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Your mom has been a constant in your life from the day you were born, giving her time and energy selflessly and putting you on the top of her priority list. Your mom may give herself to you wholeheartedly throughout the  year, but there is one day of the year when it’s your turn to return the favor to your mother. On Mother’s Day, give your mom a special celebration that shows just how grateful you are for her love and support over the years. If you will be celebrating Mother’s Day in San Diego this year, include some of these great San Diego-based activities in your Mother’s Day plans. Keep reading for great Mothers Day ideas.

1. Hotel Del Coronado

If you want to make Mother feel special, take her to the grand old lady of San Diego, the Hotel del Coronado. The grandeur of the place just oozes specialness, and the hotel is famous for its Mother’s Day Brunch. And even if you don’t do brunch, just stroll along the grounds and along the wonderful sandy Coronado beach adjacent to the hotel. A special spot, indeed. Call ahead for other Mother’s Day specials: 619-552-8490.

2. San Diego Wild Animal Park

A visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a safari into adventure. Featuring huge open enclosures with herds of African and Asian animals, the Park is a unique experience that brings people thrillingly close to wild and endangered animals. This is one experience every local must try at least once! Mom will love the Park’s Journey into Africa tour! She can sit with the grandkids and snap photos of both the family and the animals! Call ahead for Mothers Day offerings: 800-407-9534.

3. Beach Picnic

Grab a picnic basket filled with Mom’s favorite wares and head to one of many famous San Diego beaches for the day. Let Mom nosh on snacks and drinks she loves, take walks to go shell-seeking, take family photos and play in the water! No beach picnic in San Diego is complete without a romp in the waves!

4. San Diego Zoo

Normally a trip to the San Diego Zoo is more of a touristy thing. But around May a special thing happens the Zoo – it’s a time when many animals give birth, so it’s a great time to see cute little baby animals at the Zoo. Get it? Motherhood and maternal instinct? If you can, take her to lunch at the Zoo’s sit-down restaurant, Albert’s. It’s a nice little place to make her feel special. Call ahead for any Mothers Day specials: (619) 231-1515.

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5. Tide Pools

If mom is more of an outdoorsy type, the Point Loma Tide Pools, or the Shell Beach Tide Pools are a great place to check out the local sea life, take in the ocean air, and check out the magnificent views atop Point Loma and La Jolla Cove. Best of all, the price is right because it’s free! Mom will love to spend the afternoon here snapping photos with the fam and having good old-fashioned fun together.

6. San Diego Harbor Brunch Cruise

A perfect treat for mom on Mother’s Day, a cruise is great fun in the sun! Enjoy unlimited champagne, made-to-order omelets, top sirloin and more! San Diego Tours is happy to offer the service: Check out Hornblower or Flagship San Diego for reservations.

7. Carlsbad Flower Fields

Take her out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – the Carlsbad Flower Fields’ Fields of Dreams, the Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger. Here there’s 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers. Need a special picture to take of mom? Then take her to the Carlsbad Flower Fields – it’s a perfect, colorful spot to take a photo of mom. The ranunculus fields are a favorite attraction of flower lovers. The Fields only stay open through Mother’s Day (how convenient!). Call ahead for any specials for Mothers Day: 760.431.0352.