I took a super small sabbatical last week to the utopia known as San Diego. I haven’t spent a ton of time and San Diego since I was a kid going on travel tourneys for my sport. I needed out of Orange County and a figured a road trip south was the perfect escape. I picked a Monday through Tuesday, two day quick get away to tackle some of San Diego most popular tourist destinations as laid out by Pinterest.
I purchased tickets ahead of time online. I bought multi park, multi day package deal offered on the SeaWorld San Diego site (I’ll talk about them later). You can look at those offers here. On the solo, and with only two days off, my options were somewhat limited. However, if you plan on spending more time in San Diego, or are traveling with family and things packages and prices vary. My pass got me into the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego. Two days and three parks probably seems a little aggressive, but I totally managed.
I arrived just after opening time Monday morning, figuring the animals would be bright eyed and bushy tailed to greet me. This was not the case. While I don’t completely support animals in captivity and will talk about that in another post. Still I wanted to see animals. I love these beautiful, majestic creatures and just seeing an elephant or a zebra or a TIGER (my second favorite animal) makes me happy.
It took me about 4 hours or so to get through the entire park, and other few to get through the Safari Park.
By this point, you’re likely thinking, this is great but why does the Zoo need a Tiki Bar?
After 7 hours of pure San Diego Zoo tourism, this is what I know:
- The Zoo is so huge. And designed on a hill. Like hills everywhere.
- It is all outside. This seems obvious. But hitting the zoo for the first time in years, I forgot how much time you spend in the beating sun.
- Safari Park is so far. Like from everything. It took me 40 mins or so to get from the main zoo.
- The snack and beverage situation is slim pickings and pricey.
- Vegetarians need bring lunch.
- There is a gondola, ride it.
- Safari Park should just be called A la carte because it is. Everything fun and cool about the Safari Park is an additional charge. The zip-lining, the safari, the bus tour, the dinner around the world adventure, sold separately.
And this is why the San Diego Zoo needs a Tiki Bar, I wouldn’t even mind the lack of delicious vegetarian meals, or the six dollar Diet Coke, or the heat for that matter if I was chilling mid park at a Tiki Bar with a cocktail in a coconut and an umbrella straw. I’m thinking small plates, tapas, and maybe a mist zone to keep from heat over exposure. And sure Zoos are designed for children, but children aren’t driving themselves are they?
Have you been to the zoo lately? Did you see a Tiger?!