Alternative activities for Mother’s Day

Whether you forgot to make a reservation (we promise not to tell) or mom simply is not a fan of fancy dining, here are a few Mother’s Day activities to do with mom.


The weather is starting to warm up, which means hiking season is back. Take mom to a place with a view at popular hike trails like Torrey Pines, Potato Chip Rock or Cowles Mountain. It might get crowded, so take an early hike or check out some lesser known trails like Anne’s Canyon Trail (formerly Mushroom Caves), Rancho Peñasquitos Waterfall, or Weir Canyon Trail. There’s always this list of 10 best hikes in San Diego, too.

Beach-side activities

With more than 70 miles of coastline, there are beaches aplenty to swim, surf and relax. Go to any beach and it’s likely there will be stands to rent or purchase equipment. Rollerblading and bike rentals are available in Mission/Pacific Beach and are useful for getting around. Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach offer surf lessons for those who are interested in riding the waves. If there’s dogs in the family, San Diego is home to a few dog beaches: Ocean Dog Beach, Coronado Beach and Fiesta Island Park. Or, just go enjoy the view and each other’s company at one of these top five seaside scenic spots.


Balboa Park houses more than 17 museums and cultural centers, even offering a pass that give you access to them all. Learn about people’s secrets at the San Diego Museum of Man, stroll through the quiet Japanese Friendship Garden or discover all things galactic at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. There are also a number of museums outside of Balboa Park, such as the Maritime Museum of San Diego in downtown, The Whaley House Museum in Old Town and the San Diego Botanical Garden in Encinitas.

Farmers markets

Farmers markets are plentiful in San Diego. Hillcrest, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach are just some of the farmers markets open on Sunday. Shop for local crafts, produce, food or even flowers — it is Mother’s Day, of course, and mom deserves something as beautiful as she.


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