Although summer is still in full swing, it’s never too early to start planning one of the best times of the year. The tourists are gone and we can finally enjoy empty beaches and tourist attractions once again. Although fall foliage isn’t at its peak in San Diego until November, there are still plenty of fun ways to kick off the fall season. Discover the top 6 ways to spend fall in San Diego below.
1. Pick Apples in Julian
Visiting Julian is the perfect day trip to make this fall. Driving through the mountains is one of the best ways to enjoy San Diego’s fall foliage and escape from city life. Once you reach Julian, you will find several different apple orchards to choose from. Make sure to research ahead of time if your go-to orchard has apples that are ready to pick. September is the prime of apple season so make sure you make the trek to Julian sooner than later. Spend the day picking apples with your family and then head over to the town center to enjoy a fresh slice of apple pie and other homemade treats. Picking apples in Julian is a fun way to kick-start your fall this year.
2. Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch
Late September is the start of spooky season and also the opening of several local pumpkin patches in San Diego. Visit one of your favorite pumpkin patches to take family photos and to pick out the biggest pumpkin you’ve ever seen. Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center is the perfect place to visit this fall. They have everything from pumpkin patches, hayrides, a petting zoo, general store and straw maze to food trucks and events throughout October.
3. Enjoy a Local Oktoberfest Celebration
Celebrate Germany’s favorite holiday in San Diego without the long flight. With several celebrations throughout the county, you can enjoy delicious German beer, pretzels, bratwurst and other fun German traditions originating from a 150-year tradition in Munich.
4. Take a Hike
With cooler weather finally on its way, fall is the perfect time to break into hiking season. Fortunately, San Diego has a plethora of hikes to choose from. Browse the All Trails app to find your next favorite hike. To see beautiful fall foliage on your hike, make your way up to Mount Laguna, Lake Cuyamaca, Ramona, or Palomar Mountain for a real fall hiking experience.
5. Take Advantage of Kids Free October
Whether you have your own kids or a kid in your life you love to treat, San Diego has tons of offers around the county that gives kids free admission! The San Diego Zoo is just one of the places that offer free child admission all month long. You can also take advantage of discounts and free admission to places like SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California, Birch Aquarium, Maritime Museum, and the USS Midway. What a great month to be a kid!
6. Haunted Houses and Attractions in San Diego
San Diego is also home to plenty of haunted attractions. If you want to celebrate the spooky season right, head to the Haunted Hotel, Haunted Trails in Balboa Park, and the Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. You can also visit Scotty’s Scare Trail at an abandoned amusement park, Whaley House Museum, SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND for Halloween celebrations.
Don’t Forget to Fall Back
Before you get too wrapped up in all of the festive fall fun, don’t forget to set your clocks back on November 3, 2019.
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