The public will get its first look at the new Tiger Trail habitat when the San Diego Zoo Safari Park opens its doors Saturday. And the park’s six Sumatran tigers will be looking back–often with nothing more than inches of glass between visitors and predators weighing more than 200 pounds.
Tigers lounge, play, swim and stalk–a behavior that immediately leads you to contemplate who’s watching who–as they move around three yards that cover just over five acres. The attraction offers views of the big cats that were not possible in the reclusive animals’ canyon enclosure. Now, they’re so close you can hear their chuffs and growls. The tigers’s new home draws on the traditional architecture of the Indonesian longhouse, and features a winding path, expansive views, rocks, streams and a waterfall.
The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tickets are $36-$46. Add-on experiences are available in a variety of packages that cost more.
There’s lots more going on around San Diego this holiday weekend:
Legacy Week Honoring Our Heroes Memorial Day Weekend kicks off with a veterans wreath ceremony, 9 a.m. Friday aboard the USS Midway. Festivities continuing throughout the holiday weekend include the Warriors to the Workforce career fair, opportunities to meet aviators and see the plane they flew, children’s activities, a blood drive, fly overs, music, and a screening of the Korean War documentary, Chosin. American Legion San Diego Downtown Post 492 presents a Memorial Day tribute to fallen heroes at 12:30 p.m. Monday. General admission tickets range from $10-$20, with a discount if purchased online. Tickets for the World Class Rockers benefit concert are separate, and range from $49.50-$69.50 plus service charge.
Take a culinary trip around the world at the House of Pacific Relations Ethnic Food Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the cottages in Balboa Park. Favorite foods from every corner of the globe will be available for a nominal charge, and free entertainment includes cultural music and dance performances highlighted by traditional costumes.
The Coronado Community Concert Band will get the city’s 16-week summer concert series rolling at 6 p.m. Sunday at Spreckels Park. The Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series continues Sundays through Sept. 7 with performances from hometown favorites and crowd-pleasing cover bands, including The Destroyers Navy Southwest Band, the Eagles tribute band Desperado, and Rockola. Admission is free.
Once the “Strawberry Capital of the World,” Vista celebrates its history with the annual Vista Strawberry Festival, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the city’s historic downtown village between Main Street and Broadway. Highlights of the celebration include eight stages of entertainment , music, contests, food, and carnival rides. Parking is available at the Vista Courthouse, 325 S. Melrose Drive, with free shuttle transportation tot the festival. Admission is free.
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