Off to San Diego we go! We set off early that morning and drove about one and a half hour before reaching our destination. Just like any other California road trips, driving along the west coast means mountain terrains, blue oceans and tall palm trees. The scenery was simply beautiful.
USS Midway Museum
After parking our car at the hotel, we walked over to the USS Midway museum which took us about 20 minutes. It was such a scorching day! I could literally feel the heat prickling my bared skin. Under such hot weather, walking for 20 minutes seemed like an hour to me. 😉
The USS midway museum is a maritime museum built on a retired aircraft carrier that served in the United States Navy for nearly 50 years. Large and very impressive, it has a number of restored planes up on the flight deck, that we could actually walk into and even sit in the cockpits of some planes as well. Darian certainly enjoyed climbing in, pretending to be flying the plane. 🙂
Admission is accompanied with free audio tour, which takes us through all around the ship. This helped a lot as it provided us with information at all the exhibits. The Midway is so huge that we actually spent almost four hours there in order to complete all the exhibits. It certainly took us longer than expected. Still, we had a great time exploring the place. It was a fulfilling experience, especially for Papa Yap.
Next, we headed off to the Seaport village and got there in the late afternoon. Seaport village is a quaint seaside shopping and dining place with lovely seaview. However parking there is very costly. Darian spotted the carousel right after our car entered the carpark. So we brought the kiddos for a carousel ride before giving them an ice cream treat. The weather was definitely perfect for some cold dessert. The carousel appeared to be pretty old and some of the horses were spoilt. Still, the kids were happy to have a ride on it. We walked around the place and took a stroll around the marina park by the Seaport Village. Darian was too tired that he dozed off on the stroller. Dyann was so happy to be able to run freely around the park.
We then had an early dinner at Harbor House that offers bay view dining. Food was decent but we didn’t get to sit by the bay window as they were either taken up or reserved. After dinner, we drove to the Gaslamp Quarter to have a look of the place. It is a historic quarter of San Diego and has many restaurants, bars, boutiques. Nightlife looks lively and fun. It is definitely a place for people to meet up for dinner or hang out for drinks. As for tourists like us with young kids, we preferred a drive through to see the bustling nightlife of the place, which was good enough already.
It was time to have an early rest for the next day. Next on our itinerary was LEGOLAND California. Yeah, the boy was extremely excited! 🙂