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How To Experience San Diego History On Vacation

Published by under San Diego

San Diego Skyline

San Diego is a great place to visit for many reasons, and its history is one of them. It all began with the Kumeyaay, the indigenous people who hunted and harvested around the protected bay and surrounding hills. Then came Spanish explorers who, venturing up the coast in 1542, came upon the protected bay to become the first Europeans to step foot on the West Coast. Pressed by the colonization attempts by other countries, Spain claimed the entire region in 1769.  This led to the establishment of the first mission and first presidio (fort) on the west coast in what is now Old Town San Diego.  This first mission was established by none other than Junipero Serra, the Franciscan friar who was canonized by Pope Francis during his recent visit to Washington DC.

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Complete Guide To Theme Parks In Southern California

Published by under Los Angeles,San Diego

Ferris Wheel

Southern California, or SoCal, stretches from north of Los Angeles to San Diego and points south.  It’s a popular vacation destination for its wonderful climate, miles of dramatic coastline, endless stretches of great beaches, mountains ranges, giant redwood forests, deliciously trendy food, glitzy shopping, laid-back California attitude and family-friendly attitude. Oh, and don’t forget the long list of amazing theme parks with thrill rides galore and water fun.

Classic seaside amusement parks, then called Boardwalks, have existed along SoCal’s coast since late 1800s and early 1900s, the heydays of the gilded age.  After years of decline, they emerged in modern, high tech form both along the SoCal coast and a bit inland.  While there were others before it, Disneyland placed SoCal on the map as a global vacation destination.  Since SoCal encompasses a large geographical area, this comprehensive list begins just north of Los Angeles and works down through the Anaheim area, through Orange County, and south to San Diego.

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Asian Celebration at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Rhino at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Image Courtesy of San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Happening Daily June 27 through Aug. 16, 2015 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Experience acrobatics, martial arts, drumming extravaganzas and more. From the moment guests enter the Safari Park they are immersed in Asian-themed festivities and up-close encounters with fascinating animals.

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Hornblower Cruises San Diego Discount Coupons

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Hornblower Cruises in San Diego Harbor

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Hornblower San Diego Brunch and Dining Cruises are much more than just a meal.  They are three experiences wrapped in one – gourmet dining, a cruising adventure on San Diego Bay aboard a luxury yacht, and panoramic views of San Diego’s distinctive shoreline.

Savor, see, experience the brunch or dinner cruise of your choice using the Coupon Codes listed below.

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Top 10 Things to Do in San Diego for Families

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sanott3San Diego has great weather, miles of sandy beaches and great attractions. Consider these top 10 family friendly destinations when visiting the second largest metropolitan area in California.

  1. Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The 100-acre park displays over 4,000 animals. Many of these rare or reclusive inhabitants are seldom visible in nature. Children will enjoy the petting zoo.
  2. SeaWorld San Diego is fun for the whole family. There are a variety of aquatic displays as well as live performances by sea lions, dolphins and Shamu, the killer whale. Other fascinating residents include penguins and polar bears. Children can also enjoy several amusement park rides.
  3. San Diego Zoo Safari places visitors in the heart of Africa and Asia. You can see giraffes, zebras and lions as they roam freely on this 100-acre wildlife preserve. The balloon safari and Africa tram are exciting ways to experience the grounds. Popular animal encounters include the Lorikeet Landing and the Petting Kraal exhibits.

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