Free Things To Do In San Diego County - Coronado
Although the ferry ride out to Coronado is not free, the Ferry Landing Market Place is a great little shopping village through which to take a stroll upon arrival. Free weekend concerts are given here throughout the summer, from Memorial Day through September (check the website for current details http://www.coronadoferrylandingshops.com/events-sandiego-coronado.htm), and the Coronado Art Walk is also held here in September.
Just up Orange Avenue from here is Spreckel's Park, home of the summer weekend Promenade Concert in the Park series, again from Memorial Day through September. In April, volunteers meet here to plant trees in commemoration of Arbor Day. Just across from Spreckel's Park on Orange Avenue is the Coronado Library, which offers free weekly toddler times and story times in English and Spanish, and craft groups for teens and tweens. See the website for current details (http://www.coronado.ca.us/library/). It also offers a free Summer Festival. Call for details (619-522-7390). At Orange and Isabella Avenues, usually in April, MotorCars on MainStreet is free for viewing, where you can cast your vote as to your favorite entry in this classic car competition. Also along Orange Avenue, you can catch the Fourth of July Parade, coupled with concerts at both Spreckel's Park and the Ferry Landing, followed by fireworks over Glorietta Bay. On Glorietta Bay, Tidelands Park offers a fantastic walking trail all the way over to the Ferry Landing, with fantastic views of the city across the bay the entire way. Free movies are shown here during the summer. Just across Glorietta Bay, on Strand Way, is the Coronado Community Center, which offers a free Summer Entertainment Series on Wednesdays at noon, including musical, athletic, animal and magic shows for the whole family.
On the other side of the "island" is the Coronado Municipal Beach, wihch spans Coronado's Pacific-facing coastline from the Naval Base Coronado down to the Silver Strand. It is divided into three parts. North Beach spans the area between the Naval Base, which is currently closed to the public, and Sunset Park, which is good for walking dogs off leash. Central Beach spans the area between Sunset Park and the Hotel Del Coronado, which is open to the public to enjoy its architecture and history, complete with pictures of famous patrons past and present. The Shores span the area between the Hotel Del Coronado to the Silver Strand. The Silver Strand State Beach is a narrow, somewhat desolate seven mile stretch of land separating the San Diego Bay from the Pacific Ocean. There are beaches along both sides of the strand, as well as camping, picnic areas, public bathrooms and showers. There is a pedestrian/bike trail running alongside the road the entire way, as well as beach that is good for sunbathing, shelling, swimming, surfing or other water activities. In March through August, "grunion runs" are known to occur here, where these small silvery fish come up to lay their eggs in the evening. Check the California Fish and Game website for specific times and dates (http://sandiego.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=sandiego&cdn=citiestowns&tm=54&gps=67_12_1280_878&f=00&su=p554.21.342.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/gruschd.asp%23runs). Just south of the Silver Strand State Beach is Coronado Cays Park, offering wider beaches.