Parks / SD Zoo, San Diego
The San Diego Zoo itself is by no means a tourist trap but prices for feeding and watering of humans can drain your wallet in a hurry: note the $5:00+ for a soda in photo #2. Ouch!
Unique Suggestions: The park allows visitors to bring their own lunches, snacks and beverages (no large coolers, glass or straws) and I highly recommend doing just that to avoid forking over your 401K to fill up the kiddies.
Guided bus tours, they say, are a great way to explore the Zoo for first-time visitors or those with mobility challenges. However, you pay for this convenience: $10 If that's not enough to roil your animal crackers the Giant panda and gorilla exhibits aren't visible from the bus tours. The bus tour is included in with the "package" ticket--something like $32. However, there is a base entrance price of $19.99 for those who just want to get in. Thanks to Linda for giving me information the brochure somehow neglects to provide.
Where I come from, it's called a sky ride and the one they used to have at King's Dominion was free. It gives you a treetop level view over the Zoo as you go from one end to the other. The east terminal is to the left of the main entrance across from the reptile house (as of 1998). The west terminal is next to the Polar Bear Plunge. What makes this a trap is that it costs $3 unless you happen to be a member of the zoo. The sky ride is included in with the "package" ticket--something like $32. However, there is a base entrance price of $19.99 for those who just want to get in. Thanks to Linda for giving me information the brochure somehow neglects to provide.
As long as there's tourist, you'll see him PERFORMING in Balboa Park! I don't want to offend him, but I really want to pay him to stop playing at least not so loud.