5 Great Family Friendly Biking Trails in San Diego

Family Friendly Biking on Coronado
Family Friendly Biking on Coronado

There’s almost nothing like feeling the sunshine and a cool breeze while pedaling along these family friendly biking trails in San Diego

Riding a bike is one of those great activities that transcends age – it’s for the young and young at heart – plus, they say once you’ve learned how to do it, you’ll never forget. Add that to San Diego’s year-round sunshine and biking rises to the top of the must-do activity list for outdoor family fun when exploring the best scenic terrain San Diego has to offer.

Here are a few family friendly biking trails you can choose, and cruise, for the ultimate San Diego family adventure.

Mission Bay Park

Besides incredible views of San Diego’s gorgeous shoreline, Mission Bay Park is an epicenter for biking enthusiasts of every age. There’s a wide paved path covering about 4 miles and Fiesta Island is nearby if you want to extend the ride another 2 to 5 miles depending on the path you choose. There are also other challenging options for advanced riders.

Mission Beach Boardwalk

This is the quintessential San Diego beach biking experience. Along the 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk, you’ll find funky surf shops, cool places to eat and the iconic Belmont Park amusement park. It can get crowded, however, making it tricky navigating around joggers and walkers, especially if you have little bikers in tow. If you’re bringing the family, the best time to ride is on a weekday or early morning.


Coronado is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., if not the world. There are about 30 miles of dedicated bike, blading and running paths with awesome views around town and the beach. You can bike the island via Coronado’s beachfront boardwalk, ride under the Coronado Bridge, pedal to the world-famous Hotel Del Coronado or venture down the Silver Strand.

Lake Miramar

Lake Miramar is an absolute treasure for families. You’ll find great picnic areas, and bikers share a 5-mile paved path around the lake with walkers, joggers and nature lovers watching assorted ducks, geese and critters who also call the lake home. For more experienced bikers, the area offers unpaved and rugged trails as well.

Santee Lakes

A beautiful 194-acre park surrounds seven scenic lakes providing instant relaxation and more than 5 miles of trails for biking. This is a natural environment perfect for families and the locals refer to it as one of “the best backyards in San Diego!”

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Please remember to ride safe and obey all the San Diego traffic and safety laws.

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Mad About Cycling in San Diego

With year round outdoor weather and varied terrain, San Diego is a cyclist’s paradise. If mountain biking is your thing, the East County has some great desert trails and rocky mountain paths that will surely please even the most discerning cyclist. One of the better known rides is Cuyamaca to Noble Canyon, located in the heart of the Cleveland National Forest. This ride, designated by the International Mountain Biking Association as an “epic” ride, is a 30 mile journey along the spine of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

If the waterfront is more your style (it is definitely mine), there are many coastal bike paths that provide opportunities for cyclists of all skill levels. I enjoy more of the leisurely stroll down the boardwalk and lately we have been riding a lot on Coronado Island. It’s a great path that takes you around the Island and is perfect for kids because it is almost entirely flat.

Do you love to ride in San Diego? Then you should try the 37th Annual Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride. On Saturday, August 21st, 2010, there will be a fun night of cycling, contests, prizes, and entertainment to support community youth programs. The cycling route is an 18-mile, primarily flat loop course along some of San Diego’s most beautiful waterfront and historic areas.

Win two entries to Midnight Madness! To win two entries into the 2010 Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride, comment below. One winner will be chosen on Thursday, August 5.