Where in San Diego to Picnic With Your Family

In the 21st century, kids are spending less time outdoors than ever before. So, give your family an exciting reason to be outside!

Arranging a family-friendly outdoor picnic has many advantages, including family bonding and other physiological perks.

Health benefits of an outdoor family outing:

  • Enhances several cognitive functions (such as focus and creative problem-solving)
  • Relieves stress
  • Boosts immunity
  • Increases vitamin D levels
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Forces you all to unplug

Take advantage of San Diego’s 340-plus parks by scheduling a family picnic this weekend or sometime in the near future.

Here are five of the best spots in San Diego for a family picnic:

  1. Waterfront Park at Embarcadero

    This beautiful park near Little Italy is sure to keep your kids busy. Here you’ll find interactive fountains, a large playground and beautiful views of the water and downtown San Diego. There are several gardens to explore, picnic areas, restrooms and a concession stand.

  2. Kate Sessions Neighborhood Park

    This is a well-known spot for weddings and picnics, due to its impressive size and breathtaking views. Families have a lot to do at this park, with a playground, multi-use fields, picnic tables, barbecue pits and restrooms available. There is also a one-mile hike loop if your kids want to venture out.

  3. Ellen Browning Scripps Park

    Deemed the “most photographed spot in San Diego,” this La Jolla Cove park offers some of the most fantastic views in the county. It has a large grass area for picnics and outdoor games. Visitors can smell the salty sea air, hear the barks of sea lions and watch the sunset, all while being just a couple of blocks from some of San Diego’s best restaurants.

  4. Bayview Park

    A peaceful and small park on the bay, this park is a hidden gem on Coronado Island. (This is more for a quiet and peaceful picnic, as the park is nestled in a neighborhood.) There are grassy areas, shaded benches and exquisite views of downtown San Diego. Have your kids watch for vessels roaming through the bay. Make this trip even more memorable by taking the ferry to Coronado Island.

  5. Louis Stelzer County Park

    Immerse your family in nature by bringing them to Louis Stelzer County Park. Your family can birdwatch, hike, barbeque and release their energy in the playgrounds. Investigate the grounds by hiking trails through the park’s 310 acres of oak woodland trees and coastal sage scrub.

Teach your kids the fun of being outdoors. Plan a family picnic with delicious finger foods, outdoor activities and safe expeditions to receive a wide range of health benefits.

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