It’s officially been a month since our weekend in San Diego. I apologize it’s taken me so long to get this post up. This year has been anything but great for Jeremy and me. I had plans to do all sorts of fun things with the kids this summer but all of that went out the window when I had to double my hours at work and he took on a second job. Needless to say, a stress free weekend in San Diego was more than deserved.
We have been to most of the Southern California theme parks including: Disneyland and California Adventure, Legoland, Magic Mountain and Sea World so we decided to give the zoo a try this year. Jeremy and I had gone alone back in 2009 before we had kids so bringing them along with us was a much different experience.
Day 1 – Coronado Island
To save money, we booked our trip Sunday-Tuesday. We decided to visit the zoo on Monday since it was our only full day there. We arrived pretty early on Sunday morning so I dragged the family to Fashion Valley mall to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. As you can imagine, that was the last thing they wanted to do durning their weekend in San Diego so we headed to our hotel quickly after to get dressed for the beach.
We stayed at the DoubleTree in Downtown San Diego and it was a really awesome location. We got a room on the 29th floor and had amazing views of the city. Coronado Island was only about a 10-15 minute drive from our hotel so we decided to go sit on the beach out there. The waves were mild and the weather was perfect! We ate dinner with friends and then grabbed a drink from a restaurant before calling it a night.
Day 2 -San Diego Zoo
The zoo opened at 9 am the next morning so we got there right when it opened and spent the whole day. The zoo is laid out in a loop but can be somewhat confusing so I definitely recommend grabbing a map! We went our first hour without one and I definitely regret that. Your ticket also includes a guided train tour which I recommend doing first. Unfortunately we didn’t realize this until it was way too late. There is also a gondola that takes you from the back portion of the zoo to the front and back again. We had a great day and spent about 5 hours there. The only thing I would have done differently is ride the train first, then go back and see the exhibits you’re really interested in on foot afterwards.
After the zoo, we walked through Balboa park for a little while and then went to Old Town San Diego for some margaritas. Later we met up with some friends for dinner. They live in a condo behind Petco Park and the views were unreal.
Day 3 – Better Buzz Coffee, head home
The next morning before heading home we stopped at Better Buzz coffee for some breakfast. It was seriously the best coffee and breakfast I’ve ever had. I’d definitely go back! It was a quick weekend in San Diego but it was so good for the soul.
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