On our second day of our short San Diego adventure we woke to gray skies and a chill in the air, very unlikely Southern California weather. Knowing our time was limited, and what a great opportunity the weather the day before awarded us with an almost empty SeaWorld we packed up and drove out to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, about a 45 minute drive from SeaWorld.
We had purchased our tickets with the 3 for 1 ticket package but be aware that this allows you entrance to the safari, but does not include parking or most of the actual safaris once in the park. You are free to walk around but if you want to do one of their additional, in depth safari tours you will pay extra.
We picked the Asian Savanna Cart safari, and had the cart to ourselves (there were 6 of us), but there could have a few other people on our safari. Our driver was very informative, and even let both our kids feed an animal through a fence. We saw much of the African cart safari while on our drive, and he gave us info about those animals as well, so it seemed as if we got two for the price of one.
After an expensive, and not particularly enjoyable lunch at the park we finished touring the park with their bird area and a carousel ride, both big hits with our kids.
The skies were clearing and we drove on out to La Jolla, to meet up with some friends from LA who drove down to meet us. This is such an amazing little town (and by amazing I mean expensive and super cute) and since we had no idea where to go I checked out La Jolla Mom and we met up at Pannikin Coffee and Tea, where we sat outside and basked in the newly present sun, while deciding where to go next. Every sign pointed to the Children’s Pool, not for swimming but for seal watching, and amazing seal watching it was. As we walked up the entire beach was filled with seals who were also enjoying the sun, and while the crowds were big we had no issue being able to watch them for a while.
We headed to the other side of the beach and let the kids play around on the sand, with seals as background imagery. This may be an every day thing for some but for us land locked Southerners it was a pretty cool way to spend the rest of the afternoon.
As the sun set we were reminded, as we often are, of how very lucky are to not only experience these amazing places, but to share them with our children. We have been back a few weeks but we talk about things that happened on this trip at least once a day. We enjoy every where we visit but this trip definitely had some sort of magical feel to it.
Next up? The San Diego Zoo! Stay tuned!