For our last full day at my sister's I wanted to take Ellie to tour the USS Midway and drive around San Diego a bit. They open at 10 am so we tried to get there as soon as we could (that ended up being about 10:45). Buying tickets online through Costco saved us quite a bit. Allow yourself plenty of time because the Midway is huge! So many nooks and crannies to walk through. We were really surprised by how open it felt and how close we were able to get to everything. Definitely a memorable experience as well as educational. Pack a lunch. Bring your camera. Wear good shoes.
Ellie decided to complete the junior pilot program. Basically, they provide audio headsets for your tour. Kids get a special presentation with questions to answer and turn in at the end of the tour. A nice, elderly docent/veteran walked her through a small ceremony and then presented her with wings. It was quite sweet. She was very interested in the whole tour (all 5 hours of it) and we all had a great time.
After our Midway tour we hopped over to Ballast Point Brewing. It was close enough that we couldn't pass it up. Parking is a bit of a challenge but the beer reward is worth it. They have a huge offering of beers on tap. Some tried and true. Some in what they call the "research and development" stage. If these beers are popular enough they'll put them into the regular rotation. We especially loved the Grapefruit Sculpin and the Jalapeño Chipotle IPA (R&D). Halfway through we decided to get a soft pretzel to help wash down our beer, which turned out to be a very good decision on Paul's part!
After beer we headed on over to Coronado. I've had a long standing desire to see the Hotel del Coronado. Ever since watching Marilyn Monroe in the movie "Some Like it Hot". The weather was perfectly warm with a slight breeze. Parking can be found just off the beach. While Paul and Ellie walking out to find the family I toured around the hotel grounds first. What a beautiful area. The building is gorgeous. Old school and truly classic. Next, I hope to stay there, but for now...touring the grounds has to be enough.
To top the day off we saw dolphins swimming through the waves at the beach, drove by the Navy SEAL training facility on "the strand", followed by a quick jaunt through Balboa Park. Our final meal was at In & Out Burger. I never hate going there. A fitting end to a day of touring, sunshine, beaches and kids.