Parks and Gardens

More than just beautiful beaches, San Diego is rich in biodiversity. From marshes and lagoons, to grasslands, to forests, to deserts, San Diego boasts an incredible array of ecosystems and landscapes for you to check out!

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States.[3] In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within the boundaries of the park. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park`s site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use.
Location: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 239-0512

Mission Trails Regional Park

Mission Trails Regional Park is a 5,800-acre open space preserve within the city of San Diego, California, established in 1974. It is the sixth-largest municipally owned park in the United States, and the largest in California
Location: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Phone: (619) 668-3281

Mission Bay Park

Mission Bay Park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the country, consisting of 4,235 acres, approximately 46% land and 54% water. The park offers a wide range of recreational activities including paths for walking and jogging, and playgrounds for children. It is one of San Diego`s most popular locations to fly a kite, picnic or sail a model yacht. Fire rings make it possible to cook out and stay warm. Mission Bay Park also offers a variety of free opportunities to the public such as professional volleyball and Over-the-Line sporting events. Annual attendance in the park is estimated at 15 million.
Location: Mission Bay

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is 2,000 acres of coastal state park located in the community of La Jolla, in San Diego, California, off North Torrey Pines Road.
Location: La Jolla, CA 92037

Port of San Diego public parks

The Port of San Diego manages 20 parks featuring lavish open space that feature stunning views of the San Diego Bay. Each carefully maintained facility offers amenities, landscaping, and parking. For the pleasure of walkers, joggers, bicyclists and skaters, the Port of San Diego has created miles of pathways that weave throughout the parks along the water`s edge. For anglers, fishing piers are found in five locations.

San Diego Waterfront Park

The park – which opened in May 2014 – spans 12 acres and boasts large grassy areas, a playground, shaded sitting areas, gardens and an interactive fountain. Being in Embarcadero, the park also has an unforgettable waterfront view that can only be seen in San Diego. Bring some cash for parking, as the park is in a prime location downtown.
Location: 1600 Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, located in the Old Town neighborhood of San Diego, California, is a state protected historical park in San Diego.
Location: 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110