Top 5 San Diego Playgrounds: Coastal Edition

Tired of taking your kids to the same playground? Venture out and visit these fun and unique San Diego playgrounds with superb ocean views!

Top 5 San Diego Playgrounds: Coastal Edition

San Diego Playgrounds

Kellogg Park Children’s Playground at La Jolla Shores
8200 Camino del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037

Located right next to a lifeguard tower, your children can play safely all day on slides, extensive jungle gyms, monkey bars, and a giant humpback whale. The grass park that surrounds the playground offers a large area for picnics and playing, and of course the ocean and sand are irresistible temptations. Here, you can teach your children about oceanic life, since you’ll see many scuba divers exploring the underwater reefs, and kayakers gliding through the waves. This park will create a lasting impression in your children’s minds since it truly is a magical place to play. Tip: There is a large parking lot located next to the park, but it tends to fill quickly during the summer and on weekends.

San Diego PlaygroundsLa Jolla Recreational Center
615 Prospect Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037

If you have multiple children of varying ages then this is the park for you. With its three separate playgrounds, infants through teens can have a ball here, literally! That’s right, you can rent a ball free of charge and play in the sandbox or on the basketball courts. The La Jolla Recreation Center also has a weight room and fitness classes for adults. Tip: Street parking is available, but be careful on Sundays, since it’s across the street from La Jolla Presbyterian Church, and spots can be hard to find.

San Diego Playgrounds
Fanuel Park
4000 Fanuel Street
San Diego, CA 92109

Fanuel Park is located right on the edge of Mission Bay in Pacific Beach, making it one of the most unique and beautiful playgrounds in San Diego. It attracts many La Jolla families since it provides fun for children, as well as adults in a serene, nautical environment. It has two play structures designed to accommodate younger and older children, six swings, and rocking sea animals to ride on. It’s also just off the boardwalk and is very accessible for a beautiful stroller jog. There’s a large grass area to picnic on, or for babies to crawl, or to just sit and enjoy watching boats sail by. Your youngsters will enjoy swinging on the swings overlooking the tranquil Mission Bay. Tip: There’s a large parking lot located on Fanuel Street, just before it runs into the park.

San Diego Playgrounds
Kate Sessions Park
5115 Soledad Rd
San Diego, CA 92109

With its magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay, and the downtown skyline, Kate Sessions is a definite must if you’re seeking fun and relaxation atop Mount Soledad. There are large grassy fields perfect for playing a game of soccer, having a birthday party, or playing with the family and dogs. The playground is designed for children of all ages, and is encompassed by a sidewalk for scooter or bike riding. Kate Sessions also offers live music concerts in the summertime. Named after the “Mother of Balboa Park,” Kate Sessions herself is responsible for landscaping much of Balboa Park and other parts of San Diego with trees and plants. Fun Fact: Kate Sessions used to advertise her business, The Mission Hills Nursery, in the Blue Book!

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Seagrove Park
1601 Coast Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014

Does your child love choo choo’s? This small, quaint playground located in Del Mar offers an oceanic experience with trains whirling by every few minutes. Children stop, watch the trains, and then continue on playing. The playground isn’t large, but the beautiful ocean front path around the park makes for a great hilly workout. You can picnic here, but you may have to walk a distance from your car, so be sure to bring the stroller with extra cargo space. Tip: Street parking is $3/hour or there’s a pay lot on 17th street.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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