Fall Activities Around San Diego
September 14.2022

It’s officially Fall in Southern California and while our seasons might not change much, our interests do. There are dozens of seasonal activities happening around the San Diego area, but here are our top 5 favorites for the entire family. 

Watch the Fall colors take place at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. You’ll see the Japanese maple trees turn brilliant shades of red as well as bright orange and yellow from other trees and shrubs. Don’t leave without bringing the kids over to enjoy the koi pond too. 

Visit Bates Nut Farm, San Diego’s favorite family-owned nut farm, pumpkin patch, and fall activities center. Along with shopping for candy and pumpkins in the same place, they also hold special events. Some fall events include the Scarecrow Contest on October 8th and the Annual Costume Contest on October 23rd. Check out their full events calendar here.  

One of the most popular fall activities in San Diego is bringing the kids to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Roar and Snore Safari. Every Saturday, kids of all ages are invited to a sleepover at the park. Enjoy a special animal encounter or ride on the African Tram. The tent options vary from basic to luxurious. Click here to learn how to make memories with your family this Fall. 

Head over to Julian for a classic Fall activity, apple picking. It might not be cold enough to break out your fall wardrobe, but you can plan a day trip to this historic gold-mining town known for its fall foliage and apple picking. After apple picking at any of the U-pick farms, head into the town to peruse the gift shops. Learn more about how to plan your day trip to Julian here

Check out these 5 hikes in San Diego known for their colorful surroundings this season, with leaves changing in their colder and wetter climates. While the best and brightest colors are found in mid-late November, you can see the changes starting as early as September. Click here to view these 5 hikes along with a map of where they’re located.