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San Diego Parks (cont)


Agua Caliente County Park

County Highway S2 north of I-8, San Diego County (858) 694-3049 This 910-acre park is home to a natural hot springs that creates an indoor and outdoor pool. The site includes 140 campsites, hiking trails, and picnic areas that are open from Labor Day to Memorial Day. The county-run Agua Caliente airstrip is nearby the park.

Anza-Borrego Desert State park

Five miles north of I-8 on Highway 79, San Diego County (760) 767-5311 Anza-Borrego Park is known for its beautiful wildflowers that bloom in the springtime for two to six weeks. It is recommended that you call ahead to find out the approximate times it would be best to visit. Aside from that time of year, the park has over 500 miles of unpaved road and 110 miles of hiking trails open to horseback riding and off-road vehicles. Two-thirds of the park is designated wilderness and a visitor’s center is open daily from October to May.
Balboa Park El Prado from Sixth Ave. San Diego (619) 239-0512 The San Diego Union-Tribune states, “Nothing epitomizes the extraordinary diversity and unity of [San Diego] as much as Balboa park, perhaps our greatest, goodest place. It captures the ecological, cultural and sociological diversity of our region in a manner with which we can all identify.” Created for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, Balboa Park celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal. The park’s scene, near downtown, spans 1,200 acres and is one of the largest inner-city parks in the country! The masterpiece that is the Old Globe Theatre, world-famous San Diego Zoo, the Starlight Bowl, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, many museums, an 18-hole golf course, and the 25-court Balboa Tennis Club all reside within the park’s assortment of instructive and common establishments.
Belmont Park 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach (619) 491-2988) This park, which is on the water’s edge, is home to a multitude of shopping sites, restaurants, and the famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster as well as “The Plunge” swimming pool.
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park 12551 Highway 79, San Diego county (760) 765-0755 This drastic park features wide meadows, amazing pine and oak forests, and wonderful scenes of the Anza-Borrego Desert. The 25,000 acre park is situated 40 miles east of San Diego and includes over 100 miles of hiking and equestrian trails as well as camping facilities. It can be easily found via Interstate 8.
Legoland One Lego Dr., Carlsbad (760) 918-5346 Legoland is a great theme park for children ages 2-12. The 128-acre park is made of brightly colored bricks that resemble the internationally renowned Danish toy manufacturing company, “Lego” is the first of its kind in the United States.

Kids a number of attractions to entertain an entire day in the park. In Imagination Zone kids can enjoy playing with the original Lego’s themselves. Castle Hill is home to rides and attractions for an older child. In Fun Town a child can earn their very own Legoland driver’s license and at the Ridge they can have fun with a maze and sky ride. Village Green is the place with figures from children’s story tales as well as life-size jungle animals created only of Legos. As is evident, children’s creativity and imagination will abound at Legoland.
Old Town State Historic Park San Diego Ave. and Twiggs St., San Diego (619) 220-5422 Old town is most popular for the Bazaar del Mundo including many shops, popular Mexican restaurants and musical entertainment. The park is the site of the early 19th century settlement of San Diego and five of the original adobe structures, a historic blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, newspaper office and stable still sit on the park today. Over 6 million people visit Old Town each year.
Palomar Mountain State Park County Route S7, Palomar Mountain (760) 765-0755; (800) 895-4427 for Downhill Bicycling Info In the winter, during the cold season, Palomar Mountain Park is the popular spot for amusement in the snow. In the summertime when it's warm and throughout the rest of the year, visitors come for camping, picnicking hiking and bicycling. Skilled cyclists can take the Palomar Plunge, an 18-mile ride right down the mountain. It's certain that no pedaling is needed for this bike-ride. The amazing park includes 1,897 acres covered with conifers that are so enormous it may feel like you are actually in the Sierra Nevadas. The Palomar Observatory also features a 200-inch Hale telescope as well.
San Diego Wild Animal Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido (760) 747-8702 This 2,000 acre park near Escondido is home to a vast number of wild animals including rhinos, giraffes, elephants, and deer. If a safari adventure is what you’re searching for, the animals in this park live as wildly as they would in their natural habitats in Africa or Asia.There are multiple sources of entertainment to a visitor of the park.
There are regular shows and informative speeches on the range and variety of the park’s wild birds and animals. For an up-close and personal photo opportunity, the 1.75 mile hiking trail and caravan tour aboard a safari truck are great. The 5 mile long Wgasa Bush Line monorail lasts about 55-minutes round trip and holds an extremely relaxing way to watch the animals within the park. The Heart of Africa, a new exhibit, allows people to walk among the animals of Africa as if they were right on a safari.
The Wild Animal Park and the San Diego Zoo are run by The Zoological Society of San Diego. Summer, evening, and holiday hours are all available at each park.
San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego (619) 234-3153 The Gorgeous San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular and highly praised zoological parks in the world. It keeps over 4,000 rare and exotic birds, animals and reptiles that can all be viewed at the 100-acre tropical garden site. One of the Zoo’s most admired exhibits is the pair of giant panda’s that are currently on loan from China. A world leader in the proliferation of rare and endangered animals, the Zoo’s Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species is very proud of a rare baby panda born in August of 1999.

The Zoo has strategically planned out numerous exhibits including: Hippo Beach, Tiger River, Gorilla Tropics, Polar Bear Plunge, Scripps Aviary, and the new Ituri Forest. Now the animals are provided with a natural, bioclimatic setting to live in.

Tours are often taken in open-air double decker busses for a relaxing and entertaining view of the park. There are regular performances of the Wild Ones show, a children’s petting zoo and a baby animal nursery. The popular Sea Lion show also presents an exciting performance to entertain all ages.
Sea World 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego (619) 226-3901 The increasingly popular attraction that is SeaWorld holds five major shows and a number of exhibits of sea turtles, bat rays, seals, a dolphin feeding pool and an aquarium. Located right on Mission Bay, SeaWorld finds that the care and comfort of their animals is their number one priority. Visitors can view a 20 minute video on JJ, a baby gray whale that rescued by SeaWorld and later released into the wild in 1998.

People also see the Penguin Encounter where numerous different penguin species live in a unique and carefully created world for penguins. The Shark Encounter and Manatee Rescue are areas where one could visit and learn about the dangers facing these creatures. Almost 20,000 mammals, fish, reptiles and birds live in the marine park , for example the exciting Shamu and his killer whale friends that star in the Shamu Show.

Recently added to SeaWorld is the visited adventure ride, Shipwreck Rapids, where Visitors can enjoy a simulation of a remote island where the escape route is full of raging rapids and roaring waterfalls. The attraction has a dining area along with even more chances to interact with various animals.
Torrey Pines State Reserve North Torrey Pines Rd. south of Carmel valley Rd., Del Mar (858) 755-2063 This reserve is world-renowned for the most rare of trees, the Torrey Pine. They are grown solely on this 1,750 acre plot of land and on Santa Rosa Island, which is about 170 miles northwest. The area contains beautiful views from lookouts 300 feet above the sea as well as walking trails down the bluffs that lead to the beaches below. Torrey Pines State Reserve presents some of the most refined and unique scenery along the San Diego coastline.


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