Mission Bay Park is an expansive San Diego attraction that has something for everyone, earning it a spot on our list of “must-see” attractions to check out during your time in San Diego. Learn more below!
Experience the Scenic Paradise of Mission Bay Park
Mission Bay Park in San Diego is a massive man-made aquatic park that spans over four thousand acres, with a little over half of the park being water. It’s the ninth-largest city park in the entire country.
Mission Bay Park houses major attractions like Mission Bay, the enormous saltwater bay and lagoon, as well as Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, the Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve, the Santa Clara Point Aquatic Center, Dana Landing, Quivera Basin, Sail Bay, Fanuel Park, and the world-famous amusement park SeaWorld. Additionally, Fiesta Island is inside of Mission Bay, the site of a dog beach, charity runs and walks, bike races, special events, and the Over-the-Line tournament, a competition based around a locally-invented beach sport.
Popular activities in Mission Bay Park include sailing, jet skiing, rowing, and wakeboarding in the bay, sunbathing on the beach, and taking the lengthy fourteen-mile pedestrian path biking, jogging, skateboarding, or roller skating. In addition, Mission Bay Park is also home to the Aqua Adventures (a kayaking and paddleboarding park), the classic boardwalk amusement park Belmont Park, and Mission Bay Golf Course. Kite-flying and picnicking are also popular in the park.
There are nineteen miles of sandy beaches, such as the popular Ski Beach, and eight official swimming areas for visitors to enjoy. Mission Bay is also where the San Diego Crew Classic, a rowing regatta competition, is held every spring. Further still, Mission Bay Park is known for its diverse bird species, many of which are rare and endangered, making it a unique spot for watching wildlife.
Mission Bay Park is technically open for twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. However, certain parts of the park have their own time restrictions. For example, dogs are allowed in Mission Bay Park before 9:00am and after 6:00pm, but are not allowed in the park between those hours. However, Fiesta Island allows dogs to be off-leash at any time, though access to Fiesta Island is closed after 10:00pm when the entrance gate is closed. There are also time restrictions for beach bonfires and more; it all depends on what attractions and activities you’re interested in. It is free to enter Mission Bay Park.
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