San Diego Kids Corner: Area Parks

When you have kids, the most indispensable activity is to take your kids to the park. In San Diego we have the most perfect weather, so our Parks are great and in every neighborhood. For more information about each park, click on the links.

(1) Balboa Park – America’s Largest Urban Cultural Park. Balboa Park is huge and you can spend many days here exploring everything. If you have kids don’t miss the Minature train, the Carousel, Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and San Diego Natural History Museum. Stay Tuned for a more in depth look at Balboa Park.

(2) Mission Bay Park -the largest man-made aquatic park in the country

There is many parks located within the park, picnic tables and fire pits for your enjoyment and bicycling/Walking paths for endless recreation.

Fiesta Island is the location for Parasailing, OTL Tournament, Youth Camp & Aquatic Center, Dogs Off Leash, Wave Runners, Water Skiing, Bonfires, Jogging/Running, and bicycling. A great place to see Seaworld’s Fireworks 6:00am to 10:00pm

Model Yacht Pond/Vacation Isle the Pond is used for both sail and power model boats in races and regattas.

Check the Map for locations/Picnic Sites

(3) Old Town State Park – Old Town is going through some changes, but the Historic Parts to explore will still remain and are worth visiting.

(4) La Jolla Cove and the Children’s Pool — Probably one of the most beautiful areas in California. Parking is really difficult. Some of the features are Snorkling, Scuba Diving (San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve), and Wildlife.

(5) Mission Trails Regional Park – At 5,760 acres, Mission Trails is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Old Mission Dam, Mission trails Visitor Center and great hiking areas, trails.

(6) Poway Lake Park – Picnics, Barbecues, Softball, Fishing, Paddling on the Lake, Parks, and great Hiking trails.

(7) Old Poway Park — Great park for Weddings and Birthdays. This park features a Steam Engine Train that you can purchase rides on the weekend, historical features, water fountains and the Farmer’s Markets on Saturday. Occasionally there is Crafts/Arts Fairs. A great place to eat is the Hamburger Factory.

(8) Escondido Kit Carson ParkQueen Califa Magical Circle, Picnic areas, multiple playground areas, Softball, Walking/Hiking trails, Soccer Fields, Tennis Courts, and Sports Center.

(9) Coronado Tidelands Park — Excellent views of San Diego with Walking Trail around the park, a nearby Skate Board Park, and Grassy areas/Palm Trees which completes 22 acres.

(10) Tecolote Canyon Natural Park — Features include trails that can be used for jogging walking and mountain biking and Nature center.

For more information about San Diego Parks, this web site is all about Playgrounds in San Diego.

Port of San Diego Park Information

The Big Bay Information

San Diego Direct/Parks

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