My wife and I are taking our 4 kids to California next month for the first time and we were looking for recommendations on where to go/what to see, etc.
Here’s the info:
We’ll likely be renting a house somewhere between Los Angeles and San Diego (like Oceanside or San Clemente), or splitting our time between the cities. We’re flexible enough on location, so we’re waiting for last-minute booking deals.
We’re there from Apr 20th through the 30th.
Kids are Aged 12 and 10 (girls) and 8 and 6 (boys)
We will have a minivan (that’s probably obvious).
Last year we did Disney in Orlando, so we’re not planning on hitting Disneyland - is it different enough from the Florida park that that would be a mistake?
Currently on the to-do list:
[li]San Diego Zoo (also, perhaps, the Safari Park)[/li][li]Legoland (unsurprisingly, both boys are legomaniacs)[/li][li]Whale Watching cruise in SD[/li][li]La Brea Tar Pits[/li][li]Grauman’s Chinese Theater/Walk of Fame[/li][li]Padres game at Petco Park[/li][li]A few days of beach time[/li][li]See the seals at Children’s Pool beach in La Jolla[/li][li]We’ve heard interesting things about the Anza Borrego Desert state park - worth the trip?[/li][/ul]
So, what say you all?
What are we missing that is not to be missed? We’re trying to focus on family-oriented stuff that we can’t do back home (New Hampshire) without overwhelming the kids too much (we realize that we can’t do everything, but it’s nice to have a list of options).
The missus is concerned that it won’t be beach weather in late April (I’m thinking the ocean temp in SD will be tolerable for the kids, but any first hand accounts from residents would be very much appreciated!)
Is the traffic as much of a nightmare as everyone says? Compared to Boston traffic?