Appreciating Mission Bay
Officially known as Mission Bay Park, this popular destination for lovers of water sports is located minutes from downtown San Diego. No matter what kind of water-related activity you have in mind—paddle boarding, sailing, jet skiing, kitesurfing, water skiing or boating—you can indulge your preferences here.
You can also enjoy the bay from the deck of the Bahia Belle, a sternwheeler modeled after a mid-19th-century riverboat that takes passengers on cruises, often with musical accompaniment. Although the vessel sails between the Bahia Resort Hotel and the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, cruises are not confined to registered guests but open to the public as well. A trip on the Bahia Belle is a great way to see Mission Bay, which at 4,235 acres, is the world’s largest aquatic park.
Are you more into nature than water sports? The waters and shoreline of Mission Bay provide natural habitats for many kinds of fish, marine mammals, invertebrates, plants and birds. An early morning stroll along the shore can be rewarding for nature lovers. Don’t forget your camera.
Did you know?
A portion of the the movie 'Almost Famous' was filmed at what was then called the San Diego Sports Arena. This arena is now called Pachanga Arena San Diego.
Enjoying SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego, long a favorite Southern California attraction, has evolved in tune with public expectations over the years. Today this park with its signature orcas and other marine animals also offers rides to thrill younger visitors, from the Tidal Twister, a horizontal infinity loop coaster, to the more sedate and family-friendly gondola ride.
Up-close-and personal experiences with animals like the bottlenose dolphins are a treat for everyone in the family. Fun and education go hand in hand when becoming acquainted with harbor seals, walruses and beluga whales, those fascinating marine mammals that always seem to be smiling.
At SeaWorld, you can not only enjoy open water exhibits but also specialty displays like the Sea Otter exhibit and the Orca Encounter where you can view killer whales as they glide and cavort under water.
You can save on tickets to SeaWorld San Diego as well as other major attractions in San Diego by purchasing the Go San Diego Pass. This pass will gain you discounted entry into places like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California, most museums in Balboa Park, the USS Midway and even gear rentals like surfboards and paddle boards. You can save an additional discount if you purchase the Go San Diego Pass via our website.