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Hey there. I am thinking about taking the family to the west coast (R of K). Was thinking about spending most of our time in San Diego with a couple day jaunt up to see Mickey Mouse and company, for a total of about a week's time. I will be flying, and renting a car when I get there. Any suggestions? I'm up for any advice: where to stay, what to do, how to get in on deals, how to be as safe as possible in that God-forsaken state, etc.

Thanks for the input (in advance), I look forward to reading what you have to say.
 

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Short answer: Leave your guns at home, or with a friend in Vegas.

Long answer: I just spent a couple days in Old Town and loved it. There are a couple hotels around that area, and the nearby streets are filled with restaurants that are fun and have great food. If you stay there, go to the Courtyard Marriott.
 

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Do you think I'd be safe taking this (provided it was in my check-in luggage):

Tactical folder with dual deployment (1- & 2-hand), liner lock. Curved handle with finger groove, grip orientation points, lanyard hole.

Category End Use: Tactical/survival-military, law enforcement, search & rescue
Blade Steel: 420HC
Length Closed: 5" (12.7 cm.)
Blade Length: 3 1/2" (8.9 cm.)
Blade Shape: Clip, partially serrated, Black Oxide coated
Weight: 6.3 oz. (178 g.)
 

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Carry a cop :lolbang:

Knife and a roll of quarters.

Also I would suggest carrying a dummy wallet with like $20 in it so if you are robbed you are not out much.
 

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San Diego is a great place to visit. I'd recommend Sea World, Legoland, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, and the Wild Animal Park. I think your kids will enjoy most of those places the most, but they're pretty entertaining for adults too. If you're interested in military types of things, there's the U.S.S. Midway which has a long and illustrious history. There are probably more things to do and see than you'll have time for, but its a great place to visit.

If I seem biased - well I'm a Navy brat and my folks used to live in Oceanside. I would visit them every now and then from Palmdale, where my wife and I lived for about fourteen years. She's a California girl and I'm from where ever my dad was stationed. As much as I miss the mild weather in San Diego, I'm very happy to be out of the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia and its stupid gun laws.
 

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Knife and a roll of quarters.
OK, I know what the knife is for... what about the roll of quarters? Hold 'em in my hand when punching? Used to pay parking meters?

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I'd recommend Sea World, Legoland, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, and the Wild Animal Park.
We went down last Spring and went to Sea World, the Zoo and the Wild Animal Park. For some reason I wasn't as impressed with the zoo as I was as a kid. Perhaps it's because I have been to many Zoos and even the Zoo in Cairo where they let you feed raw meat to the lions (if you slip the guard $5)! :shock:

The Wild Animal Park was really good - huge, but good - and was a nice experience. Sea World had nice exhibits and the Shamu Show was excellent (my father sat us in the drench zone - unbeknown to the rest of the family)! However, I did notice that they really sold out to Anheuser-Busch (well, they own it, but you know what I mean). They had beer paraphernalia in stands all over the park. Not that I really have anything against beer, it's just not something that you flaunt all around kids in an environment like that. They had a nice Clydesdale exhibit to the right when you enter the park - wish they would have kept all beer stuff over there. Anywho.

We also made it up to Balboa Park for a train museum, but didn't get to see much else - something I will have to remedy this trip. The Midway sounds great - I will add that to the list as well.

Thanks for the information so far - I'm interested in hearing from more of you tho!
 

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My wife and I once stayed in the Courtyard Marriot in Old Town and LOVED IT. I highly recomend it. :)
 

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I lived in SD for 6 years while I was in the Navy (just discharged 2 years ago, so it's not like I was there 30 years ago!). Personally, I love SD!

Here are the places I would rec. hitting up:

1) USS Midway (if you like military stuff) -- it's an old retired AC that has a pretty decent walking tour. It's a little pricey so if that's a concern you might not feel like you got your money's worth, though.

2) Old Town. It's not nearly as good as it was 5 years ago or so but it's still pretty kewl. Parking can be fairly rough at times but if you park a few blocks away and just walk it's a nice walk. There are a couple good Mexican joints in that area. The Old Mormon Battalion Fort is there too, as is an officially recognized haunted house. I don't recall the name, but just ask around you won't have problems finding it. They do guided tours several nights of the week.

3) Skip the zoo... it's way too huge and tiring and IMHO it's sorta crummy (I know it's Rep, I just don't really agree) -- go to the Wild Animal Park instead. They have a really kewl tram thing that circles the park that provides some really kewl sights.

4) Yeah, you gotta go see Shamu -- all kids like Shamu. I doubt the younger ones will even notice the beer stuff.

5) Go down to Mission Bay, rent some bikes from one of the local shops there and take a nice relaxing ride around the Bay. That's a fun one we've done several times. You can also ride the roller coaster right there on the beachfront and then go strolling down the boardwalk. You should take note, though, of all the places I've mentioned here, Mission Bay is definitely the most dangerous area. Try not to stay there into the evening. During the day as long as you're alert you shouldn't have any problems. Also DO NOT GO THERE ON SUNDAY. One of the parks in the area is a known hang-out for drug dealers and thugs... only on Sundays, though... I have no idea the details as to the why but the Navy forbade us from being in that park on Sundays due to the problems they've had in the past. I can't tell you which park it is... I've been there once but I forget what it's called, so it's probably just best to avoid MB on Sundays altogether.

6) If your family likes Whale Watching, there are some fun ocean-going tours you can get in on for pretty cheap. Honestly, though, don't expect to see much of whales (a little maybe, at a distance) but just the ride at sea and seeing all the dolphins is pretty kewl.

7) You can go on an evening tour around the San Diego Bay on a boat. It includes dinner. I've never done it, but my impression it's that it's a little up-scale and a bit pricey. Not one for kids.

8) If you want to spend a little eating good seafood, I like "The Blue Crab" in "Point Loma" (just north of Downtown). It's also on the waterfront, although it is in a bit of a shabby alley-looking location. The inside is nice though.

Also, just so you know... you can eat ANYWHERE in SD without having to worry about your dress. They are very casual diners in SD. No worries.

If I think of something else I add it.
 

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GeneticsDave said:
xmirage2kx said:
Knife and a roll of quarters.
OK, I know what the knife is for... what about the roll of quarters? Hold 'em in my hand when punching? Used to pay parking meters?
To call the police, but I guess with everyone owing a cellphone it wasn't as funny.
 

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I have carried a small knife in my checked luggage without any problems....even out of the country. To my knowledge, you do not need to declare a knife.

We stayed in San Diego area for a week 2 years ago. (I drove.) The funnest thing we did was LegoLand. My boys loved it and I quite enjoyed it also. SeaWorld was fun as was simply hanging out at the beach. We also took a trip to Tijuana...probably won't ever do that again... that is one nasty town. I really didn't even want to go but the group I was with (my wifes family) wanted to go so I got drug along. Can't do Tijuana without a passport anymore though.
 

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You can always stuff the roll of quarters into a sock and use it like a blackjack - saves your knuckles. I'm sure it is $10 well spent in self-defense weaponry.
 

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I can just see that, a roll of quarters in one jacket pocket and a sock in the other - keep 'em separated so that no one will know what you plan to use them for :ROFL:

Thanks for the info Bane - you rock! And your "kewl". :lolbang: I don't think I've been down to Mission Bay, I'll have to check it out.

I am traveling with brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews from 4 months old to 4 years old. We're a young group, so some of the things will have to wait. We looked into Lego Land but decided to wait a few years for the kids to get a little bigger. Is that a bad idea?

Thanks again, I will pass all your wonderful info to my family. If there's anyone else who has insights, I don't leave for a while and would like to hear more - you guys are fun to listen to :D

Cheers!
 

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GD,

Spoke to my wife tonight to get more ideas (especially for little kids)...

1) *CHILDREN's COVE* -- It's free, and it's KEWL! You will find it on a map located on the water-front in the community of La Jolla (just 20-30min. North of Downtown). It's a rock-sheltered cove (pretty small) off the ocean which provides an excellent haven for seals. There are always TONS of seals (and babies) to admire. And your vantage point is really quite close. I don't recommend going down the stairs to "visit" them though... it's legal but there are some hardcore types there that are trying to "protect" them and things can get ugly. The kids will love it, just keep everyone up on the street level not down on the beach.

2) Star of India -- Downtown on the waterfront. It's an old wooden ship circa... I don't know... 1800's???... there is a tour you can do on it as well as some night they put up a huge screen and play a movie and everyone sits onboard and watches it. Great family event!

3) Ocean Beach Pier. This is only about 10 min. north of downtown and it's one of those neat piers that stretches out into the ocean FOREVER... literally it probably takes at least 10min. to walk out to the end of it. There is a hole-in-the-wall restaraunt out there where you can get shrimp and stuff. This is free too (except the restaraunt, of course). Recommend you schedule this one around Sunset. Sitting out there watching the sun go down is *AMAZING*... it's totally different than here in the mountains.

4) Sci. Museum @ Balboa Park. This one is pretty much downtown, right next to the Zoo. Kids will love the Sci. Museum. I don't know how much it costs but it's probably not cheap. The kewl thing is if you walk through the Park on a weekend day there are always really kewl free Entertainers (like a guy that sings the "Superman" song while playing it on the guitar WITH HIS FEET -- because he has no arms!). Balboa is MUCH MORE than just a park with trees. There are really kewl architectural buildings all throughout and most of them have some sort of really neat museum, most if not all of them are family-oriented not stuffy artwork museums or anything. I really think just walking through the park on a weekend can be one of the funnest things SD has to offer.

5) Regarding Lego Land... my wife says you might want to reconsider. I've never been there but she says "it's for really young kids"... something to think about.

Also, if you think anything sounds neat and you want to do it but are having a hard time finding it on a map, etc... just let me know, I'll help you get better info.
 

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If you want to stay near Disneyland, we just did a trip and stayed at the Homewood Suites just South of the park. It's just outside of walking distance (so you have to drive in), but it's a very nice hotel for the area and price. They give you breakfast (all days) AND dinner (Mon-Thu). The meals at the hotel saved a lot of money with my kids. We paid about $100 a night and had a great time.

We've done the trip a number of times, and I think we did it right this last time. We spent 3 days at Disney and 1 day at Sea World. That was about the right amount of time to do each park justice. There's also the other SD parks: Legoland, Wild Animal Kingdom, SD Zoo, etc.

I did a lot of research on prices and the CityPass at our local Costcos were the best thing I found. You can't get them at the CA Costcos, so get them here if you go that way.
 

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When we went to LegoLand my boys were 3 and 5 and they both loved it. The 3 yearold couldn't go on all the rides, but could go on most of them. Not sure about infants...never done much of a trip with one. We left our 1 yearold home last trip. LOL
 

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Dustin WJ wrote:
My wife and I once stayed in the Courtyard Marriot in Old Town and LOVED IT. I highly recomend it.
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When I went to San Diego I rented a car and it was great but when I went to Anaheim we stayed at the Marriot residence Inn and just took shuttles everywhere. It was great and I did not have to worry about driving in the wrong/bad areas.
 
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