Tuesday, January 12, 2010

San Diego...so much more than Sea World!

So my husband asked me what I wanted to do for my 34th birthday and I told him to give me 48hrs to do my research. I came up with San Diego and not for the usual activities such as Sea World and the Zoo. I found at least a dozen things to do, but we were only staying for 1 night so we had to settle for 2 activities.
We arrived Sunday and checked into the Comfort Inn Sea World & Zoo. Don't take this the wrong way, but I'm very particular about where I will allow my kids to rest their heads. If they can't walk barefoot in the room we don't stay there! I was so surprised when I took the virtual tour of this hotel. It was recently completely renovated and the rooms looked amazing! We had a 2 room kids suite with a french glass door between us and the kids room. They loved having their very own personal space. The best part was that they had their TV for cartoons and my husband and I were able to watch football on our TV while laying in bed!

The price was even more amazing! It further assured me that we don't have to break the bank to take a trip. You'd be surprised what you can get for under $100! Not to mention we were centrally located to everything! There were about 2 or 3 major shopping centers with all of our favorite stores, tons of dining options and all the activities were an arms length away.
After relaxing in the room for a bit we headed over to Belmont Park. It's a cute little carnival style amusement park located right on the Beach. You can see the ocean while you're enjoying the rides then at night the whole place lights up and the kids went crazy! About a handful of kiddie rides and a few that the older kids and adults could enjoy as well.

They have an athletic club called the Wavehouse that opens their huge Olympic sized indoor pool up for family swimming at about $6 per person. The kids had so much fun and got so tired that my son begged to go back to the room by 9pm. We woke up early the next morning and headed to the Breakfast Room in the hotel for a complimentary breakfast of bagels, danishes, cereals and a do-it-yourself waffle station! The kids stayed in their pajamas and enjoyed every minute of the meal.

After breakfast we got dressed, packed and checked out. By now it was time for lunch because I am ALWAYS hungry so we drove about 5 mins to the Mission Valley shopping center and had lunch at Fuddruckers...my FAVE! After lunch we did a bit of shopping at Marshall's & Nordstrom Rack before heading over to the Old Town Historic Park.
Old Town is a great place for the kids because it's just a huge open space for them to run like crazy and you can see them the entire time! There are a few historic museums for the family to visit as well as some quaint little shops.

Our favorite place to eat in Old Town is Fiesta De Reyes. They offer live entertainment as well as great food, drinks & service! Surrounded by water fountains and fire pits we love to start off with an early dinner and stay for the evening atmosphere. There is also a few shops in this part of the park and a wonderful wine tasting spot. The wife runs the front while her husband makes the wine! For $9 you get your choice of 6 different wines to taste and they throw in the wine glass as a souvenir! LOVE IT!

We had such a great time that my husband told me to plan another run to San Diego for next month and we will try 2 new activities. There's a great place called Boomers that offers mini golf, go carts, bumper boats, arcade and kiddie rides galore! Their website is boomerspark.com.

There's also the New Children's Museum that is an amazing place for your kids to learn and explore. The museum link is http://www.thinkplaycreate.org/.

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