Del Mar Family Activities
Torrey Pines State Beach
Beautiful sandstone cliffs rise 300 magnificent feet from the Pacific Ocean to greet miles of walking paths along the bluffs at Torrey Pines State Beach. Hiking trails take visitors through the reserve among the Torrey pines (one of the rarest varieties of pine in the world), wildflowers, and other plants and animals with panoramic views of the ocean.These trails wind down to a 4.5-mile stretch of beach that is uncrowded and ideal for swimming, walking, or picnicking. Be sure to visit the museum and visitor center (built in 1923) on top of the reserve at Torrey Pines.
Seagrove and Powerhouse Parks
Del Mar also has two seaside parks — Seagrove and Powerhouse — both great for picnicking and stunning ocean views.
Del Mar Fairgrounds
The Del Mar Fair, one of the largest county fairs in the U.S., runs from mid-June through July 4 and has carnival rides, games, entertainment, and exhibits.Fairgrounds facilities feature 180,000 square feet of exhibit space, ranging from the Grandstand luxury suites, perfect for an intimate gathering of 10-20 people, up to O’Brien Hall, which can hold up to 6,800 people. Also, the Fairgrounds has several outdoor venues, including the Grandstand and the Del Mar Arena, which can seat as many as 7,000 people.
While many residents and visitors enjoy all areas of the beach, the most popular location for owners to bring their canines is the North Beach area.North Beach, affectionately called “Dog Beach” by dog owners, is located north of 29th Street and stretches nearly one half mile to our border with Solana Beach. The area includes the mouth of the San Dieguito River and a stretch of coastal bluff. While laws restrict access to half of the Del Mar beach during the summer months, North Beach remains open to dogs; however, dogs must be restricted to a six foot leash.
LEGOLAND California is built for Real Family Fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Everybody's sure to have a great time together! Venture to the underwater world at the new SEA LIFE AQUARIUM or journey to the ancient ruins of Egypt and recover stolen treasures at the LAND OF ADVENTURE. What's more, LEGOLAND has action-packed live shows like JOURNEY TO THE LOST TEMPLE or the fire safety show, THE BIG TEST With limitless fun, LEGOLAND California is sure to delight the entire family!
Leo Carillo Ranch Historic Park
Once part of the original 2,538 acre working rancho and vacation retreat of Leo Carrillo (who acted in almost 100 films from 1927n to 1950 and co-starred in the TV series The Cisco Kid,) this historic ranch is an extraordinary educational and recreational resource.
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
Noted for being one of the most beloved spring traditions in the area, the ranch opens annually in March for six to eight weeks showcasing the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus.