Holiday Inn Express Mira Mesa

9888 Mira Mesa Blvd, (Formerly Mira Mesa Hotel), San Diego, California, 92131, United States
Holiday Inn Express Mira Mesa
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The Zoo

by jimkpa

Hi again. I hope I'm not a pain. Did I tell you that we invited brother in law and sister in law along?
Well Russ wants to know if there is a scenic car drive route through the zoo without a full day pass ticket.. I told him i"d ask . I was planning on skipping the zoo this year mainly because I wanted to see the city and bay and Coronado Island in our very short stay. But he said it would be shame not to see the world's biggest zoo. We really only have one whole day for the city and one for Julian but we might try to end our Julian day in the gaslight District to experience it at night.
So is there any way to taste test the zoo without ding a full day deal there?

Re: The Zoo

by Agraichen

Not certain it's the "worlds biggest zoo" but it is a good one and is fun to visit. There is no way to drive through it in a private car. There is a small tram that will allow for a guided tour but it's much more fun to wander.

The Wild Animal Park near Escondido is a bit more 'out in the open' but again you will need to walk.

Coronado can be seen in less time than it takes to wander the Zoo. There's not much to see there but the "down town" area by the hotel has some great shopping and restaurants. You can get some great night shots from the patio bar of the Lowes Hotel at the south end.

I've not been "in town" in ages but if it's still open, Croche's (the singer's wife and son) used to have good food and great music depending on who was playing that night.

Re: The Zoo

by goodfish

"Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won't pass me by"

A good travel song for the ipod from dearly departed Jim Croche! Thanks for the reminder, Al.

Re: The Zoo

by lmkluque

Tell Russ that it is possible to drive through parts of Balboa Park, where the Zoo is located, but that the SD Zoo is an enclosed space. They do have a tour bus within the Zoo which offers "on and off" privileges, but to take that you have to pay the enhanced ticket price. If you pay general admission and then pay the cost of the tour bus, sperately, it would be more expensive.

You could drop Russ and his wife off at the Zoo and then do the city, bay and Coronado on your own. The Zoo is big and it would take a full day, at least, to see it all.

Re: The Zoo

by Badger1492

Here's a solution: let Russ go to the zoo for the day while you do the other things you're interested in: Everybody is happy.

Re: The Zoo

by Odinnthor

I agree with lmklugue. Frankly the Balboa Park itself is quite nice, and a full day doing Balboa Park and the Zoo is a very nice day. The on/off tram within the Zoo will solve your problem, but it would be a shame not to do at least some parts of Balboa Park.

While in Coronado, by all means have a meal at the Del Coronado there, breakfast, lunch or dinner, - it does not matter.

Enjoy sunny Southern California.......d:o)

Re: The Zoo

by jimkpa

Thanks to everyone for the advice.
You are all GREAT!

Re: The Zoo

by howefortunate

You have to pay the admission to the zoo. I think admission includes the bus tour, which takes you to 75% of the zoo. It takes 45-60 minutes. I'd recommend that you walk through the bird aviaries as well. You could spend 1/2 day at the zoo. Don't pay full price for tickets. There are a variety of discounts available. You will be able to save at least $4 per ticket. Check out the various discounts and see which will work for you:

Travel Tips for San Diego

Warm Year Round Beautiful

by Pappy11871

San Diego is a warm comfortable area with much to do year round.

For beach life I recommend beach Mission or Pacific Beach. They are the cleanest and most popular.


I recommend Pacific Beach or the Gaslamp District Downtown. Depending on where you stay, you will probably have to take a cab or a car to Pacific Beach as the public transportation (except for buses) do no travel to this area of San Diego County. The PB Bar and grill and BUBs Dive Bar are great places to hang out and meet locals as well as other tourists.

The Gaslamp District is a mecca of fancy restaurants and bars, but be careful and arrive early for dinner or you might have to wait awhile. Gaslamp is safer that it used to be but beware of your surroundin as there are still alot of questionable people lurking about.

Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo Area (Wild Animal Park):
I highly recommend Balboa ParK. It has stunning gardens and truely unique museums. You can spend up to 4+ hours in Balboa Park and not see everything.
As far as the San Diego Zoo, is probably the cleanest and best maintained zoo in the country, but the "natural habitats" are less than natural. The Zoo is a must see if you are only in town for a few days, but for beter wildlif I recommend the San Diego Wild Animal park the is about 20 minutes northeast of the city. This is the real deal as far as wild life goes,. A minni Africa right here in Southern California.

LaJolla and the Lajolla Cove:
LajJolla (pronounced La HOY ah) is northwest of the city by UCSD (U of California San Diego) and right on the ocean. LaJola is an upscale community with fine shopping and dining (I highly recommend The Coffee CUp (beakfast) & Alfonso's and The Spot (Lunch/dinner)). the shopping will remind you of a mini Michigan Ave (Chicago).

A main attraction of LaJolla Cove are the seals. Hundreds of seals converge on the cove (seal beach). You can get within about 100ft of the seals in this protected area. The weather is the finest in the world. Pretty much 72 degrees year round

Enjoy the Hotel Del Coronado,...

by JeanetteH

Enjoy the Hotel Del Coronado, the Sunday Brunch is wonderful. Afterwards you can enjoy the museum downstairs and the pool area, you may also want to walk along the beach.
The San Diego Wild Animal Park is great! Brunches at the Hotel Del Coronado

Enjoy beautiful climate and beaches

by Srechko

They Say San Diego has ideal climate. I was there in April, and every single day was beautiful, I think it rained only once. During this time in Canada was still winter so main purpose of my trip was to explore all San Diego beaches and get as much sun as possible. Ocean water was chilly but that didn't stop me from swimming. I visited all the beaches around the city. Pacific Beach is the most popular one, but the dirtiest one as well. Mission beach is more family oriented but also cleaner. Ocean Beach is not much commercialized, and is more quiet. La Jolla is the cleanest and most beautiful area in the City, its beach is smaller but fantastic.

Neighborhood sign posts

by DSwede

San Diego is the 8th largest city in the USA. Therefore it goes without saying that there are dozens of suburbs and neighborhoods sprawling out over the distance.

While the city has modernized as times have changed, one nice nostalgic touch is the old fashioned signboards.

Hanging above each neighborhood will be the old ~1950's vintage neon signboards. Each one will have its own design, color, flair and personality. Keep your eyes peeled to the sky as your wander San Diego's neighborhoods.


by trotador

Why do the people throw their shoes to the cables?? Good question. I guess it is for fun, but some locals do that when finishing college ¿?¿?
Around Mission Beach and Pacific Beach check the cables may be you find your size...


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Address: 9888 Mira Mesa Blvd, (Formerly Mira Mesa Hotel), San Diego, California, 92131, United States