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The Best Outdoor Parks in San Diego

San Diego is known for being a border town and having beautiful weather, but there is so much more to do in the city than this. With the nice weather this area experiences, you should consider spending as much time outside as possible. We have compiled a list of the best outdoor parks you can’t miss during your time in San Diego. Don’t be surprised if you never want to go home after experiencing all San Diego has to offer.

Balboa Park

One of the largest parks in the city, there are 1,200 acres of land to play on for those who want to explore. There are a multitude of museums, several different theaters, the San Diego Zoo and more, depending on what you are looking to do while in the area. One of the oldest parks in the United States, Balboa Park has a plethora of history too. Whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it here.

Balboa Park is centrally located and near some of the best hotels in San Diego. You should start your hotel search looking in this area.

Mission Trails Regional Park

Those looking for a mountain hiking experience should head over to Mission Trails Regional Park for a Cowles Mountain. If you make the trek to the top, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view from the highest point in the city. There are over 60 miles of hiking and biking trails available for your pleasure, along with a rock climbing area, and even campgrounds beside a small lake.

For travelers who are equestrian lovers, you’re allowed to bring your horses along the trails in Mission Trails Regional Park, if you choose to travel with them.

Mission Bay Park

Water sports and more can be a part of your San Diego parks experience if you head to Mission Bay Park. The large, man-made park offers wakeboarding, jet skiing, sailing, and camping. There are miles of beautiful sandy beaches and walking paths for your to catch some sun and soak up the Vitamin D you need. The walking paths allow cycling, roller skating, and skateboarding for those who are interested. Fun is the name of the game at Mission Bay Park.

If you want to be outdoors, but crave a bit more excitement, try getting your hands on a few tickets to the San Diego Chargers. The stadium is still open to the elements but you’ll be surrounded by thousands of screaming fans.

Pantoja Park

Those who want to tread on historically significant ground but still enjoy the sun should scoot on over to Pantoja Park. This is the site where the first European settlements on the West Coast of the United States were founded in 1769. As you walk through the park, you’ll enjoy the same views of the city, the San Diego River valley and the Pacific Ocean that the original settlers did. A smart traveler would bring sandwiches and some snacks and take advantage of the picnic facilities.

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