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Five Off-The-Beaten-Path Ways to Explore San Diego

Have you already explored Coronado, Balboa Park and La Jolla? Does the sight of an empty Saturday afternoon in your calendar fill your heart with fear? Whether you like the adrenaline rush of escape rooms or prefer the smell of coffee brewing and old books, here are five fun, unusual ways to explore the more hidden side of San Diego.

  1. Seven Bridges Walk: Explore a new side of Balboa Park with a little known scenic walk around the outskirts of the park. Seven historic bridges span the canyons surrounding the park, including the only steel-arch bridge in the city, a wooden trestle bridge, and of course, the Spruce Street suspension bridge. Clocking in around 5.5 miles, this walk will show you hidden parts of Balboa Park. Visit sandiegoreader.com to find directions and a map.
  2. Annie’s Canyon: Located in Solana Beach, this unique slot canyon hike overlooks the San Elijo Lagoon and features a winding trail through tall, narrow canyon walls. Climb until you reach the top of the canyon and feast your eyes on the spectacular views of the lagoon, ocean and surrounding neighborhoods. Visit sanelijio.org for more information.
  3. Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt: Take your friends on a self-guided scavenger hunt in downtown, Gaslamp or Old Town. The scavenger hunt is guided completely through your phone, and each team member will have a special job. Plus, the whole group will get involved to complete the required tasks and take photos. Visit scavengerhunt.com to buy your tickets.
  4. Escape Rooms: With new escape rooms in Ocean Beach and at the San Diego Natural History Museum, there’s plenty of local opportunities to test your puzzle master skills. If you’re looking for the perfect way to bond with your roommates, look no further. Visit secretspotescaperooms.com or sdnhm.org for more information and tickets.
  5. Run for Cover Bookstore: Ocean Beach’s newest independent bookstore, located on Voltaire Street, has all the books, coffee and pastries that your heart could desire. Check it out for the perfect new book or a peaceful way to spend an afternoon. Visit facebook.com/runforcoverbooksandcafe/.

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