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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Coast Highway 101, San Diego, CA 92037
858 755 2063
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As featured in San Diego for free
Ranked #3 of 220 attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Beaches, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, State Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles... more » Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles of unspoiled beaches, chaparral, elegant Torrey Pine trees and a lagoon vital to many species of migrating birds. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We initially had difficulty finding parking as parking is limited. The beach is nice and relaxing. Be careful of the jelly fish that gets washed ashore. Use the bathroom facilities prior to going to the beach. Otherwise, very nice beach.

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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We couldn't spend much time but the views of the ocean were awesome. there are trails there which you can do with hyperactive 3-4 year old that are flat and can be finished in <1hr so well worth it.

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

I love this place. The hike is spectacular and the end result is the beach. The water is clear and beautiful and you can walk out quite a ways before it gets too deep. Great place to play.

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Cranford, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Beautiful California beach and cliff views! Cheap entry ($8 at 2PM) Drive up the cliff road...park and walk the sandy trails out to numerous cliffs overlooking the grand Pacific! Bring a bottle of cold water with you...fountains only noticed at trailhead/parking area. Has public restrooms as well. Drive back down to park again and take a walk along the (somewhat... More

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Plano, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Fantastic Welcome center with lots of artifacts that kids can touch. Long and short trails some of which are easy for small kids. Park at the top near the welcome center if you don't want to walk all the way up the hill. Trails to the ocean have fantastic views.

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San Diego, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

If you enjoy a short hike and the most amazing views, this is the place to go. In the summer, be sure to wear sunscreen, there's not much shade while hiking on top of the cliffs. This is a unique and lovely preserve and rarely crowded.

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Burlington, Vermont
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We chose a hot day to hike the trails at Torrey Pines State Reserve, but it was so worth it The sandy paths, rugged ravines, and breathtaking views from the tops of many of the trails made it worthwhile. Great ocean views. Saw a rainbow squirrel close-up, which I had never seen before.

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Akron, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Such a pleasure to hike an interesting area so close to the city. We were visiting Del Mar for a wedding, and being able to hike so close was an unexpected pleasure.

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Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Stop by the visitors center for a trail map before you go and speak to one of the guides to help plan your stay. There were several vista points with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla. The trails we chose were pretty easy. There are more challenging trails if you want to push yourself. There is also... More

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Like to hike, this is a terrific place. Take a walk and then eat in nearby Del Mor or on Carmel Valley Road

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