Mission Bay Park
Mission Bay Park
4.5
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Mission Bay Park is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the country. It consists of over 4,235 acres in roughly equal parts, land, and water. Mission Bay boasts 27 miles of shoreline, 19 of which are sandy beaches with eight locations designated as official swimming areas.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Rahul Anand
United States45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Mission Bay Park is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the country, consist of over 4,235 acres in roughly equal parts of land and water. Last year when I had visited San Diego, got a golden chance the see mesmerizing sunset from this park. Perfect place for a walk, stroll, cycling, and don't miss the sunset
Written July 28, 2020
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noxiousburrito
Ann Arbor, MI254 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Visited the Mission Bay Beach parks for an evening stroll. Lots of young people out playing volley ball and having beers with each other. Seems like a great place for locals to meet.
Written May 21, 2022
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Gideon O
Nairobi Region, Kenya314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Visited the park with friends while visiting San Diego. I, later on, had an opportunity to ride my bike along the pacific beach from La Jolla all the way to Mission Bay. It was both relaxing and exciting with so much to see along the way. I met lots of cyclists and friendly people along the way.
Written June 24, 2022
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Dipa D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Such a lively bay park in San Diego. Plenty of parking space, hoge park to walk around and do activities like picnic, games, BBQ etc. Very scenic and beautiful bay to have a wonderful time with friends and family.
Written May 16, 2022
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Waddler
York, UK12,077 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We were staying in easy walking distance of both the beach and the bay and appreciated the differing experiences.

The beach was wavy, with dolphin and sunset opportunities. The bay is a calm swimming and water play experience which is also good for kids. The beaches are man-made on the bay but good for hanging out on nonetheless.

There are several places to rent gear and craft to get out on the water.
Written September 7, 2023
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TravelerCamper66
San Diego, CA15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Sadly, Mission Bay Park and Fiesta Island in San Diego have basically become homeless encampments. We visited there recently on a Saturday night, around 7pm, and were shocked to see such a beautiful area trashed. We did not feel comfortable getting out of our vehicle to take a walk as we did not see police or a security guard presence. There were many rundown RV’s and unhitched pull trailers parked in the lots and alongside the road, as well as tents and shelters setup all over the park. It was apparent that many people were also living in their cars. Trash littered the parking lots and dumpsters were running over, with garbage piled up beside them. It is hard to believe that San Diego would allow one of their local treasures to be taken over like this. The homeless folks living there get a great view of the bay, and enjoy the nice breeze, all for free. Meanwhile, San Diego taxpayers and tourists cannot really enjoy the once beautiful park.
Written September 24, 2020
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Exploration19394
Seattle, WA7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Misson Bay Park is a fun place to visit for a trip to the beach. The Park is pretty crowded with beachgoers, families, gatherings, etc. but the circus is fun and the weather is almost always nice. It's particularly recommended for water sports like Jet-Skiing or Boating. If you don't have equipment you can rent some nearby. Rates are about $50 to $100/hour for a jet-ski depending on the length of the rental and the rental shop. In the open-water zone, things can be a little crazy ... but if you keep your eyes open you can avoid trouble. A ton of fun!
Written September 13, 2004
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Mitch D
Sacramento, CA205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Solo
Mission Bay has stuff and activities for everyone!! Take a walk... ride a bike or skateboard.. play volleyball.. ride jetskiis.. sit and read or just soak in the sun (and look at the beautiful people)! While there's that beach vibe edge, this is totally a kid-friendly place as well. See no evidence of drugs or anything negative!..
Written September 4, 2013
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Di J
Pittsburg, CA204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We lived in San Diego for many years and this is a place we regularly went. It’s our fav place to walk dogs, to picnic and to bbq. It’s just so nice and big and a nice place for everyone no matter you want to jog, bike, beach, watch birds, kids playing... it also has the most gorgeous sunset all year long. We saw wild dolphins in the bay a few times.
Written December 10, 2019
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Tony G
San Diego, CA68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Mission Bay Park is a playground for Adults, Children and anyone who appreciates the great outdoors. Being a San Diego native, and given that I was a born as a Baby Boomer in the early 50's, I was an eye witness to the Mission Bay transformation from a Salt Marsh (mud flats) to a large lagoon type bay filled with wonderful parks, aquatic boating areas and magnificent resorts. Mission Bay has 27 Miles (43km) of shoreline. There are multiple boat launching ramps and designated locations for varied types of watercraft; including sailboats, speedboats, sailboats, jet skis, paddleboats, kayaking etc. Mission bay has many beaches with swimming areas with lifeguard service. You can swim in the bay along the west shore and walk ¼ mile and surf the Pacific Ocean. The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster has been an attraction for almost a century. The park was created to provide maximum value for the community, restricting no more than 25% for commercial use. Being as this is so limited, the commercial space is used well with Sea World San Diego, Hilton Resort; Hyatt Resort and Spa, Catamaran Resort; Paradise Point Resort and Spa; Dana Resort; Bahia Resort. There are also several areas of Mission Bay dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of endangered species, notably the Least Tern. Two Dog walk areas are within the bay as well as shared walkways for jogging, walking, skateboarding and bicycling. You could spend a week or two here and still have much to see left over. For fishing enthusiasts, several charters offer 1/2, 1 Day Fishing Trips out to sea. The Main Channel of Mission Bay is a busy one on weekends and holidays. This is a great recreational jewel and a big part of what attracts many to San Diego,
Written May 8, 2014
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