Outside of Disney and Huntington Beach, we spent an afternoon in Coronado.
“Go to the island,” they said.
“It’ll be fun,” they said.
Well, feast your eyes on this.
Now imagine my mellow, slow-pumping, I’m-on-vacation heart jump in speed 10-fold when I laid eyes on the very narrow, very terrifying, swerving traffic-laden bridge we had to cross to get there. I’m not exaggerating when I say we had the best ice cream of our lives, but it brought a new meaning to “death by chocolate.” If you haven’t experienced Moo Time, go get your bucket list right now and pencil it in.
Back? Ok. We also had some insanely good (and insanely huge) pizza at Village Pizza in Coronado. It was amazing; And not like when they say that on “The Bachelor.” It was amazing in it’s original form, like from 10 years ago. While I’m gushing about food, I should also mention the In-N-Out I tried for the first time. I’d probably book another trip to California for animal-style fries and a cheeseburger alone. Why doesn’t Seattle have one of these?!
Being in Coronado makes a short trip to SeaWorld, so we did that too. I have another bucket list item for you: allowing these fish to eat dead skin off your hands. It’s the best, worst thing and we couldn’t swat our kids off the tide pools. But, we had the perfect trick up our sleeves to lure them off the creepy fish. Whales. What kid wouldn’t gasp in awe at a school-bus sized mammal leaping out of the water? Ours. The answer is our kids wouldn’t. Some of my fondest memories go back to touching and watching whales and dolphins and my offspring couldn’t have been less impressed. Is there a punishment for that?
We also crashed the Anaheim Packing District with some friends. If you’ve never heard of this, neither had I, but I’m pretty sure it was a dream of mine at some point. It’s basically a mall and the entire thing is a food court. Thai, Mexican, Italian, sandwiches, burgers, ice cream.. you name it and then multiply it by three. As if they haven’t done enough showboating with all the caloric goodness, we were also able to catch a free trolley right off the curb out front. Nothing like cruising Anaheim in true San Francisco style. That’s the Anaheim Packing District.
Lastly, we spent some time
shopping chasing 5 kids around Irvine Spectrum before heading to the airport. I’m looking forward to 2027, so I can go back with a daughter who doesn’t pee the bed and browse the super cool collection of shops.
I know two little kids that had a blast on this trip. Try some of these places out and let me know what you think!