Visit San Diego Safari Park for Family FUN in Southern California! It is a great place for kids and adults with a tram and many animals to see.
San Diego Safari Park is a fantastic place to bring your family! Formerly called the Wild Animal Park, this place is different from the San Diego Zoo because it features many of their animals in their natural habitat, in the wild. They have acre upon acre of land that “houses” a variety of animals. Some of them are inclosed in areas similar to a zoo setting, but the highlight of the San Diego Safari Park is it’s tram / train. Special thanks goes out to them for sponsoring this post and providing tickets for my family in order to visit their park and share our experiences with you. (affiliate link present, originally published 6/14)
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The Safari Park tram gives you a birds eye view of many wild animals such as rhinos (some species almost extinct), giraffes, zebra and others living in large open areas. Some are together interacting with one another, while others come close to the tram as you move along around the acres of land in beautiful San Diego. You can see just how close this giraffe came to us as he walked along side us, it was pretty spectacular!
It is unlike any other zoo environment you will ever go to because of the tram and because of the variety of enclosures they have. As you enter, there is an incredible bird enclosure where ducks and a variety of birds are free to fly about in a rather large area. It is great for kids as they are able to walk inside and really experience and see the natural flight of birds and interaction of the ducks. Inside a bit more is a lorikeet enclosure as well where you can purchase a cup of nectar and the lorikeets will actually land on you and feed.
We caught a learning experience at the “animal ambassador stage” too where two trainers spoke about two different animals, a kangaroo and a hawk. They brought the animals out where you could really see them up close, spoke about them in depth, and answered any questions we had. There are several different times during the day where they feature a variety of animals on this stage, which was really cool.
The petting zoo area was a highlight for my little ones because they Love getting close and brushing animals. That was free of charge too which was great and had goats that were very friendly inside. A hand washing station is right outside the petting area as well which is a huge plus for us Mommies!
In addition to all the animal and plants featured at the San Diego Safari Park they do have a few places to eat, a balloon ride, a carousel to ride (extra fee), extra adventures like zip lining & caravan safari rides, gift shops and a playground area for kids to play (this was nice when us adults needed to take a breather and the kids were still raring to go).
Before we left we got a front row spot to watch a cheetah run! Safari Park is the only facility allowed to do this and it was pretty amazing to see just how fast this animal is…I would recommend staying for this (every day at 3:30).
Many years we were members of the San Diego Safari Park which was great because when my kids were little they enjoyed it a lot but didn’t last long, ticket prices are reasonable for a full day of an experience like no other, and occasionally they run specials which I have shared here and on Temecula Qponer’s Facebook page for locals or those visiting San Diego to enjoy.
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