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San Diego's Water Wonderland

Located just minutes from downtown is San Diego's water wonderland, Mission Bay Park. The 4,600-acre aquatic playground is the largest of its kind in the world. Surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline, with a variety of waterways, inlets and islets to explore, Mission Bay is bordered by several beach communities, each with their own distinct vibe. You will quickly discover that this bustling bay area is action packed from sun up to sun down.  

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Here you can enjoy water sports activities of every kind. From sailing lessons, kite surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding, to jet skiing, wake boarding and everything in between, there’s something for every age and skill-level to enjoy in the water. You can also take a moonlit cruise on Bahia Belle, a sternwheeler fashioned after a Mississippi riverboat that often features live music. On land, families can rent bikes, picnic, and barbecue or celebrate with bonfires right next to the water.  Accommodations in the area are plentiful, from high-end luxury resorts to budget friendly hotels.  Mission Bay is also home to SeaWorld San Diego, the world-famous marine life adventure park. With awe-inspiring shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable face-to-face animal encounters, kids of all ages will enjoy exploring the wonders and adventures of the sea. If sport fishing is your passion, a number of operators depart from Mission Bay with options for half-day, full-day and multi-day trips. During the twice yearly seasons, many of these same boats also offer whale watching tours.

Mission Beach and Pacific Beach

With an ambiance of an eternal spring break, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are the gathering place of San Diego's 20-something crowd. Along the 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk, you'll find funky surf shops, beach bars, cafes  and nightclubs. A variety of upscale resorts and family hotels are also scattered along the coast. Be sure to visit Mission Beach’s iconic Belmont Park amusement park and entertainment center for a ride on the Giant Dipper roller coaster or game of laser tag.

Ocean Beach

With a funky vibe all its own, Ocean Beach features a quirky collection of antique and vintage stores, bars, restaurants, artist studios and eccentric local haunts, most of which can be found on Newport Avenue, the main road through town. And if you’re looking to enjoy the beach with your canine friend, there is also a pet friendly dog beach with dog wash establishments within walking distance.

Sunset Cliffs

Located between Ocean Beach and Point Loma you'll find Sunset Cliffs, and the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, a 68-acre recreational area that extends 1-1/2 miles along the Point Loma peninsula’s western shoreline and features park lands, dramatic cliff formations and coastal sea caves. Access to the water here is limited but the setting provides some of the most picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. Sunset Cliffs lives up to its name and has long served as an attraction for San Diego residents as well as visitors, who gather on the cliffs each dusk to watch the most amazing sunsets you’ll ever see. Just be sure to stand a safe distance away from the edge, as the cliffs are slippery and the surf is powerful.

 

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Getting to Mission Bay & Beaches

Mission Bay is part of the recreational Mission Bay Park, the largest man-made aquatic park in the country, consisting of 4,235 acres with an equal split of land and water. The surrounding beaches include Pacific Beach to the North, Mission Beach to the West and Ocean Beach to the South.  Main access to the area is from the I-5 and I-8 freeways. Mission Bay is approximately 8 miles from the airport with an average drive time of less than 15 minutes.  The area is serviced by multiple bus routes and Old Town Trolley Tours offers a option for this area with on and off privileges in Pacific Beach and Mission Beach.  

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San Diego's water wonderland, the 4,600 acre aquatic park is the largest in the country and offers every type of water sport imaginable.

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This classic beachfront amusement park offers the Giant Dipper roller coaster, rides, laser tag, arcade games and more.

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Tidal

Nov 26, 2020

The time of year has come to gather, share laughs and make memories. Join us for a Thanksgiving display that features traditional favorites like turkey, stuffing, prime bone-in rib-eye and more.

Gather the loved ones and come enjoy with us! View Menu: https://paradisepoint.com/san-diego-dining/mission-bay-restaurant/

$41 Adult | $18 Child (12 and under) | 3 & Under Free

Reservations Required. Reserve a spot here: http://bit.ly/TidalReservations or call us at (858) 490-6363.

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SeaWorld Spooktacular

Oct 27 - Nov 2, 2020

Guests looking for Halloween fun this year can head to SeaWorld’s Spooktacular—featuring physically distanced Halloween dance parties, ALL-NEW Cookie Decorating with Cookie Monster and Elmo, fall flavor-inspired menu items and yes, CANDY! Spooktacular  continues Oct. 23 through 26 and Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. In addition to enhancing the park’s already strict health and safety measures, capacity will be significantly limited to create even more open space for guests to enjoy 40 acres of the park’s expansive property.

Tickets for Spooktacular are on sale now with the ultimate treat: SeaWorld is offering one child, aged 3 to 9, FREE admission with one full-paid adult admission through November 2nd! Hurry, space is limited.

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Hops + Harvest Beer Dinner with Burgeon Beer Co.

Nov 7, 2020

Join us on November 7th to kick off San Diego Beer Week with a coursed dinner curated by Burgeon and the award-winning team at MIHO Catering Co! We're bringing the community together with food, beer, and music including a LIVE virtual concert brought to you by The Casbah featuring two high-octane bands - Low Volts and Jonny Wagon and the Tennessee Sons.

 

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Spooky Spokes Trivia

Oct 30, 2020

Got Halloween weekend plans?

Friday, October 30th from 6pm-8pm

Come play virtual TRIVIA with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition!
Join with your family/friends or play solo and join a team!

3 rounds of general knowledge questions, 2 bonus rounds (themes: Bicycles and Halloween)

Solo player: $5 to join

Team of 2+: $10 to join

This event is on Zoom. Register now to play! Register here: https://sdbikecoalition.org/event/spooky-spokes-trivia/

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