Mission Bay Park
a walking tour by Carol Mendel
Mission Bay is a 4600-acre playground with 27 miles of beaches -- a paradise for sailing, boating, waterskiing, fishing, and swimming. For sea-lovers who prefer the open ocean, sportfishing boats -- and, in season, whale-watching boats -- leave from Mission Bay for the Pacific Ocean. For landlubbers the park offers beach-side walks, golf (both full-size and miniature), bicycling, camping, picnicking, restaurants, motels. And then, of course, there's Sea World, one of San Diego's main visitor attractions.
The Visitor Information Center, just off Interstate Highway 5 at Clairemont Drive, has information about the attractions of both Mission Bay Park and the San Diego area. The attendant there will tell you where you can rent sailboats, sailboards, motorboats, skates, bicycles, kayaks, waterskis, or whatever suits your fancy.
The park offers many areas that are good for walking. This walk takes in one of the best -- the eastern shoreline.
Distance: Approximately two miles, one way. Time: It depends on how fast you like to walk, and how much of the walk you decide to take.
MAP of the walking tour
Begin at De Anza Cove, in the northeast corner of the park, and take the paved walkway that follows the eastern shoreline of Mission Bay. As you walk along, you'll pass picnic areas, a boat launching ramp, a waterskiing area, playgrounds, the Visitor Information Center, a bathing beach, and the Hilton San Diego Resort. The walk ends at a playground where the path leads out to the road to cross a bridge. You return along the same path.
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Walking tours in this series:
Cabrillo National Monument
Downtown San Diego
Mission Bay Park
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