Guide to San Diego Outdoor Activities

San Diego has some of the best places in California for outdoor enthusiasts. From beautiful parks to striking beaches and one-of-a-kind outdoor attractions, San Diego has it all. And for all types of groups, Champion Charter Bus has all kinds of transportation solutions. We offer minibus and charter bus rentals in San Diego for corporate outings, sporting events, weddings, and more. Each San Diego charter bus in our network is maintained and inspected regularly for safety and comes with a professional and highly vetted bus driver to handle the driving. 

The booking process is quick and easy, and you can secure a charter bus in San Diego in as little as five minutes when you call.  We can also answer any questions you may have about San Diego charter bus pricing. Give the reservation team a call at 619-629-0453 when you are ready to get started!

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Plan an Outdoor Trip in San Diego

With wonderful and temperate weather year-round, there is never a bad time of the year to check out San Diego. The city is home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, an outdoor attraction that is often considered the best zoo in the world and is a great spot for San Diego field trips. The San Diego Zoo is part of Balboa Park, an urban outdoor park that covers more than 1,200 acres and has several museums, gardens, restaurants, and other attractions. You can also explore the nearby seaside town of La Jolla, which is about 15 to 20 minutes from San Diego and a great distance to travel by bus. La Jolla has a cove for snorkeling and sea lion spotting, and a stunning reserve called Torrey Pines for hiking fanatics. No matter what group you are traveling with, there’s an outdoor attraction for everything in San Diego.

How to Get Around San Diego


One of the best ways to explore the city with a group is by booking a San Diego charter bus rental. Champion Charter Bus has access to a vast network of charter bus rentals in California and the rest of the Western United States. You can rent anything from an 18-passenger minibus for family vacations to 56-passenger charter buses for large groups like convention attendees and film crews. 

A charter bus rental in San Diego allows you to have reliable transportation that moves exactly on your schedule, and takes you exactly where you want to go. Stay together as a group while you see the city, and enjoy onboard amenities like plush seats, open windows for sightseeing, WiFi, power outlets, and A/C. You can call Champion’s 24/7 reservation team at 619-629-0453 when you are ready to get a free quote on your San Diego charter bus.

San Diego Outdoor Attractions

San Diego’s best outdoor attractions often draw big crowds. And while traveling with a group, it can become a huge hassle to keep the group together while in separate cars, not to mention finding parking for every car or paying for expensive and unreliable rideshares. A San Diego charter bus from Champion will help simplify the travel process, giving you a professional bus driver and reliable transportation to some of San Diego’s top outdoor attractions.


Balboa Park

Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660

Phone: (619) 239-0512

Balboa Park is the crown jewel of San Diego and one of its biggest outdoor attractions. It’s more than 1,000 acres and features various botanical gardens, including a rose garden and a historic Japanese Friendship Garden. The park also features plenty of indoor activities like restaurants, museums, and shopping. There’s something for everyone in your group at Balboa Park.

San Diego Zoo

Address: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 231-1515

Known for revolutionizing open-air exhibits for animals, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see attraction and one of the highest-rated zoos in the world. The zoo sits on 100 acres and is home to more than 4,000 animals, including rare and endangered species. If you and your group want to take it to the next level, put the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on your list. The wildlife sanctuary offers safari-style tours and animal encounters and is only a little under an hour away by charter bus.

Belmont Park and Mission Beach Boardwalk

Address: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Phone: (858) 488-1549

Belmont Park is the only waterfront amusement park in San Diego and has been a staple in the community since 1925. Its iconic Giant Dipper Rollercoaster is one of many rides, games, and attractions to enjoy at the park with a group. Plus, groups of 12 or more can enjoy a discount on tickets. Surrounding parking lots are free to park in, but spots fill up fast. Your charter bus driver can drop you and your group off at the front, and be waiting for you when you are ready to leave with a cool and comfortable charter bus after a long day of playing outside. 

SeaWorld San Diego

Address: 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

Phone: (619) 222-4732

Like other SeaWorld parks, SeaWorld San Diego is a theme park, an outside aquarium, and more. It’s a great family-friendly outing for field trips, family vacations, and just about any other group that loves animals and rides. The park also offers animal encounters, shopping, and dining destinations, and admission is free for guests aged two or younger. 

The Best Beaches in San Diego

San Diego’s beautiful beaches offer tons of opportunities for scuba diving, swimming, surfing, and sightseeing sunrises and sunsets. Some beaches even offer the chance to go whale watching or observe sea lions! And groups visiting these beaches during peak summer season won’t have to worry about finding parking or the stress of driving in crowded streets when they rent a San Diego charter bus with Champion.


La Jolla Shores Park and Cove

Address: 8300 Camino del Oro, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037

Phone: (619) 221-8899

Just north of San Diego, La Jolla has become a popular beachside town for swimming, snorkeling, and appreciating the wildlife. It’s a great place for groups because it includes scuba diving and snorkeling lessons for all ability levels, and has stunning water views for visitors to admire. Spend the day snorkeling and scuba diving in the beautiful waters, sunbathing on the beach, and watching colonies of sea lions on the shore up close.

Coronado Beach

Address: 100 Ocean Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118

Phone: (619) 522-7342

For a less crowded and more slow-paced beach, visitors to San Diego should check out Coronado just across the bay. This beach is noted for being clean, family-friendly, and having miles of peaceful shores for larger groups to enjoy. While you are there, be sure to check out the famous Hotel del Coronado, which is located along the shore and perfect for weddings, large-scale events, and community activities.

Pacific Beach

Address: 4500 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Phone: (619) 221-8899

Pacific Beach is another favorite beach in San Diego. It’s a quintessential beach vibe, offering fishing, swimming, and surfing opportunities across three miles of boardwalk. The beach is notorious for having difficult parking, but renting a San Diego charter bus should help your group enjoy this beach. The beach is known as a popular spot for college students and young adults. 

Hike Waterfront Trails

San Diego and nearby La Jolla is sprinkled with numerous hiking trails for people of all ability levels. Whether your crew is seeking an intense trail or just a light walk to a stunning sunset, there’s a trail in San Diego for your group. Your charter bus driver can take you to any outdoor trail parking of your choice to drop your group off. Just be sure to have the address on your itinerary so they know where to take you!


Torrey Pines State Reserve

Address: 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: (858) 755-2063

Nestled along the coast of La Jolla, Torrey Pines State Reserve has nearly a dozen hiking trails with varying difficulty levels. Most of the trails are relatively short, about less than a mile one way, and include views from Torrey Pines State Beach.

Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma

Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Phone: (619) 523-4285

Established more than 100 years ago in 1913, the Cabrillo National Monument pays homage to San Diego Bay’s history and is a great place for field trips and groups interested in history. The monument honors Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who founded the San Diego area. In addition to the monument, Point Loma has tide pools, a lighthouse, trails, and a visitor center for your group to enjoy.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Address: Ladera St, San Diego, CA 92107

Phone: (619) 525-8213

As its name implies, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park has stunning views and short hikes down to the water. Your group can plan to hike along the cliffs in the early evening to catch the legendary sunsets views that earned this park its name.

Reserve Your San Diego Charter Bus Today

Your San Diego bus is waiting for you! Our 24/7 reservation team is standing by with answers to any of your questions, and to help you secure your bus. A charter bus rental is the perfect transportation solution for your upcoming group trip to San Diego, and Champion stands apart from the rest with easy booking, superior customer service, and the right charter bus with great amenities in San Diego for any group. Give the reservation team a call at 619-629-0453 when you are ready to get started!

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