Show dad how much you appreciate all he does this year by spending the day doing what he loves most. Whether he’s into sports, cars, museums, or hikes, San Diego is full of family fun that is sure to make it the best Father’s Day ever. Read on for our top picks of San Diego Father’s Day activities to celebrate your rad dad!
For a sports-loving dad, head to The Loma Club for a fun round of mini golf and maybe a hole-in-one! Walk around nearby Liberty Station, where you’ll find playgrounds and walking paths down by the waterfront and lots of eateries and restaurants to choose from.
The Loma Club
2960 Truxton Rd., Point Loma
2820 Historic Decatur Rd., Point Loma
Get your pop’s motor running and take him out to a fun car show for the day. Here are some local spots that have car shows happening on Father’s Day this year.
Belmont Park Father’s Day FREE Car Show
June 19, 2022 from 10am-4pm
3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach
San Diego Automotive Museum Cars & Coffee
June 19, 2022 from 7:30am-9:30am
2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
The Key Club San Diego Cars & Coffee
College Grove Center
Contact for more info: 619-988-6530
Show Dad a good time on some roller coasters, go-karts and rides that spin around and go upside down at Belmont Park. They’re also having a Father’s Day Cruise this year with a fun and free car show, food and music.
Belmont Park Father’s Day
3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach
Balboa Park is always a good time and with plenty of options for museum hopping together. Whether Dad likes planes, trains or automobiles, there’s a museum for him to explore. Grab some lunch or dinner on the outside patio at Panama 66, next to the San Diego Museum of Art.
Tip: Dads get free admission to the San Diego Automotive Museum on Father’s Day this year (with a paid adult admission)
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Get back into nature with a good coastal hike at Annie’s Slot Canyon in Solana Beach. He’ll love hiking through the slots and climbing up the ladders for unforgettable ocean views at the top. Head to nearby family-friendly CUCINA enoteca Del Mar to fill up on Italian food after a day of hiking.
498 Solana Hills Dr., Solana Beach
CUCINA enoteca Del Mar
2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar
Walk Through History
Walk through the footsteps of San Diego’s founding fathers in Old Town and see how families lived when the pioneers settled here. Check out the old working storefronts, the courthouse, the one-room school house, the old jail cell, La Casa de Estudillo and other homesteads to get a glimpse back in time. For lunch or dinner head to Barra Barra Saloon for their outside dining, where kids 10 and under eat free everyday!
4000 Mason St., San Diego, CA 92110
Relax In Style
Chill out poolside at a luxury hotel resort for the day by booking a Resort Pass. You’ll find some with waterslides, zero entry for littles, poolside splash pads, cabanas and even poolside food & drink service.
Here are some fun Resort Pass Hotels that kids would love:
Town & Country has 1 waterslide and pool service
500 Hotel Circle N, Mission Valley
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay has 3 waterslides
1441 Quivira Rd., Mission Bay
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa has waterslides and a splash pad
2100 Costa Del Mar Rd., Carlsbad
Scenic Train Ride
Hop on board a scenic train ride through the Campo countryside for an out-an-back adventure. The Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum offers several weekend-only train rides and even a sunset ride. Before or after your train ride, head to nearby Campo Creek Vineyards for a family-friendly mellow wine tasting. It’s only 10 minutes away and kids will love running around petting all the cats or playing bocce ball, while parents can order a charcuterie board to go along with your tastings.
Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
750 Depot St., Campo
Campo Creek Vineyards
29556 CA-94, Campo
Bring Out The Bikes
Load up the bikes for a bayside cruise along the scenic Bayshore Bikeway. This is a closed biking trail, meaning it’s not alongside a road so it’s safer for kids to ride on without the worry of cars zooming by. You’ll have views of the South Bay and can ride it up through the Silver Strand. Either ride over or pack up the bikes and drive over to the Imperial Beach Pier for dinner. You’ll find plenty of restaurants and ice cream shops to fill up after your ride, but the Tin Fish at the end of the IB Pier makes for a unique dining experience over the ocean.
There are many starting points, but this is a good spot to get on:
13st St. + Cypress Ave. near Trident Coffee, Imperial Beach
It’s always fun to play tourist and the SEALS Boat Tour would be something you’ll never forget. Take this open-aired amphibious vehicle for a tour around the city and then be amazed as it drives right into the water for a tour around the bay. It boards at Seaport Village; which makes for a perfect place to grab a casual or sit-down dinner.
San Diego SEALS Tour
500 Kettner Blvd., San Diego 92101