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Parks and Recreation

San Diego's Park and Recreation Department has 36,300 acres and 337 parks including Mission Trails Regional Park, Balboa Park, and Mission Bay Park. San Diego County hosts       hundreds of community events each year and provides excellent recreational opportunities.

San Diego County Parks and Points of Interest:

  • Mission Trails Regional Park
  • Tri-Canyon Parks
  • Mission Valley Preserve
  • Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
  • Black Mountain Open Space Park
  • Clevenger Canyon Open Space Park
  • Otay Valley Regional Park
  • Balboa Park
  • Mission Bay Park
  • Presidio Park
  • Shoreline Parks
  • Fiesta Island
  • Mission San Diego de Alcala
  • Mount Laguna Observatory
  • Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
  • Palomar Observatory
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Sea World of San Diego
  • The Ramona Valley
  • The San Diego Wild Animal Park

The Cleveland National Forest has 460,000 acres and is located in the counties of Riverside, Orange and San Diego.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has 600,000 acres, and it is the largest state park in California. It is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and borrego, meaning bighorn sheep.

San Diego Bay borders San Diego,  Imperial Beach, National City, Chula Vista and Coronado. Silver Strand is a thin strip of land that protects the bay from the Pacific Ocean.

The San Diego Zoo is located in Balboa Park. It is one of the largest zoos in the world, housing over 4,000 animals and 800 species.

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This San Diego and San Diego County website page is for Recreation, Parks, Outdoors, Lakes, Nature, Preserves, Fishing, Boating, Beaches, Swimming, Amusement, Family, Kids, Children, Wildlife, Refuges, Visitors, Weekends, Hiking, Bike Paths, Landmarks, Tourists, Guides and Regional Parks that are local and rated best in Escondido, Oceanside, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Ramona, Coronado, Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Spring Valley, El Cajon, San Marcos, Carlsbad, vista, Poway, Lakeside, Santee, Fallbrook, Lemon Grove, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Del Mar and Alpine.

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