Mission Bay Park is San Diego’s biggest
playground. This water wonderland boasts 27 miles of shoreline,
19 miles of sandy beaches, free parking, great playgrounds, picnic
sites, barbecues, and basketball and volleyball courts. Plus, it’s
minutes from the airport, Mission Valley, and downtown.
park covers over 4,000 acres, it pays to stop at the San Diego Visitor
Information Center located off I-5 at Clairemont Drive, right on
Mission Bay. This attractive center, open from 9 a.m. to dusk, is
a treasure trove of info with a gift shop, exhibits, and helpful
maps. And it’s the perfect spot to begin exploring Mission
Walk down the wide path that curves around the bay, take off
your shoes, and feel the warm sand or maybe dip a toe in the beckoning
water. Or hop in the car and cruise East Mission Bay Drive to get
a feel for the area.
Mission Bay Park is set up for a range of
activities that make it fun for both kids and adults — swimming,
skating, bicycling, kayaking, jet skiing and waterskiing, or just
relaxing on the beach. You can also take some sailing lessons, rent
a boat, or play golf or tennis. Youngsters can frolic in the water
Most of Mission Bay Park’s swimming
beaches feature rest rooms with showers, along with seasonal lifeguards.
Mission Bay’s numerous hotels and resorts bring you close
to the action and offer much more than just a place to sleep. The
park is also convenient to many other San Diego attractions, including
Mission Bay Park is right off I-5 at Clairemont
Drive, a 10-minute drive from downtown San Diego and Mission Valley.
From Mission Valley, take I-8 west to I-5 north. From downtown,
just get on I-5 north.
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