California on the Road: Santa Barbara, Santa Monica & Los Angeles
by Little Fairy Project on 7 Apr 2016
Santa Barbara and Santa Monica were quick parts of our journey. We visited the Santa Barbara zoo, rented a bike to drive along the beach and the Water Front and we visited the Maritime Museum, which our boy simply loved. We also visited the Santa Barbara Mission, and old Spanish mission founded in 1786 .
Little ones always have a lot of fun in the zoo. Santa Barbara zoo is not very big, but there are animals which absolutely impressed Edo, like the gorillas or the African lions, which he had never seen that close before.
After days of American cuisine, my son was desperate for a true Italian pizza, so we were very fortunate to come across Olio Pizzeria, where pizza was really good.
Santa Monica, with its famous Pier with amusement park, Third Promenade Shopping, the nearby Venice Beach and the surfers is really fun!
It would be impossible not to visit Holywood, Universal Studios and, without a doubt, Disneyland, when in Los Angeles. If your kids are small and you have to choose between these two amusement parks, know that Disneyland is, apart from being a more magical place, a park which is suitable for kids of all ages. We stayed in the Disneyland Hotel, a modern and cozy place, very close to DownTown Disney District, but far from noise and confusion and with an amazing swimming area. Disneyland was a very emotional experience for me as well; for a day I went back in the past when I was a little girl admiring all those princesses that now I was able to see.
If you wish to have some nice family photos, you can always turn to the official Disneyland photographers. They’re rather expensive, but trust me, they’re worth every penny.
My boy was to small for the majority of the Universal Studio attractions, but nevertheless he had a lot of fun at the Minions aquatic Area. Luckily, every attraction has its switch room in which a child too small to enjoy the attraction can wait with an adult until the ride finishes. My son loved the Transformers 3D one, ‘cause it looked like a true command center.