The Best Picnic Spots In San Diego

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San Diego has no shortage of scenic beaches, breathtaking views, and beautiful picnic spots. Here are just a few locations you should consider for your next picnic in San Diego.

Kate Sessions Park

If you’ll be bringing a furry friend or two to your picnic, Kate Sessions Park is dog friendly, with plenty of grass for them to explore. The park offers a view of the city and coastline, however it tends to be busy during the weekends so you’ll need to come early to secure a great spot.

Ellen Browning Scripps Park

If you want panoramic views, a large grassy area, and the ocean as your backdrop, then host your picnic at Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Expect to see a seal or two while you’re picnicking.

Chollas Lake Park

If you prefer a picnic lakeside, then Chollas Lake Park is a hidden gem that offers serenity and peace. Dotted with eucalyptus trees, the park also has hiking trails, playground areas, and a basketball court that will entertain visitors of all ages.

Mission Hills Park

This is a less popular spot due to its location in a quiet residential community, but it has much to offer: many picnic tables, large grass area, and a splash pad for kids to enjoy.

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is located in Coronado and offers a stunning view of Downtown San Diego and the Bay. Take in the impressive skyline as you enjoy a picnic on the lawn.

Presidio Park

This park offers many picnic tables and is located at the original location of the San Diego Presidio and Mission, which were founded in 1769. Enjoy some history by visiting exhibits at the Junipero Serra Museum after your picnic.

Harbor Island Park

Another waterfront park, Harbor Island Park offers skyline views and picnic amenities like tables, shaded areas, and public restrooms. 

El Monte County Park

If you’re looking for a more rural vibe, El Monte County Park boasts over 80 acres of land and is set in the El Cajon Mountain. Enjoy a ball field, play area, ample picnic spots, and numerous recreational opportunities at El Monte County Park.

Mission Bay Park

Mission Bay Park has 27 miles of shoreline and plenty of space for riding a bike, playing volleyball, flying a kite, and picnicking.

Once you’ve chosen a location for your next picnic, reach out to Picnic People for help planning the menu and activities. We’re here to make your picnic experience nothing short of spectacular.

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