Come enjoy a day at Mission Bay Park in San Diego, the largest aquatic playground in the world, with 4600 acres of fun. Located next to Mission Beach in the heart of San Diego, this is one of the major attractions in San Diego.
You can rent anything from sailboats, motorboats, pedal boats, water skis, canoes, jet skis and kayaks. We like to rent kayaks and paddle around the bay, or take a leisurely bike ride around the flat paths, which are surprising uncrowded on weekdays. Try Mission Bay Sport Center for rentals or lessons, at 1010 Santa Clara Place, Mission Bay Park (858) 488-1004.
There are a number of coves for swimming in Mission Bay Park San Diego, with calm water and sandy beaches, surrounded by green grassy areas and playgrounds, making Mission Bay Park a great place for small children.
Check out the restaurants along the Mission Beach boardwalk for something to eat, or for an inexpensive but tasty best Mexican food San Diego, try the original Rubio’s Baja grill at the northeast end of the park at 4504 E. Mission Bay Drive (858) 272-2801. If you’ve never had fish tacos, definitely give them a try.
Whale watching in San Diego is popular from mid-December to mid-March, and you can book a boat excursion to see them close up as they make their annual migration between the Bering Sea and Baja California.
Directions and Google Map to Mission Bay Park: see below
Parking: Multiple free parking lots, but arrive early on popular weekends and holidays.
Things to Do: Walking, jogging, roller blading, sunbathing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, bicycling and more!
For an adventuresome San Diego outdoor activity, bring your swimsuit and swim with the dolphins at Sea World San Diego Dolphin Interaction. This costs extra and reservations are recommended. My daughter loved it! Seaworld also has overnight Adventure Camps.
Directions to Sea World San Diego: From Interstate 5 take the Seaworld Drive exit. Head west one mile.
Directions to Fiesta Island:
From Interstate 5 in San Diego take exit 21 to merge onto Sea World Drive. In 0.5 mi turn left at Fiesta Island Rd.
From Interstate 5 in San Diego, take the Grand Avenue exit or Sea World Drive exit and explore the park. On summer weekends, arrive early to find parking. You can park in the free public parking lots on Mission Blvd. at the north and south side of Belmont Park in South Mission Beach San Diego, or at the end of West Mission Bay Drive.
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