We don’t know about you, but we’re not really dinner and a movie type of folks. If you’re looking to mix things up a bit and surprise your special someone, we’ve got a treat for you. San Diego is full of hidden gems and fun adventures to go on. So, we’ve listed a few ideas for you to try out. Here are the best secret San Diego date ideas to take your partner to this fall (or whenever you wanna go). 

Spruce Street Suspension Bridge

Price: Free

Hours: 6 am - 10 pm daily

Location: W Spruce St, San Diego, CA 92103

Why You Need To Go: This hidden gem provides one of the best skyline views of San Diego hidden among nature.


Elfin Forest

Price: Free

Hours: 8 am to 7 pm daily 

Location: 8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido, CA 92029

Why You Need To Go: You can explore over 11 miles of trails in this beautiful park leading to perfect picnic spots and scenic mountain lookouts. Talk about a beautiful place to watch the sunset. 


Belmont Park

Price: Free parking and admission (rides and activities are extra)

Hours: Monday - Thursday 11 am to 8 pm, Friday - Saturday 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday 11 am to 9 pm 

Location: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Why You Need To Go: This historic oceanfront museum is one of those can’t miss San Diego activities. At night, the lights of the park are beautiful, and you can see the ocean from the top of the rollercoaster ride. 


Santee Drive-In

Price: $9 per person 

Hours: Varies by film and showing 

Location: 10990 N Woodside Ave, Santee, CA 92071

Why You Need To Go: You can experience what your parents always talked about with a classic drive-in movie.


Observatory Campground

Price: $15 - $30 a night. Day use requires a California Adventure Pass.

Hours: Open 24 hours

Location: Observatory Campground Co Hwy S6, State Park Rd #21485, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060

Why You Need To Go: Just an hour from San Diego, you’ll find the 4,800-foot-tall Palomar Mountain. The Observatory Campground has some of the best stargazing views in all of Southern California.


Mission Trails Regional Park

Price: Free for hiking.

Hours: 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm

Location: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119

Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous regional park offers stunning views of San Diego that you wouldn’t expect to find in SoCal.


Secret Swings La Jolla

Price: Free

Hours: Open 24 hours

Location: Multiple

Why You Need To Go: You can swing above beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and get the whole place to yourself.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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