Best places to picnic in San Diego | Ne-Mo's Bakery Blog

The Best Places to Have a Picnic in San Diego

Thanks to a mild, Mediterranean climate and an abundance of stunning landscapes, San Diego has earned a reputation as ‘America’s Finest City.’ And with spring in the air, it’s time to grab a few Ne-Mo’s treats, head to your favorite picnic spot, and get ready for California dreaming.

Balboa Park

With 1,200 acres of beautiful and lush landscape, there’s no shortage of picnic spots at Balboa Park. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll love the Alcazar Garden, which was inspired by the Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain. The garden beds are regularly replanted, which makes for a botanist’s delight with seasonal blooms and aromas. For art lovers, the San Diego Museum of Art and its open-air layout is a wonderful example of the convergence of art and nature. Make your picnic even sweeter when you bring along one of Ne-Mo’s Cake Squares, an individually portioned dessert that’s perfect for an on-the-go treat.


Situated on a peninsula in the San Diego Bay, Coronado is a resort city known for the Grand Victorian Hotel del Coronado, which first opened in 1888. This popular island paradise also boasts one of the best beaches in the U.S. Take a stroll down the charming main street or spend the day picnicking on the beach. Wherever you end up, make your day trip extra sweet when you include Ne-Mo’s Cake Slices in your picnic basket.

Presidio Park

A popular spot for history buffs is Presidio Park, the home of the historic Mission San Diego de Alcala and the San Diego Presidio, which was constructed by Caspar de Portola and Junipero Serra in 1769. After touring the Junipero Serra Museum and walking in the footsteps of California’s early European settlers, grab your favorite Ne-Mo’s pastries and head to the Arbor, a scenic patch of lawn accented with Corinthian columns and a semi-covered walkway. Another popular picnic spot is the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, which features a variety of preserved historic buildings that were constructed between 1820 and 1870.

Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove

If you’re in need of some Vitamin ‘Sea,’ slip on your flip-flops, grab the beach gear, and soak in the stunning scenery at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, which overlooks the beautiful La Jolla Cove. Sandwiched between surf and sand, this patch of grass is the perfect place for a picnic.

Chollas Lake in Oak Park

Situated in the heart of San Diego, this 16-acre lake is surrounded by large groves of eucalyptus trees, which give the air a sweet and minty aroma. This idyllic park also features hiking trails and a 0.8-mile walking path around the lake, a great excuse for some fresh air and exercise. You’ll also find plenty of picnic tables and barbecues, which makes Oak Park a perfect spot for an all-day picnic.

Model Yacht Pond in Mission Bay

A hidden gem in Mission Bay Park, Model Yacht Pond is the ideal place for chillaxing under the sun with your favorite snacks. Once you settle in with your blanket and picnic gear, you’ll find hobbyists racing sailboats and motor powered model boats in the world famous Argonauts pond. It also features picnic tables and beach access, which makes it a delightful spot for a quick bite to eat or as an all-day event with friends and family.

With plenty of sunny days and natural wonders, San Diego has some of the best spots for picnics. Include a variety of Ne-Mo’s treats in your picnic basket and prepare yourself for some much-needed fun in the sun.


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