From expansive seaside grassy spots to eating amongst historical buildings, there is no end to the beautiful outdoor spaces in San Diego perfect for noshing outdoors. So grab a blanket and a cooler, pack it full of your favorite picnic items and enjoy a picturesque lunch or dinner al fresco.
With its views of Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean and downtown, Kate Sessions Park is a grassy spot to see and do it all. There are parking spots, playground structures and shady spots under trees. Located on Mount Soledad you’ll find this park at 5115 Soledad Road. Dogs are allowed on leashes.
Waterfront Park at 1600 Pacific Highway lives up to its name. Located along the Embarcadero, there are 12 acres of shaded areas, gardens and a kids’ zone along with an 830-foot interactive splash fountain for hot days. If you don’t feel like packing a lunch, there are multiple eateries where you can get takeout. Street parking is available.
At Centennial Park on Coronado Island, you’ll be graced with fabulous downtown views as you look out over the harbor back towards the city. For an extra special adventure, cross using the ferry from Broadway Pier or the San Diego Convention Center. There are lots of restaurants in the area as well to choose from for take out.
If munching in a cultural icon is more your speed, head straight to Balboa Park. Boasting 1,200 lush acres, a lily pond, exquisite gardens, grassy lawns and multiple picnic spot choices, it’s the perfect place for family gatherings and romantic date nights. Bring your camera for Insta-worthy videos and pictures.
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