Kate Sessions Park


Kate Session Park is a 79-acre park perched high atop Lamont Street at Soledad Road on the border between Pacific Beach and La Jolla. It’s named after noted local horticulturalists and “Mother of Balboa Park” Kate Sessions. The park has an amazing view of Pacific Beach, Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and downtown San Diego.  It’s a perfect place to park your van for the day and enjoy the city views.    


Kate Sessions City Park is one of my favorite places to visit and spend the day when I’m in San Diego. The park offers amazing views of San Diego and is a great place to relax.

The park has two separate park areas. The first area is a gentle grassy slope ideal for picnicking, kite-flying, ball-playing, Frisbee-tossing, and watching the sunset over the Pacific. This area has picnic tables, barbecues, restrooms, drinking fountains, and a 0.75-mile paved walking path.

There is a swing set and two playground structures for the kiddies on the west side of the parking lot.

The other area is a natural habitat section, including scrub-covered open space, which is ideal for hiking or exploring nature. Many trees, benches, and drinking fountains have plaques commemorating donors. There’s also a playground on the west side of the park, near the trailhead.

Kate Sessions Park is a great place to settle in to watch the summertime fireworks at SeaWorld. Bring a blanket, some goodies, and enjoy another fine San Diego park.


There is ample parking located at and around Kate Sessions Park. The parking lot at the park can accommodate any size van or small RV. If you have a larger vehicle, you can park along the street. The only problem with parking along the street is that it is at an include.  

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