San Juan Capistrano is one of those lovely towns that I have driven by on many occasions, but had never had a reason to stop at before.  I had never taken the time to find out what there was to see and do, but knew I would get there one day.

A little while ago I was checking my email (as I do numerous times a day) and I came across a Plum District offer for Zoomars Petting Zoo.  I knew we hadn't been before so decided to purchase the deal.  I googled how far away it was and then went onto the Zoomars website to see what else was in the area.

I quickly discovered that there was a train stop right near the petting zoo.  We had been promising to take Flynn on a train ride along the coast for a while and this was the perfect opportunity.  We drove to the closest Amtrak station where we purchased our tickets and watched other trains coming and going while we waited for our train. 

Solana Beach Train Station

Someone was beyond happy to be riding on a passenger train.  He's been on them before, but never this one along the coast.

When we arrived in San Juan Capistrano, it was lunchtime.  The train ride was about 45 minutes.  The kids were starving.  Across from the station we saw the entrance to the Los Rios Historic District.  It was quaint, and lovely, and one of those places I would love to stroll through.  We popped over the tracks and made our way into the Hummingbird House Cafe which was directly opposite the station.  We found a lovely table outside with a view of the train station and a hummingbird feeder in the tree next to us where hummingbirds were chasing one another.  I ate the best gyro I have ever had.  No really, it was. 

Los Rios San Juan Capistrano

Los Rios Historic DistrictHummingbird House Cafe Patio

After lunch we decided to have a little look around.  It happened that the SJC Art Fair was on that day directly across from the cafe so we had a wander through it.

San Juan Capistrano Art Fair

Next we made our way toward Zoomers Petting Zoo, where there was animal feeding, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, a playground, a little train ride, pumpkin picking, and panning.

Zoomars animal feeding

Zoomars activities for kids

Zoomars animals
Zoomars Panning

The kids had a fabulous time.

Before catching our train home, we stopped for frozen yogurt and then played at the train station for a while.  Look at the brilliant colors of the leaves.

Picnik collage

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Tonya Staab October 12, 2011 - 9:15 am

Thanks for the tip Heather, I will definitely check it out next time.  Sounds like a perfect excuse to meet up with the girls :).

Heather @ Sixty Minute Housewife October 12, 2011 - 9:05 am

San Juan, Los Rios Street and Zoomar’s are our favorite places in Southern Claifornia. If you have the chance to go there again, try Ramos House Cafe. Best brunch in all of Orange County. More a “girls day out” place…not the most kid friendly – but AMAZING! Beautiful photos….

mom taxi julie October 12, 2011 - 10:08 am

Looks like a lot of fun!

Julie October 12, 2011 - 10:57 am

That looks like so much fun! Went there as a kid a few times but would love to take my own kids. Love the Missions in CA.

Kymbrlee from Mom It Forward November 16, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Looks like a blast 🙂 I especially love the last picture you took of the fall leaf on the ground.

lucy July 6, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Thanks for the info. I have been wanting to do this with my kids:)


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