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Mission Bay Park

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San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • Artists enjoying the Mission Bay scenery. - Mission Bay Park
  • Palm trees line the sandy coves throughout Mission Bay Park.- Mission Bay Park
  • Bike and walking paths circumnavigate Mission Bay.- Mission Bay Park
  • Mission Bay Park.- Mission Bay Park
  • The park provides multiple playgrounds and picnic areas.- Mission Bay Park
  • Covered picnic areas.- Mission Bay Park
  • Mission Bay Park.- Mission Bay Park
  • Sailing is popular on the calm waters of Mission Bay.- Mission Bay Park
  • West Mission Bay Drive Bridge extends across the western end of Mission Hay- Mission Bay Park
  • Dog owners enjoy Fiesta Island, an off-leash dog zone.- Mission Bay Park
  • Kayak fishing in Mission Bay.- Mission Bay Park
  • Educational signal in Mission Bay Park.- Mission Bay Park
  • Rent-a bike stations are conveniently located around Mission Bay.- Mission Bay Park
  • Mission Bay as seen from Mount Soledad.- Mission Bay Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Family friendly. Boating and general water activities. Great for running.
Cons: 
Water can be polluted.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Each year approximately 15 million people visit Mission Bay Park. With miles upon miles of bike paths and shoreline, numerous docks and beaches, and a total area of 4,600 acres, it is no wonder so many visitors are drawn here. There are eight different places to swim, plus water ski and boat rentals. Dogs are welcome in some parts of the park, and there are designated leash free areas. If you bring your canine friend, make sure to watch for signs indicating that dogs are not allowed in certain places. 

Hospitality Point is the southwesternmost area of Mission Bay Park. Fire pits and picnic tables make this a good choice for a lunch spot. Look out over Mission Bay and the San Diego River while you enjoy your meal, and make sure you clean up after yourself. If you follow Quivera Way around a large curve, you will eventually find a turnoff that connects to Mission Bay Drive. SeaWorld will be southeast of you, but if you head northwest, you will reach turnoffs for Sunset Point, Ventura Cove, Mariner’s Point, and Bonita Cove. These are all excellent places to take in the scenic landscape.

There are two islands in the middle of the park. Vacation Isle houses Ski Beach (a beach complete with a boat launch and water ski area) and Model Yacht Pond (a common venue for regattas and other boat races), while Fiesta Island contains a campground specifically built for youth groups, an Aquatic Center, and a water ski area. Please note that adults are not allowed to use the campground. 

The eastern edge of the park boasts De Anza Cove, Telecolte Shores North, and Playa Pacifica. Play Pacifica is a popular place to swim, and lifeguards keep watch in the summer. It is also a good place to bring small children to play. There are basketball courts, picnic tables, and jogging paths. 

Each destination within Mission Bay Park is like a park unto itself. Some people prefer to stick to one area for the day, but it can also be fun to explore and compare the different parts that make up this one giant park.

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