San Diego’s year-round beautiful weather gives us many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors all year long. Packing up a picnic and enjoying time out in the sun and fresh air is a favorite family activity. I feel like a picnic is a little escape from the busy day-to-day activities and gives us time to just relax and be free. Here are some favorite San Diego picnic spots.
Balboa Park – This historic park is a gem in San Diego. The architecture, the fountains and ponds, grassy areas make Balboa Park a perfect place for a picnic. Lay out a blanket or sit in the organ pavilion and enjoy a picnic lunch. Stroll around the park and enjoy the many free areas of the park including the botanical garden or Timken Museum of Art.
Mission Point Park – Sitting in Mission Point Park, you can watch the sailboats, kayaks and paddle boats in the quiet bay. Shade trees and grass are perfect for picnicking and taking a nice stroll afterwards.
Kit Carson Park – The hundreds of acres in this park, located in Escondido, includes a sculpture garden by artist Niki de Saint Phalle, beautiful walking and hiking trails, three ponds, playground and sports fields as well as shaded picnic areas with tables.
Louis Stelzer County Park – Located in Lakeside, this 310-acre park is full of oak woodlands and coastal sage scrub. Playgrounds and picnic facilities, birdwatching and hiking, a horseshoe pit and barbecues, and a loop around the play structure area for riding scooters are available for a great afternoon picnic.
La Jolla Cove – Ellen Browning Scripps Park – What I love about this park, is it is the best of being at the beach but without all the sand getting in your food! Overlooking La Jolla Cove, this grassy area is the perfect setting for a picnic. The cool ocean breezes, the beautiful views, it can’t be beat.
Kate Sessions Park – In Pacific Beach, this picnic spot has incredible panoramic views of both the city and the ocean. The grassy area of the park is ideal for picnicking, kite flying, frisbees, and ball-playing or watching the sun set. Another area of the park is fun for exploring and hiking with a playground on the far side.
Old Poway Park – A quiet, picturesque park with overhanging trees, bridge and stream and grassy area is another fantastic picnic area. Kids love to ride the historic train that goes through the park.
Pack up a lunch or dinner and enjoy some time at these San Diego picnic spots with your family.
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