As children grow up and leave home, a large holiday family dinner may not appeal to everyone and may, in fact, become too much work. If you have decided that this year, you would rather have someone else do the cooking, several restaurants and hotels offer Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings. However, if you want to eat like a beast and help animals at the same time, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Safari Park have created a great dinner for you!
Plan to make a day of it. Both parks are open for all visitors on Thanksgiving. Before you make your way to the restaurant for your delicious holiday meal created by magnificent local chefs, take a walk around the park and say hello to all the inhabitants. Bring your camera, stroll the new exhibits and slowly make your way to the restaurant of your choice. Work up an appetite and you and your guests will truly enjoy the afternoon feast.
On Thursday, November 25, 2010, the San Diego Zoo is presenting two opportunities for you to feast with the animals. The Treetops Restaurant offers continuous seating from noon until 4 p.m. The cost is $42.95 for adults and $15.95 for children age eleven and younger. A traditional Thanksgiving menu is presented, with a few tasty surprises. Call the restaurant at 619-557-3964 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. any day and ask for Treetops Thanksgiving Buffet Reservations.
The zoo is also offering a buffet at Albert’s Restaurant. Their Thanksgiving dinner is a three-course sit-down dinner and the price is $37.95 for adults and $13.95 for children ages eleven and younger. To make your reservations, call 619-557-3964 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. any day before Thanksgiving and ask for Albert’s Restaurant Thanksgiving Reservations.
If you live out in the East County or would rather go to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in picturesque San Pasqual, the Safari Park is also holding a Thanksgiving feast fit for man or beast.
The Hunte Nairobi Pavilion will be offering a lavish buffet, including a specially created children’s buffet. Two seating times are available at noon and at 3 p.m. The cost is $42.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages eleven and younger. The menu at the Safari Park includes Maple Glazed Roasted Turkey, Pork Tenderloin, Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, poached peaches and harvest cobbler. For reservations at the Safari Park, call 760-738-5055 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
Zoo and Safari reservations fill up fast so make your reservations early. Though the price may seem steep, remember, proceeds above and beyond the cost of the food go to benefit the animals who live there. So be generous this year; fill your belly, have fun and the animals will thank you!
San Diego Zoo News Magazine