|Mission Bay Park|
Location: north of San Diego near SeaWorld
Elevation Change: zero (you're walking on the beach)
Time of Year Best: any
Mission Bay is shielded from the Pacific Ocean by Mission Beach. There are a lot of sidewalks, parking, grass, bathrooms, and people. If you go early in the morning, you will have the place to yourself, but the grass fills up quick with people to picnic, bbq, and enjoy the sun. If you want to go for a swim, don't go to Mission Bay. Although some people swim here, the water if largely stagnant. It is better to go to Mission Beach and swim in the surf. At Mission Bay, the atmosphere is much more relaxed and much more accessible then the beach. You can park at one of the many large parking areas, carry your picnic gear to the nearest grassy patch and you are ready to bbq. I saw a lot of these while I was there: Char-Broil Smoker Grill. Mission Bay is a very cool place to come hike/walk and relax with the family or friends. There is a lot of room to run and play.
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