The Best Places to Go Fly a Kite
Kites can be flown just about anywhere, there are even kites that are designed to be flown indoors. However, some places are better to fly than others. The best places to fly a kite have the following:
- Large open spaces - Gives you enough room to lay out your kite and flying line as well as space to fly and not crowd out other people or kite flyers. Sport kites can move at speeds up to 60 mph, and flying lines can seriously injure a person.
- Steady smooth winds - Ocean beaches have the best winds. Turbulent air will negatively effect the way a kite flies.
- No obstructions - The farther away you are from a building or trees the better. This will help smooth out the winds and reduce turbulence and swirling winds. Flying near power lines is not such a good idea, you could be in for a shocking experience.
Below you will find a list of some of the best places to fly in the United States. This is by no means a comprehensive list and if you know of a good place to fly and it is not listed here, please let us know about it.
- Caesar Chavez Park (Berkley)
- Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach)
- El Mirage Dry Lake (Mohave Desert) - Good for kite buggying and landsailing.
- Mission Bay Park (San Diego)
- Crissy Field (San Francisco)
- Ocean Beach (San Francisco)
- Angels Gate Park (San Pedro)
- Baylands Park (Sunnyvale)
- Sandstone Ranch Community Park (Longmont)
- Loveland Sports Park (Loveland) - Four contiguous soccer fields with no trees, no lights and no obstructions.
District of Columbia
- Washington Monument Grounds (Washington)
- Clearwater Beach (Clearwater)
- Crandon Park (Miami)
- Margaret Pace Park (Miami)
- Treasure Island Beach (Treasure Island)
- Stone Mountain Park (Stone Mountain)
- Sandy Beach (Honolulu)
- Lincoln Park (Chicago) - Cricket Hill
- Walker Park (Elkhart)
- Heritage Park (Olathe)
- Jacobson Park (Lexington)
- Waterfront Park (Louisville)
- Old Orchard Beach (Old Orchard Beach)
- UMass Amherst Soccer Fields (Amherst) - Big, open and flat an optimal spot for kite flying.
- Nara Park (Acton)
- Danehy Park (Cambridge)
- Crane Beach (Ipswitch) - A local classic that deserves to be better known.
- Grand Haven State Park (Grand Haven)
- Desmond Landing (Port Huron)
- Spring Lake Park Reserve aka Schaar's Bluff (Hastings)
- West Ship Island (Ship Island)
- Memorial Park (Omaha)
- Desert Breeze Park (Las Vegas)
- Silver Bowl Sports Complex (Las Vegas)
- Ivanpah Dry Lake (Primm) - Favorite spot for kite buggying and landsailing.
- Hampton Beach State Park (Hampton) - Great grass area with a heavy duty tie down area.
- Liberty State Park (Jersey City)
- Long Beach (Long Beach Island) - Long Beach Island has 18 miles of beaches to choose from. We have several people now just starting to take to the idea of kite flying is not just for kids anymore. On or off season is great having the beach to yourself and friends to show off your skills.
- Wildwood (Wildwood)
- Mariposa Basin Park (Albuquerque)
- Cabezon Park (Rancho Rio) - Very large park with hardly any trees and generally steady wind.
- Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (Cazenovia)
- Frank Liske Park (Concord)
- Wright Brothers National Memorial (Kill Devil Hills)
- Jockey's Ridge State Park (Nag's Head)
- NCMA - Museum Park (Raleigh)
- Fort Stevenson State Park (Garrison)
- Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach)
- D River Wayside State Park (Lincoln City)
- Del Rey Beach State Park (Seaside)
- Brenton Point State Park (Newport)
- Myrtle Beach (Myrtle Beach)
- Centennial Park (Nashville)
- Zilker Park (Austin)
- Padre Island National Seashore (Corpus Christi)
- East Beach (Galveston)
- Kiwanis Park (Wichita Falls)
- Antelope Island State Park (Salt Lake City)
- Long Beach Peninsula (Long Beach)
- Ocean Shores Beach (Ocean Shores) - Miles of long and wide beaches for kite flying.
- Gas Works Park (Seattle)
- Warren Magnuson Park aka Kite Hill (Seattle)
- Veterans Park (Milwaukee)
- Blue Harbor (Sheboygan) - This place is near perfect. Directly on the Lake Michigan shoreline with breathtaking views, consistent winds, and a large surface area free of obstructions.