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Explore Mission Bay

The Best Things in Life are Free

Located just minutes from downtown San Diego, Mission Bay Park is a 4,600-acre wonderland, the largest park of its kind in the world. Cool breezes, tranquil waters and soft sand beaches make San Diego's Mission Bay the ideal place for all types of recreation to explore.

Those on San Diego vacations will find this popular family destination offers such Free Park facilities as

  • Barbecues
  • Fire Rings
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Basketball Courts
  • Children's Play Areas
  • Scenic Bike/Walkway Paths that are ideal for Jogging and Rollerblading

From Jet-skiing to jogging to flying a colorful kite in the bay breeze, there are endless things to do both on and off the water near by The Dana on Mission Bay. The Mission Beach San Diego area is home to SeaWorld Adventure Park and the San Diego Crew Classic Rowing Regatta, World Championship Over-the-Line (OTL) Tournament, Thunderboat Regatta & Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.

Mission Bay Park has a seemingly endless amount of beach, grassy picnic space, basketball courts, volleyball courts, children's playgrounds, barbecue grills, fire rings, and bike paths. It is the largest man-made aquatic recreational park in the country and there is something here for everybody to do.

Explore Mission Bay

  • 4,600 Acres…
  • 27 Miles of Shoreline…
  • 15 Million Visitors Each Year…
  • 19 Miles of Sandy Beach…
  • 14 Miles of Running & Bike Path…

Popular Land Activities Include

  • Running, Jogging & Walking
  • Rollerblading
  • Bike Riding
  • Segway Riding
  • Flying Kites
  • Picnicking, Bonfires & Barbecuing
  • Golf (Mission Bay Golf Course)
  • Bird Watching

Popular Water Activities Include

  • Swimming (8 official swimming areas)
  • Wind Surfing
  • Jet Ski
  • Sailing, Powerboats, Sail Boarding
  • Rowing
  • Fishing (Halibut, Bass Flounder, Croaker & Perch)

Mission Bay Cove Highlights

Sunset Point

Located adjacent to the Dana, this is a perfect spot for picnicking and it follows the bike and jog path along the bay. It's also a perfect location for weddings!

Model Yacht Pond

Located on Vacation Isle, the Model Yacht Pond is perfect to sit back and watch miniature sail and model power boat races and regattas.

Bonita Cove & Mariner's Point

Fire rings, picnic tables, and barbecue grills are available. There is also a children's playground.

Crown Point

One of Mission Bay's official swimming areas complete with a sandy beach area that borders the bike and jogging path. Fire rings, picnic tables, and barbecue grills are available. There are also basketball courts and a children's playground.

DeAnza Cove

In addition to volleyball courts, DeAnza Cove offers a children's playground, picnic tables and a sand lot bordering the bike and jogging path. There is also a boat launch for both boats & jet skis.

Fiesta Island

Home of the Annual World Championship Over-the-Line Tournament. This small island located in the center of Mission Bay is the perfect spot for recreational water sports. Dogs are allowed off leash.

Ski Beach

Ski beach has a large grassy area with picnic tables, fire rings, barbecue grills, a children's playground all bordering Mission Bay's bike and jogging path. It is the main boat launch and ski area within Mission Bay Park, so no swimming is allowed at this location.