Picnicking in La Jolla

Picnicking in La Jolla

If you plan a picnic in San Diego, chances are it won't be rained out. San Diego's balmy weather usually means more sunny than rainy days, perfect for planning outdoor meals year-round. Summer is a bit warmer and traditionally the best time of all to pack a picnic basket and head for San Diego beaches, parks or hiking trails. San Diego has so many good spots for picnics that we can't mention them all, but you can't go wrong with any of the following locations for a picnic.

Balboa Park, with its secluded nooks of tree-shaded grassy expanses tops the list; it's fun to combine an elegant picnic with an evening of theater at the Old Globe Theatre or Starlight. Almost as popular for picnicking in San Diego is Mission Bay , which also has grassy picnic areas where you can enjoy food and drink after swimming, water skiing, playing basketball or volleyball, or tossing Frisbees.

For those who love a little sand between their toes, the beaches are great picnic spots, especially if you can stake out a fire ring for charring your hot dogs and burgers. Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, and Ocean Beach are always popular with beach going picnickers. To learn more about La Jolla San Diego beaches, visit our La Jolla Beach Guide.

Around the county, families like to picnic at Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach, Carlsbad State Beach, El Monte County Park in Lakeside, Crestline Picnic Area on Palomar Mountain, Flynn Springs County Park in El Cajon, Lake Poway, San Dieguito County Park near Solana Beach, and Vallecito Stage Station, a county park located on County Road S-2 between Highway 78 and 1-8.

If you are planning a large family or company picnic, check first with the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department. They require a park use permit for groups of 75 or more. You can relax knowing there's not another picnic or event planned for the same time and place as yours.

Most parks and beaches in San Diego do not allow alcoholic beverages. Check before you go.

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