Monday, November 28, 2016

Fall Break in San Diego

Last month the boys had Fall Break so we packed up the car and made a quick 6-hour drive to San Diego to spend a week at the beach. Side note, before moving to Arizona I had never heard of Fall Break! It still seems like such a weird concept to me, and if you're also unfamiliar, it's a week during October the kids don't have school. I think it might just be a West Coast-ish thing, so correct me if I'm wrong!

Anyway, we chose San Diego because it's close enough to be a quick drive, but also far enough away that it would feel like a vacation! I found the Blue Sea Beach Hotel via Google search, and booked it pretty hastily thanks to an online promotion they had going on. The reviews looked great, and it turned out to be a wonderful, family-friendly choice. It was very affordable- not fancy whatsoever, but clean and RIGHT on the beach. You literally walk outside and you're there. With two kids it was the perfect place to call home for a few days.

We spent most of our time on the beach (see our amazing beach tent here- love this thing and 2,000 perfect Amazon reviews can't be wrong either!), but we also did a few notable things around town:

San Diego Zoo: October is a special month in San Diego, with kids getting in free to many places. The zoo was one of them, so we decided to all go for the first time! We had a wonderful day- we got there when they opened and spend about 5 hours walking around, riding the tour bus, and trying to see it all. The boys really enjoyed it too, and I felt like it was really a day well spent. Their favorite part was seeing the huge elephants, Hank's was the tiger, and mine was the flamingo area! 

The New Children's Museum: this was another free October spot and a total hit with the boys. We arrived right when they opened and had the place to ourselves for the better part of the morning. This is just a quarter or half day activity, but they also have a delightful cafe on site with a ton of healthy snacks and meal options. I would say to give yourself 2.5 hours to do the whole museum. The boys loved it!

We explored La Jolla and Pacific Beach, ate at Taco Surf three times (!!), met up with friends from home, and ended our trip with ice cream and a beautiful sunset on the beach. It was a really special time for the four of us, and made just a bit more special knowing we'll soon be adding a fifth to the mix. It's always nice to kind of freeze things as they are in your mind, and this trip was that for me- possible our last true family of four week-long adventure!

Until next time, San Diego!

1 comment:

  1. Love San Diego! We have Fall Break here in Tennessee too...we have one week where I work now, but in my old school system, we had TWO weeks in October. As a teacher, a break like that could not come at a better time!