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An April 2007 trip to San Diego by goodtogo

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Quote: Eight-day trip to San Diego in April 2007. Husband going to convention while wife and 7-year-old daughter see the sights.

Fish Market

Restaurant | "The Fish Market"

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We chose to dine at The Fish Market at the Embarcadero based on the recommendation of locals and based on guidebooks that indicated that this restaurant offered the freshest seafood in San Diego (SD). The restaurant even has its own fishing boat to ensure the freshest catch!The restaurant itself offers three main dining options: a fresh seafood market, a casual lower-level dining room, and a more upscale upper-level restaurant (called Top of the Market restaurant). We chose the casual dining room.The restaurant is located in downtown SD, at the Embarcadero, next to the USS Midway and overlooking the bay. My husband, young daughter, and I were lucky to get an indoor bayview table for di...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2007

Fish Market
750 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 232-3474

Royal India Express

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Located in the food court on the 5th Floor of Westfield Horton Plaza, this Indian fast food restaurant offers beef or veggie samosas, spicy chicken curry, chicken tikka masala, Indian spinach, chickpeas, naan, and white or yellow rice. The Plaza is an open-air mall. Seating is available in an adjacent outdoor common area. Be sure to dress warmly for dining outdoors.I tried the chicken tikka masala, yellow rice, spinach, beef samosa with cilantro sauce, and naan. (See picture.) The samosa was very good. I had mine with cilantro sauce on the side. The yellow rice was neither basmati nor lemon-flavored but tasted fair for fast food. The chicken tikka masala had a sweeter, more buttery, less cream...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2007

Royal India Express
West Field Horton Plaza
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 795-4444

Asaggio Pizza Pasta Plus

Restaurant | "Asiaggo Pizza Pasta Plus"

Asaggio Pizza Pasta Plus Photo, San Diego, California
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We dined outside on picnic tables under an umbrella overlooking the picturesque San Diego Bay. Hang on to your napkins though because this area can be breezy.Asiaggo advertises a Chicago-style pizza. Not knowing what this meant, we were surprised when they delivered a very thick-crust pizza pie. Take a gander at the picture. My husband and 7-year-old daughter shared a medium-sized pizza. Half of it was cheese only and the other half stuffed with meats. My husband commented that the pizza contained “lots of cheese, more than I expected, so a medium pizza would be a more reasonable portion for four, not two.” Of course, this depends on how hungry you are.They also split a salad with veg...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2007

Asaggio Pizza Pasta Plus
879 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 234-2407

San Diego Card and Toy

Attraction | "Go San Diego Card"

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Purchasing: I purchased this card through their website in 10/2006, about 6 months before our 4/2007 trip. It was on sale on their website: advertised as a "fall special" for $135/adult (13+) & $92/child (3-12). The cards and guidebook came in the mail about a week later. For the latest pricing and included activities, check out Go San Diego Card. How It Works: The price of card includes a guidebook and admission to most of the San Diego (SD) activities we wanted to try: the SD Zoo, Balboa Park Museums, SD Bus Tour, SD Harbor Tours, Legoland, and many more we couldn't get to. It also includes discoun...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 17, 2007

San Diego Card and Toy
730 Nordahl Road
San Diego, California 92069
(760) 747-1270

Legoland California

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Legoland California Photo, Carlsbad, California
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COST: One admission per GO San Diego cardholder per day is included in cost of card. However, normal costs for 2-day passes are $69/adult and $56/child. GETTING THERE FROM DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO: You can purchase two round-trip coaster train tickets right outside the Santa Fe Depot (at intersection of C Street & Kettner Blvd.) for $22. Fare includes transfer to Breeze Bus #344 at Carlsbad Village Station. Coaster took 50 minutes, but offers incredible views of the CA coastline and avoids traffic. Be sure to exit promptly as it follows the schedule closely. Bus trip takes 20 minutes. (Compare to taxi of $150.) GENERAL IMPRESSIONS: Legoland is ideal for younger kids aged 4-13 years ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 17, 2007

Legoland California
1 Legoland Drive
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760) 918-5346

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

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Attraction | "A Frolicking San Diego Zoo Excursion"

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Photo, San Diego, California
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Our friendly City Sightseeing bus tour driver, Emmitt, a lifelong San Diego native, suggested we disembark to spend a half day at the San Diego Zoo. So that’s what we did. Having heard about "the world-famous San Diego Zoo," we were nevertheless surprised by its size. Being pressed for time, we decided first take in as much as we could via the zoo’s own bus tour. I recommend taking this tour when you arrive—preferably in the early morning when the animals are out. Try to sit on the right side facing the driver to get a better view. We were lucky to see so many animals from the bus. The only animal that didn’t make an a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 231-1515

City Sightseeing

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Attraction | "City Sightseeing Double-Decker Bus Tour "

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COST: Included in GO San Diego Card purchase. Cost varies according to tour purchased. Check out the website or call for the latest info as the tour company seems like it's a work in progress. Just was added as an available tour on the GO San Diego card. THE BUSES: These double-deckers were originally in service in Great Britain. They are open at the top for better views. We sat at the front seat on the upper level (seats were easy to snag since the tour bus wasn't busy). These seats offer the best views, in my opinion, but watch out for overhanging branches (seriously). My daughter sat next to Heather, one of the tour guides, who showed her a button on the upper level that the British patrons...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

City Sightseeing
2415 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, California 92110
(619) 296-2400

Balboa Park Museums

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Attraction | "Museum of Natural History"

Balboa Park Museums Photo, San Diego, California
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Cost: 1 admission/day as part of Go San Diego Card price. (I think it was under $10/person without the card: a good value.) Who should go: Will be enjoyed by the whole family. Favorite parts: The museum is housed in a beautiful building. The appearance was carried inside to the exhibits and carried a good WOW factor. The exhibits themselves fascinated my seven-year-old daughter (and her mom). We liked it so much that we visited again the next day. Most were interactive and well-designed. Because it was much less crowded than the San Diego Science Museum, access to the exhibits was much better. We both learned quite a bit about dinosaurs and geology. Be sure to catch the movie "An Inconvenien...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2007

Balboa Park Museums
1549 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 239-0512

Japanese Friendship Garden

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Designed to be tranquil, beautiful, and refreshing, the Japanese garden also recreates these qualities within the visitor as well. One leaves the garden feeling rejuvenated by nature's sights and sounds. The first sound you hear as you enter the park is the sound of water trickling through a bamboo rod, the Shi-Shi-Odoshi. When the rod fills, it tips over and hits the rock basin beneath it. This sound supposedly keeps evil spirits away. The path leads you to a stone lantern, the Oribe-doro. The original lantern has an interesting story behind it. Commissioned by three wealthy Christian followers of a famous tea master, the specially-designed lantern was supposed to have a carved...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2007

Japanese Friendship Garden
Balboa Park Administration Building
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 232-2721

Balboa Park

Attraction | "Science Museum"

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This place was overrun with kids when we visited one afternoon during spring break. My 7-year-old daughter had a tough time competing to get her hands on the interactive exhibits on the main floor. We decided to watch the IMAX movie "Hurricane on the Bayou" first. The person who ran the IMAX film gave interesting background information on the IMAX theatre prior to the show. After the movie, we returned to the exhibits and learned about vision and "grossology" (the ickier aspects of the body that, not surprisingly, was a big hit with most kids). Some of the vision displays were quite intriguing: how so much of what we "see" is not as it is in reality since it has been interpreted ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2007

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 239 0512

San Diego Harbor Tours

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Cruise either the North or South San Diego Bay, or both. We originally picked up tickets for the full 2-hour bay tour but left the boat after the first hour's North Bay tour. The North Bay tour sights include: the Naval Air Station, Harbor and Shelter Islands, the Naval Sub Base, and the Cabrillo Park. I have to preface my comments with the fact that I am not a boat person. I tend to get seasick quickly, so that definitely limits my pleasure in the experience, to say the least. You take in the scenery from the top level of an open yacht, the Marietta. We had our choice of seats as we boarded early and the top level was only at 30% capacity that morning. Our narrator ga...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2007

San Diego Harbor Tours
1050 North Harbor Dr.
San Diego, California 92101
(800) 4427-8473

Seaport Village

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Attraction | "Discover Nature"

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My daughter and I had chosen to lunch with my husband in the Seaport Village since it was a short walk for him from the San Diego Convention Center. Having been in sunny San Diego for a week without seeing a hint of rain, I decided that very morning to leave my waterproof windbreaker at the hotel to save a few pounds out of my backpack. During our 15-minute walk to the Seaport Village from our downtown San Diego hotel, we only felt a few drops. After our lunch, of course, it poured. So not entirely by our design, my daughter and I spent an entire rainy afternoon exploring the Seaport Village shops, running from shop to shop for shelter. As it were, Mother Nature seems to have led us to the Discover Na...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2007

Seaport Village
849 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 235-4014

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On our first trip to Legoland, my husband, my 7-year-old daughter, and I took the coaster train from downtown San Diego to Carlsbad and took a taxi from the second Carlsbad coaster station to Legoland. We purchased our coaster tickets outside the downtown San Diego Santa Fe Depot (located at the intersection of C street & Kettner Blvd.) for approximately $11/person round-trip. The coaster ride took 50 minutes and is highly recommended. The coaster train itself is clean and safe (spoke with a policeman on board). Most passengers appeared to be commuting to work. Not only is it clean, economical, and fast (few stops, adheres uncompromisingly to the published schedule, and avoids freeway ...Read More