Exploring a new city usually means hitting big numbers on your personal pedometer. But if you’re not physically able to beat the pavement, don’t let that stop you from taking in the sights in America’s Finest City, San Diego.
Here is a list of activities that don’t require a lot of walking. Many also offer wheelchair accessibility and other assistive technology.
Beach: It’s number one on our list, and probably yours too. We know we don’t have to tell you how to relax in the sand! You can find free beach wheelchairs at seven beaches in the San Diego area (reservations accepted).
Guided tours: Enjoy a yacht, trolley, or amphibious vehicle ride while exploring the city with the help of local experts. Hornblower Cruises & Events offers one- or two-hour tours of the harbor, seasonal whale watching, and dinner or brunch cruises. Explore downtown, Balboa Park, and Coronado Island with Old Town Trolley Tours or a land and water Seal Tour. Inquire about accessible ramps, lifts, elevators, and assisted listening devices.
Performing arts: Take in a world-class show at one of several performance venues that also provide excellent accessibility.
Zoo: If you think our incredible San Diego Zoo & Safari Park sound exhausting, think again! Hitch a ride on a Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Express Bus, Skyfari aerial tram, or Africa Tram for a guided tour of all the animal exhibits. There are also plenty of shows and dining spots for additional places to rest.
Del Mar Racetrack: The Del Mar Racetrack horse racing season is in full swing mid-July to September. You can kick back and enjoy the hoof-pounding, dirt-flying excitement without over-exerting yourself. Free loaner wheelchairs are available on live race days.
Petco Park: Take me out to the ol’ ballgame at Petco Park! Admire the architecture, the lounges, and the local beer on tap while you cheer on the Padres.