California Dreamin': San Diego with Children

August 9, 2011

California Dreamin'

All the leaves are brown and the sun is scorching

I’ve been for a walk on a HOT summer’s day

I’d be safe and cool if I was in San Diego

California Dreamin’ on such a HOT Texas day . . .

Before we continue with our San Diego Adventures . . . I must admit that one of the things I miss most about San Diego is the 72 degree summer weather! Where else can you go to the beach in the middle of summer and NOT break a sweat? I’m dreading another 105 day here in South Texas.

Balboa Park

While we did skip the amusement parks, we took an afternoon to enjoy Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park. “Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes.” You really could spend days here.

We began our afternoon with a ride on The 1910 Balboa Park Carousel. It was a bargain at a few dollars each. Hold-on tight! It really boogies around for a 100 year old carousel. From there we simply wondered the beautiful and sprawling grounds of Balboa Park. All of our Balboa Park adventures were FREE.

Extraordinary! Magical!

Time out to make friends with an array of rescued birds.

Yes, we were all lucky enough to have the birds scratch through our hair and then Mommy charmed one into affable submission.

MacGyver could have spent all afternoon charming the goldfish. He has big dreams for his backyard pond!

Parking: FREE and abundant parking is available. We parked by the Carousel and then made our way around the park.

Entrance Fees: Most of the cultural attractions in Balboa Park are independently managed non-profit organizations. The admission prices vary.

Tuesdays: If you’re not a resident, you may want to skip Tuesdays as FREE admission is offered on a rotating basis to residents.

USS Midway

We saved the # 1 rated attraction in San Diego for our last day. A tour of the USS Midway was a special day reserved for MacGyver and Daddy.

“Guests can spend the day exploring more than 60 exhibits with a collection of 25 restored aircraft. The self-guided audio tour, narrated by Midway sailors, brings the carrier’s history to life. Those who dare can “take to the sky” aboard one of three flight simulators.”

No, I wasn’t on this adventure. Hence, the photos are limited! Very limited . . . When you tell someone, “Take a lot of good pictures for me,” do you expect to get 10 photos of the day?! Here’s some of what we got . . .

MacGyver got to “play” Captain and take a turn in the captain’s chair.

Admission: $18.00 adults, $10.00 youth (ages 6-17), complimentary admission (under age 5). FREE youth ticket!

Need to Know: There are some height requirements for some parts of the tour. We decided Miss Enigma was a little young for this attraction.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Merelyn - Real Kid Friendly August 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

It’s terrific that you found all these great things to do – you go, girl!

Janette June 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Great photos! San Diego looks like a wild adventure, but a ton of fun! I’m happy to hear that there are less expensive activities that you can enjoy with the kids. Thanks for sharing!

Jeannine June 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

San Diego is naturally beautiful so there really is no need for all of the the amusement parks. The Great Outdoors is the best! You can’t find that kind of beauty everywhere.

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