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Take fun in afternoon at Belmont Park in San Diego

Giant Dipper Belmont park

Take fun in afternoon at Belmont Park in San Diego

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Take fun in afternoon at Belmont Park in San Diego

You will get a lot of fun at the coastal boardwalk to Mission Beach and the Belmont Park in San Diego. Take a walk on the boardwalk or walk to the beach and enjoy the scenery.

By doing the coastal boardwalk to Mission Beach in San Diego, you can see the iconic scene of the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, next to one of the most beautiful beaches. The Giant Dipper and Belmont Park, are rich in San Diego history.

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Giant Dipper Belmont park

Giant Dipper Belmont park

Giant Dipper Belmont park

Designed by the same team responsible for the Giant Dipper in Santa Cruz, the identical-named coaster in San Diego is a similar ride. It also zooms along at a top speed of 55 mph while offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. This is one America’s 12 oldest roller coasters (that you can still ride).

Giant Dipper Belmont park

Giant Dipper Belmont park

San Diego celebrated Independence Day in 1925 with the grand opening of the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster.  As the centerpiece of the Mission Beach Amusement Center (currently known as Belmont Park) the charming Giant Dipper was constructed in just under two months and cost only $50,000 to build.

In 1976 the park had to close its doors and a demolition date had been set to destroy the old coaster that was once a source of laughter and pride for the San Diego community. But it was without relying on a group of citizens who loved the charming coaster and formed the “Save The Coaster Committee”.  These individuals took over ownership of this great wooden structure. Despite this, without sufficient fundraiser the “Save The Coaster Committee” was unable to restore the coaster fully and it inevitably stood dormant for nearly 14 years.

Giant Dipper Belmont park

Giant Dipper Belmont park

The Mission Beach community has had to wait until in 1989, when the new developer of Belmont Park worked together with the owner of roller coaster at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, to form the San Diego Seaside Company. This company, now known as the San Diego Coaster Company, took over ownership of the Giant Dipper and spent over $2,000,000 to restore it to working order. And on August 11, 1990, the Giant Dipper reopened to the public !

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Belmont park  Mission Beach San Diego

The best part is you have direct access to the beach. You can start out swimmin then dry off by walkin around or vice-versa. If you are Hungry? There are places you can buy food at or buy ice-cream/smoothies/shakes. Lookin to shop, check out the boutiques/gift stores. Like people watching? All sorts of people are attracted here.

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Belmont park

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Belmont park

The parking are located literally overlooking the beach, parking in front of Belmont Park is almost non-existent with only maybe 20 spots in the lot. So you’ll be very lucky to find parking there. But, there is a huge parking lot across the street from Belmont Park and it’s completely free. You will have to walk maybe close to half a mile from the parking lot to Belmont Park.

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Belmont park

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Belmont park

Go there. Relax. Have a good time. The sun is smilin’ so why can’t you…! ?

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Belmont park  Mission Beach San Diego

Fog on Mission Beach San Diego California

Fog on Mission Beach San Diego California

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