San Diego, CA


Where to visit....

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium

Smaller and more intimate than some  larger and better-known aquariums, the Birch Aquarium is a place where you can get close to the animals, and take your time to enjoy them. They have tide pools which allow a hands on experience for kids and adults alike. Its a entertaining and educational way to spend a few hours.

2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 534-3474
http://www.aquarium.ucsd.edu/


Balboa Park


This is San Diego's largest park and the home of 13 museums. Admission and parking to the park are free while admission to each museum differs price wise. If you are going to be in town for a couple of days I would suggest picking up a passport from the visitor's center. A passport gives you access to all the museums for one low price and makes a lower zoo entry fee available. Even if you don't want to go to the museums there are various free activities available including the botanical gardens(and over ten other gardens) and the organ pavilion which houses one of the world's largest outdoor pipe organs.

1549 El Prado
San Diego CA 92101
Tel: 619.239.0512
 http://balboapark.org/


San Diego Zoo


The San Diego Zoo is located within Balboa Park. Is is home to more than 4,000 animals of 800 different species. The zoo is probably most famous for the Giant Panda exhibit that now features a total of three pandas, one of which is a baby. Their Polar Bear exhibit is also very impressive. This is certainly a family friendly destination for a day trip.

2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA
(619) 231-1515
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/