By Michael Benninger
San Diego's historic oceanfront oasis is back and better than ever. After a massive $10 million reconstruction, the new Belmont Park is set to be the biggest thing to happen to Mission Beach since the bikini.
Park owner Pacific Enterprises partnered with Pacific Beach-based hospitality management group Eat.Drink.Sleep. (owners of Tower 23 Hotel and JRDN) to ensure awesomeness around every corner.
"Belmont Park is a San Diego gem, although in recent years it hasn't received the investment needed to operate as a premier attraction," says Brett Miller, Eat.Drink.Sleep.'s CEO. "When we're done, people are going to think about Belmont Park when they think about San Diego."
The man-made forever-perfect waves at WaveHouse remain, as does the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster. New additions to the Belmont Park include:
DRAFT: With a beer selection surpassing 60 taps and 80 bottles, Draft offers outdoor seating and the perfect perch for people-watching along the boardwalk. Indoor sights include a 31-foot video projection wall and the restaurant's main attraction: a colossal, glass-walled walk-in cooler.
ZIP-LINE: Unleash your inner Batman and race a friend (or foe) through the South Mission skyline aboard a pair of side-by-side, 30-foot-high, 250-foot-long zip lines.
LEAP OF FAITH: This daredevil's delight defies fearless beachgoers to scale a 30-foot pole and freefall out into nothin'.
SPEEDWALL: The park's challenging new climbing wall has vertical virtuosos facing-off in head-to-head competitions to the tippy top.
CANNONBALL: The revitalized rooftop sushi spot, which first opened last year, has doubled in size and now sports a glass-enclosed elevator, delivering diners incredible beach and ocean views.
3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach
858.228.WAVE (9283), belmontpark.com