Places around UC San Diego and La Jolla

Campus Recreationrimac

Campus Recreation offers instruction and facilities in racquetball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, basketball, yoga, and other individual and group sports. In addition, students, faculty, and staff can participate in intramural sports and sports clubs. There are also special programs for children. To participate, individuals must be either a current UC San Diego student or a Recreation Card (RecCard) holder. It is necessary to carry a RecCard or student ID and a towel when using any of the facilities. You can purchase a RecCard at the Recreation and Intramural Activities Complex (RIMAC), located on the northwest section of campus. Class schedule and registration information is available online.

Phone: (858) 534-4037

Crafts Centercraft center

UC San Diego continues to meet with community members to explore the potential for developing a new center for craft programming. As a brief history, the Crafts Center was temporarily closed for the 2012-13 academic year due to funding shortfalls in University Centers and an inability for the program to be self-supporting.

Any questions regarding University Centers programs, including the Crafts Center, should be directed to Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life, Gary Ratcliff, at (858) 534-4378.

La Jolla Recreation CenterLa Jolla recreation center

The La Jolla Recreation Center has summer and holidaycamps for children as well as facilities for sports.

Phone: (858) 552-1658


The La Jolla YMCA is a community recreational center located near UC San Diego. The YMCA offers classes and facilities for swimming, aerobics, racquetball, weight training, tennis, and children’s programs.

Phone: (858) 453-3483

Doyle Recreation Center

Doyle Recreation Center is located near UC San Diego, and it offers a variety of youth and adult programs throughout the year. The center's facilities include gymnasium, weight room, game room, outdoor basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, tot lots, ball fields, barbeque areas and meeting rooms, which are for rent. 


Phone: (858) 552-1612

Mission Bay Aquatic CenterMission Bay Aquatic Center

Mission Bay Aquatic Center is one of the finest water sports facilities in the country and offers a wide variety of inexpensive and fun activities for the whole family. The Mission Bay Aquatic Center offers classes and rentals in waterskiing, sailing, surfing, rowing, kayaking, scuba diving, and windsurfing. Discounts are available for those with UC San Diego affiliation.

Phone: (858) 488-1000

Outback AdventuresOutback Adventures

Outback Adventures rents camping, skiing, and other equipment for very reasonable prices. Outback Adventures also offers trips such as kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, and skiing. Visit their office located near Pepper Canyon Hall in Sixth College, east of the Price Center.

Phone: (858) 534-0684

Standley Park and Recreation CenterStandley Park and Recreation Center

Standley Park and Recreation Center sponsors a variety of low-cost and free activities and classes for children and adults.

Phone: (858) 552-1652

University ExtensionUCSD Extention

UC San Diego Extension has classes in the arts, music and performing arts, computers, foreign languages, recreation and exercise, horticulture, wine tasting, intercultural programs, and more. Classes are open to everyone and are available for credit or non-credit. Fees vary depending on classes. Ask about UC San Diego affiliated discount rates.

Phone: (858) 534-3400

Places To Go In San Diego

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

As the largest desert state park in the U.S., it features wildflowers, a desert garden outside the visitor center, and campgrounds. Reservations for camping may be made by calling Park Net toll-free at (800) 444-7275. In addition to firsthand contact with the desert environment, the eroded Badlands of Anza-Borrego provide a window into the region’s vanished past and offers insight into the surrounding area’s paleontology. Learn about nature and the outdoors and have fun while doing it!

Phone: (760) 767-4205

Balboa Park

This park is the site of the world famous San Diego Zoo, as well as museums, art galleries, a botanical garden, and many picnic areas. The I-MAX theatre in the Reuben H. Fleet Space and Science Center is a popular attraction.

Phone: (619) 239-0512

Birch Aquarium

This aquarium offers visitors an up-close view of sea life off San Diego’s coast with marine life displays, outdoor tide pools, classes for children, and a museum located at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Phone: (858) 534-3474

Cabrillo National MonumentCabrillo National Monument

This landmark commemorates explorer Juan Cabrillo’s discovery of the California coast in 1542. Tour the lighthouse, explore the tidepools, watch for whales, and enjoy the breathtaking view. This monument is located at the tip of Point Loma.

Phone: (619) 557-5450

Gaslamp Quarter

Tours of this historic district in downtown San Diego are offered by the Gaslamp Quarter Council. There are a wonderful variety of restaurants, dance clubs, and shops to explore.

Phone: (619) 233-5227

Hotel del CoronadoHotel del Coronado

San Diego landmark made famous in the Marilyn Monroe movie “Some Like it Hot.” Explore the museum at the hotel with its unique architectural design and do not miss the quaint shops and restaurants that Coronado has to offer.

Phone: (619) 435-6611


This small town in the Laguna Mountains is a popular destination during apple season. Tantalize your taste buds with apple pie, apple cider, and a wide variety of apple delicacies while you escape to the mountains of San Diego.

La Jolla Cove

Explore the cave and tide pools of La Jolla Cove at this popular beach location. Many fine gift shops and art galleries are located along Girard Avenue and Prospect Street. Bring a picnic or try one of the many restaurants that offer spectacular ocean views.

Mission Bay Park

The aquatic park has 27 miles of beaches, bike trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds. There are also recreational areas for water-skiing, jet skiing, sailing, and swimming. Enjoy a day in the sun!

Phone: (619) 525-8213 

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

The park has parts of San Diego’s original settlement with buildings dating from the 1820’s. There are many shops, museums, and restaurants. Various restaurants and cafes offer authentic Mexican food and drinks.

Phone: (619) 220-5422

Palomar ObservatoryPalomar Observatory

The visitor center offers an excellent view of the 200-inch Hale telescope. Stargazing is offered in the summer. This observatory is located atop Palomar Mountain and opened daily from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m..

Phone: (760) 742-2119 or (760) 742-2131


San Diego Safari Park

Recognized worldwide, this unique 1,800-acre wildlife preserve allows animals to roam freely in settings similar to their native homelands.

The park offers exotic animal and garden exhibits, exciting animal shows, private safari photo tours, and a monorail ride through the park. It is located six miles east of Escondido

Phone: (760) 747-8702

San Diego ZooSan Diego Zoo

The world-famous zoo is located in Balboa Park. It is home to a wide variety of species and state-of-the-art climate zones. It offers a petting zoo for children, animal nursery, Skyfari tram rides and a bus tour. **Discounts available at the UC San Diego Box Office.

Phone: (619) 231-1515

Sea World

This is a popular marine theme park located in Mission Bay. It offers a variety of animal shows, including a killer whale show featuring “Shamu” and special exhibits such as the Shark Encounter. Spectacular waterskiing shows and fireworks displays are offered during the summer months.

**Discounts available at the UC San Diego Box Office

Phone: (619) 226-3901

Seaport VillageSeaport Village

The shopping center includes daily entertainment, fine dining, and more than 65 one-of-a-kind shops from fine art to handcrafted gifts. There is a carousel from the 1890s, jugglers, music and year-round special events. It is also known for its magnificent view of San Diego Harbor.

Phone: (619) 235-4014

For more information on activities and events in San Diego,visit the websites for theThe City of San Diegoand theSan Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official travel resource for the San Diego region.