7 Unique Things To Do For A Birthday In San Diego

The list of restaurants and bars in San Diego is extensive enough to make every weekend a new adventure, but maybe this year you’re seeking a truly memorable birthday experience. Here is a shortlist of unique tipples, treks and traipses to keep in mind when planning your next big day.

1. A San Diego County Winery Hop

There’s no denying we are a city of hopheads, but did you know that San Diego also makes wine? Good wine? From Domaine Artefact’s Rhone reds in Escondido to the bold blends and stunning views at Vineyard Grant James and Turtle Rock Ridge in Ramona, there are dozens of fantastic wineries to explore within an hour’s drive.

2. A Three Hour (Fishing) Tour

Or longer, if you’re looking for The Big One. Sportfishing trips depart daily from both San Diego and Oceanside. Or, if your birthday party has its sea legs but chasing after yellowtail and halibut isn’t quite your thing, you can lounge topside on one of several whale watching cruises instead.

3. Cooking or Painting Class

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Photo Credits: Painting & Vino

A Groupon and Living Social favorite, one-time cooking courses or paint nights are a great way for a group of friends to get together and have something unique to show for it afterwards.

4. Horseback Trail Ride

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Photo Credits: San Diego Beach Rides

Whether you prefer a quiet beach stroll or a trail with a chaparral view, you can enjoy it on horseback in San Diego! Head down towards Imperial Beach for a serene saunter on the sand, or out to Escondido for a walk through the canyons.

5. Big Cat or Bear Feeding (Alpine)

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Photo Credits: Lion, Tigers & Bears

Have you always wanted to get close to an apex predator, but common sense stops you in the knick of time? At Lions, Tigers & Bears sanctuary in Alpine, seasoned staff will escort you through their no-kill facility and even let you participate in a feeding. The close encounters cost a nominal fee, but hey, it’s your birthday!

6. Catch a Comedy Show

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Photo Credits: LaughStub

Who doesn’t love to laugh? Catch a national act at the Mad House Comedy Club downtown or at La Jolla’s Comedy Store. For a more interactive approach, convince your friends to sign up for an improv class at Finest City Improv in University Heights. Nothing says “memorable birthday” like forcing your buddies to make fun of each other on stage.

7. Balloon Breakfast or Brunch

For an intimate birthday splurge, book a hot air balloon ride with a loved one or small group of friends. With multiple venues offering hour-long flights from dawn until dusk (some even including champagne brunch!), you can get a brand new view of America’s Finest City.

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