Top 10 Freebies

From complimentary refreshments to fee-free museums, these freebies will keep your social calendar full even when your wallet is empty.

Updated: June 30, 2006

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Wave House Athletic Club

3115 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109

Tons of fun for the family on rides, games and carnival food. And the beach is free.

Reuben H Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Your Fleet membership also gets you free admission to dozens of other museums around the country.

The Top 10

San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Get yourself an annual pass and score two freebie tickets for friends or family.

Balboa Park

Laurel St at Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

All museums in Balboa Park are free to local residents every Tuesday.


2149 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92108

The Mission Valley location throws free birthday parties for kids on the first Tuesday of every month. Sign up at the store.


7007 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

The famous samples are still flowing like lava. Just ask any sales associate in the store.

Embarcadero Park North/South

111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

From free summer outdoor movies to free Friday concerts and art fairs, it's a great outdoor bargain.

California Center For The Arts

340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

Get in free on the first Wednesday of every month to this sprawling arts pavilion and museum.

California Surf Museum

312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054

Some of the greatest surfing photographs are on display here--and it's always free.

Tio Leos

6333 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego, CA 92120

Ditch the office and enjoy free appetizers during happy hour with a drink purchase.

In Cahoots

5373 Mission Center Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

Come in early for free dance lessons starting at 5pm on Wednesdays. Stay for $1.75 you-call-it drinks.

La Jolla Brew House

7536 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Kids 12 and under eat free on Sunday nights.