San Diego Wild Animal Park
I’m paying for it this week, but we had so much fun while on our whirlwind road trip from Vegas to San Diego on Mother’s Day! We packed up at 4am and were back home by 4pm the next day. Nuts-o, right? On the agenda was using the half off tickets to the San Diego’s Safari Park I purchased off Amazon Local (tickets are usually $44/adult).
The first time we took Alina to the San Diego Safari Park, she was not even two. She was smitten with the elephants back then, but this year was all about the big cats! Make sure to review the map and schedule of events when you arrive at the park. There is only one time for the Cheetah Run (3:30pm) and it was definitely a must-watch. The kids’ splash pad is right next to the area where the big cat sprints, so I held down our spot while Daddy D let the kids run and get wet (it was SO hot in Escondido).
Also, be sure to take the Africa Tram tour (comes included with general admission) where you can see the cheetah’s habitat, all the other amazing animals and get historical information on the park. There are even two of the only seven Black Rhinos on earth – a species that is almost certainly going to go extinct. You can take the tour as often as you want while there. When the kids get older, we will totally pay for the tour that allows you to get up close and personal with the giraffes!
Rainbow Lorikeet Exhibit
I’m not sure why we didn’t do this last time, but my favorite part of the San Diego wild animal park was hanging out with these beauties! It’s free to enter, but for $3 you can feed them a little cup of nectar. The first cup went pretty fast, as we were the only ones in there for awhile. The second cup Alina fed from a distance. The third cup she flung into the air, nectar juice flying all over the place, when a lorikeet tried to walk onto her arm. I died laughing, but Alina was not so pleased. Sebastian, on the other, was a champ! Those birds kept chomping on his little fingers and he didn’t even wince.
I was pregnant with Sebastian the last time we came to the San Diego Safari park, and now he is, living our travel legacy along with us. My boy is amazing. I thank the heavens above every day for the blessing that he is. Sometimes I am humbled and amazed at the legacy that I get to create everyday with these kids. They are open and curious – and thankfully, flexible travelers. Especially so on Mother’s Day, I kept looking at them in awe – I’m a mom and these are my babies. Does that ever happen to you?
To my beautiful children,
If there ever was a reason to work hard and commit to building a legacy of travel and adventure, it would be to experience your fascination take hold. Watching your eyes light up, listening to your questions or squeals of delight, cements in my heart the necessity of experiences to know the world, and thus ourselves.
Thank you for my wonderful Mother’s Day and for being eager and willing travelers. You two make me so proud!
Te quiero por simpre y por todo el mundo,