Belmont Park - Mission Beaches Most Famous Attraction!
San Diego’s beachfront amusement center welcomes you. Located steps from surf and sand in Mission Beach, Belmont Park offers everything from rides and games to shopping and oceanfront dining-something for the entire family. In addition to traditional amusement park rides, Belmont Park features the latest in family entertainment including simulated waves, a state of the art gaming center, a traditional arcade, plenty of shopping opportunities and eateries serving everything from food court style corn dogs, pizza, ice cream and churros to sit down dining featuring Mexican and Seafood. Parking and admission to the Park are free.
The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster is the Park’s most distinctive attraction and is one of only two original oceanfront roller coasters still operating on the west coast. The Giant Dipper was originally built in 1925 and has recently been restored for all to experience the excitement of its quick drops, steep hills, sharp curves and high speeds! In addition to the roller coaster, Belmont Park features other great rides for all ages; Beach Blaster is the newest ride at Belmont Park. The ride swings passengers 60 feet in the air to 120 degrees in both directions. Riders must be at least 48" to ride. For tickets and ride information click here
For additional information call (858) 488-1549 or visit the Belmont Park website at www.BelmontPark.com
Mission Beach spans nearly two miles of ocean, with a boardwalk on both the ocean and bay side, between Mission Bay to the east and Pacific Beach to the north. The boardwalk has been expanded and separated by a yellow line for foot traffic on one side and wheels (roller blades, bicycles and skateboards) on the other. At the south end of the beach a jetty, with grass, parking and a walk, extends into the ocean.
Many of the original residential structures in Mission Beach were built in the 1930s and '40s as summer cottages. Because of problems to work out with developing on sand, Mission Beach developed later than the neighboring communities of Ocean Beach to the south and Pacific Beach to the north. In 1914, encouraged by land sales in those next-door communities and a new wooden bridge linking Mission Beach with Ocean Beach, John D. Spreckels offered small lots for sale. As a result, Mission Beach is the most densely developed residential community in San Diego with a land use designation across the majority of its land area of 36 dwelling units per acre. It also has the smallest lots in the city, ranging from 1,250 to 2,400 square feet. Few have been consolidated to form larger lots. Many of the structures within the community have been redeveloped into two-story homes.
Attractions near Mission Beach include SeaWorld and historic Belmont Park, in South Mission Beach, which features the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster. Other amusement park rides include the FlowRider, Chaos, Vertical Plunge, Krazy Kars, Tilt-a-Whirl, Liberty Carousel, Crazy Submarine, and The Trampoline. The Mission Beach Plunge opened in May of 1925 as the centerpiece of Belmont Park, which was built by John D. Spreckels to stimulate real estate sales and to promote his electric railway. The 60-foot-by-175-foot swimming pool, was at the time the largest salt-water pool in the world, holding 400,000 gallons. The plunge building, encapsulating The Plunge, which was featured in the Tom Cruise film Top Gun, was styled after the Spanish Renaissance architecture that also were erected in San Diego's Balboa Park between 1915 and 1916. It originally opened as the “Natatorium.” The Mission Beach Plunge is the only remaining structure left from the original Belmont Park structures, which were razed in the late 1980s. Celebrities who once swam in the pool include Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller. The roof of the pool rolled open to make it both an inside and outdoor pool.
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2007 AVP Manhattan Beach Open The 2007 AVP Manhattan Beach Open brought some of the worlds best pro beach volleyball players to the biggest outdoor volleyball venue in Southern California and on the AVP pro tour. Come with us as we check out the action at the pier in Manhattan Beach. 2007 AVP Manhattan Beach Open photos click here
2007 Summer Bikini Bash Swimsuit Contest The Wave House Mission Beach The first annual Summer Bikini Bash was held in Mission Beach at The Wave House with over 40 contestants competing to be one of five girls flown to Mexico for one week. Contestants came from all over San Diego and Southern California. Hosted by Promo Models Inc. of Pacific Beach San Diego, there were plenty of fun and beautiful models enjoying a sunny afternoon along the beach in San Diego. 2007 Summer Bikini Bash Photos click here
A Day in Mission Beach with Tashia and a 1948 Hudson Hot Rod Mission Beach is one of San Diego's most popular beach communities. It is also the home to Belmont Park and The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, 2 landmarks in the area since 1925. Come with us as we spend a day at the beach and Belmont Park with Tashia and a 1948 Hudson Hot Rod. A Day in Mission Beach with Tashia and a 1948 Hudson click here
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Cabrillo National Monument Point Loma This national park is located on a penninsula at the end of Point Loma and offers 360 degree views of San Diego, San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Visitors enjoy hiking, amazing views, tidal pools, educational programming, whale watching and a taste of historical San Diego! Come with us and check out SoCal Beaches Magazine's vote for most scenic location in Southern California! Cabrillo National Monument and Tidal Pools click here
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