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Free Things To Do In San Diego County - Del Mar

Updated on June 8, 2012

Although much of the activity in Del Mar revolves around the race track and fairgrounds, some less expensive entertainment options can indeed be found the mix. North Beach, aka Dog Beach, spans the mouth of the San Dieguito River, and although it is for this reason that it does not make for the safest swimming, there are plenty of fun sand activities taking place here on any given day, and as the name suggests, dogs are welcome too. Also in the northern part of town, there are hiking trails around the southern portion of the San Dieguito Lagoon, which, along with the Scripps Bluff Preserve, makes for great bird and plant life viewing. The remainder of Del Mar City Beach stretches to the south, the northern part of which is lined with houses, while the southern part is lined with bluffs. Both regions are great for swimming and surfing. Two parks, Powerhouse and Seagrove, are nestled on low bluffs overlooking the ocean around 15th Street. During the summer months, Powerhouse Park hosts the Twilight Summer Concert Series on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., while Seagrove Park has a playground with a fantastic view of the ocean on any given day. The Del Mar Foundation hosts several free children's events in this general vicinity throughout the year, including the Fourth of July Parade, the Spooktacular Beach Bonfire in October, and the Children's Holiday Celebration in December. Check the website for further details ( The Del Mar Farmer's and Artisan Markets are held adjacent to one another every Saturday in the Del Mar City Hall parking lot on Camino Del Mar from 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also on Camino Del Mar is the Del Mar Library, which hosts a variety of regularly-scheduled reading, writing, language, art, dance and meditation groups for people of various ages. Check the website for details (


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