Belmont Park has been mesmerizing families on Mission Bay since 1925. From the nostalgia of the original Giant Dipper roller coaster to the hi-tech Flowrider of The Wave House, this beachside amusement park continues to bring joy to millions of visitors of all ages. One of San Diego’s many must-see attractions, it will leave everyone in the group exhausted, happy, and satisfied at the end of a long fun-filled day.
The Thrills And Nostalgia Of Belmont Park
Sure, the rides at Belmont Park have kept pace with visitors’ thrill-seeking appetites over the years with the addition of Octotron and Control Freak, but it’s the vintage rides that keep visitors coming back. The Tilt-A-Whirl, a classic that grownups still love, will have parents reliving their own experiences while sharing them with their kids. Little ones will enjoy bumper cars and bumper boats evocative of days gone by, and the hand-painted Liberty Carousel, reminiscent of the magical era of county fairs, will offer tots their first experience on an amusement park ride.
The crown jewel of Belmont Park, however, is the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, original to the park since 1925. Enjoy the sentimentality of an authentic wooden roller coaster, and sneak a peek at the ocean before plunging 73 feet at high speed! While it may seem tame compared to the mammoth steel coasters of today, it hits the sweet spot between excitement and nostalgia.
The Giant Dipper was an extremely popular ride until the 60s when it began to decline in popularity as it and the park fell into disrepair. At one point, it was scheduled to be torn down, but thanks to the intervention of a group of citizens who formed the “Save the Coaster” committee, it was designated a National Landmark, thus saving it. After two million dollars worth of restoration, the coaster was finally back in operation in 1990. Nostalgic parents brought their children to ride the coaster they’d loved in their own childhoods. It remains one of the biggest draws to Belmont Park today.
Other Belmont Park Attractions
Does it get any better than a beachside amusement park? Besides the eleven rides at Belmont Park, there are many more action-packed experiences waiting to be had. Play the Midway Games and win a prize, get your gamer skills on in the arcade, or defeat your opponents in a fast-paced game of laser tag. Test your skills in Tiki Town Adventure Golf. Master your fears on the SkyRopes adventure course or the 30-foot SkyClimb rock wall.
Novice and experienced surfers can challenge their skills on Flowrider or surf the pipeline on FlowBarrel, both in the Wave House. For a tamer water experience, The Plunge, also original to the park, is the largest indoor pool in San Diego and features a shallow end with an artificial lawn complete with a Slip-n-slide and a Bounce House.
A Relaxing Finish To A Fun Day
After an exciting day of rides, arcade games, surfing the Flowrider, and conquering the SkyRopes obstacle course, Cannonball Restaurant is the perfect place to wind down. Located above the Wave House, it boasts the largest beachfront rooftop in San Diego.Try the sake-ginger braised short ribs or the sassy Enfuego sushi roll while sipping a craft cocktail. And yes, there are burgers and fries for the kids too!
3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (858) 228-9283
Area: 7 Acres