San Diego from Aquarium to Zoo: Wildlife With Your Grandchild

Go underwater and behind the scenes as you and your grandkid learn all about animals at the San Diego Zoo and Birch Aquarium. Plus, ride a boogie board and roller coaster at the beach.
Rating (4.67)
Program No. 16145RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

If you and your grandkid love animals, you’ll love San Diego! First, play zookeeper’s assistant as you follow around a staffer at the San Diego Zoo. Compare a tiger’s dinner to your own as you find out what the animals eat and how they stay healthy. Then head to Birch Aquarium to dive into the ocean world. Wander through the hall of fishes, and discover giant tube worms and more oddities at an animated exhibit. Plus, ride an amphibious vehicle that travels by land and water, and have fun at an oceanfront amusement park and on the beach as you discover San Diego together.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • See African elephants, jaguars, grizzly bears and more than 800 other species at the San Diego Zoo.
  • Let’s boogie! Spend a day boogie boarding and kayaking at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.
  • Throw your hands up and squeal as you ride the rollercoaster at Belmont Park, a historic amusement park on the beach!

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-11.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
San Diego Legends: Events, People and Places that Made History
by Innis, Jack Scheffler
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La Jolla (Then and Now)
by Olten, Carol, et al.
Beginning with its first settlement in the 1880s, La Jolla established its reputation as a Southern California seaside community known for incredible beauty and natural wonders, shores washed by the surf of the Pacific, and hillsides by jagged sandstone cliffs rising from the sea. Artists, architects, and an incredible philanthropist (Ellen Browning Scripps) were attracted to the community early on. Later came fantastic growth and change.

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