Spring Break and Easter Weekend in San Diego

Spring Break and Easter are some of the best times to experience what San Diego has to offer: the winter rains are winding down, the days stay light longer, the air is nice and warm but not hot, and everything is blooming and turning green. Here are a few suggestions on things to do around and about San Diego for Easter and Spring Break.

  • 01 of 07
    Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California
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    San Diego is blessed with interesting topography - beaches, mountains, canyons. Springtime is a great time when you can take in the breathtaking views and get a sense of "where is where." Best of all, it costs nothing, or very little, for the experience. A ride out to Cabrillo National Monument, Mount Soledad or Mount Helix on Easter Sunday to take in the panoramic views is a great way to reflect on how lucky we are to live in San Diego.

  • 02 of 07

    Easter Sunrise Service

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    Speaking of panoramic views, there are two places in the county that are popular and traditional spots for Easter sunrise services: Mount Soledad and Mount Helix.

  • 03 of 07
    Carlsbad Flower Fields
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    What better way to mark Easter and spring than walking through acres of colorful flowers. Ranunculus are the flowers that are produced at the Carlsbad Flower Fields, which were started by Edwin Frazee and his family. March and April are the months when these Tecolote ranunculi, with its rose-like petals, come into full bloom. The ranunculus splashes the hillsides in a rainbow of colors ranging from reds, oranges, whites, pinks and yellows. These two and a half months in spring are when the fields are open to the public, although the farm is a 12-month operation. 

  • 04 of 07

    Hit the Beach

    View of Scripps Pier, La Jolla, California, USA
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    If anything marks Spring Break in San Diego, it is heading to the beach. Sure, the water might still be a bit too cold to take a dip, but springtime is still a great time to hit the sand. Just remember, though, that there is an alcohol ban: no longer are you allowed to consume alcohol on any of the city's (and most of the county's) beaches. But the beach is still a good time.

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  • 05 of 07
    Spectacular sunset of desert wildflowers during the spring super bloom
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    We've had some decent rain this year, and when that happens, the desert wildflowers have a chance to bloom. And that means springtime is a good time to head out to the Anza-Borrego Desert. Take the scenic drive down the steep grade to the desert floor and you're in a whole different world of stark desert life. Of course, it also gets to 110 degrees in the summer.

  • 06 of 07
    Panda Resting On Rocks In San Diego Zoo
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    Now what makes going to the San Diego Zoo any different during Easter and Spring Break any different than other times of the year? Well, spring is also the time when many animals give birth, so heading to the Zoo gives you a chance to see baby animals.

  • 07 of 07
    Lakeshore sunset
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    Spring is when fishing season opens at San Diego County lakes, and with the cool, clean, weather, it is a great time for the family to hit our local lakes. One of the best places to experience spring fishing is to head up to Lake Cuyamaca in the Laguna Mountains - it's the county's only true cold water lake and in spring, it's stocked with feisty trout, perfect for fly fishing. If you have kids or are traveling with them, head to urban Chollas Lake - fishing is open only to youngsters and is a great way to acquaint them to outdoor recreation.