Just 20 minutes away from the city of San Diego, El Cajon transports you to a whole other world. Although a downtown San Diego getaway is tempting, leave the city behind and embark on an adventure to El Cajon. The charming valley town boasts gorgeous scenery, not to mention quaint city streets and plenty of outdoor recreation. The heart of San Diego’s East County, El Cajon is a great place for adventure, so take a trip with us to experience the exciting things to do in El Cajon.
How to Spend a Day in San Diego County's Hidden Oasis: El Cajon
Summer Past Farms
With several gardens, a nursery, a barn, and much more, Summer Past Farms is a land filled with fun for all ages. The nursery is brimming with colorful geraniums, sage, and habitat plants for songbirds, hummingbirds, and butterflies. It also houses culinary herbs, ornamental herbs, succulents, grasses, and perennials.
Stroll through the many gardens and inhale the aromatic scent of the blooms; make sure to visit the Fairy Gardens, known to hold the most fairytale-esque greens, inspiring you to replicate them in your own backyard. Don’t forget to swing by the gift shop to pick up handmade herbal soaps; or, if you’re feeling crafty, get the soap-making kit for an at-home DIY activity.
The farm also typically hosts seasonal and annual events that'll make your trip all the more worthwhile. Come fall, wander the pumpkin patches and pick out your future jack-o-lantern. Usually held in November, the Antique and Craft Fair is where vendors display precious handmade items.
Sky Combat Ace San Diego
Definitely one of the best things to do in El Cajon is head to Sky Combat Ace San Diego—it's the place to be for adrenaline junkies. The second you step foot into the building, you become an intense fighter pilot commanding your own jet; of course, there’s no jet without a mission to complete. Founder Richard “Tex” Coe served as an Air Force pilot for years and created this facility to share his experience. Choose from aerobatics, air combat, or flight training—or combine several together for the ultimate heart-pumping experience.