Summer vacation season might be over, but in its place comes all the beauty and atmosphere of autumn. As the temperatures cool, leaves change, and cafes break out the autumn themed drinks, you can be sure that San Diego still has much to offer. Whether you want to take a stroll through the park or join in on the Halloween festivities yourself, you can find it all here.
Fall in San Diego is still relatively warm compared to further north, but temperatures do drop to the 60s and 70s at this time. And with fewer rainy days, you’ll have more time to go out and enjoy nature. There are a number of parks and reserves where you can see the change of colors with the new season. At the Japanese Friendship Garden, you’ll see maple trees full of reds and yellows, fallen leaves, koi ponds, and a peaceful stroll that makes the rest of the city feel far away. Or if you’re the more athletic type, you might prefer to hike Palomar Mountain, with its sturdy oaks and crisp air as you reach higher altitudes. Or if you’re looking for an autumn experience to enjoy at night, you might prefer to stargaze at Cuyamaca State Park.
Take In the Flavors
There are certain flavors and scents that just are fall, more than any other season. Pumpkin is the one we talk about most, and for good reason. A picnic or pictures at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch feels like the quintessential fall day. It seems almost as though everything is pumpkin flavored come fall. But there’s another well-loved flavor that seems even sweeter in fall: apple. Just an hour’s drive from San Diego, you can find Julian and its many U-pick apple farms, where you can make a day of picking apples with the family or a special someone. The act of picking apples itself can help you find the fall spirit, but those apples can be used to make apple pie, cider, or caramel apples.
Hit Up the Fall Festivals
With the arrival of autumn comes the excitement for all the upcoming festivals. In mid-October, for instance, you can visit the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show, featuring intricate handmade crafts and delightful food. Point Loma Fall Festival is a classic family fall festival, with wagon rides, pumpkin patches and a petting zoo. If you’re further north, you can find a similar experience at the San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Festival. But it’s not all pumpkin patches and face painting. Kids and engineering enthusiasts can check out the Maker Faire in Balboa Park, and adults will love the 24th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer or the Bayside Brew + Spirits Festival. There are also cultural festivals, like the Pacific Islander Festival or the San Diego Italian Film Festival, all occurring in the fall.
San Diego is a beautiful place to enjoy the fall, especially La Jolla with its gorgeous beaches, reserves, and of course breweries and coffee shops. Book your room direct at The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla today so you can see for yourself and save 5%.
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