Best Beachside Playgrounds in San Diego

May 8, 2018

When you find the perfect playground at the beach it’s like finding a 3 day old goldfish cracker in your car seat. The best feeling ever! 

 

This will be a running list of awesome beachside playgrounds in San Diego. I'll keep adding to this post and updating it as we adventure around. I'll start with the one in the picture above and list more to come in no particular order. 

 

Powerhouse Park, Del Mar

 

Parking: Metered street parking & a pay lot right across the street

 

Bathrooms: Yes, but they're a little far away from the playground. You have to run across the large grassy field, so if your little has to go right away, you'd better pick him up and start running. 

 

Playground: Infant & regular swings, slides, 1 play structure, large sand box, small and easy out & back walking trail just behind the sand box.

 

Terrain: Packed gravel at the play structure, rubber, cement walkway, some sand & grass

 

Caution: If you take the small walking trail behind the sand box, BE CAREFUL and DON'T let your kids run ahead of you because it leads right up directly to the train tracks!! As long as you don't go up the little hill to the train tracks, just go out & back for a nice little walk about and catch some amazing views of the coastline.


What's Special About This Playground: The train runs right next to this playground and all the kids go running up to the fence to see the train. Coastguard helicopters and airplanes fly right above, along with pelican formations gliding along the coast.

 

 

Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach

 

Parking: Small parking lot nearby, but it fills up quickly on weekends and in the summer or you might find some street parking.

 

Bathrooms: Yes, they're close to the playground, just across the small grassy field.

 

Playground: Infant & regular swings, slides, play structure, small rock climbing wall

 

Terrain: Rubber, a large grassy area nearby that's perfect for picnics

 

Caution: n/a


What's Special About This Playground: The playground is on a bluff overlooking the ocean and the beach down below. To get to the beach, you'll have to walk a short ways down some stairs.

 

 

Moonlight Beach, Encinitas

 

Parking: Large parking lot is up on a bluff and you'll have to walk down a mildly steep paved pathway down to the playground and beach. It fills up fast on weekends and in the summer and nearby street parking is limited as well. 

 

Bathrooms: Yes, they're a little walk away from the playground down towards the concession stand.

 

Playground: Infant & regular swings, slides, play structure, jungle gym

 

Terrain: Sand, a large grassy area nearby that's perfect for picnics and the cement boardwalk

 

Caution: The boardwalk runs right in front of this playground with lots of people jogging, walking, roller blading and biking so be careful that your kids don't get in their way. It is along the ocean so be careful of large waves, tides and rip tides. 


What's Special About This Playground: They have some cool events here during the year. On Sundays in the summer they host a summer concert series. The beach is wide so there's always a spot to spread out. A concession stand operates during the summer. The sunsets here are amazing!

 

 

Kellogg Park Playground, La Jolla Shores

 

Parking: Large parking lot nearby, but it fills up quickly on weekends and in the summer

 

Bathrooms: Yes, they're a little walk away down the boardwalk, but not too far

 

Playground: Infant & regular swings, slides, play structure, jungle gym

 

Terrain: Sand, a large grassy area nearby that's perfect for picnics and the cement boardwalk

 

Caution: The boardwalk runs right in front of this playground with lots of people jogging, walking, roller blading and biking so be careful that your kids don't get in their way. It is along the ocean so be careful of large waves, tides and rip tides. 


What's Special About This Playground: The beach here is great because it's long and wide so you'll always find the perfect beach spot. It's a great spot for surfers, kayakers and scuba divers; which my kids love watching them come and go.

 

 

Fanuel Street Park on Mission Bay, Pacific Beach

 

Parking: Free parking lot just down the street, but it's small so it fills up quickly. There's also free street parking nearby.

 

Bathrooms: Yes, and they are close by

 

Playground: Swings, slides, 2 play structures for bigs and littles, a few seal sculptures that are perfect for kids to ride on

 

Terrain: Sand, a large grassy area nearby that's perfect for picnics and the cement boardwalk

 

Caution: The boardwalk curves around in front of this playground with lots of people jogging, walking, roller blading and biking so be careful that your kids don't get in their way


What's Special About This Playground: This a perfect beach for little kids because the bayside water is calmer and shallow. 

 

 

 

Dunes Park, Imperial Beach

 

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