Parks and Rec

10 Things To Do Instead of Watching the Big Game

Lake Morena
Lake Morena

While the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons duke it out on the field in Texas this Sunday during Super Bowl LI, San Diego County residents can soak up the sunny weather and take advantage of County activities that totally beat TV touchdowns.

Whether you love hiking, biking or just exploring San Diego, there’s plenty to do across the region this weekend instead of watching the big game.

All events take place on Sunday and are free, unless otherwise noted. Click on the links for more information.

  1. Ready, Set… Hike!

While the centers of the Patriots and Falcons are hiking balls, you can be hiking a trail! Take a look at the 12 County Trails to Try in 2017 and choose either our January or February recommended hike. Of course, if we must suggest something, try out Annie’s Canyon, located inside the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. It’s a restored slot canyon with photo ops that have to be seen to be believed.

  1. Tackle

Round up the family and head to Lake Morena County Park for some fishing. You can check out the most recent fishing report for the park, located at 2550 Lake Morena Drive in Campo. Parking is $3 and fishing fees range from free (children 9 and under) to $7 (adults 16 and older.) Note: Due to current water conditions, no personal watercrafts may be launched, but float tubes, canoes and kayaks are allowed and motorized boats may be rented for a fee. A state fishing license is required to fish at the lake.

  1. Fowl

Every day is a good day to bird watch at a San Diego County park. Our stretch of the Pacific Flyway, which soars over Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, Otay Lakes County Park, Lindo Lake County Park, San Elijo Lagoon and Ecological Reserve, attracts 480 species of birds – more than any other region in the United States! Check out a bird book from a County library and watch ‘em fly.

  1. Extra Point

The science behind pet ownership and health benefits is still debated, but anyone who’s adopted a new, furry family member feels it earns them extra points in life. Visit one of the County shelters for a rare find, like this tortie!

  1. Scrimmage Game

Why watch football when you can play? Set up a scrimmage game at the County park nearest to you. We’re a bit partial to the Waterfront Park, but you can find a full list of our parks online and get playing!

  1. Playbook

Play a game of chess or check out some cheap books for sale. You can drop on in to the Bonita Library and test your logic against someone new in chess beginning at noon. If you’re closer to North County, the Friends of Poway Library are having a book sale from noon-3 p.m. where you can grab your favorite reads.

  1. Catch

While the football players are making (or missing) their catches, you can catch up on history at the Campo Stone Store and Museum (31130 State Highway 94, Campo). The historical building was the result of a raid on the original frame store of the Gaskill brothers by border bandits in 1875. The museum is open from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays.  View more historical landmarks and parks.

  1. Roll Out

Wheel your way along a picturesque preserve. Break out the mountain bike and ride it through Sycamore Canyon Preserve. There are some pretty cool stops along the Martha’s Grove trail, with more riding options at the end of a two-mile ride for those who want just a bit longer in the open air.

  1. Game Plan

It’s Sunday Funday over at the Ramona Library! Settle in for board games, arts and crafts, movies and, of course, plenty of books. The games start at 2 p.m.

  1. Wild Card

Spend your Sunday designing and decorating. The El Cajon Library has a Valentine’s Day card-making workshop at 2 p.m. Supplies will be provided, but this card making class is for adults only.

Melissa Phy is a multimedia designer with the County of San Diego Communications Office.