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Navy SEAL Boat Adventure Rides

Location: Harbor Island (2 Miles West of Downtown San Diego)

Schedule: Year-Round Chartered Tours

Cost: $65 – $75 for Adults ($50 – $60 for Kids)

Features: Naval Tour of San Diego Bay; Wildlife Tours to see Dolphins, Whales, and Mexico’s Coronado Islands; Custom Tours

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Borrego Springs

Location: Borrego Springs is surrounded by the Anza-Borrego Desert (93 Miles/ 2 Hours East of San Diego Coastal Areas)

When to Visit: October through May

Features: Desert Town Providing Hospitality to Guests of the Anza-Borrego Desert; Includes Resorts, Spas, Stargazing, Adventure Activities, Life-Size Pre-Historic Animals, and Cultural Events.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Location: Anza-Borrego Desert (Visitor Center is 93 Miles/ 2 Hours from the Coastal Areas of San Diego)

Visitor Center Hours: 9AM – 5PM; Thursday through Monday From October to May; Weekends from June to September.

Cost: Free (Except for $6 per day parking at 3 Campgrounds)

Features: Sonoran Desert Meets the Peninsular Mountain Ranges Creating the Most Diverse Desert Landscape in the World and offering Hiking, Camping, Horseback Riding, Desert Wildflower Viewing, Stargazing, and Geological Exploration.

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Torrey Pines State Park

Location: Torrey Pines (19 Miles/ 20 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Dawn – Dusk

Cost: $8 per Vehicle / Free if You Park on Torrey Pines Road.

Features: Beautiful Landscape of Canyons and Beach-Side Cliffs; Panoramic Ocean Views; Beach; Hiking Trails; Popular Cycling Route; Dolphins, Whales

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Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center

Location: Oceanside (36 Miles / 40 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4PM (Opens at 1PM on Sundays and Closed on Mondays)

Cost: Free; Donations Accepted

Features: Nature Center Hosted by the Buena Vista Audobon Society on the only Freshwater Coastal Lagoon in Southern California; Mastodon Fossils

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San Luis Rey River Trail

Location: Oceanside (38 Miles / 40 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Dawn to Dusk

Cost: Free, Including Bike Rentals

Features: Hike and Bike a 14.4-Mile Round-Trip Trail Along a Riverbed Starting Near the Oceanside Pier

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Wildlife Art at Hidden Forest Art Gallery & Nature Center

Location: Fallbrook (53 Miles / 55 Minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Cost: None, unless you want to buy a wildlife painting.

Hours: Varies

Features: Meet Famed Wildlife Artist Gamini Ratnavira, Browse through his Wildlife Paintings, and Meet his Unique & Colorful Birds.

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Lake Henshaw Scenic Overlook

Location: Santa Ysabel (75 Miles / 1.25 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: Always Open

Cost: Free

Features: One of the top Birding Spots in San Diego overlooking the local mountains, grasslands, and Lake Henshaw.

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