San Diego is an amazing city. A city that caters to adults and kids alike. It was beautiful to say the least! It was much different than I had ever imagined. I had pictured a slightly curved coastline and a flat, maybe more like a desert, city. It was certainly anything but that. It was lush and green, super hilly with a jagged coastline with beautiful beaches, and it was all around breathtakingly gorgeous!
We just finished our trip to San Diego and are currently heading up to Northern California – San Francisco and Napa Valley. I’ll let you know what Northern California will bring, but I can tell you San Diego was an awesome place for kids. There is just so much to see and do! It is definitely a place I’d like to go back to and explore a little bit, maybe a lot more! I know my kids wouldn’t object.
Ten years ago we called Napa, California our home. We lived there for about four years, but believe it or not, we never made it to San Diego like we had planned. We just never made it that far down the coast. Colorado is our home now, but It’s always been on our travel list and we were finally prompted to go. My husband’s sister and family moved there about five months ago. Her husband is in the Navy and got stationed there for the next five years. How could we not go? We had a great place to stay and my daughters have a cousin around their age that could join in on all the fun. This was our first trip of many, I hope!
Our first two days were beach days since the weather was absolutely gorgeous. We went to Coronado Island first. The water was quite nippy, but the girls had so much fun in the sun running around, beating the waves that crashed on the shore and collecting shells. It was all fun and games, though, until one of the girls stepped on seaweed. After a “yuck” and a short whine they’d be back at it! For some girls that don’t usually take naps, they both conked out on the way home. Way, way too much fun!
The next day we went to Belmont Park, an ocean front amusement park. Aside from the beach, it was a plaza filled with games, rides and restaurants. The girls could not get enough! When the ride tickets ran out they were overly disappointed, but not for too long. We headed to the beach to play and that more than made up for the lack of ride tickets for sure!
The day after, we went to the Naval Base and got a tour of one of the big Navy ships my sister-in-law’s husband worked on. That was neat!
Day four was dedicated all to Sea World. We saw the dolphin show, scary sharks in the shark tunnel, pink flamingos, turtles and so many more unique creatures, but people go to Sea World to see the famous Orca’s. My oldest daughter thought the other animals and fish were fun, but the Killer Whales, wowed her! They were by far her favorite of the entire day. The Orca show held her attention and she asked so, so many questions. She was taken by these large creatures and has talked our ears off about them everyday since.
All the girls were so run down by day fifth day, we took an essential day off! We still had fun at a little arcade and doodling around the city, but they needed some down time because day six was coming! The day we had been waiting for! The San Diego Zoo!
It was sadly our last full day, but it definitely did not disappoint. The San Diego Zoo was amazing. We made it to the Safari Zoo. Who knew they had two zoos? They have a more traditional zoo (which we did not make it to during this trip) and a large Safari Zoo. It focused on Africa and natural habitats. They had a cool area that was actually like a real safari. The plains animals were able to co-mingle (minus the predators of course!) which was neat to see. We took a little safari tram ride and saw flamingos, lots of antelope, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, etc. We even got to see a baby rhino that was just a week old! So adorable!
Another highlight was the balloon ride. It was actually a helium balloon that went up a few hundred feet. Our operator said the big balloon was equivalent to 250,000 helium balloons. Hummm….You really could float away with enough balloons! We were able to see the whole park and most of the animals from a birds eye view. So fun!
The most interesting part of the day to me was the Cheetah run. We actually got to see a Cheetah take off and run at it’s maximum speed of 60 miles per hour. The trainer said they actually make it to 40 miles per hour after just three steps! The Cheetah ran 100 meters in just 5.7 seconds. Amazing!
For one day, it was crammed full of so much fun!
We were sad to leave, but happy for another adventure to take place soon in Northern California. We will be back soon, I just know it!
I’d certainly recommend it to anyone! There won’t be a dull moment.
Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times
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