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Birdland San Diego
3069 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park

Pet stores are great places to visit with kids, as long as you aren't prone to impulse purchases. But it's unlikely you'll suddenly decide to drop $999 on a Persa Touraco or $1899 on a Rose-Breasted Cockatoo. You can see all kinds of exotic birds up close here, on open perches. You can even hold them -- if you're brave enough. (The staff will assist if you ask.) The caged lovebirds are especially fun to watch; prices start at $29.99. Parakeets are $9.99 and up, and the store sells cages, food, and lots of bird toys. Kids can see the hand-raised babies being fed in a glass-fronted nursery. And if you're lucky, someone will bring in a Lilac-Crowned Amazon ($699) for a toenail clipping.

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