Credit: Kambria Fischer

We’re Serving Up 7 Places to Play Pickleball in San Diego

Game On!

Pickleball is having a major moment, especially in places like San Diego where the sun shines year-round (we’re just gonna pretend that La Niña didn’t happen). Now that we’re finally seeing some typical spring weather days, it’s the perfect time to try a new outdoor hobby. And you can play it indoors too, so if it does rain again, you don’t need to worry (*knock on wood*). Pickleball is like if tennis, badminton and ping-pong had a baby–don’t ask the logistics of that though. The courts are small, the paddles are square and the rules are kinda like tennis. There’s tons of great courts and fun leagues to join in San Diego, and we’re here to tell you all about them. 

YouTube video


Pacific Beach Rec Center

Best Pickleball Courts in San Diego
Credit: Kambria Fischer

Smack dab in the middle of PB, these courts are right in the action for post-pickleball fun. The outdoor courts can get pretty full on weekends, so you may want to get there early. More skilled players will gravitate toward certain courts, so pay attention (unless you want to get your booty kicked). If you’re looking to play regularly, Volo Sports, San Diego’s premier recreational sports league, hosts a Party Pickleball league that meets here on Sundays for 2v2. Afterwards, players head to a local bar for picklebacks and flip cup. It’s a great way to make friends, and all skill levels are welcome!


Barnes Tennis Center

Credit: Barnes Tennis Center

Right next to the dog park in Point Loma is Barnes Tennis Center with open-play pickleball for just $5 per person. For those who plan ahead, you can also reserve courts two days in advance for up to two hours. Volo Sports offers both Party and Traditional Pickleball leagues here. But if you like to prep ahead of time to avoid making a fool of yourself, check out Volo’s 2v2 beginner pickleball lessons! Six weeks of structured classes with San Diego’s finest pickleballers will have you ramped up and ready to join a league in no time. It’s literally fool-proof.



North Park Rec Center

Credit: Kambria Fischer

Located in the heart of North Park within the community park, the North Park Rec Center is a super fun spot to play. Whether you want to visit an artsy coffee shop, bookstore, fancy brunch spot or dive bar after you play, North Park’s got it all. Volo Sports has 2v2 leagues here as well, each meeting different days of the week. Join a league to get deals at 619 Spirits down the street like $20 pitchers, $8 burgers and more! Sign up for the league or just pop in to play a pick-up game for as low as $10!



La Jolla Rec Center

Credit: Kambria Fischer

La Jolla: the land of seals, sunshine and gorgeous beaches. Oh, and pickleball courts (sorry, got distracted). You’re gonna want to bring your bathing suits for this one because there’s nothing like a dip in the ocean after a sweaty game of pickleball. Alternatively, head to Black’s Beach and go in your birthday suit–we don’t judge! Volo Sports has both traditional and party pickleball league options at this location, so whether you’re in it for the booze or good with green juice, there’s something for everyone.



Balboa Park Activity Center

Best Pickleball Courts in San Diego
Credit: Kambria Fischer

For the rainy days or if you’re looking to avoid a sunburn, Balboa Park Activity Center has five indoor wooden courts. It’s free to play, and they have nets available (great perk if you ask us). This one’s right in the middle of beautiful Balboa Park, so you can visit some museums, take a walk around the gardens or bring a picnic to enjoy under a shady tree. Their monthly schedule is posted on their website, so be sure to check it out before you head over!


La Mesita Park

Best Pickleball Courts in San Diego
Credit: Kambria Fischer

Inside the Junior Seau Sports Complex, La Mesita Park is a great place to play pickleball for all you East County-ers. They’ve got four lighted pickleball courts open daily from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. and are free to use. They also offer both group and private lessons to get newbies started. If you skate, you can hit up the La Mesa Skatepark right next door once you’re done tearing up the courts! A little ambitious? Maybe. A lot of fun? Definitely.


Cypress Canyon Park

Want to avoid the party pickleballers and enjoy your game in peace? Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, Cypress Canyon Park is the perfect family-friendly park for all kinds of outdoor recreational activities. There’s a baseball field, basketball courts, cricket cages, a playground for kiddos and even public bathrooms. It’s free to play pickleball at one of their three courts—you just have to bring your own net. Bonus: you’ll see lots of people walking their dogs! (We can’t be the only ones who get excited about that.)

+ posts
Sara grew up in San Diego and recently moved back after living on the Central Coast and traveling around Latin America for a while. Passionate about wellness both personally and professionally, she's worked for brands like Mindbody, Classpass, and Headspace and is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher (come take her class at YogaSix North Carlsbad!). Through it all, she's always had a passion for writing and loves contributing to Locale Magazine.
Website | + posts

​Currently based in San Diego, ​Kambria Fischer is a lifestyle photo​grapher known for her impactful​, authentic​ ​imagery​ of lifestyle brands, food, ​people and travel.​​ ​​She holds a ​BA in Journalism​ and Public Relations​​ from CSULB and has an accomplished professional background in the hospitality and tourism industries. You can find Kambria hiking or playing beach volleyball on the weekends and eating tacos almost any night of the week.
Visit her at www.kambriafischer.com.




Related Content

Azure Palm Hot Springs
Skip to content