San Diego is a beautiful city with many things to do and see. Having lived there for over 15 years, I know my way around pretty well.
Aside from exploring the city and enjoying some of the best restaurants in Southern California, one of the most important aspects for travelers is free wifi hot spots.
Luckily, there are plenty of places where you can find San Diego free wifi and internet such as coffee shops, libraries, and even restaurants.
This blog post will list some popular places in San Diego that offer free wifi so you can use your time wisely while traveling in this great city!
Balboa Park San Diego
San Diego is a great place to visit for those that love exploring, as it contains one of the world’s largest urban parks.
Balboa Park is my number one favorite place to spend time at in San Diego.
It NEVER gets old with 1,200 acres of lovely gardens, 17 major museums, and gorgeous historic buildings.
It is also home to the world famous San Diego Zoo, which is a must-do on your visit.
You can enjoy walking or biking through the park on scenic paths or take a tour bus to see everything it has to offer.
This art-lovers playground is home to more than 100 public artworks—some of which are quite famous like the Spruce Street Memoirs by celebrated artist Tony DeLap.
Or head into an art museum to ponder your thoughts on impressionism vs post impressionism artwork.
The park is perfect for an outing on a beautiful day or a relaxing evening stroll.
You could easily spend all day here so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it.
Balboa Park free wifi: with 40 hotspots located throughout the park, this is one of the best areas for San Diego free wifi.
Scripps Research Institution of Oceanography
Another of my favorite spots to spend an afternoon in San Diego is the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
A part of UC San Diego (my alma mater!) is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for marine, atmospheric and earth science.
Scripps Oceanography is a world-renowned institution that works to protect and solve the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Located in the heart of beachside La Jolla Shores, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Scripps Free Wifi: the beach and grassy areas at Scripps Oceanography have a UCSD-GUEST Wi-Fi that is open to the public.
You’ll even get a signal 2 miles out into the ocean thanks to the access point at the end of Scripps pier.
Can you walk on Scripps Pier?
The Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier is a fascinating place for those who want to learn about science.
It’s one of only four piers in California that houses an underwater observatory and its operations require special attention because they’re so sensitive!
Due to the sensitivity of the scientific instruments located on the pier and the nature of the operations that take place there, this historic landmark is generally not open to the public to walk on.
However, public tours are offered monthly and you can even sign up for a sunset Scripps pier walk.
Get a preview of the view from the end of the through the Scripps Pier Cam.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
The beach is a nice spot to relax or have a picnic after exploring the Birch Aquarium at Scripps which is a hidden gem of San Diego.
The aquarium has an impressive variety of marine life, including 60 habitats, sea lions and jellyfish.
It’s also home to the world’s largest single-paned window in order to showcase its beautiful ocean view.
The Birch Aquarium showcases what it means to be “at one with nature” as visitors are able to easily learn about the natural habitats of different species while enjoying the sights, sounds, and scents that come with living on land or in water.
Whether you’re looking for an educational experience or just want to take some time away from your busy day-to-day life, this serene environment will surely do the trick!
San Diego Libraries, Parks and Recreation
The City of San Diego has taken great strides in providing free, public wifi to its residents that may not otherwise have access.
So far, they are offering over 300 public locations with free Wi-Fi, through the SD Access 4 All program.
Locations include City recreation centers and libraries, plus over 250 street locations in historically underserved neighborhoods.
Some of the San Diego libraries have even created outdoor computer labs for community use.
Each lab is equipped with public Wi-Fi along with tables and chairs. You can bring your own laptop or borrow one from the library to get connected.
San Diego Free Wifi: Find a location on the map here.