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    Mission Bay Park

    by lmkluque Updated May 28, 2012

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    Restrooms are scattered throughout the Park

    Favorite thing: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo named this tidal marsh of San Diego, "False Bay" in 1542. In 1852 the U.S. Army built a dike that eventually created an estuaries outlet for the San Diego River drainage. Later in the 1800's, hunting and fishing facilities initiated the recreational use of this area. After 1944 the development of Mission Bay Park, with the help of dredging and filling, began to change this marshy area and efforts to make this a tourist and recreational center continued through the 1960's.

    When the State of California turned over it's ownership of part of Mission Bay Park there were a few strings attatched to ensure that most of the park was available for public use. No permanent residential or private ownership of land is allowed and commercial development is limited. SeaWorld and various hotels are, which makes this a favored vacation spot.

    However, the natural aspects of this area have been preserved so it still serves as an estuary that not only cleans the river water before entering the ocean, but also serves as home to natural flora and fauna.

    Mission Bay Park is about half water and half land and there are almost thirty miles of shoreline to choose from. Swimming, boating, jetskiing, wind surfing and water skiing are included in the water sports allowed at one section of the park or another. There is still a wild life perserve located in the park and for this and various other reasons there are different regulations in the fifteen or so named sections of the park.

    This popular park is in use almost 365 days of the year. During the summer and on weekends it is most crowded but, there is always room for more people. If you are not staying at one of the hotels, make sure you arrive early, as the parking lots fill quickly during the summer and on some weekends, such as the Fourth Of July.

    SeaWorld is located in the south center section of Mission Bay Park.

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    Evening After A Storm

    by lmkluque Updated May 28, 2012

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    Favorite thing: This is one of the few times, day or night that no one is on Mission Beach. If you are not interested in joining crowds of people, this is the best time to enjoy the beach. Also, it offers a perk if it happens to rain during your holiday.

    San Diego is known for it's mild climate all year round. This means that really hot or cold days are rare. Rainy days are not at all the norm here, even during winter or spring. the average is something like 45 days of rain during a year. Rain generally arrives late at night leaving the next day sunny and fresh. If a storm blows in, it usually won't last more than three days.

    All this means that while on vacation most people will not see a drop of rain. Believe it or not, if you happen to be here to see it, I hope you can appreciate just how rare it is for us and how much we need it in this arid land.

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    Detail of the Liberty Carousel

    by shrimp56 Written Mar 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The medallions on the carousel.
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    The images for these medallions were taken from historic photographs -- this one is of the Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island.

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