Heading to San Diego this weekend? What a great place to go! There are so many different places to explore with your family. If you're looking for some ideas, here are a few of our favorites:
USS Midway with Flight Simulator
The USS Midway is a floating city with almost 50 years of world history - in fact, this is the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Your visit aboard the USS Midway includes a self-guided tour with over 60 exhibits and 29 restored aircraft. Don't miss the flight simulator - the Naval Combat Mission features a daring mission in Operation Desert Storm. Put yourself in an F18 Hornet, taking off from the flight deck, weaving through canyons to avoid enemy radar, and evading enemy missiles.
San Diego Air and Space Museum
Who doesn't love aviation? Airplanes and rocket ships are incredibly popular with my kids, so to catch up on everything air and space, head to the San Diego Air and Space Museum. You can travel through the history of flight starting below the model of the Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon from 1783. This month (February 2017) the "Be The Astronaut" exhibit opens at the museum allowing visitors to step into roles designed to simulate life as an astronaut.
The Firehouse Museum, founded in 1962, occupies the former home of San Diego Fire Station No. 6 in Little Italy. The museum features firefighting equipment and apparatus dating back to the late 1800s. Don't miss La Jolla's first fire engine - a horse drawn steamer engine! The museum also highlights a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.
You probably already know about Sea World - a theme park, oceanarium, and aquarium all in one. But have you thought about some unique experiences to try during your visit? Consider booking an exclusive tour before you get there like Penguins Up-Close where you will get the opportunity to meet a penguin face to face and learn all about their Antarctic environment.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo houses over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species. The San Diego Zoo started the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses and successfully breeds the giant panda. Don't miss the overhead gondola lift called the Skyfari, providing an aerial view of the zoo.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
For something a little different, head over to the Safari Park near Escondido (previously the Wild Animal Park), an 1800-acre wildlife preserve with over 3,500 animals and a botanical garden. The animals live in open-air field enclosures and you can choose from a variety of safaris to visit the animals from caravans and safari carts. Don’t miss the frequent shows to meet a trainer, feel the wind from a cheetah running past you, and to get a sneak peek into the lives of the animals.