Explore Mission Bay
The West Coast’s largest aquatic man-made park covers over 4,000 acres and offers a wide range of recreational activities. Swimmers and sun lovers are drawn to the calm water and warm sand that Mission Bay offers. Mission Bay also offers boat docks and launches, sail and motorboat rentals, bike and walk paths, basketball courts, and playgrounds for children. It’s one of San Diego’s most fun-filled spots to visit.
Nestled in the west end of the beach is a network of channels and islands – a perfect spot for wind surfers to waterskiers. Come and swim, rent a boat and explore the waterways, stay on shore and spend the day picnicking or ride a bike along the water. The Park is also home to many rare & endangered species, including the light footed clapper rail.
Mission Bay Park offers a myriad of free opportunities to the public including tourist information, free parking, Park Rangers for a safer, more enjoyable experience while in the park, close, convenient access from all major freeways, and many free sporting events including professional volleyball, jetski, waterski, and OTL (Over-the-Line) tournaments.
Free park facilities include picnic shelters, barbecues, designated swim zones staffed with lifeguards during the summer months, basketball courts, and children’s play areas including the recently built multi-ability play area located at
Rollerblading along Mission Beach
South Tecolote Shores. There is a horseshoe court located at Hospitality Point, sand volleyball courts, fire rings, and an RV Pump-out Station located at the Visitor’s Information Center, and bicycle/walkway paths throughout the entire park.
In addition to all these wonderful opportunities Mission Bay is also the home of several wildlife preserves providing birdwatchers an excellent opportunity to observe a plethora of sea birds including the federally protected Least Tern, the Brown Pelican, and of course, the Lightfooted Clapper Rail.