San Diego Wild Animal Safari Park is not your everyday, run-of-the-meal zoo. It’s a place were animals have a lot more space to roam around freely and the look of the place is just gorgeous! This was my 2nd visit to the Wild Animal Safari Park, but it felt like my first. The first time I went was about 18 years ago when my oldest daughter was a baby. The park has changed a lot since then. When I heard our homeschool charter school was planning a field trip I was excited to go, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so spectacular! I believe they have adding a lot of new things to the landscape over the years.
From the beginning to the end there was just so much to do and see. When we first came in, on the left there was a lady with an interesting looking snake and flock of pretty pink flamingos on the right. The children stayed at that first station for while and then moved on to the next area. That’s pretty much how the whole day went. They visited the animals that interested them the most for longer periods of time. It took us a while to find some of the animals the kids wanted to see, but the landscape there is just awesome, we don’t mind walking the long distance around the park.
Our favorite part of the park was the Africa Tram. The park is enormous and the tram ride gives you an opportunity to see the full scope of it. Our guide made it all the more enjoyable. He kept us laughing with his jokes and quirky personality. He told us different facts about the animals and landscape in a way that kept us engaged and entertained. Most of the animals were out and about and very visible. They seemed happy and well taken care of, which is a plus for me. I really don’t like the idea of animals being caged up so it was really nice to see these animals able to roam freely in their natural habitat.
Another thing I appreciated was the parking. It’s so close to the entrance! It may be because we arrived really early (I honestly didn’t pay attention to where the rest of the parking was). I was running a bit late and worried that we wouldn’t make it in time to meet our group. I was pleasantly surprised and quite happy that I didn’t have to walk a long way from my car to get to the park entrance.
I recommend this park to anyone who is an animal and nature lover. If you are going to plan a trip there here are a few tips:
- During the month of October kids get in free so that might be a great time to visit.
- Check out Groupon and living social for discounted admission tickets.
- The park is huge so check out your map in the beginning of your visit so you can check out your favorite places first.
- Cut costs by bringing your own lunch and snacks.
- Don’t forget your camera!
There was so much to see that we didn’t get to everything before it was time to go. All in all we were quite satisfied with our field trip. I was able to take lots of great photos of the animals and scenery. My 3 younger boys and I created the two videos below using some of the pictures. I learned some new editing tricks from my cousin Muhammad and am very pleased with how they came out. Enjoy!
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-Jamila Alqaranin –The Muslim Family Guide to Successful Homeschooling