Mission Bay, San Diego Activities

Activities at Mission Bay San Diego

Mission Bay San Diego has more than 4,000 acres of bay, bike paths, and parks to play in and on. First named “False Bay” by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, Mission Bay supports all types of boating activities and has boat docks and launches. Other water sports include sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, rowing, and swimming.

Rent a sailboat and cruise the bay or bicycle around the bay on the bike paths that wind for miles. Picnickers and sunbathers will revel in the endless supply of green grassy knolls at Mission Bay. The sports-minded can enjoy basketball, volleyball, and over-the-line games. If you’re bringing kids to the bay, take them to the playground at Tecolote Shores (1500 East Mission Bay Drive), which was designed to accommodate physically challenged children. Also see Mission Bay’s plant and animal life at the nature reserve near Crown Point to the north.

Activities at Mission Bay San Diego, Travel Tips

SunshineMission Bay Insider Tips

If you like to bike, Mission Bay offers some of the best riding in San Diego. There are miles of paved bike paths, which are easily accessible from the many parking lots circling the bay.

If you want to rent a surfboard, bicycle, or other gear at Mission Bay, we highly recommend Cheap Rentals at 3685 Mission Boulevard. They offer the most competitive rental prices around without sacrificing service.

Families with toddlers enjoy the calm, protected waters of Mission Bay. Children can splash around without the dangers associated with ocean surf. Mission Bay offers miles of sandy beaches,  a perfect way to spend the day with small children.

Mission Bay is also great for kayaking, kite-flying (east side near Hilton), fishing, bird-watching and any other activity that works best in large, grass-covered areas.

Mission Bay hotel, package and attraction ticket reservations are provided by Advanced Reservation services of San Diego (ARES). ARES has developed a reputation for offering some of the cheapest San Diego travel and vacation rates found anywhere on the internet. We encourage you to compare our prices with other national travel resellers--we think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

During the 8 years we've been providing travel reservations through ARES, we have never received a complaint or had any kind of problem with the fulfillment of hotels or tickets.

SunshineMission Bay Logistics

Mission Bay has picnic shelters, barbecues, public restrooms, and showers. Lifeguards are seasonal and usually watch Mission Bay between spring and November. There’s lots of free parking at Mission Bay. Most lots are near the swimming beaches. But, beware, lots fill quickly during the summer. It’s best to come early.

SunshinePacific Beach Children's Activities

With the endless supply of ocean and sand at Pacific Beach, parents will never hear the words “I’m bored” from their kids. Pacific Beach is a saltwater playground offering all the activities kids love — building sand castles, splashing in the ocean, or (for bigger kids) romping through the waves on a body board.

SunshineGetting to Mission Bay San Diego

From the north or south, take I-5 to the East Mission Bay Drive, Grand Avenue, Clairemont Drive, or Sea World Drive exits.