Unique Activities

Looking for things to do in Del Mar that’s a bit out of the ordinary? From hang gliding and hot air ballooning to exotic birds and canyon hikes, here are a few ideas to inspire your sense of adventure!

Torrey Pines Gliderport – located just 10 minutes from Del Mar – invites you to get airborne!  Offering coastal paragliding, hang gliding, pilot school, flying lessons and much more, all in beautiful San Diego, CA.

Take a drive through Del Mar on Historic Highway 101 from laid-back Oceanside to luxurious La Jolla. Drive down the coast and enjoy the diverse and vibrant communities along the way that capture the true essence of a Southern California vacation.

Drift through the clouds in a hot air balloon ride while sipping champagne and enjoying panoramic Pacific views.  Due to favorable wind conditions and unique geography, Del Mar is among the few places in the world where a balloon can fly both at sunrise and sunset.

The Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a state-of-the-art open house sanctuary for all species of exotic birds, open to the public seven days a week.

Take the family for a fun round at Pelly’s Mini Golf at the Del Mar Golf Center, which also offers junior golf lessons, group events and birthday parties.

Spanning over 4,000 acres, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve’s natural beauty, rich natural resources and historical adobes make it a popular location for hiking and cycling. The protected preserve is also a great location for wildlife viewing, containing over 175 bird species, 500 plant varietals and rare reptiles, amphibians and mammals who reside within the canyon.