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City Spotlight

San Diego, CA If you’re looking for a special place to take your family this year that offers endless fun, San Diego is ideal. This coastal city has great, sandy beaches and beautiful weather year round. There is something for all ages to find to do in San Diego. With all of the family oriented attractions, you're sure to find something to please even the pickiest members of your family. The San Diego Zoo, located in Balboa Park, offers visitors a view of over 4,000 different animals. The Skyfari, which is a gondola lift, offers you aerial views of the park. This zoo is famous for housing the first giant panda baby born in North America. Currently, four giant pandas are on display. Some of the other major exhibits at the zoo include the Polar Bear Plunge. This exhibit houses 30 different species of animals including deer and polar bear. These animals are separated by a moat for safety, but when a visitor approaches the exhibit, it appears to be one huge enclosure. Monkey Trails and Forest Tales is another great family destination. It showcases monkeys and other animals from the rain forests of Asia and Africa. The Wild Animal Park is an expansion of The San Diego Zoo. It offers views of a large number of animals from other continents. These animals are allowed to live in an expanded and open zoo setting. There are over 2500 animals at the park, and many of them are endangered. Another option for family fun in San Diego is Lego Land. Who doesn't love those fun little building blocks from their

childhood? Now the entire family can ride on roller coasters that look as though they are built completely from Lego blocks. Lego Land is an interactive park that is designed for children ages 2 to 12, but all ages have incredible fun at this family fun stop. You can also purchase Lego blocks by the pound. Your Lego purchases will be held at the front desk until you are ready to leave. Sea World is another fabulous family attraction in San Diego. It is a marine zoological park that is built on 22 acres located on the shores of Mission Bay. It is home to Shamu, the world’s most famous killer whale. The dolphin shows are literally a big splash at the park and you and your family will not want to miss it. You just have to get a little water on you if you want the full Sea World experience. This is one of San Diego’s most beloved spots and there are over one million visitors to these gates annually. The beaches of San Diego cannot be overlooked as a family destination. Coronado Silver Strand Beach offers access from four different parking lots, and the sloping shoreline makes the beach safe for children. The Del Mar location is another great family beach. This location is perfect for picnics and the grassy area above the beach has a large and modern playground for the children. A lifeguard is also on site so swimming can be done at almost any time. Written by Jennifer McVey, courtesy of Isnare.com

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