My wife, 9-year old son, and myself are planning a trip to California in the summer of 2014 (Might as well start planning early). We have some ideas on what we want to do, but would love to have advice from people familiar with the area.
We will be flying from Tampa on a Friday and will return to Tampa the following Sunday with 8 free days in between. We are open to using any airport that Southwest flies into (lots of points to use) but we assume that San Diego will be one of them.
Zoos, aquariums, and nature will definitely be the theme of this trip. We intend to go to both San Diego Zoo parks as well as the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our only other real goal (actually mine) is to see Sequoias or Redwoods (Yosemite?). Other (potential but not necessary) interests would be catching a baseball game in SF, LA, or SD. Disney, Sea World, etc are not options since we already have those here in FL. So are there any other zoos or aquariums worth the visit? What about wine country? Sequoias and Redwoods? Any other natural wonders?
Any and all help would be appreciated. Basically, the only constants are flying in on a Friday and returning on a Sunday.
Thank you in advance,