Places to Picnic

The San Diego area is full of some of the best picnic parks. Find yours right here!

Picnic People event coordinators can point you in the right direction to help you find the perfect picnic location. From there we will work on your behalf to secure a permit or reservation for your selected date and venue. We’re happy to complete all of your required paperwork to reserve your venue, and we’ll even visit the permit office so that you don’t have to! The morning of your event we get to the park as soon as it opens (4am in most cases) for be best odds of the perfect setup spot. We don’t mind, Mr. Sun is an early riser!


Our Favorite Areas

Central San Diego – Coastal & Inland

  • Doyle Park – UTC
    • Ball fields, play area, grass areas
  • Ellen Browning Scripps/La Jolla Cove
  • Jewish Community Center – UTC Area
  • Kate O. Sessions Park – Pacific Beach
    • Amazing view, tot lot play area, grass field
  • Kellogg Park – La Jolla Shores
    • Open grass areas, all games on the sand, beach access
  • NTC at Liberty Station Ingram Plaza
  • NTC at Liberty Station North Promenade
  • NTC Park – Point Loma
    • Alcohol permitted, open grass areas, tot lot play area

Mission Bay Area

  • Bonita Cove/Mariner’s Point
    • Open grass, gazebo seating, swimming cove
  • Crown Point – North, Middle or South
    • Great parking, bay access, open grass and shade trees
  • De Anza Cove
    • Swimming area, gazebo seating, tot lot play areas, open grass area
  • Hospitality Point
    • Grass area, gazebo seating, located by the jetty
  • Model Yacht Pond
    • Grass area, gazebo seating, picnic tables
  • Playa II
    • Bay access, gazebo seating, open grass area
  • Ski Beach – North or South
    • Boat dock, open grass area, gazebo seating
  • Sunset Point
  • Tecolote Shores
  • Vacation Isle South Cove – East/West
    • Gazebo seating, open grass areas, picnic tables
  • Ventura Cove
    • Shade trees, open grass areas, bay access

North County – Coastal & Inland

  • Aviara Park – Carlsbad
    • Open grass area, gazebo seating, ball fields
  • Brengle Terrace
    • Grassy areas, rolling hills, ball field
  • Felicita Park – Escondido
    • Areas available to reserve with picnic tables, alcohol permitted
  • Kit Carson Park – Escondido
    • Open grass areas, creek, ball fields, art instillation
  • Lake Poway
    • Lake activities, hiking trails, ball field, open grass, alcohol permitted
  • Melrose Ranch
  • Poinsettia Park – Carlsbad
    • Open grass, tennis courts, ball fields, alcohol permitted
  • Powerhouse Park – Del Mar
    • Beach access, grass setup, games on sand, alcohol permitted
  • San Dieguito – Solana Beach
    • Area available to reserve, covered picnic seating, grass and shade trees, alcohol permitted
  • Stagecoach Park – Carlsbad/La Costa
    • Shade trees, grass areas, picnic seating, alcohol permitted

East County Parks

  • El Monte Park – Lakeside
    • Shade trees, picnic seating, grass areas
  • Harry Griffin Park – La Mesa
    • Shade trees, grass areas, picnic seating, alcohol permitted
  • Santee Lakes – Santee
    • Grass areas, gazebo seating, shade trees, alcohol permitted

NTC at Liberty Station – Point Loma

  • Ingram Plaza
  • North Promenade Lawn


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Enjoy the freedom of entrusting your annual picnic with San Diego’s longest-running picnic company.

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