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Exploring San Diego’s Outdoor Havens & Aquatic Playgrounds

Experience the best of San Diego’s exciting outdoor adventures with a stay right here at Dana on Mission Bay. Nestled near the city’s scenic parks and stunning beaches, our hotel offers guests the perfect gateway to explore America’s Finest City. Immerse yourself in the “aquatic playground” of Mission Bay, boasting some of San Diego’s most breathtaking views right from your room or suite. As a waterfront oasis, our hotel features a plethora of water activities for guests to indulge in. From kayaking to paddleboarding, Adventure Watersports offers convenient onsite experiences, ensuring an unforgettable stay filled with excitement and relaxation. Here are our top picks for the best outdoor spaces in San Diego!

Aquatic Playground Adventures at Dana on Mission Bay

  • Take a thrilling ride on a waverunner
  • Enjoy a relaxing bike ride around along the marina
  • Explore the bay in a kayak
  • Spend a relaxing day on a stand-up paddle board
  • Get your adrenaline pumping with a ski boat ride

…and so much more!

After a day of fun in the sun on Mission Bay, plan a picnic, beach bonfire, or other popular Southern California outdoor activity at one of these local San Diego scenic spots that are a must for your “to-do” list!

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The Best Outdoor Spaces in San Diego

Ski Beach  (2 Miles from Hotel)

Have a picnic with views at Ski Beach, a seaside San Diego outdoor space that is popular for family get-togethers, picnics, and bonfires on the beach. Here you’ll find a playground, picnic shelter, and a path for bike riding and jogging. Guests can launch their boat, but no swimming is allowed at Ski Beach.

Mission Bay Park (3.8 Miles from Hotel)

Known as the largest aquatic park of its kind in the U.S, Mission Bay Park is set on over 4,200 acres with 27 miles of shoreline and 19 beaches. This popular aquatic playground also offers a great opportunity for fun children of all abilities at the new Tecolote Shores South Playground. The new 4.1 million dollar playground features a play and fitness area with swings, slides, ropes, and merry-go-rounds as well as sensory toys, kid-friendly zip lines, and upgrades to accommodate those with disabilities.

Kate Sessions Park  (3.9 Miles from Hotel)

If you’re looking for one of the best San Diego viewpoints, , Kate Sessions Park is at the top of the must-see list. Enjoy a picnic or group get-together at this beautiful park and don’t miss the spectacular view of the 4th of July fireworks this summer!

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Shelter Island Shoreline Park (4.2 Miles from Hotel)

This dog-friendly park is one of the best scenic places in San Diego with a variety of fun-in-the-sun activities to enjoy. At Shelter Island Shoreline Park, you can fish from the pier, enjoy a sandy beach, and bike along the paved paths while taking in the sweeping views of the San Diego skyline and beautiful Shelter Island.

Fiesta Island (4.7 Miles from Hotel)

This popular outdoor space in San Diego is a dune-covered island where you can spend the day on a leash-free beach with your favorite furry friend at the Fiesta Island Dog Park – and that includes dogs and horses! Home of the annual ‘Over-the-Line Tournament,’ Fiesta Island is also a popular choice for enjoying water sports on a sunny California day with dedicated areas for recreational vehicles and water skiing.

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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park (5.3 Miles from Hotel)

This popular park is truly one of the most scenic places in San Diego and offers unmatched views of dramatic panoramic cliff formations, scenic caves, and rugged coastlines and is popular with locals and visitors. Pro Tip: The drive along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard offers the best sunset views in San Diego.

Cabrillo National Monument  (7.7 Miles from Hotel)

One of the only national parks near San Diego, guests will enjoy amazing views of the skyline with the opportunity for adventure while exploring the culture and history of the area. Experience a ranger-guided tour and visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Best of all, enjoy spectacular views of San Diego, the harbor, and the Pacific Ocean, where you can catch a glimpse of the whales at the popular Whale Overlook.

Are You Ready to Explore San Diego’s Aquatic Playgrounds and Outdoor Spaces?

Make plans to explore the best scenic spots in San Diego during your stay at Dana on Mission Bay. Luxurious accommodations, amazing amenities, and on-site watersport rentals on Mission Bay await!