Traveling doesn't always have to be expensive. If you're visiting the Golden State, we've got some fun suggestions to add to your bucket list. These free things to do in San Diego prove you don't have to break the bank to have fun. Who's up for a day trip?

From contemporary art museums to sprawling lush green parks, beautiful white sand beaches, and local concerts, you will find a little bit of everything to see and do here.

Without further ado, here are the best free things to do in San Diego this month.

Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art

Price: Free on the third Thursday of every month

When: February 20, 2020

Location: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: You can see some of the city's finest local art pieces, and it won't cost you a dime.

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Take a Romantic Valentine's Day Photo by the Unconditional Surrender Statue

Price: Free

When: 24 hours 

Location: 55 Tuna Ln, San Diego, CA 

Why You Should Go: You can reenact the iconic Times Square kiss from 1945 by a giant statue.

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Explore the Lush Japanese Friendship Gardens

Price: Free on the third Tuesday of every month

When: February 18, 2020, from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. (last admission is 4 p.m.)

Location: 2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: You can immerse yourself in a beautiful Japanese garden hidden deep within San Diego. There are waterfalls, koi ponds, cherry blossoms, and more.

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Stroll Through the Gaslamp Quarter

Price: Free

When: Anytime

Location: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: You can explore over 16 blocks of historic Victorian architecture, browse through cute boutiques, art galleries, and more.

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Take a Walking Tour In the Century-Old Town of Julian

Price: Free

When: Anytime

Location: Julian, CA

Why You Should Go: You can take a step back in time to this 100-year-old gold mining town! Grab a self-guided walking tour map at Chamber of Commerce and explore it all.

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Catch a Stunning Sunset at La Jolla Cove

Price: Free

When: Anytime

Location: 1100 Coast Blvd. La Jolla, CA

Why You Should Go: This protected marine reserve is the perfect place to cozy up with your S/O and watch the sunset. If you visit during the day, there is also plenty of marine life to see, including leopard sharks, seals, and dolphins.

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Take a Hidden Suspension Bridge to Skyline City Views

Price: Free

When: 6 a.m.to 10 p.m. daily

Location: W Spruce St, San Diego, CA

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

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While you're in the area, you should also check out these fun and easy hikes in southern California. It's a great way to skip the work and still get the views.

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