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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    There are a ton of Museums in Balboa Park, in the former World's Fair Grounds buildings.

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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    I once went to a model railroad exhibition at the University. I am not 100% sure of the location, but it was a great day out, and a different pace from the Disneyland stage of our holiday.
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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    there are a lot of cool museums around Balboa Park. The zoo here is also pretty decent. if you feel like soaking in some scenery, there are also plenty of hiking trails in the area.

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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    Quote Originally Posted by spacyglitz1 View Post
    The zoo here is also pretty decent.
    It's famous the world over for being the best. The biggest collection of animals. It's also a botanical garden. Pretty decent - that doesn't do it justice.

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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    It's famous the world over for being the best. The biggest collection of animals. It's also a botanical garden. Pretty decent - that doesn't do it justice.
    It's just "pretty decent" to me since most of the times I go (I have a pass and go there about every 3 weeks) there's a slim chance most of my favorite animals will be lurking around. I'm ok with that a couple times, but if almost every time I go there I'm disappointed, well, it's just a "pretty decent" trip. Also, a lot of the viewing area's are really too small for a zoo so large. I prefer going to the safari park that's not too far away. I've also been to much better zoo's than the one in San Diego. It's probably my 3rd favorite zoo, so that's why for me, it's "pretty decent". I also prefer zoo's that have more "behind the scenes" research displayed, being a scientist myself. The San Diego zoo just doesn't hold that for me.



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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    When I went to San Diego last year, we visited the U.S.S. Midway. It's a really great place to go with the family! They have a scavenger hunt for kids that educates them about the history of the ship. In the end, if they complete the hunt, they're awarded with a junior pin. The ship's expansive, and there's a lot of places to explore. They also have flight simulators, so you can feel what it's like to be in an aircraft.

    We also visited Little Italy, a section in San Diego based off Italian culture. We ate at a restaurant called Mimmo's Italian Village, it is the most beautiful restaurant I have seen in my life! The restaurant looks like you are inside an Italian village, and the food is incredible! I highly suggest you try their Italian sodas.

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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    I had a lot of fun in San Diego on my last trip- I went there after Disneyland.

    San Diego was great, too, especially since I'm an animal buff. SeaWorld was good (I saw a TON of the Belugas, including the little grey baby) and very Disney-esque, with lots of rides and gift shops sticking out of every exhibit. The San Diego Zoo & Animal Parks are easily the best in the world, with TONS of animals (including ones I've never seen before- not a lot of zoos have Pandas, Okapis and every kind of Bear). I got to feed a giraffe (and it's monstrously-large cat-rough tongue), and watch a ton of animals sleeping because it was hot out (seriously, the sun in California is HUGE, right overhead, has no cloud cover, and is hot).

    This lack of mobility made the cats rather boring, though the Black Jaguar was up front, and the Clouded Leopard (another one I'd never seen) was staring at people. Some dumb kid was annoying the cheetah, and when he took off, the Cheetah actually went after him! If there wasn't a cage, that kid would have been TOAST (ps. zoos should totally do that with annoying children).

    The Museums are a great bit, too- there's about 20 in one little section of the city, and the Mingei, Art Museum, Museum of Man and a couple other ones are a good way to spend half of your day.

    It was also pretty cheap to stay there, since I was staying with an internet friend. Still, the combined Anaheim/LA/San Diego trip was pretty expensive, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who didn't want to blow through a couple thousand dollars in a big hurry .
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    One of the lesser known attractions is the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum.

    It's located about an hour's drive east of San Diego. On weekends they have 1-1.5 hour excursions into the desert. They also have a display building with other vintage trains. If you like trains it's worth the trip.

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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    I live in San Diego, and one of my favorite places to go is the La Jolla children's pool, a beach that has pretty much been taken over by the local seals. As a transplant from Minnesota, it blows me away to see so many seals, in a completely natural setting--no cages, no keepers, no gift shops-- just lounging and paying and being seals. Beware, though. That many seals all together means the area kind of smells interesting.
    The squirrels in the park area of La Jolla are also pretty fun. They're used to people feeding them (even though you're not really supposed to), so they're very bold and will come right up to you to investigate what you're eating. Some might find this annoying, but I thought it was adorable!

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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    Quote Originally Posted by ChaseTheDream View Post
    I live in San Diego, and one of my favorite places to go is the La Jolla children's pool, a beach that has pretty much been taken over by the local seals. As a transplant from Minnesota, it blows me away to see so many seals, in a completely natural setting--no cages, no keepers, no gift shops-- just lounging and paying and being seals. Beware, though. That many seals all together means the area kind of smells interesting.
    The squirrels in the park area of La Jolla are also pretty fun. They're used to people feeding them (even though you're not really supposed to), so they're very bold and will come right up to you to investigate what you're eating. Some might find this annoying, but I thought it was adorable!
    Love the Children's Pool in La Jolla. The rope is back up, but it's really sad when they take it down and people harass the seals.

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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    I live in San Diego County. Here is part of a description I wrote for another message board:
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    Everybody knows about the Zoo and the beaches in San Diego County. Here's a more comprehensive list of things to see/do in this area:

    The most well-known:

    The San Diego Zoo – one of the world's best zoos. The animals are in simulated habitats like the ones they would live in the wild. You view them over a berm, through plexiglass, or other enclosure. The only “caged” animals are in the Snake and Reptile house. You walk, take a tour bus, and/or glide over the park in a skyride. The only downside to the zoo is that it's not even close to free. Plan to spend a day there.

    The San Diego Safari Park (formerly the San Diego Wild Animal Park) – is the sister park to the Zoo. Located in the northern end of San Diego County (east of Escondido), this is a big expansive zoo. There are less animals but more space for them to live in. See this park by walking, take a ride around it, or (extra $) a safari into the African expanse. Another park that isn't close to free, but like the Zoo, it does have some reciprocity with other zoos. If you are a zoo member in your home community, check the zoo's website to see if you can get a discount upon entry.

    Sea World San Diego – one of several of these over the country. This is one of the originals. You can spend a day here seeing whale, dolphin and seal shows, feeding sea creatures (extra $), strolling through aquariums and past pools with many types of different sea creatures. You can also ride a few rides and spend some time eating (and waiting for shows). Price of admission is similar to any theme park.


    Beaches – San Diego County hosts several. There are state and city park beaches. Mission Beach is popular, as is the beach at Del Mar and Torrey Pines State Beach. If you are so inclined, we have the infamous Black's Beach (on maps, it's right next to/part of Torrey Pines City Beach; it's a nude beach). One of the most famous beaches is by the Hotel del Coronado, across the Coronado Bay Bridge.

    The lesser-known:
    Birch Aquarium – a research aquarium with many types of sea life. Plan to spend a half day. Reasonable admission. The aquarium hosts concerts over the warm season – outdoors. Birch is part of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, which is part of UCSD.

    Glider Port – Not far from the Birch Aquarium is the Salk Institute and the Glider Port nearby. You can sit on the top of the bluffs and watch hang-gliders. Free!

    Old Town State Park – Spend a delightful historical morning checking out life in San Diego in the early 1800's by visiting Old Town State Park. There are displays, recreations, and museums, even a schoolhouse! Then have lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant – there are some very good ones adjacent to Old Town.

    Shopping – Horton Plaza and Seaport Village are the closest to downtown San Diego. If you park in Horton Plaza's garage, make a note of what fruit your garage is named after, or you won't find your car later!

    US Navy – no doubt about it, San Diego has a very strong military presence. We have many Navy and Marines Corps bases here. You won't gain access to any of them without an ID card, but if you want to see a Navy ship, go to Navy Pier downtown where the US Midway (an old carrier) is permanently docked. You can take a tour. If you like ships, walk a little north of there to the Maritime Museum and check out the ships there.

    Hot days – sometimes San Diego can get pretty hot. We have a water park (The Wave in Vista, and another one in Chula Vista.

    Want to hike? Mission Trails Regional Park, just west of Santee, has trails of interest, as does Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve just west of Poway.


    Missions – There is a long trail of 21 missions through the state of California. Two of them are within the borders of San Diego County. Mission San Diego de Alcala is the one closest to downtown San Diego. Up near Oceanside, there is Mission San Luis Rey. Nearby is a third, San Juan Capistrano. If you are familiar with the legend of the swallows at Capistrano, this is THAT mission.

    When we have out-of-town guests that want to see what San Diego County is like, and they have time, we take them on a drive. Here's our favorite one-day-road trip:

    We start by going up CA-67 towards Santa Ysabel. In Ramona, there's a couple of places good for breakfast if we've started out early, and there are some antique shops if our guests are into that. Ramona Chamber of Commerce

    The next stop is at Dudley's Bakery in Santa Ysabel. On a good day, the smell of baked goods comes in 5 miles away (or seems to). You can always take several loaves home!

    Up we go towards Julian. Depending on the season of the year, it's either great for cooling off, apple pies and apple juice, or a bluegrass festival. You either take home an apple pie and/or some cider, or you consume it there on the spot. There's a "gold mine" and a winery up there, too Witch Creek Winery.com

    After Julian, we head over the mountains into one of two places. We can either go up to Mount Laguna/Cleveland National Forest or over to Cuyamaca State Park. Normally, Mount Laguna is our goal, as there's a breathtaking viewpoint that looks down from the top of the mountain into theAnza Borrego Desert State Park. If we've packed a picnic lunch, there's a picnic area up there and of course apple pie for dessert from Julian.

    We descend Sunrise Highway onto I-8 and head west into El Cajon. If our guests are inclined, we skirt off the highway first onto Olde Hwy 80 into Pine Valley before heading onto I-8. (The Pine Valley Inn and Restaurant supposedly has a resident ghost!) Or stop at either Viejas Outlet Center and Casino, or the mall in El Cajon, before heading back to the house.


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    Re: Awsome stuff to do in San Diego and the surrounding area

    Quote Originally Posted by Trumpet View Post
    I once went to a model railroad exhibition at the University. I am not 100% sure of the location, but it was a great day out, and a different pace from the Disneyland stage of our holiday.
    It might have been at the Model Railroad Museum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witeldram View Post
    We also visited Little Italy, a section in San Diego based off Italian culture. We ate at a restaurant called Mimmo's Italian Village, it is the most beautiful restaurant I have seen in my life! The restaurant looks like you are inside an Italian village, and the food is incredible! I highly suggest you try their Italian sodas.
    A quick suggestion: visit Little Italy on Saturday morning for the Mercato, a Farmers Market that includes Italian specialties, and lots of free samples. One of my favorite little stands is this little old Sicilian lady I sometimes see who has "Meatball Sliders": a nice meatball on two little slices of Italian bread, with sweet home-made Salsa Pomodoro and a little gratedParmigiana on top. You can also get Uni so fresh the Urchin doesn't know it's missing yet, farm-fresh cheese & meat, Pizza by the slice, and sweet or savory crepes made to order.

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