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Next Level Sailing Activities to Do in San Diego During the Fall

The San Diego area of Southern California is best known for activities such as surfing, private whale watching tours San Diego, and playing on the beach. You would think that the fun stops when summer ends. But because the weather in San Diego is so favorable, fall sailing activities in San Diego like these can continue in the autumn. Not only that, but there are other seasonal diversions in the area that you can only enjoy in the fall. This list includes both of these kinds of activities.

So let’s have a look at some great activities in San Diego during the fall.

1. Whale Watching Cruise

It’s not a matter of whether you can go SD whale watching in the fall. Whale watching tours are available all year long, so the question is really what types of whales you are most likely to see. Humpback whales migrate during the fall, so if you are particularly interested in seeing these gentle giants, autumn may be the perfect time to plan your excursion.

2. Zoo Trip

The San Diego Zoo is one of the oldest and largest in the United States, and widely regarded as one of the best. The Zoo is open 365 days a year, and fall can be a great time to visit as the daytime temperatures cool down with the change of seasons.

3. Fall Foliage

Southern California is known more for palm trees than for fall foliage. Nevertheless, you can find deciduous forests showing off vibrant autumn colors just a short drive from San Diego. Head up into the higher elevations at Mount Laguna, Palomar Mountain, or Cuyamaca Rancho State Park to check out the gorgeous oak trees in all of their fall splendor.

4. Apple Picking

Julian is a nearby historic gold mine town. You can see fall foliage here as well, but the real appeal may be the apple farms where you can pick your own apples. You can also enjoy apple pie and other baked goods and refresh yourself with some cider.

5. Haunted Hotspots

With Halloween just around the corner, fall is a good time to indulge in a good fright. Traditionally, there are spooky attractions in the area such as Knott’s Scary Farm and the Haunted Trail. Some of these are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but others have modified their attractions to comply with social distancing guidelines.

For example, from October 1st through 31st, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is hosting the “Drive-Thru Scream Zone” that allows people experience the spooky setting inspired by classic horror films while remaining in their own vehicles.

6. Pumpkin Patch Visit

In jack o’ lantern and/or pie form, pumpkins are a universal autumn staple. Valley Center’s Bates Nut Farm is just one of a plethora of pumpkin patches opening up around San Diego every fall. In addition to pumpkins, you can also find squash and other gourds for sale to make both Halloween and Thanksgiving more festive.

Even with restrictions currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still plenty to see and do in San Diego this autumn. Be sure to check with private boat charters San Diego and other attractions ahead of time to see if they are open and what social distancing and safety measures you need to observe.

What do you think of these fall sailing activities in San Diego, plus the others we’ve showcased?

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