10 Things To Do in San Diego This Spring

Although there’s never a bad time to visit “America’s Finest City,” San Diego truly comes alive in spring. The sun is warm, the flowers are blooming, and there’s no end of amazing things to do. If you’re planning a springtime visit and need some suggestions for an inspiring itinerary, here are some of the best ways to enjoy San Diego in springtime.


1.) NXPT Free Fitness Series (various locations)

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Southern California has always had a focus on fun and fitness, and that’s never more evident than in the spring. Our friends at NXPT Fitness have once again collaborated with Discover Mission Bay to offer a series of 100% free outdoor group fitness programs all over our home of Mission Bay. Each focuses on enjoying the weather, meeting like-minded people and pursuing your health goals together. Whether you’re a runner, cross-trainer, cyclist or swimmer, there’s an event for you. In fact, The Dana will be hosting a free Yoga event on April 8th as part of the series. 


2.) Firefly Eatery & Bar Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt (on-site)

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There’s no more fun springtime activity than enjoying a leisurely (and delicious!) brunch, then turning the kids loose to hunt for secret pastel treasures. Join us on Easter Sunday at our excellent on-property restaurant for a hot, fresh, and chef-prepared mid-morning meal (featuring fresh fruit, fluffy pancakes, bacon, sausage, omelet station and all the trimmings). And be sure to bring the whole family! Kids will be welcome to hunt eggs in our Tropical Garden after they’ve enjoyed their fill. 


3.) Adventure Water Sports (just steps away!)

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Aquatic adventures aren’t far away thanks to our good friends at Adventure Water Sports! Their fleet features easy-to-operate watercraft rentals like twin-engine waterskiing boats, waverunners, pontoon boats perfect for leisurely cruising, and other multi-passenger craft ideal for fun and exploration. The best part? They’re right here at The Dana, so you never have to go far to find a fun-filled day on the waters of the bay.

1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109 


4.) SeaWorld Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival (1 mile)

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One of the year’s most anticipated events returns to San Diego. The Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival is a two-month long celebration featuring lots of local craft brews, live entertainment, in-park events, and (of course) no end of incredible global flavors, all prepared fresh by some of San Diego’s most skilled culinary experts. The best part: it all happens at SeaWorld, one of the city’s best attractions from now through April 30th.

500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109


5.) Belmont Park (1.1 miles)

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Looking for a classically Southern California day out? You’ll find much to love at Belmont Park. This timeless boardwalk-style waterfront rides-and-games destination is located in picturesque Mission Beach, and features fantastic attractions like the Giant Dipper roller coaster, mini-golf, rock climbing, classic oceanside dining, and more. Plus, Belmont is right on the beach, which is always a great way to spend a spring day around here. And when the sun sets, you shouldn’t miss your chance to stop in for dinner and drinks at Beach House, an excellent eatery right nearby.  

3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


6.) Mission Bay Beach Club (4.3 miles)

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Mission Bay’s newest gathering spot is the place to be for fun, events, and a great day at the beach. Start your day with a caffeine kick or fresh-squeezed juice at Superbloom coffee and juice bar. Enjoy a beachfront Yoga session, floral arrangement class, “Mommy & Me” high tea service this Mother’s Day weekend, or lunch with friends. Then head out to the lawn for a game of bocce, grab a fresh ice cream, or just drink in panoramic ocean views from the beach.

2688 East Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109


7.) Uncorked San Diego Wine Fest (4.4 miles)

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Pop (like a cork!) down to Spanish Landing Park on April 8 to take part in Uncorked’s San Diego Wine Fest. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in over 150 vintages from across the world — along with impeccably crafted ciders, seltzers, and specialty cocktails. If you ask us, springtime just doesn’t get any better than delicious beverages, local food trucks, live entertainment, and some stunning views. So don’t miss this amazing event! 

3900 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


8.) Whale Watching (4.5 miles)

Thanks to our location adjacent to the seasonal migration route of several whale species, San Diego is one of the most specimen-rich locations in the world when it comes to spotting these majestic creatures in the wild. This means seeing them while they make their way past us is a near-certainty. Several local tour companies offer nautical treks that can get you close enough to spot these amazing animals. We recommend contacting our friends at Next Level Sailing, who offer trips on the yacht America that can get you close.

2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106


9.) San Diego Padres at Petco Park (8.4 miles)

Sports fans are in luck when visiting us here. Our own hometown heroes the San Diego Padres have been bringing big-time baseball to the city for more than 50 years. The Padres’ home of Petco Park is widely recognized as one of the finest stadiums in the league, too. So much so that it was recently named the league’s #1 park for 2022 by USA Today, who called it “the best stadium in baseball.” So grab a seat on a game day!

100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101


10.) The Carlsbad Flower Fields (29.4 miles away)

The breathtaking Carlsbad Flower Fields draw tens of thousands of visitors to a beautiful super-bloom of giant Tecolote ranunculus flowers every year. Row after row of brilliant rainbow colors ripple across the landscape during the peak months in spring. When visiting, guests are treated to not just the brilliant botanical display, but also a wide range of family-friendly activities — such as antique tractor rides, fruit picking, and more.

5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 


Plan Your Springtime Stay at The Dana

There’s nothing quite like springtime on Mission Bay and there’s no better spot to experience it than The Dana. Our exceptional accommodations, world-class service and guest-friendly amenities make us the ideal place to enjoy the season. We’ll have a full schedule of activities on our events calendar soon, so check back often for updates. 

Take a look at our special offers, and plan your visit today!