No one can resist watching a colorful kite bobbing and twisting above our heads in the afternoon breeze. But flying kites is even more fun than watching them. The best places to fly a kite are those that provide a large open space with no obstructions and a steady, smooth wind. Many beaches and parks provide the ideal environment for a day of relaxing kite flying. Here are some of the prime kite-flying venues across the country.
Mission Bay Park; San Diego, California
Mission Bay Park provides over 4,200 acres of exquisite parkland and water to explore with the family. It is one of San Diego’s premier kite-flying locations and attracts hundreds of visitors each year strictly for that purpose. From downtown San Diego, take I-5 to the Sea World Drive exit and turn right. Continue on to West Mission Bay Drive ramp. Make a right at the light onto Dana Landing Road and left into the parking lot.
Ivanpah Dry Lake Bed; Primm, Nevada
One of the premier kite buggy and land sailing spots in the nation, Ivanpah is located off I-15 about 40 miles from Las Vegas. It is reserved for wind-powered craft only, and a free, yet required, permit can be obtained from the Bureau of Land Management. From Las Vegas go south on I-15 for 40 miles. Take exit No. 1 and turn left. Turn right at Frontage Road and follow it around the outlet mall past the mini mart. Turn right through the gate and follow the road to the lake bed.
Sandstone Ranch Community Park; Longmont, Colorado
This sports park venue includes 125 acres of natural beauty. In addition to awesome kite-flying space, it hosts multiple ball fields, a skate park, and an adventure playground. From Longmont, go east on Ken Pratt Boulevard past the intersection of Weld City Road 1. The park is located on the south side of the road 1 mile east of WCR 1.
Grand Haven State Park; Grand Haven, Michigan
This 48-acre state park sits on Lake Michigan and boasts beautiful sandy beaches, picnic areas, and even lots of area to enjoy metal detecting, as well as kite flying. From Grand Haven, go south on Fifth Street and then turn right on Clinton Avenue. Turn left on South Harbor Drive and continue 0.7 mi to the park.
Crandon Park; Miami, Florida
Numerous ecosystems and abundant wildlife make kite flying at Crandon Park a particularly memorable experience. Sandy beaches and coastal dunes provide the back drop for a picturesque and memorable day in the outdoors. From Miami, take I-95 south toward Key Biscayne to FL 913 south. Follow to park.