Rides, Animals, Action!

Summer Guide to California’s Parks

The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park (760.747.8702; www.sandiegozoo.org) is one of my favorite zoo experiences. This summer, don't miss the Balloon Safaris, where tethered balloons go up 400 feet into the air to provide spectacular views of the 1,800-acre park ($15 for non-zoo members). The popular Roar and Snore Sleepover provides guests the opportunity to camp overnight in special tents and observe animals in their nocturnal routines. This program runs April through October and costs from $109 to $199 for various programs; call ahead for space availability: 619.718.3000.

SeaWorld San Diego (1.800.25.SHAMU; www.seaworld.com) is one of California's classic family attractions. This summer they are featuring a brand new Shamu show with nightly fireworks complete with music. The SeaWorld Summer Nights Program is a good time to enjoy the park attractions away from the crowds and searing summer temps.

Younger kids will love Legoland (760.918.5346; www.legoland.com) in Carlsbad, California, where everything is inspired by the miniature magic of Lego toy blocks. In June of this year, Legoland opened its most expensive project to date, Pirate Shores. Visitors navigate pirate-infested waters armed with water cannons to blast the baddies, while Treasure Falls features a water flume with a 12-foot drop. The park is located 30 minutes north of San Diego off Interstate 5.

Published: 27 Jul 2006 | Last Updated: 2 May 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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