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Parks & Recreation

Mission Bay Park Facilities

Model Yacht Pond

Photo of the Model Yacht Pond

The Model Yacht Pond is located on Vacation Isle, between Vacation Isle East and Vacation Isle West, just south of the Paradise Point Resort & Spa. The Pond itself is used for both sail and power model boats in races and regattas. The turf area south of the pond is a lovely area with plenty of shade trees and a fairly large grass area. The grass area is permitted for up to 100 people for picnics with no more than 1 inflatable. Food is allowed but no glass containers. Alcohol is not permitted. There are restrooms available on site.

The Model Yacht Pond Area is open from 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. From I-8 to the Sports Arena Blvd. exit, make a right onto West Mission Bay Drive and continue straight to Ingraham Street. Cross over 1 bridge then make a left at the stop light to West Vacation Road. Parking is free.

South Shores Park

Photo of South Shores Park

South Shores Park is the closest park to SeaWorld. It is a small park mainly for boating purposes with a boat ramp and RV Dump. There is a small grassy area with a few picnic tables around the comfort stations. Park Patrons may park their vehicles at South Shores for 72 hours while they are out in their boats, but overnight camping is not allowed. There is only a handful of parking for vehicles with no trailers since the lot is mainly for vehicles with trailers. Food is allowed but no glass containers and alcohol is not permitted. There is also a bathroom on site.

South Shores Park is open from 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. From I-5, take the Sea World Drive exit and head southwest. The park is located before SeaWorld and has a large parking lot.