Outings with Autism: The Zoo - Page 2
In San Diego, we visit Sea World, and if you avoid the shows, you can have a very Autism-friendly experience. In fact, I highly recommend you get into the park early (before it officially opens), and head over to the "Breakfast with Shamu" area, where you can see the killer whale pod swimming in their large holding tank, no show. Our kids would have stayed for hours if they could just to watch the killer whales. Other great exhibits are the Shark exhibit, the penguin exhibit, the Arctic exhibit (take the non-motion ride, because you have a place to sit if the kids need a break), and the tide pool exhibit. The Ray exhibit should be reopening soon, which is also a very popular place, though I will reserve judgement after I see the remodel. The only drawback of Seaworld is timing your meals to coincide with the show next door, and not after (it gets almost unbearably busy). If you get the meal deal there, you can eat as many times as you like. Just KEEP YOUR KIDS WRISTBANDS ON HAND!!! If they take it off and throw it away, you are SOL.
The San Diego Zoo has been a popular one in the past, but if your kids are not good at walking and don't like to ride on a bus, you may want to skip it. It's huge, and walking can take a lot out of the kids. But if they don't ind walking, or don't mind riding around, the zoo is great! Just be sure you take it at your kids' pace, and not your own.
Anyway, those are a few of the places that we have found to be great to visit. The zoo is a very educational experience for children of all abilities, so keep it in mind. Just time your visit when it is most likely to be light on visitors.