Happy Wednesday Friends! I’m sorry I’ve been absent around here lately. I have been meaning to share all about our trip to San Diego and Legoland back in mid July but, the day after we got home was when Jeremy got into a car accident, the Nordstrom sale was wrapping up and things have been crazy ever since. I thought that when the girls went back to school I’d miraculously have more time but that hasn’t seemed to happen just yet.
We usually make about 1-3 trips to San Diego per year and always have a great time. Since we were going to be visiting Legoland also, we left the dogs at home this time. The first day we spent the entire day at the theme park and the second day we tried to cram in as much sightseeing as possible before making the 3 hour drive home.
Day 1: Legoland
Our girls aren’t really that into legos so we went into the day with no expectations. We have been Disneyland annual passholders for 4 years now so we are very used to the theme park scene. After visiting many of the major theme parks in Southern California (Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Magic Mountain, Disneyland and California Adventure) this is the only one that has compared.
We went in mid-July and the crowds were very tolerable and the weather was beautiful. The lines are in general shorter than you would experience at Disney theme parks. However, my only complaint is they seem to move significantly slower. Also, the rides seem to be best suited for the 12 and under crowd.
My personal favorite attraction was Miniland which to my daughter’s dismay has nothing to do with Minnie Mouse (ha!). It is essentially miniature to scale models of major cities made entirely of Legos. I was completely in awe!
There are water rides within the main theme park but for an additional fee you can also purchase tickets to the onsite waterpark. (*warning you will get soaked – see below) It was an absolute blast and very clean.
We were there from open until 1 hour before closing and were absolutely starving and exhausted when we left. We enjoyed the food in the park for lunch and it was reasonably priced, but, we were ready to leave by dinner time. We were lucky to find a Chick-Fil-A right across the street too.
Day 2: San Diego
Since we only make it to San Diego 1-3 times per year and we didn’t have our dogs, we wanted to make the most of our trip. The girls are at a great age right now where they love to travel and learn about new places which makes it that much more fun. Our first stop of the day (after coffee of course) was to Old Town San Diego.
Old Town is a California Historic Landmark. They have a Wells Fargo museum, old mission buildings, barns, hotels and other cool shops and restaurants. It is a definite must see if you are visiting San Diego for the first time.
After spending a few hours in old town, we headed over to Seaport Village which if you didn’t guess is right on the marina. There are lots of other cool shops and restaurants to visit.
The Gaslamp Quarter is home to some of the best nightlife in San Diego. We were visiting during the day with our girls in tow, so we didn’t really get to enjoy it much. In our younger years, we had some great times at a pub called The Field ;o)
If you have more time to spend in San Diego:
Unfortunately we had to head home so we didn’t get to do everything we wanted. However, if you have more time to spend, I’d recommend –
Catching a game (or concert) at Petco Park
visiting local breweries such as Modern Times, Green Flash, Stone and Ballast Point
Also, if you’d like to see live footage from our trip, be sure to check out my “SoCal Life” tab on my instagram story highlights.