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San Diego - Mission Bay

Mission Bay
Around Mission Bay, it always feels like summer. The bay is lined with sandy beaches, palm trees and grassy areas. No rough waves in the calm, warm waters of Mission Bay. There's nothing like a picnic dinner, where you can relax while the kids dig in the sand or splash in the water, as the sun gently dips over the horizon.
SeaWorld San Diego Photo Album
    SeaWorld San Diego – SeaWorld is always fun for the whole family, from the littlest ones to bigger kids.
      Exhibits -
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    - Shark Encounter – Our Travel for Kids video is just a preview of what kids will see as you walk through a glass tunnel with sharks gliding overhead!
    - Penguin Encounter – The penguin exhibit is filled with penguins – Emperor, gentoo, adelie, macaroni, paddling around, diving under water, and hopping around on the rocks.
      - Turtle Reef – This is the place to see all kinds of amazing sea turtles - green sea, hawksbills, loggerhead, and leatherback turtles.
      - Explorer's Reef – Kids can dip their hands into freshwater and saltwater touch pools with bamboo sharks, fish, and horseshoe crabs.
      - Pacific Point – Watch seals and sea lions (native to California) having fun in the water, and don't miss the feedings.
  Live Shows – Check out the schedule of live shows with dolphins, sea lions, and more. You should get to the show at least 15 minutes in advance to get a good seat. Click here for the schedule.
      Rides -
 

- Manta – Teens will want to step into this thrilling roller coaster ride. But there's also a touch pool where little kids can touch silky bat rays (they feel both rough and smooth at the same time), and bat ray aquarium.

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- Journey to Atlantis – Hoping to cool off on a hot day, at the end of the ride, your boat plummets down a water cascade, sending up a huge splash of water (and you'll get soaked).

    Before you go on the ride, check out the aquarium, with large swooping bat rays and leopard sharks.
      - Sky Tower – For a panoramic view of Mission Bay and the beaches, take a ride up the Sea World Sky Tower.
    Tips for enjoying SeaWorld
    Getting wet Come prepared to get wet (hey, remember, most of the marine animals at SeaWorld live in the water) on Journey to Atlantis, front rows Shamu Stadium and the water play area. Getting soaked is refreshing in summer, but in cooler winter weather, kids might want dry clothes.
    Lockers – Get a locker to stow purchases and any extra things you don't want to lug around all day.
    Height requirements for rides Make sure your child meets the height requirements, before you get in line.
Mission Bay
 

Mission Bay is the perfect spot to picnic, play in the sand and swim in the warm water (no waves in the bay). All around Mission Bay there are grassy areas and picnic tables, some with bar-b-que pits, so bring your charcoal and hot dogs. Bike paths are perfect for biking, roller blading or scootering. There are lifeguards at the swimming areas in spring and summer.

      Boating, sailing and pedal boating – Mission Bay is also the perfect place for water sports. Rent a sail boat, motor boat, kayaks, and take a turn around the Bay. There are plenty of places to explore, and nice breezes if you're sailing.
      Pedal boating is great fun for kids. Rent pedal boats and boats at CP Watersports at Dana Landing, or on East Mission Bay Drive (near the San Diego Hilton) or at the Bahia Resort Hotel (at Bahia Cove), or Seaforth Boat Rentals (Quivira Basin).
      Crown Point Shores – Swimming area, picnic tables, bar-b-que pits, playground, bike path. The bike path extends west for miles around Mission Bay, ending at Sail Bay.
    Ventura Cove – Swimming area.
    Bahia Cove – Watersports.
    Dana Landing – Swimming area, picnic tables, watersports.
    Bonita Cove – Swimming area, picnic tables, bar-b-que pits, playground.
      Tecolote Shores Park Swimming, playground and picnic areas, watersports. Fly kites here.
Belmont Park
Belmont Park (Mission Beach) – Belmont Park is an old fashioned amusement park with a big Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, bumper cars, tilt-a-whirl, carousel, kiddie koaster, and indoor playland. Stop into the Roller Coaster Museum to see a model of the roller coaster. Belmont Park also has cafes and restaurants for meals and snacks. South of the amusement park is a grassy area, perfect for kite flying.
  Bring your swim suits for a swim in the Plunge swimming pool, or head out the beach (it's right there). At the beach, if you forgot your pails and shovels, there are shops at Belmont Park or Ocean Front Walk where you can stock up on plastic beach toys. For bigger kids, you can rent boogie boards, and hit the waves.
beach rentals San Diego

Here's our own Travel for Kids list of beach vacation rentals, all styles and price ranges, right on Mission Bay or Mission Beach (roll out of bed in the morning and walk to the bay or beach):

San Diego family beach vacation rentals
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Baby Whale (SeaWorld Library)
Baby Dolphin
Baby Penguin
Baby Sea Lion
Judy D. Shivley

Fun facts about baby whales (Shamu), dolphins, penguins and sea lions, illustrated with photos from SeaWorld. Super for little kids. (Board books)

 

(More children's books on other San Diego pages)
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