Well, how handy is that? Alaska Airlines sends me a lovely email today (Travel Tuesday, in fact) with some pretty fine deals to our favorite southern California city of San Diego. Woe that we just got back.
How good are the deals? Check ’em out, HERE, and notice that the fares are, as always, hot, and will go quicker than you can say “potato.” So get cracking. Anchorage to San Diego, Juneau to San Diego, and Ketchikan to San Diego. Ready, set, GO!
And why not? San Diego during the winter months is perfectly delightful, if I do say so myself. It’s home to the multi-layered San Diego Zoo, full of interesting animals, birds, and tropical foliage. Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the zoo is a must-do when visiting San Diego.
San Diego is also where Alaska kids can view marine mammals and birds up close at SeaWorld San Diego. A little showy, but definitely a place where Far North children can discuss with parents the mission and goals of aquariums these days; more from a role of conservation and education than merely for our amusement.
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Our tips? Get there first thing in the morning (10 a.m.), and see the first shows of the day, when the animals are fresh and ready and enthusiastic. Take a ride on the river with Shipwreck Rapids, a wet and wild experience that AK Kid and the bigger “boys” enjoyed to the utmost. We also decided to splurge ($49/adults, $29/kids) for lunch and dine with the Orca whale contingent, causing open-mouth staring by AK Kid as whales splashed and dashed around their tank while we munched on a very nice lunch (tons of kid-friendly options; vegetarian, too!).
Smaller kiddos will enjoy the Sesame Street Bay of Play, an area full of places to climb, crawl, and run around, something we needed after a day with a 3 year-old in a stroller. We loved climbing the rope castle, the Elmo rides, and the festival air generated by parents who could finally release their little ones for a bit of playtime.
Need more info? Try the comprehensive SeaWorld website, HERE.
We stayed at the Residence Inn Gaslamp, and found the staff to be incredibly welcoming to AK Kid. Full breakfast, a small, but very nice swimming pool on the rooftop, and a little bar in the lobby made this a great overnight option for our family.