“Summer: Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.” -Unknown

Summer Activities for Teenagers

Is it just another warm, sunny, perfect day in San Diego? You feel like you’ve done everything? Hopefully this list of fun activities will give you some new ideas for the day, help you to plan fun family activities, and get you off the couch.  These are ALL summer activities for teenagers, and remember, summer lasts through September here in San Diego!


1. Hike Torrey Pines Trail:  If you are looking for exercise with a beautiful view and pretty surroundings, I highly recommend Torrey Pines hiking. There are many different trails and viewing points. I have only hiked a couple of trails, but I have never been disappointed. Whether it is a hike down to the beach or to the high-top ocean viewing point, make sure to bring your hiking shoes and a water bottle to make it an amazing day!

Summer Activities for Teenagers

2. Have a Picnic on Moonlight Beach:  This is the perfect place for a picnic. There are benches and tables everywhere, a huge playground, flat-top sand areas, and grassy areas. Just make sure to bring some picnic blankets and food. You’ll be sure to have a great time.

3. Plan a Beach Volleyball Tournament:  This is a great activity for you and your friends on a hot beach day. On some beaches you will need your own net, but most beaches are already set up with nets to use. Make sure to bring your own volleyball. I highly recommend Moonlight Beach for beach volleyball. Although there are only three courts, they are always set up, ready to use, in great locations and have awesome views.

4. Watch a Sunset or a Sunrise:  This is one of my favorite things to do during the summer.  Although I am never up early enough to watch the sunrise, the sunsets in Del Mar are some of the prettiest and most memorable things to watch, and they never get old. I have often sat on the sand and watched the sunset, or ran into the water during the sunset to do a final swim before it gets dark.

Summer Activities for Teenagers

5. Plan a Day Trip to Coronado:  Coronado is full of summer activities. The beach is beautiful and most everything is walking distance. There are many cute shops and great food places. The Hotel Del is also beautiful.  Read the Namaste Luxury article on Fun Things to do in Coronado for more ideas and information.

6. Ride a Bike on the Pacific Beach Boardwalk:  At Pacific Beach you have the option to bring your own bikes or rent bikes. There are many great stopping points, including places to eat, places to shop, and of course the beautiful beach.

Summer Activities for Teenagers

7. Camp at San Elijo Beach:  If you are not a tent person, I don’t recommend this, but if you are looking for something different and a new adventure, then this is the place to do it! Falling asleep to the sunset on the sand and waking up to the sunrise in the same spot is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have.

8. Light a Beach Bonfire:  The best place to do this, I think, is Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Since this beach is often crowded, I recommend going early to claim your bonfire pit before anyone else gets to it. Make sure to bring marshmallows!

9. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon:  Although I have never had the chance to experience this, I hope I will be able to soon. If you want a beautiful view and a one of a kind adventure, sailing on top of San Diego is the place to do it. Yelp! has some recommendations for the Best Hot Air Balloon Rides in San Diego.


1. Hit the Beach:  This may seem like an obvious summer activity, but there are so many beautiful beaches in San Diego that you maybe haven’t experienced yet. Some of my favorites are Del Mar Beach, Moonlight Beach, La Jolla Shores, Windansea Beach in La Jolla, Cardiff State Beach, Coronado Beach, and D-Street Beach in Encinitas.

Summer Activities for Teenagers

2. Go Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP):  This is one of my favorite activities.  It is super fun, but also a great core workout.  Weather permitting, you can do this almost any day in San Diego.  Yelp! has some good suggestions of the Best Stand-Up Paddleboard places.

3. Rent a Boat on Fiesta Island:  If you’re into waterskiing, wake-boarding, or my personal favorite, tubing, Fiesta Island is the place to go. Adventure Water Sports rents all the toys you need.  The water is clear and warm, and this is a super amazing activity to do with friends and/or family.

4. Visit La Jolla Cove:  This is one of the only places in San Diego where you can get within a few feet of the sea lions; it is so awesome, but be safe.  They are wild animals! The beach is amazing and beautiful, and the weather is always amazing once we are past May gray and June gloom.

5. Go Kayaking in La Jolla Shores:  Renting a kayak in La Jolla Shores is easy and super fun.  The water and the caves are so pretty. If you have never been kayaking, it is an awesome new thing to try.  There are lots of places to rent kayaks on Avenida De La Playa and right at the beach.

Summer Activities for Teenagers


1. Attend the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds:  Only three days left!  Whether you’re into crazy foods or crazy rides, Del Mar Fair is something that only comes around once a year, so it is definitely something you will want to go to. Fourth of July fireworks there are also amazing.

2. Visit SeaWorld:  Aquatic animals are amazing, and no better way to see all of their talents than SeaWorld. The ‘Pets Rule’ show is awesome, and, of course, the legendary ‘Shamu Show’ is always an attraction you don’t want to miss.  Just don’t sit too close unless you want to get wet!

3. Go to Legoland:  Exactly how it sounds, basically a land of legos with tons of fun rides and activities. It is a great place to bring little kids, but it is also fun for me and my friends.

4. Watch the Del Mar Horseraces:  This is one of the most well-known events in San Diego. It is super fun and adrenaline rushing.

5. Go to Wild Animal Park:  The wild animal park is awesome! My favorite thing there is the jungle safari. You get to see many animals up close.

6. Attend a Concert at the Fair or after a Horse Race:  There are so many different options of bands and singers that perform at the County Fair and after the Races, some are even free with your admission. They are awesome concerts, and you don’t have to travel too far.

Which activities did you add to your summer to-do list?  How many have you already done?  Are there other things you really like to do?  I’d like to know! Hope you have a safe, enjoyable and fun-filled summer!