It is February and that means Valentine’s Day is on the way! Why not dedicate the entire month, instead of just one day, to spending time with your loved ones while not spending a fortune. Enjoy this recommended list of budget friendly activities in San Diego! Thank you to Michelle Harvey of Harvey Homes Real Estate and Property Management for taking the time to share this list with us! Here are some fun things to do in San Diego in February.
Mission Trails Regional Park: Guided Nature Walks (FREE)
Interpretive Nature Walks are available Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday from 9:30am-11am. You will begin at the Visitor’s Center, where trail guides will choose from three different trails. Depending on which trail is chosen, you can look forward to exploring different types of oak groves in the area, chaparral, sage scrub, riparian woodland habitats, or an archaeological site. If you prefer to leave from the Campground to explore the east side of the park, guided walks are available on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 8:30am to 10am. This walk will give you the opportunity to view the Old Mission Dam overlook and Kumeyaay grinding rock sites.
To check the calendar and learn more about MTRP go to: http://www.mtrp.org/events/show_events?events_master_calendar_filter=all_1485936000_all
Visitors Center located at:
One Father Junipero Serra Trail
San Diego, CA 92119
Trail Map: http://www.mtrp.org/trail_map
Cabrillo National Monument, Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Tide pools ($10 per car, FREE Feb.20th)
We are lucky enough to live next to Cabrillo National Monument, a National Park that is a host to family friendly adventures. It is open every day of the year from 9am-5pm (except holidays). It is a great deal at $10 per car to get into the park, but on February 20th, entrance is FREE! Hot tip, if you happen to own a National Park Pass, it is FREE anytime! If you are a 4th grade student, active duty military or a citizen with a permanent disability you can look into getting Free National Park passes. For more info, go to: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm
During your visit to Cabrillo National Monument you can visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and experience an interesting piece of San Diego’s history. It has been restored to its 1880’s appearance and guided ranger walks and brochures are available.
The tide pools boast that they are one of the best protected and easily accessible intertidal areas in Southern California! Check the tide schedules before you visit to ensure a wonderful viewing experience. I am including a link to the 2017 tide schedule to help you out. https://scripps.ucsd.edu/sites/scripps.ucsd.edu/files/node/5226/edit/TideCalendar2017.pdf
Be sure to visit the monument that honors Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his voyage of discovery. You can visit his statue or watch a film, “In Search of Cabrillo”, in the Visitor’s Center.
Directions and Location:
To learn more about hours of operation and particular areas of interest go to: https://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm
Old Town Model Railroad Depot (FREE but you can leave a donation!)
Open Sunday-Friday from 11am-6pm and on Saturday from 11am-7pm and closed on Tuesdays. My family and I stumbled upon this hidden little gem after having lunch with friends in Old Town. My son is an avid railroad fan and thoroughly enjoyed his visit. The owner has arranged it in a 1950’s era specific display (lots of fun characters and set ups!) and even decorates the entire exhibit for Christmas. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this incredible private railroad collection which will delight all ages. Perfect for a quick, entertaining visit during a visit to Old Town.
2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
Contact at 619-299-9015 (might recommend calling before your visit to be sure they are open)
February is Museum Month in San Diego! Get half price admission to San Diego Museums.
You can head over to any Macy’s store to pick up your pass. This pass enables you and 3 people with you, to receive half off admission for the entire party. To see more details and which of the 40 different museums are available for the use of this pass, please visit http://www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month
Michelle was born and raised in North San Diego County. She began her career in the real estate industry in 1999 and in 2005, she launched her own full-service real estate brokerage, Harvey Homes Real Estate and Property Management (link to www.HarveyHomes.com). Her business is based out of North San Diego County, but she also works in San Diego and on occasion, Riverside County. Michelle is able to offer incredible deals to her home sellers because she operates a virtual office and you work directly with her, the Broker/owner. Home buyers are also able to benefit from the knowledge gained in her 18+ year career. In addition to running a successful full time business, she is a proud homeschooler, CSUSM business graduate, wife to her incredible husband, Jason, and is always learning something new from her tenacious 7 year old son, Mason. Michelle enjoys family time, giving back to the community, never ending home projects with her husband, playing piano with her son, new travel adventures, and attempting to be crafty.