Del Mar, California - Things To DoThe Village of Del Mar, California is a charming seaside hideaway 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Edged by two miles of stunning Pacific coastline, this laid-back coastal village is loved for its beautiful beaches, historic downtown village, legendary thoroughbred racetrack and exciting attractions and events, including the Birch Aquarium and San Diego County Fair. Stroll down to village shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes and the weekend Farmers Market.
Del Mar - from beach bumming to shopping.
Del Mar Attractions
Village of Del Mar- The charming Village of Del Mar is a relaxing oasis enjoyed on foot. Dating back to the 1880s, the historic downtown village is lined with unique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes with outside patios overlooking the ocean and sidewalk seating. Walk to beautiful beaches and seaside parks, or stroll down the main street to the Del Mar Farmers' Market with international cuisine, art and gifts from around the world, family events and the freshest local meats, poultry, seafood, produce and flowers. Visit www.delmarmainstreet.com.
Del Mar Fairgrounds/ Del Mar Racetrack- Experience the thrill of live thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Racetrack from July to September, including high-stakes racing events such as the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic, Del Mar Derby and Oceanside Stakes. The Del Mar Racetrack also hosts a Summer Concert Series and exciting events including the Gourmet Food Truck Festival. The Del Mar Fairgrounds complex is home to the exciting San Diego County Fair - mid-June through the Fourth of July weekend - and the Del Mar National Horse Show in April. Visit www.dmtc.com and www.sdfair.com.
Del Mar Beaches & Parks- Del Mar offers two miles of beautiful white sand beach for sunning, swimming, surfing, and snorkeling in the Pacific waves. Explore the North Beach or "Dog Beach" or head north to Solana Beach. Explore the beach, coastal bluffs and trails at Torrey Pines State Park for fishing, paddling, diving and surfing or hike the trails at Crest Canyon. See whales, porpoises, sea lions and birds in the shimmering coastal waters and lagoons. Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park along the coast are grassy spots for picnics, romantic sunsets, and gazing at the colorful moods of a Pacific. Seagrove Park offers free summer concerts. Visit www.delmar.ca.us/visitors/Pages/BeachesParks.aspx
Torrey Pines State Reserve- The wildest and most beautiful landscape on the San Diego coastline, Torrey Pines SNR is place of beauty and discovery. Explore miles of unspoiled beaches, lagoons and peaceful trails for walking, running and hiking. Discover a breathtaking coastline of cliffs, beaches, dunes, lagoons, marshes, woodlands, and ravines. Discover diverse wildlife, birds, wildflowers and the rare Torrey pines. See whales and dolphins from bluff trails and stunning overlooks to the ocean. Explore the Giant Sea Kelp forest and San Dieguito River Lagoon. Walk the trail down to the beach for surfing, ocean kayaking and free diving . The Visitor Center offers guided nature walks on weekends. For trail maps, go to www.torreypine.org.
Torrey Pines Golf Course- Sitting on the coastal cliffs above the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, Torrey Pines GC features two 18-hole championship courses with challenging holes and breathtaking views of the San Diego coastline. Torrey Pines is home to the PGA TOUR's Farmers Insurance Open and Callaway Golf Junior World Championships. Torrey Pines hosted the 2008 U.S. Open Championship, when Tiger Woods clinched the trophy after a riveting sudden death. Spot the wildlife and indigenous Torrey pine as you play this famous course. Visit www.torreypinesgolfcourse.com
Steven Birch Aquarium- Explore the wonders of the ocean at the Birch Aquarium, featuring amazing exhibits and research by the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 stunning habitats full of Pacific marine life - from the waters of the Pacific Northwest to Mexico. Interact with hands-on exhibits that showcase profound research discoveries. Explore magical underwater worlds of colorful fish, reef sharks, living corals, and seahorses. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on ocean and earth science. Visit www.aquarium.ucsd.edu
San Diego Botanic Gardens- Set on 37 beautiful acres in Encinitas, the San Diego Botanic Garden features magnificent gardens and natural exhibits . Explore 4 miles of garden trails, past flowering trees, majestic palms, and the country's largest bamboo collection. Enjoy restful vistas and see plants from all over the world thriving in the diverse topography - from desert to tropical rainforest. Walk through rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean landscapes, succulent gardens, herb and fruit gardens, and native coastal sage. Visit the Hamilton Children's Garden, the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast. Visit www.sdbgarden.org/.
Legoland California- Let your kids play, imagine and dream at LEGOLAND California, a 128-acre interactive adventure park in Carlsbad. LEGOLAND California features 60 hands-on attractions, rides, shows, restaurants, and shopping on six themed lands made out of Lego blocks. Dig for fossils and ride the coaster on Dino Island. Venture into the wilds of Africa and see life-size lions. Get wet and wild at the Water Park. Enjoy high-seas adventures at Pirate Shores. Get behind the wheel at the Volvo Driving School, scale the tallest building in Fun Town and see the zany Fun Town Fire Department on the Fun Town Stage. Visit www.legoland.com.
Old Town San Diego- Walk where the first Europeans settled through a colorful neighborhood with history and entertainment in Historic Old Town San Diego. Enjoy shops, art galleries, theaters, and streets filled with artisans, live entertainment, mariachis, and costumed tour guides. Nestled in heart of San Diego, Old Town San Diego - the birthplace of California - offers over 150 shops, restaurants, museums, and historic sites and parks, including Heritage Park with famous Victorian homes. Browse the Old Town Saturday Market or see a show at the Old Towne Theater. Explore the Old Town State Historic Park, preserving San Diego heritage through exhibits, museums and demonstrations. Visit www.oldtownsandiego.org.
Valley View Casino Center- Formerly San Diego Sports Arena, the Valley View Casino Center is the leading sports and entertainment venue in Southern California. From the famous Ali vs. Norton World Heavyweight Title fight in 1973 to blockbuster concerts by The Rolling Stones, Elton John and U2, Valley View Casino Center presents the most exciting concerts, shows and events in Southern California, including Disney Live and Kobey's Swap Meet, San Diego's largest outdoor market. For upcoming concerts and event, go to www.valleyviewcasinocenter.com.
SeaWorld San Diego- Journey to wonders below the waves at SeaWorld San Diego. This exciting adventure and marine park features amazing animals and marine exhibits, fun shows, heart-pumping rides and coasters and interactive attractions. Enjoy thrilling rides like Journey To Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and the new Manta. Get close to beluga whales, sharks, polar bears, and penguins, and see the amazing sea turtles in Turtle Reef. Experience the Shark Encounter, one of the world's largest underwater viewing tunnels, and touch the bottlenose dolphins at the Rocky Point Preserve. Enjoy mesmerizing shows such as the all-new Shamu® show, One Ocean, and Lights, Camera, Imagination 4-D! For info and tickets, visit www.seaworld.com/sandiego.
San Diego Zoo- Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is a wildlife sanctuary for 4,000 animals, rare and endangered birds, mammals and reptiles, and 6,500 varieties of exotic plants. Get wild in naturalistic habitats at the Polar Rim, Asian Passage, Panda Canyon, Africa Rocks, Elephant Odyssey, Outback, Discovery Outpost, Lost Forest and Urban Jungle. Encounter tigers, elephants, California condors, jaguars, and the famous giant pandas. See how animals live in the wild, from polar bears in the Arctic tundra to bonobos in the the Congo. Enjoy the Children's Zoo the Skyfari aerial tram, or take a guided tour of the zoo.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park- Take an amazing journey through the wild African savannah at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 2,200-acres dedicated to the preservation and protection of endangered species. Get up close to the majestic lions at the Lion Camp, see the gorillas in Gorilla Forest, walk along the winding path of the African Woods, join the safari at the African Outpost, marvel at the one-horned rhinos in the Asian savannah, and see the cheetahs and explore the Elephant Valley. Choose your safari at www.sandiegozoo.org.
Petco Park/San Diego Padres- With innovative design, breathtaking views of San Diego and the best sight lines in baseball, Petco Park is home of MLB's San Diego Padres. The architecturally magnificent ballpark celebrates the natural beauty, cultural diversity and playful spirit of the region. Catch a Padres game in a timeless setting where the traditions of baseball are honored and the fans adored. Discover the hidden treasures of this legendary park on the Petco Park Tour. For San Padres tickets and information, visit www.padres.com
Qualcomm Stadium- Located in the heart of Mission Valley, minutes from our Del Mar hotel, Qualcomm Stadium is the home field for the NFL's San Diego Chargers and the SDSU Aztec football team. Qualcomm Stadium hosts a variety of sports and entertainment events, including the Holiday Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, CA State Games, and Street Scene. The stadium seats 70,561 football fans. Visit www.sandiego.gov/qualcomm/event
San Diego & Del Mar Shopping
- Del Mar Plaza
- Del Mar Farmers Market
- UTC Shopping Mall
- Carlsbad Premium Outlet Stores