Epic Grape Day Park in Escondido
I love to explore new parks with my kids. I have had a visit to the Grape Day Park in Escondido on my bucket list for a couple of years and finally decided that this is the year to check it off my list. When we were planning a winter staycation to San Diego, our family got up a little bit earlier than we planned to have a detour to Grape Day Park on our way to San Diego. Well..the detour continued as we checked off some more items on my bucket list by also doing the mining tour in Julian.
The park was pretty easy to find and is a perfect stop while on your way to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (it is not too far away). There is plenty of parking on the street, and tons of grass for kids to run around. My kids squealed with delight the moment that we arrived at the park, and like always; I couldn’t get them to leave.
There are bathrooms (but I don’t recommend using them). The park has a vast homeless population with people literally sleeping on the grass just a few steps away from the playground. It opened up a lot of healthy discussion about homelessness in the car with our children once we left the park.
The park is epic. The benches are shaped like leaves, and the climber is a grape vine. The best part is that the slide is a bunch of grapes. The climber is a little tall, so I recommend parent supervision with younger children.
Next to the park is a giant trunk of a eucalyptus tree. Rather than removing the tree, the city decided to recycle and repurpose the trunk and limbs for an expansion of the playground.
The next time that you’re planning a trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park or the Escondido area makes a stop at Grape Day Park for some unforgettable play time. The park is located at 321 N Broadway in Escondido.
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