6 things to do instead of watching the Super Bowl

Here’s a little secret for you non-football freaks. Super Bowl Sunday might just be the best thing to ever happen to you. Why? Virtually every place outside of the bars will be flat-out empty. Here’s where to go while your pals cheer on the Patriots vs. Falcons.

Take a hike

Psst... the outdoors are calling. If the idea of sitting inside watching a bunch of grown men fight over a ball makes you snore, Super Bowl Sunday is the ideal day to tackle on of San Diego’s many jaw-dropping hikes. From Torrey Pines to Cowles Mountain, there are plenty of places to soak up some of Mother Nature’s finest views.

Check out our guides to the top local hikes here and here.

Head south

Just a 90-minute drive southeast of San Diego, Valle de Guadalupe is an easy destination to escape to while everyone else is knee-deep in fried foods. Grab your passport and brace yourself for a world of wonderful wine and culinary adventure.

Check out our guide to where to sleep, eat, drink and play in Valle de Guadalupe here.

Visit a museum

February is Museum Month in San Diego, which means you can ditch the Super Bowl parties for some arts and culture at half the cost of normal admission. Macy’s Museum Month offers locals the reduced admission price to more than 40 San Diego museums throughout the entire month of February. Anyone interested can pick up a pass at any of the 15 Macy’s stores in the San Diego area, including Temecula and Imperial Valley.

Check out our story on Macy’s Museum Month here.

Run like a kook

The spectacularly hilarious Cardiff Kook Run goes down early Sunday morning starting at 7 a.m. This Cardiff tradition starts under the Encinitas sign on Highway 101, loops passed the famous Cardiff Kook statue, rises above some of the most popular surf breaks and heads down to Cardiff State Beach. Oh, and dress to impress. The kooky costume contest brings out some wild and weird wardrobe options.

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Tap your toes to a musical

Sing and dance your way past the jerseys and into the final day of “Matilda the Musical” at the San Diego Civic Theatre. The family-friendly show follows the Roald Dahl story of an imaginative girl who changes her own life.

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Hit the streets

Mural culture is everywhere in San Diego. Rather than just stroll past one or two, make it your day to visit every mural on our checklist. Lace up those walking shoes and Instagram away.