Free Activities to Add to Your San Diego Group Itinerary

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San Diego offers no shortage of must-see attractions, from Naval aircraft at the USS Midway Museum to over 650 animal species at the San Diego Zoo to unique builds and rides at Legoland. All of these stops make for a memorable trip; but what should you do when you don’t want to break the bank? Luckily, San Diego has plenty of things to do and group-friendly stops that still provide entertainment and don’t cost a thing.

Once you’ve got your itinerary planned, finalize your San Diego group trip with a bus rental from GOGO Charters San Diego! When you’re with a group, costs can quickly add up when you’re paying for gas, public transportation, or ride shares for everyone—not to mention the logistical headaches that arise with coordinating multiple vehicles for multiple people.

Sharing the cost of a private bus rental can help you avoid these headaches, and is often cheaper per person than other modes of transportation. You can also enjoy the services of a professional driver who will make sure you arrive safely to every stop on your itinerary without missing a beat.

Here are a few activities you can add to your San Diego itinerary to keep your days full without draining your bank account:

Spend a Day at the Beach

With over 30 public beaches to choose from in San Diego, saying “let’s go to the beach” is a little vague— but it’s a viable option for groups looking for a relaxing, low-cost day.

Coronado Beach is dog-friendly, great for families, and home to calm waters, while Pacific Beach is great for surfing. Looking for that perfect ‘gram pic from your vacation? Head to La Jolla for the best views, but keep in mind that you’ll need to battle a few crowds for the perfect shot. Pack a cooler full of lunches and drinks and load up your minibus with all of your beach essentials for an enjoyable day at the beach with your group!

Stroll the Gaslamp Quarter

You don’t need to break the bank at any local shops or restaurants to enjoy the Gaslamp Quarter; exploring these 16 historic blocks is an experience in and of itself! Do some window shopping, pop into an art gallery, or simply enjoy the scenery of this Victorian-era district. This is also a great spot to kill some time before a game at nearby Petco Park!

Your minibus driver can drop you off at your location of choice and pick you up when you’re ready to head to the next stop.

Take a Brewery Tour

Think you have to pay to enjoy some local craft beers? Think again! Three brewery locations in San Diego offer free tours: Karl Strauss Brewery, Green Flash Brewing Company, and Stone Brewing Company. Get a closer look at the brewing process and sample a few brews along the way. If your group gets a little crazy, your bus driver will be ready to pick you up and bring you safely back to your hotel.

Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster is an adventure-junkie, gear expert and travel photographer based in Southern California. Previously nomadic, he’s been to ~50 countries and loves spending time outdoors. You can usually find him on the trail, on the road, jumping from bridges or hustling on his laptop working to produce the best travel and outdoors content today. You can read more about Jeremy at his bio.

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