San Diego Journals

Jam-Packed Family Trip to San Diego

A January 2009 trip to San Diego by cmeekins03

Legoland California Photo, Carlsbad, California More Photos
Quote: Our trip was a much anticipated adventure for our two girls, ages 5 and 3. We ended up packing too much into one week and we did deal with some tummy troubles, but even with that, the kids did not want to come home!

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Attraction | "All Aboard?"

San Diego Model Railroad Museum Photo, San Diego, California
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We decided to try taking in the model railroad museum as it was drizzling outside and we wanted to give the kids one last thing to do before we dragged them over to the Hotel Del Coronado. Perhaps it was just too full of a day, but they didn't seem that thrilled with the trains for very long and our eldest was pretty cranky within under an hour.They do have a number of different train model sizes within a variety of scenery. There are also a wide variety of them on display. The kids did enjoy looking at the room with the more kid-centered theme which also had a bunch of Disney themed traincars in a display cabinet. Though there are a lot of displays, I personally enjoyed the large setu...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 22, 2009

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
1649 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 696-0199

Mount Soledad Cross

Attraction | "Beautiful View and Touching as Well"

Mount Soledad Cross Photo, San Diego, California
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I had read an article prior to our trip to San Diego that a group was trying to get this memorial taken down because it's a cross. I'm very happy it was left as a tribute to many fallen heroes, especially since so many people used their own money to have it put there.

It has one of the best views from the city as it sits upon the highest spot for miles around. My husband and I enjoyed the view while my kids were entertained by jumping on the steps. This is by no means a long stopping place, but it's certainly worth a short side-trip to take in the view, pay tribute to our veteran's, and talk about the cross with your kids.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2009

Mount Soledad Cross
La Jolla Scenic Drive
San Diego, California 92093

Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort

Hotel | "One of the Best Resorts"

Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort Photo, Carlsbad, California
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I'm torn on whether I enjoyed this resort, Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, or French Quarter in Branson more. Both have some great sounding tours if you are traveling without young kids, some unique activities on-site, and outdoor pools. The best part about Carlsbad Beach Inn Resort are the beds - they aren't tempur-pedic or anything, but they are still the best beds I've used away from home. I usually sleep terrible on vacation so having a bed friendlier than usual was REALLY appreciated. The staff was very friendly and there wasn't nearly as much of a push in trying to get you to tour the resort. It was offered at a nearby one they just opened, but not forced down your throat like other r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2009

Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
3075 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760) 434-7020

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Attraction | "Fishy Journey"

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Photo, La Jolla, California
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This is nice small aquarium with a really neat set of outdoor exhibits. We managed to time our visit so we could see the shark feeding. They actually use a feeder stick and make sure that each one gets the amount they need so the whole feeding time takes over 30 minutes. It was pretty interesting. They also have a set of very cool shallow tide pools on the ocean side of the building where you can touch some marine animals including starfish and anemone which are really sticky. Other animals out there include crabs which not surprisingly, you can't touch.Inside they had a really cool octopus, some jellyfish, seahorses, angelfish, and a host of other fish. There are also so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2009

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, California 92093
(858) 534-3474

Legoland California

Attraction | "Anticipation Was Completely Satisfied"

Legoland California Photo, Carlsbad, California
Quote:
Several years ago my husband had mentioned that some day he wanted to head out to San Diego, CA with the main purpose of seeing Legoland and the other attractions. Even with all the anticipation, this park did not disappoint in the slightest.Besides the awe-inspiring creations made by millions of legos everywhere, small kids will love the rides, 4D shows, and especially the waterplay area. Our favorite was the pads you jumped on to make the musical instruments play and squirt water in the fountain. Of course there are tons of great photo ops throughout the park.Going in February was an awesome time to be at the park. It was so easy to move around the park and we finished mu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2009

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