Del Mar and Powerhouse Park
Activity: Del Mar. How to Get There: Park near 211 15th St, Del Mar California, more instructions below. Cost: Free. Hours: Any time of day, but we had fun doing this in the evening.
We had a lovely evening in Del Mar. When I travel, I like to seek out places that are less populated by tourists and more populated by those who live in the area. Del Mar is one of those places. It’s a charming beachside town, just slightly north of San Diego.
We parked just off 15th Street near Del Mar Pizza in an underground lot. Turn on 15th street and head for the beach. After you see Del Mar Pizza, there’s a sign that says public parking. Make a right into a little lane and there’s an underground parking lot that’s only a few cents per hour.
We walked down to the beach where we found a fantastic park called Powerhouse Park overlooking the ocean. There was a huge shaded sand pit with tons of toys. The kids had fun playing in the sand and we enjoyed spotting dolphins from the benches next to the play structure. Halfway through our park experience, a huge double decker Surfliner train came blaring through and all the kids just about died of excitement. I had a hard time getting my son to leave “the train park,” because “another one might be coming, Mama.”
After we were done at the park, we walked up and ate at Del Mar Pizza. They had outdoor dining which was perfect for our toddler crew. Everyone wolfed down two pieces of pizza apiece and then we were just across the street from our car so it wasn’t too hard to get everyone back home.