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Children's Nature Retreat

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lots of friendly animals and staff

Traveling with children? Looking for a naturally beautiful retreat center for an office or... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
Danny H
Great day!

We had the best time here! The staff is great, the animals are hilarious and adorable. We weren’t... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
David A
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Jun 17, 2018
“Lots of friendly animals and staff”
Apr 8, 2018
“Great day!”
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The Children’s Nature Retreat welcomes visitors of all ages, allowing everyone to enjoy and explore the beautiful and tranquil surroundings at their leisure. This magical and serene ranch-style retreat, with its 20-acres of terrain, is a safe haven...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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5178 Japatul Spur Alpine, San Diego, CA 91901-3481
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Traveling with children? Looking for a naturally beautiful retreat center for an office or organized event? The Children’s Nature Retreat is a truly unique experience in the area where you can get hands-on interactions with over 100 friendly animals. Recently opened, you can feel the...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

We had the best time here! The staff is great, the animals are hilarious and adorable. We weren’t sure if the kids or the adults had more fun. I’m serious! We will definitely be returning for another awesome day! They have fun events that they...More

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Reviewed 16 December 2017

I have been there 3 times now and I am amazed and in awe of the animals and how they're cared for at the retreat. I will be back again soon!

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

We spent the whole day interacting with the wide variety of animals. Beautiful, clean facility. You can tell the animals are well loved and taken care of.

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Agnes B, Owner at Children's Nature Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Thank you for your amazing review. Animal interactions bring people of all ages to the retreat. Children's Nature Retreat is not your typical zoo. It's a place where animals teach and people learn, a special "time-out" in the world of nature.

Reviewed 3 December 2017

Such a great opportunity to see these animals at a beautiful venue. Very friendly staff! Will definitely go back.More

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Agnes B, Manager at Children's Nature Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

We appreciate your kind words. Everyone working at the Retreat is passionate about animals and it shows. Our animals are loved and well taken care of. They expect kindness from people. That's why they are so playful and joyfully interact with all our visitors. Looking...More

Reviewed 3 December 2017

What a great Retreat! Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy feeding animals you normally would not get to feed. Camels, zebras, goats, pigs, donkeys, horses and so many more.More

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Agnes B, Owner at Children's Nature Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Thank you for your review. We appreciate the 5 star rating! At Children's Nature Retreat there are plenty of nice spots for a picnic. The hardest part is figuring out which is the “best” happy spot … Currently, we have more than 120 domesticated livestock...More

Reviewed 3 December 2017

This place is AWESOME!!! It is hidden and off the beaten path but once you get there it is a WONDERFUL sanctuary for animals! It is spread out but things are not too far that you are too tired to walk. Each animal has its...More

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Agnes B, Owner at Children's Nature Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

We appreciate your wonderful compliments. There are many options at the retreat that may allow you to enjoy your day here even more. Enhance your visit with an up-close and personal add-on. You will enjoy up-close and personal interaction with our animals and learn all...More

Reviewed 3 December 2017

my niece and nephews wanted to do the zoo but we wanted to try something different. So we found the Children’s Nature Retreat. It was amazing. They only allow 100 people in per day. The owners provide hay for the kids to feed the animals....More

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Agnes B, Owner at Children's Nature Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Thank you for your review. If you would like to experience something different, Children's Nature Retreat Foundation is the right place. The retreat capacity is 100 visitors a day. We would like to make sure we do not overwhelm the animals. We also would like...More

Reviewed 3 December 2017

This was a beautiful happy place where the animals are well loved and cared for. It was a joy to visit!More

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Agnes B, Owner at Children's Nature Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Thank you for your amazing comments. In our increasingly digital-dependent and urbanized world, we are loosing touch with nature. With this in mind, we believe the Children’s Nature Retreat offers a rich connection to the earth, its plants and animals. We allow guests to step...More

Reviewed 2 December 2017

It's a favorite of mine and my kids. Lots of hands-on opportunities to feed, pet and enjoy the animals. We love the Friesien horses and the miniature horses the most, but the goats are pretty darn cute and the bunnies are so soft. Just watch...More

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Agnes B, Owner at Children's Nature Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Thank you for the top score! Many of our animals are rescued. We have a baby geep, the mom was a sheep and the dad a goat. The mother came to us pregnant and we didn’t know it until she got here. We have a...More

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