Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

Coronado is a family-friendly island town, known fondly as "The Crown City". Step into the "Nado' lifestyle as you journey with us through the many attractions and activities that await you in our seaside town. Discover a rich culture and grand history, stroll the palm-lined pathways of restaurants and shops and unwind on miles of pristine white sands. For more world-class attractions cross the iconic Coronado Bay Bridge or hop on the ferry to explore San Diego. Our Local Area Guide will get you on your way. 

Art & Culture

The San Diego area and Coronado Island boast a vibrant arts scene. Enjoy a variety of performing arts from theater and film festivals to symphonies and operas.


Explore the many sights of Coronado, La Jolla and San Diego. There are endless world-class attractions to discover.


Coronado is consistently voted best beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach and you`ll soon discover why. From the wide sandy beaches of Coronado to the hidden coves of La Jolla, there is a spot for you to lay your towel, soak up the rays and even take your pooch for a swim.


It`s all happening here in Coronado! Film Festivals, Concerts in the Park, Flower Shows and delightful culinary events. Check out the Visitor Center`s Calendar of Events for things to do in Coronado.


Tee off on perfect greens backdropped by the glistening ocean waters and beautiful views of the San Diego Harbor and downtown.


Take a 6-mile hike around the perimeter of Coronado starting at Tidelands Park, enjoy beautiful ocean vistas on the beach trails or head off the beaten path to the dirt trails. From easy strolls to challenging hikes, there are plenty of trails to enjoy in and around Coronado Island.


Coronado Island and the San Diego area are home to a diverse collection of museums with 17 museums at Balboa Park alone. Step back in time as you mix a little adventure and history and discover the sights and sounds of yesteryear.

Ocean Activities

Ocean lovers will not know where to begin! There are endless ocean activities to enjoy in Coronado and nearby San Diego. Explore the famous La Jolla Coves by kayak, take a gondola ride through the Coronado Cayes or pump up the adrenaline with some action watersports. You decide!


It`s a fact, everyone loves to shop on vacation so welcome to the world of retail therapy! Upmarket malls, beautiful boutiques, eclectic galleries, unique one-of-a-kind stores and farmers markets overflowing with fresh produce. Coronado is a shoppers` paradise.