Sports | Recreation

San Diego has been named one of the top five fittest cities in the world. Given the climate and terrain, that shouldn’t be a surprise. From professional women’s outdoor soccer to high school lacrosse, athletics is an obsession. On any given Sunday, you’ll find thousands of people in every type of activity. Here’s where the biggest venues are located:

Sports

DEL MAR THOROUGHBRED CLUB—HORSE RACING
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard Del Mar
858-755-1161
Live racing from America’s premier facility runs 43 days from July through September. Satellite wagering year-round.
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VIEJAS ARENA
San Diego State University
619-594-6947
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QUALCOMM STADIUM
9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley
619-236-5555
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VALLEY VIEW CASINO CENTER (FORMERLY SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA)
3500 Sports Arena Boulevard
619-224-4171
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TORERO STADIUM
University of San Diego 5998 Alcala Park
619-260-7550
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PETCO PARK
100 Park Boulevard
619-795-5000
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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (NFL)
858-874-4500
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SAN DIEGO PADRES (MLB)
619-283-4494
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SAN DIEGO GULLS (ECHL)
619-224-4625
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SAN DIEGO SOCKERS (CISL)
866-799-GOAL
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY AZTECS BASKETBALL
619-283-7378
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY AZTECS FOOTBALL
877-737-8039
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Recreation

ACTIVITY / COMMUNITY / RECREATION CENTERS
DOWNTOWN
Balboa Park Activity Center
A 38,000 square-foot multi-purpose gymnasium built to accommodate badminton, table tennis, volleyball, and other activities, including tournaments. Located at 2145 Park Blvd. and set amid beautiful landscaping, public art and spacious outdoor plazas, the Balboa Park Activity Center is a first-class sports facility.
2145 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101
858-581-7100

Balboa Park Senior Lounge
Our faithful volunteers serve coffee, tea, and water to visitors 7 days a week, excluding City holidays. Activities include: Balboa Park walk, needle crafts, senior art program, cribbage, and Otherwise Improvise.

Adams Recreation Center
3491 Adams Ave., 92116
619-235-1149

Allied Gardens Recreation Center
5155 Greenbrier Ave., 92120
619-235-1129

Azalea Recreation Center
2596 Violet St., 92105
619-235-1162

Bill and Maxine Wilson Skate Park
702 South 30th St., 92113
619-235-1125

Black Mountain Multipurpose Center
9353 Oviedo St., 92129
858-538-8128

Cabrillo Recreation Center
3051 Cañon St., 92106
619-531-1534

Cadman Recreation Center
4280 Avati Drive, 92117
858-581-9929

Canyonside Recreation Center
12350 Black Mountain Road, 92129
858-538-8131

Carmel Mountain Ranch / Sabre Springs Recreation Center
10152 Rancho Carmel Drive, 92128
858-538-8100

Carmel Valley Recreation Center
3777 Townsgate Drive, 92130
858-552-1616

Carmel Valley Skate Park
12600 El Camino Real, 92130
858-552-1616

César Chávez Community Center
455 Sycamore Road, 92173
619-424-0464

Charles L. Lewis III Memorial Skate Park
6610 Potomac St., 92139
619-527-3419

Chollas Lake Park
6350 College Grove Drive, 92105
619-527-7683

City Heights Recreation Swim & Tennis Center
4380 Landis St., 92105
619-641-6125

Colina Del Sol Recreation Center
5319 Orange Ave., 92115
619-235-1144

Doyle Recreation Center
8175 Regents Road, 92122
858-552-1612

Encanto Recreation Center
6508 Wunderlin Ave., 92114
619-527-3411

Golden Hill Recreation Center
2600 Golf Course Drive, 92102
619-235-1138

Hilltop Recreation Center
9711 Oviedo Way, 92129
858-538-8198

Hourglass Field Community Park and Fieldhouse
10440 Black Mountain Road, 92126
858-538-8153

Kearny Mesa Recreation Center
3170 Armstrong St., 92111
858-573-1387

La Jolla Recreation Center
615 Prospect St., 92037
858-552-1658

Linda Vista Recreation Center
7064 Levant St., 92111
858-573-1392

Lopez Ridge Recreation Center
7245 Calle Cristobal, 92126
858-538-8171

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center
6401 Skyline Drive, 92114
619-527-3415

Dolores Magdaleno Memorial Recreation Center
2902 Marcy Ave., 92113
619-235-1125

Mid-City Gymnasium
4302 Landis St., 92105
619-516-3082

Gil Johnson Mira Mesa Recreation Center
8575 New Salem St., 92126
858-538-8122

Montgomery-Waller Recreation Center
3020 Coronado Ave., 92154
619-424-0466

Morley Field Sports Complex
2221 Morley Field Drive, 92104
619-692-4919

Mountain View Community Center
641 South Boundary St., 92113
619-527-3417

Municipal Gymnasium
2111 Pan American Plaza, 92101
619-525-8262

Nobel Athletic Fields and Recreation Center
8810 Judicial Drive, 92122
858-552-1626

North Clairemont Recreation Center
4421 Bannock Ave., 92117
858-581-9926

North Park Recreation Center
4044 Idaho St., 92104
619-235-1152

Ocean Air Recreation Center
4770 Fairport Way, 92130
858-552-1687

Ocean Beach Recreation Center
4726 Santa Monica Ave., 92107
619-531-1527

Pacific Beach Recreation Center
1405 Diamond St., 92109
858-581-9927

Paradise Hills Recreation Center
6610 Potomac St., 92139
619-527-3419

Penn Athletic Field
2555 Dusk Drive, 92139
619-527-3458

Presidio Recreation Center
2811 Jackson St., 92110
619-692-4918

Rancho Bernardo Glassman Recreation Center
18448 West Bernardo Drive, 92127
858-538-8129

Rancho Peñasquitos Skate Park
10111 Carmel Mountain Road, 92129
858-538-8131

Robb Athletic Field
2525 Bacon St., 92107
619-531-1563

Robb Field Skate Park
2525 Bacon St., 92107
619-531-1563

San Carlos Recreation Center
6445 Lake Badin Ave., 92119
619-527-3443

Col. Irving Salomon San Ysidro Community Activity Center
179 Diza Road, 92173
619-424-0472

Santa Clara Recreation Center
1008 Santa Clara Place, 92109
858-581-9928

NORTH EAST
Scripps Ranch Community Recreation Center
11454 Blue Cypress Drive, 92131
858-538-8085

Serra Mesa Recreation Center
9020 Village Glen Drive, 92123
858-573-1408

Silver Wing Recreation Center
3737 Arey Drive, 92154
619-424-0465

Skyline Hills Recreation Center
8285 Skyline Drive, 92114
619-527-3486

CORONADO
Robert Egger Sr. South Bay Recreation Center
1885 Coronado Ave., 92154
619-424-0470

South Clairemont Recreation Center
3605 Clairemont Drive, 92117
858-581-9924

Southcrest Recreation Center
4149 Newton Ave., 92113
619-527-3413

Standley Recreation Center
3585 Governor Drive, 92122
858-552-1652

Stockton Recreation Center
330 32nd St., 92102
619-235-1163

Tecolote Recreation Center
4675 Tecolote Road, 92110
858-581-9930

Tierrasanta Recreation Center
11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92124
858-573-1393

Willie Henderson Sports Complex
1035 South 45th St., 92113
619-527-3407

ARCHERY
DOWNTOWN
Balboa Park || Morley Field
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CYCLING
DOWNTOWN
Velodrome || Balboa Park
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DANCING
DOWNTOWN
International Dance Assoc. of San Diego County || Balboa Park
A non-profit organization sponsored by the San Diego Park and Recreation Department, and is dedicated to promoting and encouraging dancing as a social recreation for the public. There are many activities available in Balboa Park. The IDA encourages everyone to attend a class, enjoy fun, easy and inexpensive exercise, meet new friends, and take advantage of the wonderful facilities of Balboa Park. Classes are available for beginner and experienced dancers and all clubs welcome new dancers. Partners are not needed, singles and couples are welcome.
619-479-8015
http://www.idasdc.org

BALBOA PARK || SUPER SONIC SAMBA SCHOOL
A nonprofit organization that has been entertaining San Diego residents and guests with the pulsating rhythms of Brazil for more than 25 years. From the strong African influence of Samba Reggae from Northeastern Brazil, to the latin flavor of Rio-style Carnaval, every passerby will find it easy to stop and groove! The school provides drum and dance instruction for all ages and all levels. Drummers and dancers practice every Wednesday at Balboa Park inside the WorldBeat Center from 7:30pm to 10pm. Drummers host an additional practice on Sundays at Peppergrove Children’s Playground (approx. 2200 Park Blvd.) from 12:30pm to 3pm.
(760) 472-3786
http://www.sambasd.org

FRISBEE / DISC GOLF
SAN DIEGO
Balboa Park || Morley Field
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GOLF (PUBLIC COURSES)
CORONADO
Coronado Municipal Golf Course

DOWNTOWN
Balboa Park Golf Complex
This city golf course, situated atop Balboa Park’s East Mesa, offers striking views of downtown San Diego and Coronado from many holes. The grounds include a par-72, 18-hole course, a 9-hole executive course, driving range, practice putting greens, coffee shop and halfway house. The golf course is one of the most impressive places to watch aircraft on approach to Lindbergh Field
(619) 235-1184
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EAST COUNTY
Carlton Oaks Golf Course || Santee
Steel Canyon Golf Course || Jamul
Sycuan Casino and Golf Resort || El Cajon
Barona Creek Golf Club || Lakeside
Borrego Springs Resort & Country Club || Borrego Springs Cottonwood – Rancho San Diego || Rancho San Diego
Mission Trails Golf Course || San Diego
Rams Hill Country Club || Borrego Springs
Warner Springs Ranch || Warner Springs

Mission Bay Golf Course
An 18-hole executive course designed by Ted Robinson, former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Measuring 2,719 yards, it sits on 46 acres in the heart of the City. It is the only golf course in San Diego with night lighting. Located in the community of Pacific Beach, Mission Bay Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 58 executive course featuring four par-four holes and 14 par-three holes. It is where Tiger Woods won a Junior World title.
858-581-7880
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LA JOLLA
Torrey Pines Golf Club
Designed by legendary course architect, William P. Bell, and completed by his son, William F. Bell, Torrey Pines opened in 1957. It offers two 18-hole Championship courses—the North and South courses. Both courses test a player’s skill with tight fairways, lush rough, as well as trees, bunkers, sand and often challenging weather conditions.
  • On the South Course, there are many holes with direct views of the Pacific, a hundred yards below the links, and several more with views of a vast natural canyon.
  • The North Course offers several holes that are situated high atop the bluffs overlooking the coastline.
In 2001 celebrated golf course designer, Rees Jones was given the task of remodeling the South Course, an endeavor that has been met with almost universal acclaim. Now an impressive 7,607 yards in length, the Torrey Pines South Course has been selected to host the 2021 US Open Championship.
(858) 581-7171
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MISSION VALLEY || OLD TOWN
Riverwalk Golf Course

NORTH COUNTY COASTAL
Aviara Golf Course || Carlsbad
The Crossings || Carlsbad
The Fairmont Grand Golf Club || Del Mar/Carmel Valley
Oceanside Municipal Golf Course


NORTH COUNTY INLAND
Maderas Golf Club || Poway
Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort || Rancho Bernardo
San Vicente Golf || Ramona
Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course || San Diego
Castle Creek Country Club || Escondido
Eagle Crest Golf Course || San Marcos
Fallbrook Golf Club || Fallbrook
St. Mark Golf Club || San Marcos
Meadow Lake Country Club || Escondido
Mt. Woodson Golf Course || Ramona
Pala Mesa Golf Resort || Fallbrook
San Luis Rey Downs || Bonsall
The Vineyard Golf Course || Escondido
Twin Oaks Golf Course || San Marcos


SOUTH BAY
Bonita Golf Club || Bonita
Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course || Chula Vista
Salt Creek Golf Club || Chula Vista

HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS
BALBOA PARK
Balboa Park offers 65 miles of trails of various difficulty, scenery, and length. Some are dirt trails through remote areas of the park while others go past museums and performing arts venues. To guide visitors along each of the trails, a satellite image-based map has been merged with a series of GPS-documented routes, a significant advancement in park signage designed to highlight topography, incorporating park landmarks to help guide the user and gauge the level of difficulty of the trails. The routes are clearly marked with color coded, numbered signs, which inform users of the distance, degree of difficulty and change of route direction. There are 19 trails that lead from 5 gateways in the Park:
Download the PDF map of all trails

LAWN BOWLING
DOWNTOWN
Balboa Park Lawn Bowling
Balboa Park’s lawn bowling area is nestled on the northeast side of the Cabrillo Bridge-across from Founder’s Plaza. Organized in 1931 with five founding members, the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club is still going strong with more than 100 members. Members are always picturesquely dressed in white-striking against the green of the lawn bowling grass. Play occurs on Tuesday and Saturday at 9:30am; Wednesday, Friday, Sunday at 1:00pm; and Thursday at 10:00am. (Members of the club also give lessons.)

RANCHO SANTA FE

SWIMMING
BALBOA PARK
BUD KERNS MEMORIAL SWIMMING POOL
619-692-4920
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TABLE TENNIS / PING PONG
BALBOA PARK ACTIVITY CENTER
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TENNIS
BALBOA TENNIS CLUB
Includes 24 hard courts, a stadium court with seating for 4,000, a full-service Pro Shop, lessons, clinics and a Tennis Café. The historic club caters to members and travelers visiting San Diego. An ongoing Challenge Court allows any level of player to find a match. Memberships and daily permits are available.
(619) 295-4242
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