Off the Beaten Path Attractions in SD

January 26, 2018
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While San Diego is known for their beautiful beaches, there’s lots more to do than just soak up some sun. If you’re looking for some unusual things to do in San Diego that are off the beaten path, than check out these San Diego hidden spots!


Have you ever seen a camel up close? Well now you can! All you have to do is head to the Oasis Camel Dairy in San Diego and get ready for a day of excitement and fun. Located at the Camel Dairy you’ll find turkeys, dogs, birds and of course a number of camels! You can even have the opportunity to feed the camel, and if you’re feeling brave, camel rides are available as well. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop where you find some fun souvenirs such as t-shirts, toys, magnets and even milk chocolate that is made from camel milk! Visit the official website to learn more about visiting hours and events.


While Northern California is known for their gold mining, did you know San Diego offers gem mining? The Oceanview Mine actually offers guests the opportunity to mine for gems! Here, you’ll get to use screens and washes to sift through buckets of dirt. As you wash away the dirt, be on the lookout for any gemstones you might find! Additionally, you’ll be provided with a scenic ride to the topic of the mountain where you’ll see a number of active mines and can learn more about the history of gem mining in San Diego. Visit the website for more information on hours and prices.


San Diego offers a number of outdoor hiking trails. Consider hiking up to Mount Woodson and stop by the famous Potato Chip Rock! While the trial to Potato Chip Rock is moderate, it offers scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and ends with a rewarding view of the famous Potato Chip Rock. The Trail is 7.5 miles round trip and features a steady incline all the way which means an easy downhill hike all the way back. Be sure to bring plenty of water as there is little to no shade during the hike. However, the photo opportunity at the end of the hike is well worth the hike!