It is part of the San Diego Zoo parks but is located in the Escondido area. It is also a completely different experience than a visit to the zoo. The 1,800 acre wildlife preserve, which allows visitors to view herds of exotic animals in a train as they might have ben seen in their native Asia and Africa.
San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park is only a mile from the San Diego Wild Animal Park so if you are there you should see both places. There is a nice museum there that teaches about the battle and a trail to hike on the hill behind the museum. This huge stained glass window is in the museum.
Thought it was interesting that the American forces were beaten and surrounded by the Mexican forces. When the Mexican forces were called home to Mexico the Americans claimed it was their victory because they were the last ones on the field in spite of having much greater losses.
You'll see signs to the winery when you go to the Wild Animal Park. We stopped by on a whim to see what they had and were rewarded for it.
The winery itself is fairly small and we didn't take a tour. Once you've seen a few wineries you pretty much get the idea.
The tasting was very surprising. By far, our favorite was the Lotus. They also make a good American Port, Reserve Chardonnay and an excellent Merlot.
The winery will ship and is staffed with very friendly and knowledgeable people.
Our Cellar always has Orfila in it now!
The San Diego Wild Animal Park is located in Escondido California, north of San Diego. This park is a major center for breeding endangered animals to help ensure their survival.
Take the train ride for a relaxing and informative overview of the animals and the parks function. Don't be surprised if you see some mating (we saw lions). It's what the park is there for. After the train go exploring the rest of the park.
The beauty of the park is that it is wide open. You see Rhino, Giraffes and other game roaming freely in heards. Don't worry, the Meat Eaters are kept separate! No need to see the miracle of life and the tragedy death all in the same trip!
The kids will enjoy feeding a Giraffe (at least I did!).
Although I think the San Diego zoo is better, the Wild Animal Park is unique in it's approach and well worth the trip.
Note: If you are planning to visit both make sure you get a two park pass and save some money.
Saw many different animals at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. What better symbol of California and my trip there than this California Condor. It was first time in my life I ever saw a California Condor. Did not know at the time that I would soon see a condor in the wild at the Grand Canyon.
The Wild Animal Park seems to have breeding hoofed animals as it's main function. The animals are in large natural looking enclosures and obviously recieve excellent care. The Park staff seemed proud of the success of their animal husbandry programs.
To see the large hoofed animals it is necessary to ride a monorail vehicle and listen to a guide. I'd suggest you do that first thing when you arrive in the park. As the day gets longer so do the lines for the monorail ride.
For those of you who cant get to Australia for some reason, here is So Cals little gift to you. They have an exhibit at the San Diego Wild Animal Park where you can feed the birds and if they are hungry, will land all over you and drink right from your hand. It is really fun, even if you have the ability to sometime see these beautiful birds in their natural environment, the SD Wild Animal Park is still a must see if you are in San DIego. I would definitly reccomend the Wild Animal Park over the SD Zoo. The reason for this is the conditions of the animals. To me, going to the zoo, the animals look so unhappy, they are all in their tiny cages and it is just so unnatural. And maybe the SD WAP isnt so much better, at least they are trying. The WAP is a non-profit org with the sole purpose to repopulate certain species that are dwindling. The zoo has the same purpose, but the conditions for the animals are not as good. the WAP tries to give the animals a habitat that is more natural and closer to there actual natural habitat. So dont miss out. There is tons to see if you are an animal lover like me.
This is my favorite winery to visit and spend a day at.
As an award-winning boutique winery it has been given more than a thousand national and international awards, which means that their wines are good. I've been going to this winery for almost as long as it's been open, since 1994 and of the two wineries in the area this is my favorite.
Tours are given daily at noon and during a private event or Friday through Sunday your own picnic can only be taken on the Rose lawn because the patio and pergola is reserved for the private event and on Fridays they bring in Gourmet Food Trucks.
The Wine Tasting Room is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Frequently there are late afternoon/evening events open to the public; movie nights, trivia games, grape stomp, all sorts of fun things to do, so check with their website to see what is going on during your visit.
They've opened a Tasting Room in Julian too!
There is always something going on at the California Center for the Arts. So anytime your in or near Escondido you might check out its event calendar. The price range is pretty wide here. Most times a ticket will cost $15.00 to $20.00, free performances are not rare and the price can go over $100.00 for professional shows or concerts.
Free Jazz sessions on the Lyric Court. Bistro table seating with wine and cheese baskets are available for purchase. Ballets, movies in the park, performances of every kind are going on at this revered venue.
The Museum has three galleries, a sculpture court and a Museum Store.
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Formerly known as The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park it is now called San Diego Zoo Safari Park, but Safari Park is acceptable.
Located in the hills of Escondido this huge park offers a view of many animals in an environment that they might be found in the wild.
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Wine tasting is fun. Especially at Orfila Vineyards.
The main idea of "tasting" is to give you a fair sampling of the wines on offer so you can decide which one you want to buy. It is not mandatory that you buy anything and that is why there is a charge for the wine tasting. $10.00 for six tastings plus the Orfila logo glass to take home.
The baristas are friendly, helpful, funny and informative. Choose a bottle of your favorite wine and take it out on their patio, under their pergola or over on the huge rose lawn. Each section offers a glorious view of the vines and you can bring a nice picnic to enjoy with your new bottle of wine.
From April until September, every Friday night from about 5-9 people line the streets of Grand Avenue with vintage cars ranging from Model Ts up to cars from the early 70s. You´'ll see a lot of families couples, young people, and teens. While you´re there you can stop by one of the many restaurants or, have an ice cream or coffee at one of the many cafes. Recently cruisin grand seems to be overrun with teenagers,but it´s still a mostly family event.
Technically the wild animal park is in San Diego but location wise it's definitly on the outskirts of Escondido! I love the wild animal park because unlike a zoo the animals are in an area that was made to look like their natural habitat. They have much more room and for those who are animal lovers it's much easier to enjoy seeing exotic animals in a happier looking environment. By the way this park is world famous!! This is also much better for kids because they learn so much more this way, my nephew knows what okapi and lemurs are thanks to the park.
California Center for the Arts Museam. Here they have an art museum host different exhibits every couple of months, and they offer classes and there is a large theater featuring misical artists as well as theater productions. The museum has had some really great exhibits, one of my favorites was Mapplethorpe.
Another entertaining show. It is quite short about 15 minutes but worth it. These animals are amazing! You will be amazed by the way the keepers work with a 10,000-pound (4,500-kilogram) pachyderm, as elephants demonstrate behaviors that feature their strength, intelligence, and versatility.
Showtimes: 1 and 3 p.m. daily.
We had a lot of fun here. Lots of different kinds of talented birds. I actually heard this one parrot who sang "I left my heart in San Francisco". He's the star of the show and was even in The Tonight show with Johnny Carson! WoW!!! The kids will love this! I'm no kid and I actually wanted to watch it twice! You'll love the bird show, It is held at the Benbough Amphitheater. Lots of comedy and education are in store for you!
Show times are noon, 2, and 4 p.m. daily; during the summer months a 6 p.m. show is added