Fun and sun on Mission Bay

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When summer comes calling, its siren song leads San Diegans to the water. With over 4,000 acres of land and water, Mission Bay is the perfect place to pass a summer’s day.

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Originally dubbed “Puerto Falso”—or “False Bay”—by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo because he and other explorers were duped into believing it was actually the larger San Diego Bay to the south, Mission Bay became a recreational water park in the mid-1900s. Today, it is a haven for not only outdoor enthusiasts but also for many species of birds and fish.

A day at the largest man-made recreational park in the country could take you anywhere from Crown Point Park at the north end of the bay to the world-famous SeaWorld San Diego at the southern edge. With so much to offer, landlubbers and sea captains alike are sure to have fun times at the shore. And for all your water recreation needs, Mission Bay Sportcenter is your one-stop shop for enjoying a day of fun in the sun on the water.

Boasting a 7,000-square-foot facility, Mission Bay Sportcenter has everything any water enthusiast could ever need and also offers year-round private and group lessons. Basic sailing, catamaran sailing and stand up paddle boarding classes are offered as an easy and entertaining way to learn the basics and beyond. From sailboats and surfboards to powerboats and paddle boards and everything in between, you’re sure  to find what you need for your water expeditions. Be sure to check out some of their more unusual offerings, like the Jetpack—which combines skydiving, jet skiing, parasailing and scuba diving into an unforgettable experience—or the Hot Tub Cruise, which features a multi-jet hot tub with plush deck seating.

Mission Bay Sportcenter – An Overview of a Day on the Bay

Sailboats Available for all skill levels from novice to expert. The Catalina class sailboats are comfortable, safe and easy to handle.

Powerboats – From pontoons to ski boats and fun sun chairs, we’ve got one that’s just your speed. A motorized fun sun chair makes for a perfectly relaxing drift while the CraigCat catamaran can reach speeds of up to 30 mph.

Waverunners – World-renowned Yamaha reliability and a roomy design ensure a safe, comfortable ride.

Catamarans – Take the whole family or sail solo; either way, Hobie catamarans allow you to explore the Bay in style.

Youth Camp… Different youth camps are available for children ages 4–16 and introduce children to watersports, multisports, junior sailing, catamaran sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. For more information on Mission Bay Sportcenter, visit 1010 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, 858.488.1004 ]

Paddle Boards – Rent your own or sign up for Paddle Board Yoga! It may sound intimidating, but students often have success with no previous paddle boarding or yoga experience.

Pedal Boats – Both two- and four-person rentals are available for exploring the bay and are a great way to get a good workout!


Kayaks – Both single and tandem rentals are available. Beginners and veterans alike will enjoy the comfort, stability and ease offered by these recreational kayaks.

Surfboards and Boogie Boards – Catch some waves and hang ten! One-, two- and four-hour rentals are available as well as all-day rentals.

Water TaxSea – Check out our trolley on the water! There are multiple routes to choose from that give you access to Mission Bay as well as Mission and Pacific Beaches. If you have a SeaWorld ticket, you may enter the park through a private entrance and avoid all the long lines.

Charters – Yachting excursions and dive charters are available, seating up to eight people.

Jetpack – Hover, dive and soar! Beginner, intermediate and advanced flight packages are available.

In addition to all these water toys for an exciting day on the water, Mission Bay Sportcenter also has your evening covered. Take a relaxing, two-hour sail along the shoreline for an incredible view of the sunset. A four-hour pontoon or powerboat cruise for a front-row seat to see fireworks is only available during the weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Or follow a tour guide as you enjoy different spots along the coast on a jet ski tour. Finally, a night paddle board tour uses LED lights to illuminate up to a 40-foot circumference around the board, providing you with a new experience of paddle boarding in the dark.

Glorious summer days and sweet summer nights are headed your way. Contact Mission Bay Sportscenter today to reserve your equipment for a fun-filled day! And don’t forget your sunscreen!