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7 Spots For A Romantic Picnic In San Diego

By Arianna Gary

Nothing beats a good ‘ole picnic under the sun with good company – and good snacks.

San Diego is lucky to have pretty amazing weather year-round, which means any season can be picnic season. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to break out that picnic basket for another round. Few things are more romantic than a classic picnic. Plus, time it 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 greenspace. 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 sun set on the Pacific. Added bonus: it’s dog-friendly!

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!

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.


5850 College Grove Dr, San Diego

5. Model Yacht Pond

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 nice romantic mini getaway. The views alone will make your heart skip a beat.

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 with your date.

590 Coast Blvd S, La Jolla

See also: 14 Ideas For A Creative And Intimate Valentine’s Day In San Diego

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