THE WORLD FAMOUS SAN DIEGO ZOO
                      AND THE WILD ANIMAL PARK

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                    In Balboa Park you'll find the San Diego Zoo.

In Balboa Park you'll find many museums and fantastic architecture.




History
The park's look is due to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. The name Balboa Park was the result of a naming contest.

Culture
In Citizen Cane, scenes from the mansion Xanadu were taken from buildings in Balboa Park.
The California Bell tower appears in the film Almost Famous.
Springsteen recorded a song about Balboa Park in "The Ghost Of Tom Joad"
The cover photo of "Pet Sounds" from the Beach Boys was taken from the San Diego Zoo.

         
















Interesting Architecture, throughout Balboa Park!



















The (old) Cactus Garden was developed in 1935. It is free to the public to walk through, you'll find it on the West side of the park.




                                               THE WILD ANIMAL PARK

San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park is a don't miss on my list. It is like an animal Safari within the county of San Diego. Summer hours are 9am to 8pm. But the hour's open depend on the time of year. (here) for hours and information. It is in Escondido about an hour from downtown.
It is a fantastic place to see animals in a safari setting. It is owned and run by the San Diego Zoo.

Directions

The Wild Animal Park is at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017. For general information, call 760-747-8702. Distance between the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park is 35 miles. (take the 15 Freeway north)

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