the finest assortment of shops and restaurants in town.

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Nearby Attractions

The following are just a few of the many other attractions and activities near Del Mar. You can check out the links for more detailed information.  There are also amusement parks, golf courses and museums within a few miles.

Almost every afternoon before sunset, if you look east towards Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch, you'll see the colorful hot air balloons taking their passengers on their journey. For more information on joining their daily trips, see the following link: Hot Air Flyer

One of the best spots anywhere for live music and just plain fun is the famous Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. Years ago I lived near enough that I could walk there (and crawl home!)

One of my favorite bands is the Mar Dels (Del Mar backwards!) Belly Up Tavern

Legoland has become a very popular destination for young families. You can find more information on Legoland at the following link. Legoland

When I worked in Downtown San Diego, I bought an annual pass to Seaworld and would sometimes go over at lunch to see a show or just wander inside the aquarium. Its a great place for the family (or for yourself, if you love sea life!) Seaworld

The World Famous San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari are also favorites of mine. From the time I was a little guy, we'd go to the Zoo and I always looked forward to returning.

Later, as I got older, I preferred the San Diego Zoo Safari

 in San Pasqual, mainly because of the live concerts they would have in the summer. Best of all worlds! San Diego Zoo

If museums are your passion, head down to Balboa Park - not too far from the Zoo, but closer to downtown San Diego. My favorite is the Ruben H. Fleet Space Museum, which also has a cool IMAX theater. Balboa Park

Within Balboa Park is my favorite museum - The Ruben H. Fleet Space Museum, which includes an IMAX Theater (one of the first in the country).

Ruben H. Fleet Space Museum

The newest attraction near Del Mar is the San Dieguito River Park. While it is a work in progress, the Park will someday extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian. San Dieguito River Park

If you are looking to hit the links, there a many golf courses around Del Mar, with a couple of world-class golf courses nearby. I learned to play at nearby Torrey Pines Golf Course when I was young, and maybe with the exception of Pebble Beach, it is one of the most scenic courses in the country.

Torrey Pines Golf Course
Another world famous golf resort is just north at the La Costa Resort & Spa in nearby La Costa. For more information, check out this link here.
Just east in neighboring Rancho Santa Fe is the Del Mar Country Club, formerly Whispering Palms. For information and tee times, click here

Ahh, Mexico! My earliest memories are not very good ones... seeing the cardboard shanytowns and extreme poverty was pretty serious stuff for a youngster. However, over the years, we'd go down to see the burros painted to look like Zebras on the street corners, hearing the curio vendors yell "Hey, come eenside,takealoook!"

A good piece of trivia is that the Caesar Salad originated at the Hotel Caesar in Downtown Tijuana in the 1950's. You can now take the Coaster to San Diego and transfer to the Trolley, which will take you to the border for an interesting day of shopping, Jai Alai, Golf, or the Bullfights. Nearby Rosarito Beach still has some excellent Lobster and seafood. Tijuana, Mexico

For Horse enthusiasts, there are many options for you: from watching thoroughbred racing at Del Mar to the annual National Horse Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, to horseback riding. Check here for more information. <