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Free San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park in October

September 23, 2010
San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park

San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park (Courtesy Photo)

San Diego has traditional roots.  Don’t know what it is, but we don’t like the when there are name changes to old San Diego icons or traditions.  We rebel.

A number of years back, the old Naval Training Center or “NTC” was given a new moniker,  “Liberty Station.”  Liberty what? Liberty Station. The developer thought a new name for the redeveloped property would add that spark, that je ne sais quoi, to draw the public to frequent the former military training facility’s vast property.  While it is still called, Liberty Station, San Diegans still refer to it as they have for decades, “NTC.”  It’s been a good enough name for San Diegans  since 1923.

Every holiday season for 30-something years, San Diego called the traditional holiday festival (attracting over 300,000 people) in Balboa Park, “Christmas on the Prado.”  A few years back, the name was officially changed to “December Nights” to be culturally and religiously sensitive. True to form for most San Diegans, the rebellion kicked in and most San Diegans still refer to this hugely popular event as “Christmas on the Prado.”  Can’t make a tiger change his stripes.

So, speaking of tigers… The San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park have rankled the natives again.  The San Diego Zoo has found it necessary to change the name of the Wild Animal Park to San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. The “Wild Animal Park” has always been part of the name of the park since it opened in 1972.  You can believe that San Diegans have roared with discontent over this one.

There is some good news relating to the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, er, Safari Park.  During the month of October, children, ages 3-11, will save their folks money.  From October 1-October 31, 2010, Zoo and Wild Animal Park admission will be FREE for children ages 3-11. That is a savings of $27.00 per child (the cost of a child’s admission). An adult admission is $37.00, in case you were wondering. If your child is younger than 3, yes, they are already admitted free of charge.

What’s Going On?

San Diego Film Festival – going on now!

Adams Avenue Street Fair –  this weekend!

San Diego Oktoberfest 2010 Guide – starts this weekend!

Halloween in San Diego 2010

December Nights12/3  5:00-10:00 p.m., 12/4  noon-10:00 p.m. Balboa Park museums will be free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on 12/3 and 12/4.

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