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Published: February 16th 2014
One of my first stops in SoCal was the San Diego Zoo
. I love walking the zoos. I can spend my hours there, minus the African Exhibits because of my trip to Africa. San Diego Zoo also has a Safari park, which is probably more along the lines of the feeling of Africa but because, as I said, I've been to Africa, I opted not to go to the safari part. Parking was free. Admission to the zoo was $46 for 12 and older. Not that bad considering parking was free.
The first exhibits I went to was the Orangutan. I did not know that they had a baby on Friday. But the mom was out with the baby already on Sunday for viewing. They looked comfortable. Momma was very protective but sharing. Another exhibit that I enjoyed was the big bird one. I just so happened to be there for the feeding. Sad but at the same time it is a natural thing. I also did not realize that San Diego Zoo is home to one of the largest Koala exhibits outside of Australia.
One thing that I did not care for was that the enclosures was small. I
would expect that a larger zoo could have larger enclosures. I understand the need for visitors to see them but in my opinion they were not big enough. I am okay with waiting around an exhibit to see an animal. Goodness knows that I have done this for a great photo opp.
The zoo itself was huge, if you have a difficult time walking it is not always good but they do have multiple buses to bring you to different stops. It was a warm day but water fountains and sprinklers were available for cool downs. Overall it is a nice zoo but again, like Dallas, I just wish the enclosures were bigger, especially for the big cats and the birds.
I did not eat at the zoo. I let my stomach eat itself while I was there but after I left the zoo headed over to Fred's
in downtown San Diego (I am assuming it's downtown). I was told that they had good Mexican food. Honestly, I liked it but it's not something I would consider good. I think it was like the run of the mill Mexican restaurant. Parking was okay because it was a Sunday.
The baby was 2 days out, already out for public viewing. So adorable.
The restaurant was slow in business but I am pretty sure it is probably hopping during the week and/or evenings on the weekend. If you're in the area great, if you go somewhere else-you're probably not missing much.
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