Mother’s Day at San Diego Landmarks

If brunch, quality time and some sightseeing are on the agenda, perhaps mom might enjoy an outing to a local landmark

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    Monica Garske
    Taking mom to a local landmark -- like Balboa Park -- may be the way to her heart this Mother's Day.

    Looking for a fun way to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day? In San Diego, taking mom out to a local landmark might just be the way to her heart. Luckily, some iconic spots around the city are offering a special brunch menu for Mother’s Day – sights included.

    Check out these ideas for mom’s big day:

    Coronado:
    Is your mom a seaside kind of gal? If so, you can’t go wrong with brunch in charming Coronado – specifically at the famous Hotel Del Coronado. The Del’s Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch will be served buffet style in the Oceanfront Ballroom and in the Crown Room from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As moms enjoy a scrumptious spread – which includes half-shell Gulf Coast Oysters, herb-cured smoked salmon, pepper-rubbed New York strip steak, brioche French toast and gourmet salads, among many, many offerings – they’ll also be treated to live musical entertainment. As a bonus, every mom will receive a rose.

    Mother’s Day brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado costs $90 to $100 per adult, and $35 for children ages 6 to 10. Children age 5 and under eat free and there will be a special buffet for kids, too. To make reservations, call (619) 522-8490.

    Seaport Village:
    A stroll along picturesque Seaport Village never gets old, especially with the waterfront photo opportunities perfect for mom’s running family photo album. Seaport Village is home to four restaurants and more than a dozen smaller eateries, so mom will have several dining options during this landmark outing.

    If brunch is the big plan, the popular Harbor House restaurant will offer a Mother’s Day Brunch buffet complete with a salad bar, fresh pastries, waffles, omelet station and other savory dishes. A sweet buffet bonus: a self-serve ice cream bar boasting frozen treats, cakes, cookies and fruit. This holiday brunch buffet costs $32.95 per adult and $14.95 per child. Reservations can be made in advance online here.

    Balboa Park:
    Being a good mom is no walk in the park, that’s for sure, but going to the park is easy. And, what better San Diego park than Balboa Park? Take mom to this cultural landmark on Sunday and enjoy a walk around the many beautiful gardens and trails and a trip to the lily pond. Pack a picnic and have relaxing, simple lunch with mom outside on the grass or near the big water fountain.

    If mom is a museum buff, take her to one of many exhibitions open at the park that day including “Lynn Fayman: A Colorful Life” at the Museum of Photographic Arts (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” at the San Diego Air & Space Museum (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

    For brunch, make a reservation at The Prado restaurant in the heart of Balboa Park. Mother’s Day Champagne Buffet Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu includes salads, a hot food display with breakfast favorites, a chilled seafood display, a carving station and a dim sum station. The price is $59.95 per adult and $16.95 for kids ages 6 to 12. Children age 6 and under are free. Make reservations by calling (619) 557-9441, ext. 1.

    Old Town San Diego:
    Does mom love a good history lesson, tacos and live entertainment? Old Town San Diego State Historic Park has all of that by the dozens. Bring mom here on Sunday and walk along San Diego Avenue, checking out the little shops, historic buildings and mini museums along the way. The stage in the middle of Fiesta de Reyes usually boasts some type of free live entertainment on Sundays, including dance performances and mariachi music. For brunch, lunch or dinner, let mom choose between the dozens of delicious Mexican restaurants in Old Town, including favorites such as Café Coyote, Old Town Mexican Café or Casa Guadalajara.

    San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park:
    For the mom who loves animals, a trip to the world-famous San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park may be in order. Both parks are offering a Mother’s Day Brunch at on-site restaurants. At the zoo, Albert’s Restaurant will host Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Treetops Banquet Room that includes this menu. The cost is $42.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 3 through 11, plus zoo admission for nonmembers. Reservations for this brunch can be made daily by calling (619) 557-3964.

    At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a special Mother’s Day brunch will be held at the Hunte Nairobi Pavilion, with seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $42.95 per adult and $18.95 for children 3 to 11, plus Safari Park admission for nonmembers. Make reservations online here, or by calling (619) 718-3000.
     

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