INSIDE: 8 tips for visiting the San Diego Safari Park with kids and the family. DIY animal headband craft.
So, I’m going to gush here. I loved (loved, loved) the San Diego Safari Park. Yes, I sorta felt like I was in a Jurassic Park setting at times with the open plains and rolling hills but being up close and personal with animals often only seen in the pages of National Geographic was well worth the movie-like feel.
8 San Diego safari park Tips for the Family
1. Visit early in the week
If you can, visit the San Diego Safari Park early in the week. If you’re anything like me, it’s all about avoiding the crowd. (It’s probably why I get antsy at a certain big box store where they provide lots of free food samples!) We visited the Safari Park on a Monday. There were times when it felt like we had the entire park to ourselves! And with three super excited kids running ahead, mom and dad were able to take in the amazing scenery without getting whiplash from heads on a perpetual swivel!
2. Stroller, Sneakers and Sunscreen
Just like it’s sister park – the San Diego Zoo – the Safari Park is massive. There are lots of long trails and several small hills. So strap on those comfortable walking shoes, charge up your Fitbit monitor, fill up your water bottles and lather on the sunscreen. And depending on the age of your children, you may want to bring along a stroller or all-terrain wagon. At the very least, a wagon (or stroller) is handy to hold your bags and possibly a child way overdue for a nap. Or, consider renting a stroller at the park.
However you plan your visit, be sure to ride the Africa Tram. It is an amazing experience to see in “real life” those animals you have only previously seen in National Geographic magazines! Since standing in line with excited little kids is enough to make any parent want to run for the savanna, aim to ride the African Tram early in your day. There are several large trams that are constantly loading and unloading visitors for the 30 (ish) minute tour so the line does move rather quickly. But, you know, back to standing in line with kids…
8. Make it an all-day activity
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