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Fun for Everyone

Mission Beach’s iconic wooden Giant Dipper Roller Coaster has been a fixture in San Diego for nearly 95 years. While the coaster and some other historic elements of what was originally called the Mission Beach Amusement Center remain today, the modern-day Belmont Park is now equipped with everything your family needs for a full summer day of amusement and fun. Admission to the park itself is free – tickets for rides and attractions are available separately. For more information visit


In addition to classics like the roller coaster, a carousel, and bumper cars, Belmont Park is home to a number of thrill rides with names like Control Freak, Beach Blaster, Octotron, Tilt-a-Whirl, Vertical Plunge, and more.

Looking for more? Other exciting attractions include laser tag, rock climbing, a sky ropes course, an escape room, mini golf, arcade games, carnival-style games, and the Xanadu 7D Theater, complete with stunning digital effects and motion seats.

If all the fun has you working up an appetite, take a quick snack break with grab-and-go tacos, corn dogs, pretzels, burgers, pizza, ice cream, or Dole Whip. Or sit down to a heartier meal at one of the park’s three full-service beachfront restaurants.

Check out the local shops for everything from beachy clothes, bathing suits, and sunglasses to beach toys, towels, and souvenirs.

The park abuts the Mission Beach Boardwalk, which offers plenty of entertainment in its own right. You can rent bikes, roller blades, skateboards, surfboards, and anything else you might want for a day in the sun.