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One day in San Diego, CA

Novi, Michigan
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One day in San Diego, CA

My family and I will be in CA primarily for a family wedding/Disney but we will have one day in San Diego before we leave. Wondering which attraction we should visit: San Diego Zoo or Sea World? Reason? The ages of the children attending are 4.5 years, 3 years, 2 years old, and a 4 month old. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: One day in San Diego, CA

Hi Tina, and welcome to TripAdvisor forums.

I recommend that you look at the San Diego page (full website, not the TA app.) On the right side of that San Diego page you'll see a section called Top Questions. It will have info to help you.

It usually helps folks if you post dates of travel as well.

Personally, I wouldn't visit either attraction with kids so young.

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2. Re: One day in San Diego, CA

I like the SeaWorld option, they have a Sesame Street themed area and a few kid rides. Plus kids have the chance to actually touch some animals. Even if you don't attend any of the shows, or do any of the big rides, it can be a fun day.


And here is a good overall tourist guide to help give you a feel of the city, and waht specific questions you want to ask in the San Diego Forum.


Novi, Michigan
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3. Re: One day in San Diego, CA

We will be in San Diego April 24th and leaving for home early on the 25th 😊

Novi, Michigan
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4. Re: One day in San Diego, CA

Thank you!

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5. Re: One day in San Diego, CA

Well I don't think you need to go to any of those attractions if the parents are not interested in them. San Diego has lots to see/do that won't cost a lot of money .

IF you want to go to one then I'd always suggest the zoo because in addition to being able to touch animals there you can see them in their natural setting.

The zoo is also located inside Balboa Park which is a lovely place to stroll with different gardens and outdoor entertainers . There are playgrounds for the little ones and near the zoo is a carousel and a little train ride.

To me a visit to San Diego is also a time to see the beauty of our city which you will not see from Sea World.

Edited: 9:26 am, February 01, 2017
6. Re: One day in San Diego, CA

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