When my friend and I made plans to go apple picking last weekend, we decided to make it an overnight trip. San Diego was only a short drive from the orchards so after our apple haul, we drove to the city. We only had a day and a half to explore and we wanted to make the most of our time there, so we made a list of the best things to do in the city with kids and focused on 4 places, 3 of which I have photos of.
2 mamas and 4 kids shared a giant hotel room on Sunday night after dinner in Old Town. I don't have any photos of Old Town, but imagine a wild west town with lots of Mexican restaurants. That was about it. It was colorful and loud, the kids loved it. After dinner, we hurried home to get our babes in bed. It was a wild night of jumping on the beds (every single one), giggles, and threatening kids to go to sleep. Carlie and I barely slept (it was HOT in there) and 7 o'clock came early, but it was a super fun sleepover.
Coronado is a lovely beach town with beautiful craftsmen homes, sidewalk cafes, historic hotels, and the BEACH! This was our first stop of the day. We parked in town, grabbed coffee and donuts, and walked to the beach. The kids went straight for the dunes, running up and sliding down over and over. We put our toes in the sand, waved to dolphins, and chased our babies.
We left the beach around 1 and went to Balboa Park. I had no idea what to expect. Friends told us we'd love it, there would be museums and ponds and play areas, but it was more than I expected. It was all of that and more. Sculptures, art installations, and culture were crammed in every inch of the sprawling park. Colors, sounds, textures, Balboa Park had it all. We walked, we played, we learned. I could have stayed all day.
La Jolla Cove
The only thing I really wanted to see in San Diego were the seals. Our last stop of the day before heading home was La Jolla Cove. We watched the seals sunbathe, explored the tide pools, and decided we were too tired to go find food so we ordered a pizza and had it delivered to the beach. I love my life.
We watched the sky turn orange, then black, then we drove home. It was the perfect end to a whirlwind weekend exploring a new place. I can't wait to go back.