If you aren’t familiar with the San Diego Zoo, I highly recommend this experience because it will help you get oriented before exploring on your own.You don’t have to be an overnight guest of the Hotel Del Coronado to enjoy day rentals at Del Beach, located on what is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most beautiful beaches.The first come, first serve equipment rentals include sturdy umbrellas, towels, comfortable day beds and lounge chairs.
The keepers share interesting details regarding the personality traits of each panda (Bai Yun eats her dessert first, always) and answer any questions you might have.
You’ll have an unobstructed panda viewing–rare during opening hours–for about 45 minutes.
Next, keepers drive guests in carts around the park while sharing insider details regarding upcoming events, conservation and other animals in residence.
Our tour ended with another highlight–feeding lettuce to a giraffe.
Here is another major selling point: Adult beverages (try the margarita) and a small menu snacks, sandwiches and salads can be delivered to you on the sand.
Booze is otherwise banned on this beach and most others throughout the county. During seasonal high tides, The Marine Room hosts special breakfasts and dinners to celebrate the fact that waves will likely crash on the restaurant’s expansive windows while you eat.
The Marine Room rests literally in the sand on La Jolla Shores Beach and the view is spectacular regardless of where your table is.
With world-class attractions and pristine beaches, it’s no secret that San Diego is one of the nation’s most popular family vacation destinations.
If you’re the type of traveler who trades the guidebook for exclusive experiences and opportunities to dive a bit more into the local scene, check out these five unique things to do in San Diego with kids in tow (or not)—brought to you in partnership with Expedia Viewfinder.