Four Great Outdoor Study Spots in San Diego
By Angela Strohbeck, San Diego State University
College Tourist West Coast Regional Ambassador
As midterm season kicks into full gear, you may be looking for a great place sit down and get your study on. Luckily for students in San Diego, February is as good a time as any to enjoy the refreshing sensation of being outside and under the sun. I have found four great outdoor study & relaxation spots for those days that require a little bit of time away from crowds and computers and a little more time turning the pages of your textbooks.
1. Kate Sessions Park, Pacific Beach
5115 Soledad Road
If you are trying to escape crowds and noise, the best time to visit Kate Sessions park is during a weekday. It can get relatively busy on the weekends with visits by local residents and their dogs but never really seems overcrowded. There are a few benches at the top of the hill, but it is best to bring a blanket to lay out and sit on. It is a beautiful place to sit with a great view that reaches from Mission Beach to Point Loma and even Downtown San Diego. Bring a good windbreaker, the wind tends to pick up and it can get a little bit chilly in the afternoon. (P.S. This is a great place to watch the sunset!)
2. Balboa Park, near Downtown
Located between the 163-Freeway and Park Blvd, just south of the San Diego Zoo.
Balboa Park is tends to be a lot more crowded than Kate Sessions park because it is a well-advertised tourist attraction here in San Diego. Fortunately, it is significantly bigger and the academic year generally brings less tourists. Many of San Diego’s museums are located in this area, which may provide for an interesting way to spend a study break. If you go on a Tuesday, residents are able to gain access to certain museums for free. As far as actual places to study, there are plenty of benches through out the park, as well as space to lay out a blanket or towel. In certain parts of the park, there are cafe-style tables and chairs to sit down. You will be able to find some tables near the Reuben H. Fleet Science center on Park Blvd. It is a bit more urban and not nearly as secluded as Kate Sessions park.
3. Presidio Park, Old Town
Presidio Park falls into the same category as Kate Sessions park. It is on a hill near Old Town, which provides great views from Downtown San Diego to Mission Beach. You can also see the campus of University of San Diego. It is a great place to escape crowds and most noise. It is relatively close to the 5- and 8-freeways, but the sound of traffic isn’t usually powerful enough to serve as a distraction. Although there are some benches and a few picnic tables, it may be wise to bring a blanket to sit on. (Another great place to watch the sunset!)
4. Central Beach, Coronado
Any beach is generally a good place to relax, although certain beaches are good for studying while others are better for socializing. Central beach in Coronado is a great place for both, but it can be better for studying than most other beaches in San Diego. Coronado is a fairly quiet place to study, the same can be said about their beaches. There are several benches located along the sidewalk before you walk on to the beach. Additionally, the Hotel del Coronado has a great outdoor patio with comfortable furniture and table-top fire pits right along the beach.