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Where to Go in Santee If You are Looking for Some Outdoor Fun

With a sunny climate and warm hospitality, Santee not only prides itself for its efficient government but also its beautiful parks and sustainable preserve. Tourists visit in search of excitement found only in Santee.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is one of the most famous parks in the world where nature, culture and science are in harmony with each other. The park boasts 17 museums and several performing arts centers designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival and mid-century modern architectural styles. Balboa Park advocates conservancy and sustainability to preserve its beauty. Aside from its museums, golf course, tennis courts, lawn bowling, sports complex and gym a velodrome can also be found inside the park. There is always something new to discover in the constantly changing Balboa Park.

Cleveland National Forest

Cleveland National Forest is the southernmost National Forest in California spanning over 460,000 acres of forest. Campgrounds and trails can be found inside the forest making visitors experience the abundant wildlife and fresh air. The Laguna Campground is one of the highlights of the forest. The cool temperature, unique natural area and extensive trail systems can be enjoyed by hikers and campers. Fishing and hunting are also available in the Cleveland National Forest.

Mission Trails Regional Park

Encompassing 8,000 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas, Mission Trails Regional Park is a quick escape from urban downtown. The rugged hills, valleys and open areas make the park a way for visitors to experience its cultural, historical and recreational aspects. Kumeyaay Lake Campground is perfect for night camping.

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Hello, MTRP Community: Here’s an update from the park. In line with County of San Diego guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all City of San Diego Parks and Recreation facilities, trails, and amenities are CLOSED until further notice. This includes the entirety of Mission Trails Regional Park, including Cowles Mountain, all trails, parking lots, and restrooms; Lake Murray; Kumeyaay Lake Campground; and the Visitor and Interpretive Center. All regularly scheduled volunteer work crews, programs, and events at Mission Trails Regional Park are also cancelled until further notice. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve is a 190-acre park with seven beautiful recycled water lakes and hosts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. It offers amenities like camping, cabin rentals, fishing, boating, and walking trails. The preserve is owned by the Padre Dam Municipal Water District and is self-sustaining, operating from guest user fees, grants, awards and collaborations with community groups and sponsorships. The unique preserve recycles water efficiently while providing exciting recreational activities for both locals and tourists.

From parks to its sustainable preserves, Santee attracts tourists who seek outdoor fun. The enriching recreational activities plus the scenic atmosphere of the city keeps tourists coming back every year

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