Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Perhaps you expect San Diego to be a crowded, modern city, with lots of noise and skyscrapers, and some little parks here and there. You couldn’t be more wrong: San Diego is a city full of natural areas and wild life. And Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is such an example.
There are plenty activities you can do, from hiking and biking to birds seeing. Miles of virgin beaches and pine trees forests, as well as a lagoon (protected as it constitutes a vital habitat for migrating seabirds) make the visitors believe they have entered a new world.
Things you need to know when taking the kids:
- There are 8 miles (over 12 kilometers) of trails, with different lengths and difficulty levels, but some of them are also accessible by strollers;
- Guided tours are available in weekends and major holidays;
- Animal paw marks (squirrels, mule deers, raccoons, etc.) are marked all over the Reserve, to challenge kids to discover the species living there;
- Due to conservation purposes, there are strict rules inside the Reservations – read them carefully and explain them to the kids;
- Have something to eat before, as only water is allowed within, no other drinks or food.