Nothing beats a good ‘ole picnic under the sun with good company – and snacks!
San Diego is lucky to have pretty amazing weather year-round, which means any season can be picnic season. But as today is International Picnic Day it’s the perfect time to break out that picnic basket for another round. Few things are better than a summer picnic. Plus, if you time it just right and you can enjoy the pink and orange glow of those show-stopping sunsets San Diego is known for.
Not to mention, with the abundance of amazing outdoor spaces, parks, and beaches San Diego has to offer, there are countless picnic spots to choose from. San Diego Parks & Recreation takes care of nearly 40,000 acres worth of open spaces, including a whopping 340 parks and 25 miles of beautiful shoreline.
For your next outing, be sure to check out these 7 amazing spots in San Diego!
1. Balboa Park
No San Diego picnic list is complete without this iconic green space. Balboa Park is overflowing with lovely spots to post up with a blanket and snacks. With plenty of shady spots, sunny areas, and lots of picnic tables if you’re not about that blanket life, you can curate your picnic vibe exactly to your liking.
2. Kate Sessions Park
A picnic spot with the ultimate view. Kate Sessions Park really ups the romance factor with its incredible panoramic views. Sit back and enjoy your company as you watch the sunset on the Pacific. Added bonus: it’s dog-friendly!
Location: 5115 Soledad Road
3. Presidio Park
There are lots of places to set up a picnic in Presidio Park, but be sure to check out the Arbor for an extra romantic spot. It’s a picnicker favorite at the top of the hill between Presidio Drive and Cosoy Way, framed by a gorgeous covered walkway propped up by white columns. With such a beautiful backdrop, it’s no surprise that it’s a popular wedding location!
Location: 2811 Jackson St, San Diego
4. Chollas Lake Park
This gorgeous city escape features a 16-acre lake surrounded by loads of eucalyptus trees. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon enjoying nature and some one-on-one company with a special someone.
Location: 5850 College Grove Dr, San Diego
5. Model Yacht Pond
Location: 2800 Ingraham St
Model Yacht Pond is your best bet if you’re looking for a more secluded spot. You can find this picnic spot on Vacation Isle in Mission Bay Park, just south of the Paradise Point Resort & Spa. It’s a total win for a lowkey, intimate outing, and as an added bonus, you can watch enthusiasts race their model boats (hence the name).
6. La Jolla Hermosa Park
This spot is an absolute must for a special date. It’s a quaint space with benches and a few picnic tables, making for a gorgeous mini-getaway. The views alone will make your heart skip a beat.
Location: 5780 Chelsea Ave, La Jolla
7. Cuvier Park
Cuvier Park, also called the Wedding Bowl, is a small park in La Jolla with breathtaking views of the coast. When it’s not booked for a wedding, it’s an absolutely dreamy spot for a picnic. Plus, because it’s below street level, you can enjoy some privacy while you watch the sunset.
Location: 590 Coast Blvd S, La Jolla
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