4 Free & Cheap Ways To Experience Coronado

Beyond the Beach Stuff to Do!

By Courtney Daly-Pavone August 3, 2020

San Diegan's are lucky to have Coronado. Coronado is a peninsula that's connected to the mainland by the Silver Strand. A five minute drive from Downtown, crossing the Coronado Bridge you get a spectacular view of the Hotel Del Coronado's red roof, and pristine beach. Beyond the beach, Coronado has great parks, and in a time of social distancing we discovered Coronado has plenty of open space.

Coronado Ferry -Leaves from 2 Locations Broadway Pier, or Convention Center Downtown

Want to get away? Hop on board the Coronado Ferry with the family and arrive stress free. Bring your bikes, and spend the day in Crown City! It's $5 per ticket, enjoy the trip and get that vacation feeling. I used to ride the ferry to Coronado every summer with my son. Kids love the voyage and you will too!

Coronado Landing Park - 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

This is a great location for families with young children. The park has a small beach, and no waves making it perfect for novice swimmers. It also has bike paths, and restrooms.  There's an array of shops and restaurants. This park also has spectacular views of the city.

Spreckles Park Coronado 7th Street and Orange Avenue

This 8-acre park features a playground, gazebo, picnic tables, and restrooms. The park is named after one of Coronado’s founding fathers sugar magnet J.D. Spreckels in 1927. I love this park! It boasts plenty of open space, and it's usually very quiet. It's also dog free so you don't have to worry about dog poop ruining your picnic. You'll find plenty of street parking around the park.

Last weekend I went to Spreckles Park in Coronado for the first time. I had driven past the park on my way to the beach a hundred times, and always vowed to return someday. I was glad we finally made it. We enjoyed a picnic, played board games in the sunshine, and just relaxed.

Glorietta Bay Park-1975 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118

This park is located in a protected spot on Glorietta Bay making it a great place for families and swimmers. There are open grass areas and picnic tables all around with views across the water to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. At the park is The Coronado Clubroom & Boathouse which is open seven days a week and offers kayak and SUP lessons and hourly rentals.

Pack Your Park Bag! Here Are Some Suggested Items:

Water guns.

Nerf guns.

A ball.

Bikes and scooters.


Jump rope.



Sand buckets and shovels.


Board games like Twister, or Chutes and Ladders.

Make an awesome picnic with plenty of novelty snacks and meals, and don't forget to take photos! Being outdoors will lift your spirits and take your mind off the pandemic. Don't forget your masks, and to practice social distancing! Stay safe!

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