Otay Ranch Activities - Things to Do in Otay Ranch

There are many different activities that you can enjoy in Otay Ranch.  Otay Ranch is located near many different natural environments, such as Otay Lakes and the Otay Lakes natural preserve.  If you’re not the outdoors type of person, you could go to the Otay Ranch Town center, which offers over 150 different shops and restaurants or you could go to the Olympic Training Center.  Also, the community of Eastlake borders Otay Ranch, which also offers many fun and exciting activities.  Below is a list of fun activities to do while in Otay Ranch,

Otay Lake

Otay Lake is a great place to escape if you want to relax and enjoy the natural environment.  People can either have a peaceful picnic near the lake or can go fish on the lake, which is stocked with a variety of different types of fishes. 

There are many different hiking trails along side the lake, so if you’re looking for a nice exercise then this area would work perfect for you.  These trails offer hikers an experience through the San Miguel Mountains and around Otay Lake.  If you are a beginner or experienced hiker, there are many different trails to choose from in Otay Ranch.

Olympic Training Center

The Training Center rests on a 150-acre complex adjacent to Lower Otay Lake in San Diego County. The center has sport venues and support facilities for nine Olympic sports: archery, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, and track & field

Through programs developed by the national governing bodies of each sport, and estimated 4,000 athletes each year will receive the coaching, support and facilities necessary to be their best. These numbers are increasing each year.

The Center, which officially opened in June 1995, not only benefits thousands of Olympic hopefuls, but serves local youth and citizens nationwide. The Training Center has been designed to accommodate thousands of daily visitors with escorted tours of our nation's state-of-the-art national Training Center at no charge.

Thousands of student athletes and coaches also gain access to the Center for clinics and competitions when venues are not being utilized by Olympic athletes-in-training.
Visitors start their experience at the Copley Visitor Center, complete with theater and an Olympic Spirit Store, featuring an extensive line of official USOC and Olympic merchandise and memorabilia. On the tour they see, first-hand, athletes in training from an elevated visitor promenade known as the Conrad N. Hilton Olympic Path.

Guided Tours:
Sat. 11am                                                                              Walk-in Only
(Provided by the U.S. Olympic Training Center Staff)

Open to the public.
Tour begins with a 12 minute video about the Olympics then an overview of the history, purpose, and general facts about the U.S. Olympic Training Center. This tour includes a walk or golf cart ride down the Olympic Path.
Tour maximum of 50 people.

Self-Guided Tours:

Daily 9am-4pm

Visitors are welcome to take a walk down the mile long Olympic Path. Tour handouts are available at the Visitor's Center.

Scheduled Tours (for groups of 15 or more)
(Provided by the U.S. Olympic Training Center Staff)

Large groups can be scheduled to accommodate specific needs of a given group. Education tour for schools will be provided for second grade and above.  Similar to regular guided tour, school tours include an overview of Olympic facts and pageantry. School groups are required to reserve the tour at least four weeks in advance. (619)403-4163

Otay Ranch Shopping Center

Visitors walk down urbane open-air shop-lined sidewalks with on-street parking, outdoor cafes and grand fountains. A pet-friendly setting and adjacent doggie park welcome dogs  and a centrally located “chalk garden” are available for children.  The Otay Ranch Town Center is a place that people want to play, gather, linger, shop and be entertained.
Otay Ranch Preserve

The Otay Ranch Preserve is a hard-line preserve and includes over 11,000 acres designed for the protection and enhancement of multiple species present on Otay Ranch. These dedicated conservation lands also serve to connect large areas of open space through a series of wildlife corridors, including connections between regional open spaces such as Otay Reservoir and San Miguel Mountain. 

A feature linking the three Otay Ranch parcels is the Otay River system, which includes a tributary system of canyons and drainage courses and the Otay Lakes. The combination of coastal sage scrub and other habitats and the varying geography and the presence of several plant communities found on Otay Ranch make it a unique biological resource. Large undisturbed blocks of coastal sage scrub, maritime succulent scrub, chaparral and other habitats will be preserved throughout Otay Ranch.
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