Best Public Parks in San Diego

Expert recommended Top 3 Public Parks in San Diego, California. All of our public parks face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence. You deserve only the best!


1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 Directions

Since 1868

Balboa Park has over 1200-acres of parkland that includes 17 museums, gardens galore, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The park has multiple performing arts venues, lovely gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions. Balboa Park has Model Railroad Museum, Youth Performance Groups, Museum of Man, Japanese Friendship Garden, Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, Alaska Airlines Flight Path Grill, EthnoBotany Children’s Peace Garden, Pepper Grove Playground, Carousel, and Miniature Train. A natural history museum is an excellent place for all ages.

Birds, Animals, Walking Trails, Swings, Open Space Areas, Grape Street Dog Park, Museums, Slides, Natural Vegetation Zones, Spin, Flowers, Historical Place, Shelter, Statues, Trees, Green Belts, Gardens, Playground, Zoo, Romp, Kids Play and Parking Area, Fleet Science Center, Meadows, Climb, Picnic Spots & Water Falls

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2688 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 Directions

Mission Bay Park is the most fabulous aquatic park in San Diego and consists of over 4,235 acres in almost equal parts of land and water. It is one of San Diego's most fun-filled places to visit. The park boasts 27 miles of shoreline, 19 of which are sandy beaches with eight sites designated as official swimming areas. Mission Bay Park provides boat docks, launching facilities, sailboats, motor rentals, basketball courts, and playgrounds for kids. Showers and lifeguard stations are located in designated areas.

Tables, Parking, Dog Park, Shelters, Launching Facilities, Grills, Playgrounds for Children, Wildlife Preserves, Sailboat, and Motor Rentals, Grass, Walks and Sandy Areas, Dogs, Bays of Water, Benches, Fishing, Basketball Courts, Picnic Areas, Bike and Walk Paths, Showers, Public Restrooms & Camping


Mon - Sun 4:00 am - 2:00 am

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1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101 Directions

Since 1938

Waterfront Park has over 12 acres of parkland and 850 feet of interactive fountains. The park has intimate garden rooms with distinct themes, several picnic areas, and a vibrant children's play zone. Waterfront Park has a diverse space that can accommodate public and private special occasions of various sizes, festivals, farmer's markets, and relaxed family recreation. It is an ideal venue for a bayside wedding in San Diego.

Gardens, Kid Playgrounds, Wedding and Special Event Venues, Interactive Fountains, Zoo, Water Games, Jogging Areas, Birds, Walking Trails, Public art, Benches, Native Plants Garden, Slides, Picnic Area, Event Conducting, Large Green Spaces & Boats

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Mon - Sun 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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