How to spend your 24 extra Leap Day hours in San Diego

Start your day off with good, local coffee, head to the beach, go on a hike, peruse the city’s marvelous murals — seize the Leap Day, SD.

A grassy green hill at Kate Sessions Park overlooking Mission Bay, with many people picnicking and sitting on the grass.

Kate Sessions Park on Mt. Soledad in Pacific Beach is the perfect spot to enjoy a San Diego day.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Feb. 29 is Leap Day. Since this “extra” day only comes around every four years, we’ve rounded up fun ways to spend these next 24 hours in San Diego. Let’s seize the moment in our glorious city.

Good morning, SD

First things first: check out a local coffee shop — SD has so many good ones. Michael and I always love our time at Better Buzz, Spill the Beans, Moniker, Lestat’s, or S3 Coffee Bar, to name a few.

Next, spend time outside. Hit a local hiking trail, park, or one of San Diego’s beautiful beaches. Afterwards, take in the local arts and culture scene at one of SD’s magnificent museums (Bonus: today is the final day of Museum Month). Want to give back? Volunteer at a local nonprofit.

SD Salud Tacos Barrio Logan

Salud Tacos! in Barrio Logan — it hits just right.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Good afternoon, SD

It’s lunchtime. Find a weekday brunch, check out one of the new restaurants around town, or keep it casual by visiting a food hall, grabbing a slice of pizza, or tracking down the perfect taco. Remember — no matter what anyone says, SD has perfect tacos.

Need a little energy boost? Grab a smoothie and head to a yoga class. Take an afternoon stroll around one of the San Diego neighborhoods that speaks to your zodiac sign. Look for marvelous murals. Find a used bookstore — maybe you’ll get lucky enough to find books by local authors.

SD Kids at Sunset Garske

A San Diego sunset — a great way to end any day.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Good evening, SD

Peruse a local farmers market; there are great Thursday options in North Park, Scripps Ranch, Linda Vista, and Oceanside. Find a good happy hour and treat yourself. Catch the sunset at a prime location, and then stick around after dark to try to sneak a peek at bioluminescence. Wrap up your night by heading to a 24-hour retro diner like Rudford’s or Beginner’s Diner.

Head home and get your eight hours of sleep — you did good today, San Diegan.

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