This city by the sea is a coveted vacation destination for anyone with wanderlust. San Diego has it all: natural beauty, a buzzing nightlife, plenty of food, and more adventure sports than you can tackle in one trip. Whether you’re hoping to soak in some sun on the beaches or eat your way through the Gaslamp District, travelers of all types can find fun things to do in San Diego, CA. From the mountains to the sea, San Diego activities appeal to the heart of anyone eager to experience Southern California.…
Top 198 Things to do in San Diego, California
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Grab the keys of your craft, an 18-foot (5. 5-m) Duffy electric vessel that’s easy to maneuver and tons of fun to drive. Load up with whatever snacks you want to bring aboard and feel free to store drinks in the built-in ice cooler. Before you head out, trained staff take you through a brief orientation, including a quick lesson on operating the sound system so you can listen to tunes while you cruise.
When you’re ready, set out into the water, equipped with a map that highlights the best places to stop. Cruise through the calm bay, snapping photos of tree-lined peninsulas and investigating tiny coves. Open up the big windows and let the breeze roll through the cabin as you enjoy your snacks and relax on cushioned, bench-style seats. Along the way, consider taking a break at one of the many resorts and hotels that dot the shore to have a drink at their beachside bars.
As your time winds to a close, meander back toward the dock, leisurely passing classic sailboats and massive mega-yachts that are also cruising the beautiful waters of Mission Bay. Read More close
Meet your skipper at the harbor and familiarize yourself with the 37-foot (11-m) sloop-rigged sailing yacht. Afterward, watch your skipper demonstrate sailing fundamentals like tying knots, handling sheets and halyards, and properly steering the boat.
Gain skills quickly as your skipper gives you feedback, helping you master your handling skills over the course of 2 days. Continue to improve and sharpen your sailing techniques with more on-water practice. While on your yacht, take in the awe-inspiring views and picturesque vistas of San Diego's skyline.
At the end of the class, feel confident in your ability to captain your own sailing vessel, having mastered necessary techniques including line handling, docking, hoisting the sails, and selecting the best route for success. Read More close
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Rendezvous with your friendly guide at the shop to gather all your equipment and get a brief overview to prepare for your adventure. Then, head down to the beach, hop on your kayak, and paddle out to sea. Follow your tour leader to an ideal location to anchor the kayaks.
Here, you put on your snorkel gear and jump into the ocean, searching the waters below for sea creatures. Keep your eyes peeled for innocuous leopard sharks, bat rays, and a variety of fish, with a chance to also spot a dolphin or sea turtle.
After a thrilling snorkel expedition, return to shore. Admire the exquisite scenery along the way and watch for your chance to catch a glimpse of sunbathing sea lions on the rocks. Read More close
Meet your guide at the shop to get outfitted with your kayak equipment and hear guidelines for a safe and successful tour. Then you proceed to the beach, hop in your kayak, and start out to sea.
You paddle out about 2 miles (3. 3 km) off the coast to find ideal sites for spotting the majestic gray whale. The 600-foot (180 m) La Jolla Canyon deep below provides a perfect path for the creatures' migration. While waiting for the chance to witness the mammal gliding by, your guide shares the history and background on the surrounding area. As you explore the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, you are likely to see other species of the abundant marine life located here including sea lions.
Finally, you make your way back to shore to conclude the tour. Read More close
Home to 4,235 acres (1,714 ha) of clear, sparkling waterways, Mission Bay is very popular for boat rentals because of its luxurious waterside houses, hidden beaches, and sandy coves. Set out on a fun-filled water adventure on the beautiful bay, cruising around in style with your friends and family in the comfort of this easy-to-navigate boat. Stock up your cooler with food and beverages to enjoy during your ride around the busy thoroughfares and quiet corners of the marine park.
Keep your camera ready as you look for native wildlife, and let the sun take your worries away as you float past the magic sands of Sail Bay, fishermen perched on Santa Barbara Cove, and monumental boats sitting outside the Mission Bay Yacht Club. As your trip comes to an end, head back to the dock to relax on the beach. Read More close
Head to the shop to meet your friendly guide, gather the necessary equipment, and get an informational overview in preparation for your excursion. Continue to the beach where the reefs have provided calmer waters to safely get on your kayak. Take notice of the breathtaking surroundings as you leave shore, keeping an eye out for sunbathing sea lions.
Make your way to the millions of years old sandstone cliffs to explore the exclusive sea caves, 6 of which are only accessible by kayak. Enter the fissures in the rocks that were once used to smuggle immigrants and contraband through. Peek over your kayak to discover the plentiful marine life in the ecological reserve, such as garibaldi fish, dolphins, and sea turtles.
Wrap up your tour as you soak up the sun and paddle your way back to shore. Read More close
Meet up with your trained pilot and instructor at an airport just outside the sun-soaked streets of San Diego. Get a thorough orientation to your day's activities, don a flight suit, and learn how to operate the basic controls of a nimble Extra 330LC plane. Climb aboard with your guide, letting them take care of takeoff before you grab the controls and prepare to engage.
Make sharp turns and stomach-churning drops as you track down an enemy plane, getting control help from your co-pilot along the way. Practice lining up stealthy shots and evading fire as you swoop and soar through the air. When your dogfight is over, let loose with some practice on the craziest aerial maneuvers you can dream up including tail slides, spins, corkscrews, and loop-the-loops.
Before you head back, take on one last mission, destroying a simulated missile defense system placed at the bottom of the valley floor. On your way, dodge anti-aircraft guns and digital shots before you launch your own weapons and destroy the target, making the skies safe for a graceful landing back at the airport. Read More close
Get acquainted with the self-balancing Segway as your instructor briefs you on safety and operations before you venture into the famous Balboa Park—the heart of San Diego and one of the oldest parks in the United States. The extensive lush green area is bustling with tranquil paths, gardens, historic monuments, and museums.
With the flexibility of a private tour, you define the route of this excursion. Pass remarkable buildings such as the San Diego Museum of Art, the Botanical Building, or the California Bell Tower. Along the way, listen as your knowledgeable guide shares fascinating facts about the park's history and vibrant culture. Get a glimpse of the world-renown San Diego Zoo before heading to the Desert Garden. Read More close
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Spread out over 1,200 acres (486 ha), the first Balboa Park landmarks were constructed in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. Since that time, hundreds of new additions have popped up. After meeting up with your guide for the day and taking a brief lesson on Segway operation, head to the park’s gates to start your exploration.
Cruise along wide paths flanked by Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture and swaying palm trees. Snap photos of bright flowers blooming in the Japanese Friendship or Desert Gardens and hear stories about Kate Sessions, a botanist and landscape expert who worked tirelessly to preserve and expand the gardens' features in the early 20th century.
Investigate every nook and cranny of Balboa Park as you continue to roll by famous museums, including the San Diego Museum of Art and the Air & Space Museum, as well as colorful attractions like the beloved Carousel. Make a final loop of the outer fences of the acclaimed San Diego Zoo, and wrap up your tour where you began, where you can make plans for a return visit to some of the park’s most attractive features. Read More close
Your rolling expedition begins at our headquarters on Harbor Drive, where a brief training video shows you the techniques you'll apply on your ride. Next, mount your wheeled steed, try out the basics, and get ready to head off into the city.
Once you've set off, your knowledgeable tour guides will regale you with stories and facts from San Diego's past as you traverse the city. Roll past some charming buildings along the city streets as you make your way into Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the nation.
Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens, and the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park contains some outstanding examples of San Diego's culture. You can ride past the world's largest outdoor pipe organ, weave through the forest of trees along the park's vast network of paths, and navigate past the zoo.
After a cruise down El Prado and past the park's stunning Spanish Renaissance-style buildings, styled to resemble the ornamented Spanish churches in Mexico, you can navigate through Little Italy and experience a slice of authentic Italian culture on your return voyage. Read More close
Kick off your day in downtown San Diego's bustling streets, where you can meet up with your guide, get fitted for a helmet, and learn about the basic controls of your 2-wheeled transportation. Find out how to make smooth starts and leaning turns before you set a course for Balboa Park.
Roll under the entrance of this sprawling green space and listen to your guide as they share intriguing info about sights and landmarks that spring up along your winging palm tree-lined path. You might stop to smell the flowers outside the Botanical Building, snap photos of the San Diego Museum of Art's ornate edifice, or learn about the park's growth for the 1915 Panama–California Exposition.
After a break to recharge and sip on cool bottled water, make your way back to your starting point and get tips from your guide on other park attractions to check out during your stay in San Diego. Read More close
Meet up with your guide and make your way to the grand entrance of Balboa Park, marked by the tower and dome of the San Diego Museum of Man. Listen as your guide shares stories about how these structures were built as part of the 1915 Panama–California Exposition, and then continue on into the park to scope out other alluring features like the graceful waterworks of the Bea Evenson Fountain.
Snap photos as you wander past the flowers outside the Botanical Building, listen for the roars of lions coming from the San Diego Zoo, and spend some time admiring the gleaming pipes of the Spreckels Organ. Before you head back to your starting point, get tips from your guide on which museums and attractions to check out later on, and then head back to the city to do some more exploring. Read More close
Meet your guide at the tour office before setting out in search of the first brewery, Karl Strauss. This downtown location features a vast selection of IPAs for you to taste. While here, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the original brewery, hear interesting facts about their process, and learn some fun beer lingo.
Next, head to the epicenter of the local micro brewery phenomenon, Stone Brewery. Sample their specially made micro brews during an interactive beer talk, allowing you to learn what this new scene in beer is all about.
The final stop is along the stunning waterfront at San Diego's oldest tavern. With over 30 beers on tap and a wide selection of craft brews, you have plenty of options to try. Use your newly learned lingo to order a beer to suit your taste, and then say cheers with your fellow bar mates as you toast a day well spent. Read More close
The Gaslamp Quarter is renowned for its modern character, formed in the post-Gold Rush era, when people arrived in droves to the port town of San Diego. Meet your crew lead by a colorful local guide in the center of the Gaslamp Quarter and head off for a fantastic night of delectable food tastings, thirst-quenching drinks, and excitement galore.
Stroll through the infamous streets of the red light district, learning about Victorian-era history, such as scandalous tales of the most popular brothels and Prohibition-era gangsters. Delve into the fascinating culinary world of San Diego as you have the opportunity to try local delicacies and international cuisine such as Gang Kitchen's Asian-inspired food, unbeatable pizza at Ciro's Pizzeria, and specialty-made cupcakes from Heavenly Cupcake.
Continue to the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter—home to an host of bespoke cocktail bars and renowned microbreweries—where you can wash down your delicious tour with a sumptuous drink.
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With your experienced guide, board a bus and leave the city center behind to marvel at stunning views of gold-sand beaches and the sparkling Pacific Ocean. At your first stop, a brewery with a long history of thirst-quenching ales, sample local beers as you hear some of San Diego's legendary brewery tales and soak up the vibe of the friendly beach community.
At the second brewery take a VIP tour of the facility and gain fascinating insight into how beer is made. As the daylight starts to dim, hop out of the bus and take a walk on the beach for a magnificent view of the sunset. Witness a flurry of color paint the sky—an unforgettable sight to behold—and stop at the famed Belmont Park for a tasty bite at a gastropub along the boardwalk. Read More close
Along the spectacular shores of San Diego, sail through the crystal blue waters of the bay and pass the Coronado Bay Bridge. Admire the intricate monumental structure while you listen to commentary about the history and culture of the area from a local guide. Relax as you cruise through the water and spot Star of India, North Island naval station, and barking sea lions at Point Loma.
Sit down to your private table and enjoy a sumptuous brunch featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients—including hickory smoked bacon, thick French toast, and hand-cut fries. With a glass of champagne in hand, take in panoramic views of stunning San Diego before heading back to shore.
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Hop aboard and set out to explore the calm waters off the coast of San Diego. Cruise past the world-class selection of historic ships at the Maritime Museum and enjoy some relaxing time on your boat's upper deck while you gaze at the horizon of the grand Pacific Ocean.
Along the cruise, indulge in a gourmet buffet featuring California favorites such as Baja ceviche, farm-fresh produce, and natural, grass-fed beef sirloin—all while being entertained by local musicians.
Sample buffet menu includes (subject to change):
- Chef-attended omelet station
- Chilled Pacific seafood station
- California farm-fresh antipasto station
- Chef-attended carving station with beef sirloin and turkey breast
- Old Town taco bar
- Belgian waffles
- Breakfast station with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes
- Freshly baked breakfast pastries and sliced seasonal fruit
- Locally grown strawberry dessert station with gourmet pastries and a chocolate fountain Read More close
Your day begins with a crash course in Segway riding as you don a helmet and find out how to lean and steer these futuristic contraptions. When you feel confident making tight turns and smooth starts, follow your intrepid leader into the city, heading for the longstanding façades of the Gaslamp Quarter.
As the oldest neighborhood in the city, this colorful district is filled with buildings that date back to the 19th century. Snap photos of their Victorian architecture and hear stories about San Diego’s Gold Rush days as you cruise down red brick sidewalks.
With the stories of pirates and sailors still fresh in your memory, make your way toward the waterfront and enjoy a quick detour past Petco Park, where the Padres take on baseball’s best. Reach the Embarcadero and savor stunning bay views while you look for hulking Navy ships like the USS Midway and the classic wooden tall ship Star of India.
Listen to your guide explain how this sun-drenched strip of Southern California became an important military base and how its early fishing industries brought thousands of immigrants looking to cash in on the area’s rich waters. After a few photo stops at the Tuna pier and Urban Tree Exhibit, head back to your starting point to compare riding experiences and get a few tips from your guide on other places to check out throughout the city. Read More close
Start your journey through San Diego with an outing to La Jolla to take in the area's stunning natural setting. The coast here draws comparisons to the Mediterranean and makes an excellent subject for pictures. Marine life is drawn to La Jolla Bay's deep waters, so keep your eyes out for dolphins and seals sharing the waves with surfers.
Back in the city, pay a visit to Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre (485-ha) urban park nestled next to downtown. A cultural and recreational center, Balboa Park's grassy expanse houses museums, a gym, an array of gardens, and even the San Diego Zoo.
A trip to Old Town lets you see where the city started out back in 1769. Shops, museums, and award-winning restaurants here not only embrace but also help preserve San Diego's heritage. Old Town's historic buildings hearken back to the period between 1821 and 1871, when San Diego was developing as a city.
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Enjoy convenient transportation from downtown San Diego to Gillespie Field. Meet up with your pilot and tour guide beside the belly of a brightly colored Extra 330LC aircraft. After donning a flight suit, hop in and close the bubble-style canopy before taxiing out to the runway and taking off.
Cruise past the lighthouse perched on Point Loma, scream over the charming waterfront of Coronado Island, and check out the massive hulls of Navy battleships. Soar beyond the cottages of Crystal Pier and then bank over city streets for bird's-eye views of Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium. Before you head back, come around for a stunning look at the San Diego skyline and then return to the airport for a gentle landing. Read More close
Head to a marina just steps away from the busy streets of downtown and step from the dock onto the wide-open decks of a modern boat. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, you’re sure to find a comfortable spot to begin your tour.
Watch as the skyline comes into focus and listen for the experienced crew to announce the first major site on the tour. With your camera ready, check out the hulls of mighty navy ships like the USS Midway and classic craft including the Star of India, a wooden tall ship. See the historic resorts and exclusive beachfront bungalows of Coronado and float between the towering columns of the bridge that connects it to the mainland.
As you loop around, consider grabbing a beverage from the onboard bar and don’t forget to chat with staff about any interesting features you want to learn more about. Whether you choose to explore the north or south side of the harbor—or both—you’re sure to get up-close looks at lots of fascinating features. Read More close
Start downtown where you can meet up with your guide, get equipped with a helmet, and take a short riding lesson to familiarize yourself with your Segway's easy-to-use controls. Practice graceful starts, stops, and turns, and then head out into the city to do some exploring on 2 wheels.
Cruise along the waterfront to catch glimpses of gleaming yachts crisscrossing the harbor, hulking battleships tied up to massive docks, and packed marinas bursting with activity. Continue on to cruise beneath the archway that leads into the Gaslamp District and listen to your guide share stories about the city's earliest history as you cruise by this vibrant neighborhood's 19th-century brick buildings.
Pass by the green grass and stadium seats at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and wrap up your day humming around the museums, gardens, and Spanish Revival-style architecture spread out over Balboa Park's 1,200 acres (490 ha).
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Participate in a fun orientation session until you feel comfortable enough to safely head out and explore the landmark-filled streets of San Diego on your trusty vehicle. Following your local guide, meander towards the well-preserved Gaslamp Quarter. Marvel at the facades of the colorful 19th century buildings and snap photos of Victorian-era architecture as you hear stories about the city's roots.
Pass by charming leafy neighborhoods on your way to the waterfront while your guide shares anecdotes about San Diego's history and culture. Arrive at the Embarcadero and revel in the unobstructed bay views, admiring the striking silhouette created by historic ships such as the USS Midway and Star of India. Journey back to your starting point, but not before asking you knowledgeable guide for some advice on other San Diego attractions. Read More close
Depart from your San Diego hotel and cross the California-Mexico border in a spacious, air-conditioned coach. Head down winding roads, meandering south into Mexico while enjoying views of soft hillsides and rocky cliffs slipping into the ocean. Admire scenic vistas through your window before arriving in Ensenada—a renowned fishing port located in the Bahía de Todos Santos inlet.
Hop out of your coach and immediately appreciate the variety of natural sights mixed in with intricate man-made structures. Then begin your relaxed walking tour of the seaport city, heading to emblematic sites like the Civic Plaza, the home of Mexican heroes represented by spectacular sculptures.
Enjoy a traditional Mexican lunch before continuing to the delightful Malecon boardwalk. Enjoy some free time here to pop into local boutiques. As the light dims behind the surrounding mountain ranges, get back on your coach for the return drive up the Pacific Coast to San Diego.
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Hop aboard your comfortable ride and begin your journey through the core of the city with the aid of a guide—spotting along the way the thriving Embarcadero, the fascinating Gaslamp Quarter, water vessels at the Maritime Museum, and the iconic USS Midway. Take as many photographs as you want, stopping to listen to interesting historical tidbits from your knowledgeable local guide.
Afterward, board the San Diego Bay Ferry for a ride across the sparkling bay to the Coronado Ferry Landing. Meander along the waterfront, marveling at the view of the San Diego skyline from a completely unique perspective. Soak in the port city, riding under the Coronado Bridge and past the stunning estates that the area is renowned for.
Hop off your bike and begin a fascinating tour of Hotel del Coronado, hearing why the building is known as one of the most haunted in America. Continue to curve around the Coronado routes along the Pacific Ocean to the North Island and back to the ferry again, to return to San Diego's shores. Read More close
Once off the ferry, glide beachside and learn the facts, history, and legends of the area. Roll past the West Coast’s only all-wood, luxury Victorian beach resort hotel, the Hotel Del Coronado. This hotel, built in 1888, was once a private home and is now home to a resident ghost, Kate Morgan.
Your fast-paced ride continues around the lively streets and walking paths of Coronado Island. Make frequent stops to snap memorable photos of amazing beaches, stunning scenery, and opulent mansions. After your tour of the island is complete, make your way back to the ferry for a relaxing return trip to San Diego. Watch the island landmarks loom in the distance, feel the San Diego breeze on your face, and reflect on your adventure. Read More close
Head to the Crown City to connect with your knowledgeable tour guide and set out to discover delicious local fare. You have the chance to learn about the early settlement of the area by 17th-century Spanish settlers and the historic Hotel Del Coronado, as well as how the delightful city impacted movies like “The Wizard of Oz. ” As you take in the serene beauty of the island and views of the San Diego skyline, you also hear about the development of the Coronado Bridge.
On the tour visit 5 or more restaurants to partake in scrumptious nibbles. You have the chance to try popular picks of Mexican and tropical cuisine, as well as tasty gelato and fresh olive oils.
Tour stops such as:
- NEW! Tartine
- Nado Gelato by Bottega Italiana
- Clayton’s Coffee Shop and Mexican Takeout Window
- Coronado Taste of Oils
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Hop on a comfortable bus with your knowledgeable expert guide and drive to your first brewery, Ballast Point. Embark on a behind-the-scenes adventure through the facility and learn about the history of brewing culture and traditions. Sample award-winning beers while you learn the difference between commercial and craft brews.
Next, drive through the winding San Diego streets to the award-winning Green Flash Brewing Company, renowned for its hoppy India pale ales and fresh Pacific ales. Walk through the production area and sit down to a delicious lunch. Then head to one more fantastic brewery before your tour concludes and you have sipped your way through the city's lively craft beer scene. Read More close
Your delectable tasting tour begins near the famous Beverly Center, the only mall in Beverly Hills. The first tasting is at the nearby Magnolia Bakery, which harkens back to Grandma's kitchen with their signature red velvet cupcake.
Next is Sweet E's Bakeshop, a celebrity favorite whose owner worked with Fergie to create desserts for her baby shower. Then try a delicious salted caramel pie at Simplethings, a quaint little cafe and bakery that evokes a fond sense of going to a family gathering. Quite possibly the most popular spot on the tour is Joan's on Third, with a reputation as a hip gathering spot frequented by Hollywood stars and foodies.
The Little Michelle Bakery is the last stop on the tour. If you have been to Paris and love French pastries, don't miss this authentic French patisserie. Take some time to relax on the lovely open patio with regular Francophone patrons for an experience that may make you feel like you are in the South of France instead of Hollywood. Read More close
Meet your pedicab driver near the Hard Rock Hotel and climb in the wheeled, bike-powered carriage. Chat with the driver, letting them know what sights you'd most like to see during your 45-minute ride and what type of music you'd like to hear. Then, set off toward your chosen destination as the wind blows through your hair on a temperate, San Diego day.
The Gaslamp Quarter is the perfect place to choose for a romantic ride and has an abundance of sights that you can hop out to explore on foot. Or, head to the coast where you can watch the waves crash against the shore as beachgoers enjoy fun in the sun.
Your guide is there to provide insider knowledge and history of the city as you go, so pull your blanket onto your lap, rock out to your favorite tunes, and cherish the moment, snapping priceless photos to remember the trip. Read More close
Your cruise of San Diego Bay and the California coast showcases Coronado Bay Bridge, the Star of India, the North Island Naval station, and the USS Midway aircraft carrier.
Before and after dinner, a professional DJ entertains you as you dine, dance, and stargaze at the sparkling backdrop of the San Diego skyline. Read More close
Don't wait for a seat—with priority access, you can zip past the crowds and cozy up to your table in no time. As you wait for your cheeseburger, pasta, grilled chicken sandwich, or salad, listen to the music playing over the speakers and peruse the wide variety of rock 'n' roll memorabilia.
After dessert, take another look around. View classic items on display, like a hat and shawl worn by Stevie Nicks on her "Rumours" tour, a drumhead donated by Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, and a double-neck guitar played by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page on the 1975 tour.
Sample menu includes:
- Hard Rock Cheeseburger or Bacon cheeseburger with seasoned fries
- Honey mustard grilled chicken sandwich with seasoned fries
- Fire-roasted tomato pasta with fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic toast
- Barbecue pulled pork sandwich with marinated slaw and seasoned fries
- Chicken Caesar salad tossed with grilled chicken and parmesan cheese
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Put on your dancing shoes and head to the city’s scenic waterfront. Step onto your vessel for the evening, a well-appointed yacht with wide windows that feature spectacular views. Grab a glass of champagne and stroll around the outer decks as the crew tosses off the mooring lines and the captain steers you out into San Diego Bay.
After your glass of bubbly, take a seat and welcome your first course which could include soup du jour, baked brie, or hummus and flatbread. Follow your appetizer with a crisp Caesar salad before tucking into your choice of delectable entrées, like New York strip steak or fresh fish. Save room for dessert as you select from classics like cheesecake and mud pie.
When the plates are cleared, consider grabbing a drink while a professional DJ spins tunes that are sure to get you and your party to dance the night away. In between songs, catch your breath outside in the cool air, watching famous San Diego landmarks and iconic features as they drift by, the ideal backdrop for your twilight tour.
Sample menu includes:
- Soup du jour
- Hazelnut encrusted baked brie
- Chipotle hummus with flatbread
- Jumbo Mexican white prawn cocktail
- Fresh bread
- Caesar wedge salad
- Grilled New York strip steak
- Locally caught seasonal fish
- Chicken osso bucco
- Grilled vegetable and pearl couscous strata
- Semi-traditional mud pie
- Classic cheesecake
- Pecan brownie ala mode
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Beyond the rolling hills and sun-soaked shores of San Diego, head to a local hangar for an up-close view of your aerobatic aircraft, an Extra 330LC. After certified instructors brief you on the logistics and safety of your flight, practice multiple warm-up exercises and experience the surreal feeling of sitting in the pilot’s seat for the first time.
Under the supervision of an expert combat fighter pilot, embark on the ultimate competitive challenge and master the art of basic fighter maneuvers against a friend, or other expert pilots. Feel the power of your plane's 330-horsepower engine as it delivers the thrill of authentic aerial combat, savor the satisfaction of hitting a target with the optical targeting system, and watch as smoke appears from your enemy’s aircraft.
As the mission wraps up, experience the heart-stopping drop of your first hammerhead stall and the adrenaline rush of your first dynamic low-level air-to-ground mission, destroying a simulated missile defense system before you head back to the runway. Read More close
Meet up with your guide in Downtown and embark on a fascinating tour around the Gaslamp Quarter. You hear about the gambling halls and original Red Light District as you meander through the city, passing through the serene William Heath Davis house courtyard and the historic Horton Grand Hotel.
Make your way to pre-selected local restaurants to sample delightful choices from their menu. Continuing on, your knowledgeable guide shares background on San Diego as a small fishing village. Then, make your last stop in charming Little Italy to try more tasty dishes.
Tour stops such as:
- NEW! The Rooftop Bar- Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel (Saturdays only)
- NEW! Meze Greek Fusion
- NEW! Currant American Brasserie (Saturdays only)
- Royal India Downtown
- Berkeley Pizza Downtown
- Napizza Little Italy (Fridays only)
- Davanti Enoteca Little Italy (Fridays only) Read More close
Starting in the heart of San Diego, meet your colorful local guide and jump on a comfortable cruiser bike. Meander along the Embarcadero, making sure to snap some photographs of the massive aircraft carrier, the USS Midway, as well as numerous sculptures and art sites that dot the waterfront.
Ride around Seaport Village and take in the relaxed atmosphere of the park, where horse-drawn carriages and children flying kites are the norm. Grab a quick rest here and enjoy a perfect view of the Coronado Bridge, making sure to ask your guide for tales about its construction.
Continue on, curving around the best bits of the city, exploring the northwest side of downtown, and checking out the neighborhood eateries of Little Italy. Cruise past the delicious aromas of busy bakeries, catch glimpses of beautifully-constructed murals, and see the produce-packed stalls of friendly grocers. Having worked up an appetite, stop here for an Italian pastry or homemade gelato before your unforgettable tour ends back at your starting point. Read More close
Meet your guide and kick your tour off with a beer at one of the city's most renowned breweries, Ballast Point in Little Italy. Here, at one of the largest producers of craft beer in San Diego, take a behind-the-scenes tour and listen as your guide describes the craft beer revolution as well as the basics of making the thirst-quenching brews you have a chance to taste.
Next, head to Bottlecraft—a store dedicated to sourcing and selling a wide variety of craft and international beers. Learn different aspects of evaluating brews from lagers to stouts as you sip more suds. Then follow your guide through the lively streets to the hottest pizza place in Little Italy and savor a slice while reflecting on your day of sipping some of the finest beers on the West Coast. Read More close
Kick off your 2-wheeled excursion with a quick lesson on the basic controls of your gyroscopic contraption. Practice turning, starting, and stopping under the watchful eyes of trained professionals before they turn you loose into the city.
Ride down wide sidewalks as your guide leads you through iconic neighborhoods, from the Gold Rush-era buildings strewn through the Gaslamp Quarter to the trendy cafes and hip shops of the up-and-coming East Village.
Listen to tales about the area's storied past while you snap photos of notable landmarks including the Victorian-styled William Heath Davis house, built in 1850, and the Horton Grand Hotel, where gunslinger and famed frontiersman Wyatt Earp once lived.
Wrap up your exciting foray with a look into the present. Smell the hops as you head past the frothy pints being served at the Mission Brewery and gaze at the stunning dome of the newly designed San Diego Public Library, home to a massive collection of baseball memorabilia. Before you part ways with your guide, grab some tips on the best places to dine around town, including insider ideas on hunting down locally loved happy hours. Read More close
Meet your guide near the Hard Rock Hotel and hop into the carriage of the comfortable pedicab which offers great visibility as you journey along. During the colder season, you are offered a warm blanket to help keep you and your partner snug. The cab is also equipped with safety equipment to ensure you are protected from any elements.
Listen to your guide as you are peddled toward sights such as the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, Seaport Village, the USS Midway, and the fish market area where you can see the statue of the sailor kissing the girl. At each of the designated stops, you are welcome to hop out of the pedicab to have a look around and to snap a few photos. After you've been shown around downtown, check out the harbor and then return to where the tour began. Read More close
Whether you're a novice rider or a seasoned veteran, the unmistakable thunder of a Harley-Davidson® engine gives you an unmatched adrenaline boost. This rental experience has everything you need to tour in comfort and style. Choose from several classic Harley-Davidson® models, including the Fat Boy®, Heritage Softail® Classic, Road King®, and Electra Glide®.
To familiarize yourself with its operation, an orientation to your motorcycle is provided. Unlimited mileage gives you the option to fully explore your destination and get a good taste of the powerful capabilities of your machine. The thrill and freedom that comes from riding a Harley® is something you'll never forget. Experience for yourself why this motorcycle is considered an American classic.
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Head for the protected waters of Mission Bay, a 4,235-acre (1714-ha) aquatic sprawl of resort-filled islands, hidden coves, and picturesque beaches. Meet up with your guide and captain and step aboard a 22-foot (7-m) electric boat to find a cushioned seat in the comfortable interior.
Cruise between crisscrossing sailboats and buzzing jet skis as you seek out the quiet corners of this expansive marine park. As you ride, grab a glass of crisp chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, or something bubbly to celebrate, like prosecco. To go with your vino, enjoy small bites from a selection of artisanal meats and cheeses or a vegetarian cheese platter with accompaniments like hummus, ciabatta, and wildflower honey.
Sip and nibble your way past the sands of Sail Bay, the fishermen in Santa Barbara Cove, and the stunning ships outside the Mission Bay Yacht Club. Don’t forget to snap photos as you go, and feel free to make music requests to play over the boat’s onboard stereo.
Sample menu includes:
- 5 varieties of handcrafted meats
- 4 types of artisan cheese
- Hummus dip
- Dried fruit
- Ciabatta, baguette, and multi-grain crackers
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After meeting your guide spend some time getting used to your Segway—while it's intuitive to ride, it's not automatic. Get all the tips and techniques you need to feel comfortable cruising around town before you roll away and let the tour begin.
Take off along the city's picturesque waterfront and marvel at the deep blue waters of North San Diego Bay. Ride through the historic Navy Pier and stop at the Unconditional Surrender Statue to learn about the USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier that is now a historic naval aviation museum.
Cruise along the waterfront to the charming Seaport Village, full of one-of-a-kind restaurants and artisan boutiques. Arrive at the Embarcadero Marina Park and marvel at the view of Coronado and Broadway Pier. The last stop is at the towering Star of India ship, the world's oldest active sailing ship, where you can learn about its fascinating history dating back to 1863. Read More close
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Kick off your zipping foray with a quick introductory riding lesson. Follow your professional trip leader as they show you how to lean into tight turns and balance during quick starts and stops. Once you’ve mastered your contraption, set a course for the San Diego waterfront and take off.
Roll by the tree-lined lawns of Embarcadero Park, peek in the windows of the bustling shops and restaurants of Seaport Village, and pause for a break in Tuna Harbor Park while your expert guide shares stories about the history of commercial fishing in this salty sea port.
Buzz behind the hulking stern of the USS Midway and look for the equally large but gleaming white hulls of nearby cruise ships, bound for the warm waters of Mexico and beyond. Snap photos of your favorite vessels as you make a final loop around the city’s quiet marinas, and then head back to your starting point. Read More close
Head to the surf and flower capital of Encinitas, also the inspiration for The Beach Boys’ well-known song “Surfin’ USA” to liaise with your friendly guide. You meander around the beach community along the historical highway once called El Camino Real, translated as “The King’s Highway,” to several pre-selected restaurants. Continue on to view the unique historical boathouses named SS Encinitas and SS Moonlight, hearing about how railroads aided the town’s evolution.
Stop in at popular eateries to grab a bite of the best cuisine they have to offer. Delight in savory, spicy, and sweet concoctions fresh from the kitchen in an easygoing beachy atmosphere.
Tour stops such as:
- NEW! URBN Coal Fired Pizza Encinitas
- Savory Spice Shop Encinitas
- St. Tropez Bistro & Beyond
- Lobster West
- Potato Shack Cafe Read More close
Nestled in Chula Vista, sits a new fleet of lavish supercars. There, you meet up with experienced drivers to help you get set up with your vehicles. Over the course of your 2. 5-hour experience, you can opt to drive in any of the 4 exotic cars on offer—a Ferrari 360 and F430, Porsche GT3, and Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. For a more thrilling adventure, you can also choose to drive in a combination of 2 or 3 or drive in all of the 4 supercars.
Choose which powerful machine you want to hop into first and receive a safety briefing, becoming acquainted with the exotic beast. Get instruction on how to operate the paddle-shift system used in Formula One race cars, and then you're ready to get out onto the open road. Feel the power and exhilaration of the engine as you blast down straights and whip around curves with adept precision.
Feel the ocean breeze blow through your hair, and listen to the animalistic roar of the engine as you speed along some of San Diego’s most beautiful coastal scenic roads, including the Silver Strand, Coronado Island, and Harbor Island routes. Get a scenic glimpse of the area's bustle, striking structures, and iconic architecture as you cross the Coronado Bridge, heading back to the car yard, safe and sound.
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You meet up with your farm-to-table guide and California cuisine expert, Chef Jodi, to begin your mouthwatering tour. With a decade of teaching experience and a resume filled with culinary explorations around the world, Chef Jodi is the ideal person to help you embark on your own private journey exploring San Diego’s spectacular food scene.
Together, you browse the quaint farmers’ markets of San Diego and La Jolla, where local artisans and organic growers all display their fabulous and fresh products. You can experience the intimacy of Little Italy where pasta is hand-made daily and some of the finest ingredients are imported direct from the Italian countryside to your shopping bag.
Sample California’s gorgeous offerings before choosing the crisp vegetables, ripe fruits, aromatic herbs, and specialty items that you will bring back to Chef Jodi’s kitchen to create a meal unlike any other. Grab a glass of wine, don an apron, and obtain new kitchen skills and techniques as you create a gourmet 3-course meal.
Complete the adventure by relaxing and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Sit down in Chef Jodi’s elegant dining room or gather on her Tuscan-inspired terrace atop beautiful Mt. Soledad. Then enjoy your homemade farm-to-table meal, complete with wines that have been carefully paired with your meal. Read More close
Your experienced instructor is waiting for you on the picture-perfect Cabrillo Isle Marina, on the north end of scenic San Diego Bay. Here, begin a brief orientation on the techniques necessary to control a flyboard, which combines the feeling of a jetpack with the power of a jet ski.
This experience is perfect for you and a group of friends or family. Get fitted into your wet suit and then begin your aquatic adventure. Put your feet onto your skateboard-style flyboard and learn to balance, move your feet, and levitate—and before long—start to zip and skim along the water, reaching up to 40 feet (12 m) in the air. With the help of 2 jets of water blasting out from beneath your feet, shoot up through the surface, or lean forward and race your friends along the sparkling San Diego shore.
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Meet up with your professional instructor in Cabrillo Isle Marina, on the north end of scenic San Diego Bay. Enjoy a brief lesson on the basic controls of your high-flying ride, don a wetsuit, and then strap your feet onto your skateboard-style flyboard.
Leap into the water and feel the power churn underneath your board. Rise up and hover above the surface, lifted only by the force of 2 massive jets of water blasting out from beneath your feet. Once you’ve mastered balancing, attempt a few maneuvers like corkscrews, dives, or maybe a dizzying flip. Experienced instructors control the throttle, so you only have to worry about deciding which trick to try next.
When your time runs out, gracefully descend back into the water and make your way toward the dock. As you unstrap from your curious contraption, consider another round or enjoy the chance to watch the pros take a few spectacular spins. Read More close
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get behind the wheel of one of the world's top-rated supercars. Your day begins with a choice between a candy red Ferrari F430 Spider, with a V8 and 490 horsepower, a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, with a V10 and all-wheel drive, and a nimble Porsche GT3.
After a private instruction and safety briefing to acquaint you with the car's paddle-style shifters, blast off and begin an adventure where you get to choose the route and itinerary. Race along curvy mountain roads toward Cleveland National Forest, view the San Diego skyline as you travel over the Coronado Bay Bridge, or tame the coastal lanes near La Jolla. Don't forget, you get to enjoy the thrills of this high-powered ride for 24 hours, so you can cruise during the day and at night.
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Get acquainted with the self-balancing 2-wheeler as your instructor briefs you on Segway safety and operations. Embark on an amusing tour through San Diego's breathtaking downtown, waterfront, and renowned historical district. Soak up the views of the San Diego Bay and beloved Coronado, and listen as your guide spouts fascinating facts about the city's rich history, vibrant beach lifestyle, and laid-back culture.
Roll through the enchanting Gaslamp Quarter, known as the city's nightlife and cultural hub for hosting various events and festivals throughout the year. Get a glimpse of the Kansas City BBQ, a famous restaurant featured in the iconic movie Top Gun.
Next, venture to the central business district, home to towering buildings and lively restaurants. Continue to Petco Park, home to the MLB San Diego Padres, and learn about the city's longtime love for the game. The tour concludes by the San Diego Convention Center, known for its fiberglass sails-shaped roof and the annual Comic-Con International. Read More close
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Meet up with your knowledgeable leader and get situated on your Segway, practicing your turns, starts, and stops as you learn to maneuver your futuristic ride. Once you’re comfortable, lean forward and set off behind your guide, making your way past the green spaces, public art, and massive Navy ships of the Embarcardero.
See the historic decks of the USS Midway and the full rigging of the Star of India, and then wind your way down to Seaport Village. Hear little-known tales about the origins of this site, and scope out the eclectic architecture of the village’s shops and cafes. See its century-old carousel, and zip between fountains and strolling pedestrians as you cut inland and whir toward downtown.
Pass under the illuminated entrance arch to the Gaslamp Quarter to admire the Victorian architecture, cobblestone paths, and bustling restaurant and bar scene of this vibrant district in the heart of the city. As you hear about the Gold Rush era in this storied section of San Diego, your guide shares pointers on the best outdoor patios for dining, the perfect places for oysters and cocktails, and where to go shopping for the freshest fish in the county before your 2-wheeled tour concludes. Read More close
Downtown, meet up with your guide and get matched up with your Segway for the day. After a brief riding lesson, make sure your helmet is on snug and then zip into the city to begin your fun-filled adventure. Follow the smell of the sea toward the waterfront where you can check out yacht-packed marinas, seafood cafes, and wide boardwalks that beckon to strolling locals.
Make a stop at the USS Midway and hear how this long-serving aircraft carrier now functions as an immersive maritime museum. Continue on past the charming shops of Seaport Village and the sculptures in Tuna Harbor Park, which pays tribute to San Diego's early fishing industry.
Stay in the past as you zip beneath the the famous arch that leads into the Gaslamp Quarter. As you roll down its brick-paved sidewalks, listen to stories about the rough-and-tumble history of this once seedy area of town. Wrap up your tour with suggestions from your guide on other places to check out around San Diego, and then return to your starting point with a few final graceful turns. Read More close
Start your hunt in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, where your friendly guide is waiting for you with an envelope containing the name of 2 randomly chosen team leaders and all the instructions you need to get going. Split into teams and and read the first clue to kick off an adventure that leads you through the sunny streets of San Diego to historical buildings, world-famous sights, and delicious food stops.
A friendly tour guide is on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly, but figuring out the clues is up to you. Along the way, sing songs, snap photos, and enjoy delicious samples from local eateries as you race the other team to 3 popular San Diego restaurants featuring a wide variety of American and international cuisines.
Fuel up on samples of specialty dishes and consider grabbing a glass of wine, a pint of frothy beer, or an expertly mixed cocktail before you head to your next secret destination. End the hunt back at your starting point as you compare your adventure with the other team and make plans for your next excursion. Read More close
Start your experience in the heart of San Diego, where you receive a safety and information briefing on how to operate a smooth-riding Segway. When you're ready, follow your guide and hear about the background of the Gaslamp Quarter—a neighborhood in Downtown San Diego that connects contemporary culture and modern history.
As you cruise along the stone streets and tree-lined alleys, admire the stunning architecture that surrounds you, much of it lasting from the Victorian era. Explore the area with comfort and ease, zipping around a cultural playground made up of theatres, art galleries, symphony halls, and concert venues.
Visit 3 handpicked restaurants where you savor popular menu items at local eateries. Meet the restaurant owners and learn about the sumptuous dishes you are enjoying. Hear why food is an important tradition to the city before you wrap up your adventure back at the starting point.
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Your tour starts with a quick safety video and a discussion on how Segways work, with a demonstration in an enclosed training area. With your Segway skills mastered, set off to explore the distinguished landmarks of the Gaslamp Quarter and San Diego Bay.
The Gaslamp Quarter is rich in modern character and Victorian-era history, boasting former residents such as Wyatt Earp and other figures from early American history. Travel the Embarcadero that runs along San Diego Bay—connecting residential areas, hotels, and restaurants—to see the city's naval history at the USS San Diego Memorial and the USS Midway.
After rolling beside the bay, discover the lush sights within Balboa Park's 1,200 acres (485 ha), wheeling by fragrant gardens, intriguing museums, and world-renowned attractions. Read More close
Meander from the heart of downtown and set a course for the brick sidewalks and Victorian buildings scattered along 5th Avenue. Snap photos of the famous arch that welcomes you to the Gaslamp Quarter and listen as your guide explains how this area hosted early settlers and eventually became a den of rowdy sailors and desperate gamblers.
Walk past the eclectic cafes and cool shops that now thrive in the Gaslamp Quarter and find out how a urban design initiative in the 1970s helped to clean up this locally loved neighborhood. After you've investigated each quiet corner and bustling strip, get tips from your guide on the best bars, restaurants, and venues to check out on your own and then head back to your starting point in downtown. Read More close
The Go San Diego Card includes entry to 45 of the city’s top attractions and tours, including:
-\tSea World for 3, 5, & 7-Day Cards
-\tSan Diego Zoo
-\tSan Diego Zoo Safari Park
-\tUSS Midway Museum
-\tKnott’s Berry Farm
-\tBalboa Park museums
-\tGaslamp Historic Guided Tour
-\tSan Diego Harbor Excursions Bay Tour
-\tCoronado Walking Tour with guidebook
The pass also includes discounts to area shops, restaurants, and services, such as:
-\t4-ounce box of chocolates with US$ 10 purchase at Hilo Hattie Gift Shop
-\tUS$ 5 coupon book at the Carlsbad Outlets
-\tCoupon savings book at Westfield Horton Plaza
-\tSouvenir with US$ 25 purchase at the Hard Rock Cafe gift shop, La Jolla
-\t20% savings at Beach and Resort Wear in Belmont Park
-\t15% savings at Gaslamp Gifts Museum Store
-\t10% to 20% savings with more than 50 participating artists at the Spanish Village in Balboa Park
-\tUS$ 5 savings on La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour
-\t50% savings on same-day tickets for Old Town Theatre
-\t10% savings at San Diego Museum of Man Gift Shop
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Begin your full day of adventure with pickup from your San Diego hotel. Hop on an air-conditioned coach and admire spectacular vistas of the Pacific Ocean as you cross the California-Mexico border. Arrive at Tijuana, the fourth-largest city in Mexico, where you begin a fascinating sightseeing tour. Experience the traditional side of Mexico with a knowledgeable guide to help you understand the city's culture and heritage. Enjoy photo stops at the Tijuana Bullring and Tijuana Zoo, before picking up a bargain at a shop along Avenida Revolución.
Then travel to Puerto Nuevo—known by locals as the "Lobster Village"—a fishing town turned quaint village. Walk through the arts and crafts stores before having the opportunity to try the local specialty—lobster. Head to a renowned restaurant where you can taste this specialty deep fried to perfection.
Stroll along the waterfront, relaxing as authentic Mexican mariachis provide the background soundtrack—along with the ocean waves. Finally, your coach takes you to nearby Rosarito Beach, a lively beachside community known as the center of Mexican arts and culture during the 1920s. Have free time here to lounge before traveling back to San Diego.
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Just off the white sands of the coast of La Jolla is your opportunity to swim among schools of leopard sharks, a completely harmless, slender-bodied, spotted species of houndshark that deftly slithers and feeds along the ocean floor and among the kelp. When the water here is warmed by the spring weather, these fascinating sharks—most often found in bays and estuaries—gather to feed and breed in the shallow waters just offshore.
With a naturalist and biologist as your guide, you can also identify a wide variety of other marine life and swim to ocean pockets where sea life exists that you might not find on your own. Venture out to the kelp reefs to snorkel with various fish, lobsters, and maybe even a green sea turtle. In the sandy flats and sand dollar beds, watch for the aptly named shovel-nose guitar fish—which can grow up to 5 feet (1. 5 m) long. Read More close
Meet up with your guide for the day at a convenient pick-up point in downtown San Diego. Throw on your sunglasses, grab a window seat, and cruise over San Diego Bay into the charming streets of Coronado Island. Sip a refreshing glass of iced tea inside the historic Hotel del Coronado, snap photos of its Victorian architecture, and take a walk along the boardwalk for views of waterfront mansions that date back to the turn of the century.
Watch for surfers and volleyball players crisscrossing the sands at Mission Beach and Ocean Beach, fill your camera with shots of the wave-warped rocks of Sunset Cliffs, and then recharge with a light lunch in Pacific Beach. After admiring the ocean's shifting blue tones from a breathtaking viewpoint on Mount Soledad, head down into La Jolla to spend some time visiting vocal sea lions and looking for big-beaked pelicans. Read More close
Get picked up by your guide at one of 2 convenient locations in downtown San Diego, grab a seat on the comfortable shuttle, and make your way to the first stop of the day. Cruising out of town toward the rugged shores of La Jolla to check out the barking sea lions La Jolla Cove, admire colorful beach cottages perched along the shore, and wind up the steep slopes of Mount Soledad to capture breathtaking panoramas.
Ride back toward the city, crossing over San Diego Bay to reach Coronado's charming lanes, historic hotel, and quaint beachfront scenes that are seemingly frozen in time. Tuck into a tasty lunch at a beloved local restaurant, stretch your legs with a walk around the 1,200-acre (486-ha) Balboa Park, and learn about San Diego's immigrant heritage with a trip past the cafes and shops of Little Italy in North Beach.
Ride by the bleachers at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, get up-close looks at the aircraft carrier-turned-museum USS Midway, and then wrap up your excursion along the red brick walkways of the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Read More close
Embrace the opportunity to cruise around town in your choice of high-powered rides. Consider revving the V8 engine of a Ferrari F430 Spider and find out what 490 horsepower feels like when you stomp on the gas. Or, trade elegance for the brutal strength of the all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, whose V10 produces 520 horsepower and fetches a price tag of US$ 235,000.
After you make your choice, enjoy a brief lesson on how to operate the paddle-style shifters, or choose to use the fully automatic mode as you blast off on your joyride. Head for the chaparral-blanketed hillsides of Cleveland National Forest, the scenic spans of the Coronado Bay Bridge, or the dramatic rock formations and ocean-hugging lanes near La Jolla. No matter where you go, don't forget to put the top down. Both models are convertibles, perfect for cruising around sun-soaked San Diego. Read More close
Begin your day on the water with a pleasant ride near the marinas and ports of downtown San Diego. Check out mighty battleships like the USS Midway and classic wooden sailboats like the Star of India. Cruise by the affluent shores of Coronado and under the towering span of the Coronado Bay Bridge.
After circling the harbor, set a course for the wide-open Pacific Ocean, keeping your eyes peeled for telltale seaspray blasts from powerful blowholes. Depending on the time of year, you might see the explosive jumps of humpbacks, the graceful tails of blue whales, or the white-and-grey bodies of minke. In addition to whales, look for other spectacular marine life like playful bottlenose dolphins while your onboard naturalist guide offers intriguing info about each animal’s biology and habitat.
Between sightings, savor a gourmet boxed lunch or breakfast from Papa Nani’s Deli along with a tasty assortment of cheeses, crackers, salami, and chocolates, all served by your attentive crew. Beverages are also available, including locally made craft beer and white wine for those old enough to drink.
Before you make your way back to your starting point, have your captain snap a few photos of you and your group. If you’re lucky, you could come away with a few prized photographs of San Diego’s epic aquatic creatures. Read More close
Onboard, enjoy comfortable climate-controlled indoor seating with panoramic views. Or venture outside to the spacious sun decks and refreshing breeze while gazing over the waters, scanning the landscape as you cruise 13 miles (21 km) of the San Diego coastline. View the beautiful Coronado Bay Bridge as you pass by Coronado Island and Shelter Island.
Capture photos and videos of the sunbathing sea lions, and hear the barking as the pups and adults playfully slide on and off the bait barges as you pass by Point Loma. As you cruise back, get a glimpse of Seaport Village, a waterfront shopping and dining complex, and get inspired to shop and dine upon your return to shore. Read More close
Meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide and pedicab driver and prepare for an amazing San Diego experience. Your pedicab ensures unobstructed views, and provides maximum comfort with a shade canopy, blankets for seasonal conditions, and lighting and seatbelts to keep you safe. This is a fun way to get a comprehensive tour of the city's many sites.
Bask in the cool sea breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean, admiring the bright harbor views and city attractions. Learn about the fascinating history of Downtown San Diego as you pass through Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Fish Market, USS Midway, Broadway and Cruise Ship Terminal, and the Maritime Museum and Star of India. Read More close
You can disembark at any stop along this tour's 25-mile (40-km) loop to enjoy charming sights, restaurants, and shops. Or stay on board your trolley and enjoy informative narrative that presents an entertaining overview of "America's Finest City. " Each of the 11 route stops offers a unique aspect of San Diego for you to explore, such as:
- Gaslamp Quarter
- Coronado Island's famous Hotel del Coronado
- Little Italy
- Old Town
- San Diego Zoo
- Horton Plaza
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Kick off your evening as soon as the boat leaves the marina, grabbing a taste of a locally produced brew. Your options might include a hop-forward IPA, a light and crisp pale ale, or maybe a smoky and dark porter. Chat with fellow patrons about the nuances of the perfect ale while the boat’s kitchen staff lay out a scrumptious buffet.
Pair your pours with appetizing dishes like gourmet pasta, fresh seafood, barbecued meats, and sweet-tooth-satisfying desserts. After you fill your plate, grab a seat in the elegant dining room and watch the skyline float by as a live band begins to tune their instruments.
Cap off your evening with a bit of dancing and perhaps another beer, enjoyed inside while listening to the music or outside in the refreshing breeze, where you can get unencumbered looks at famous harbor sights like the USS Midway and the banked curves of the Coronado Bay Bridge.
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- Gourmet pasta bar
- Belgian beer-steamed mussels
- Seasonal roasted vegetables
- Barbecue pork with apple fennel slaw
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Your Segway lesson starts with a quick safety video, followed by a discussion on how Segways work and a demonstration in the training space. You then hop on your own Segway for some professional instruction and ride time in an obstacle course, so you can get comfortable maneuvering the machine around the city streets.
Once you've aced the course, receive a ceremonial certificate indicating that you have completed Segway training and are ready for the streets of San Diego. Read More close
Solo Flight with Lesson
Start your aquatic adventure learning fundamental controls, tips, and techniques for operating a powerful jetpack. Don your helmet—equipped with a walkie-talkie so you can talk to your instructor while flying—and jump into the water to get strapped into your wild ride.
When you’re ready, grab the controls and shoot out of the water, feeling the machine’s thrust lift your body to heights of up to 10 feet (3 m) above the water. Practice hovering and changing elevation, hone your stability skills, and work on a few basic turns while your experienced instructor offers helpful feedback through your helmet’s built-in headphones.
For kids and smaller riders, team up with an experienced co-pilot who takes care of handling all the controls. Riders get to enjoy exciting helicopter spins, corkscrew turns, and plunging dives into the water as they explore tricks only a seasoned veteran can execute and soar more than 20 feet (6 m) above the water.
After your high-flying exploits, gently ease back into the water and unhook from your energetic contraption. Return to shore and catch your breath, ready to consider another exhilarating ride. Read More close
Your adventure begins as you meet your friendly guide, who gives you information on the diversity of wildlife that comprises California's fascinating sea cave systems. Head out to the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, which is known for its sculpted sea caves and tunnels. When you're ready to go, don your snorkeling gear and head out into the water, skimming the surface while you look for an array of fish species like yellowtail, colorful garibaldi, rays, and harmless leopard sharks.
Swim through the turquoise water, admiring the clusters of coral gardens that fill the peaceful and serene world of the sea bed. Follow your experienced guide as they take you to the best wildlife hot spots, giving you a good chance to spot curious sea lions and other native Californian creatures. After your aquatic adventure, head back to shore with a greater appreciation and respect for the ocean and its inhabitants. Read More close
Your tour starts at the coves and beaches of San Diego, where you can take an in-depth look at the tide pools and the myriad of sea life they contain. After a little free time to grab lunch and a quick stop at Mt. Soledad, you then head to La Jolla. Watch in amazement as hang-gliders launch into flight from the 300-foot (91-m) bluffs at the La Jolla Glider Port.
Take a stroll around Torrey Pines, one of the most storied golf courses in the United States, and visit the city's only beachfront amusement park, Belmont Park in Mission Bay. Make sure to take out your camera and snap the unique architecture of San Diego Contemporary Art Museum before you end your adventure at the Black Beach—one of the most famous surf spot in Southern California.
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Board the trolley and meet your lively tour guide, who's playing great music, sharing entertaining stories, and spouting fascinating history. The trolley drives along a continuous 24-mile (38-km) route, and you can hop on or hop off at whichever destinations you like.
At Old Town, enjoy a variety of historic sites like the Old Town Theater, Presidio Park, and a wide range of Hispanic-inspired hotels. Learn how this is considered the birthplace of California, with its first settlers arriving in the late 1700s. Venture to the top Mount Soledad, the massive 820-foot (250-m) peak offering phenomenal views of Sand Diego and the Pacific Ocean.
The next stop is La Jolla, known as the jewel of San Diego for its luxurious homes, prestigious university, and beloved white-sand beaches. Hop off here and soak up some sun at one of the beautiful beaches or explore the lively beachside restaurants and boutiques. Ride along the boardwalk of Mission Beach and view local vendors, beach food trucks, and of course, the picturesque coastline.
With the freedom to create your own itinerary, this is one of the most convenient ways to explore the best of San Diego. Read More close
Your biking adventure begins at the top of Mt. Soledad—with its stunning, 360-degree territorial views of San Diego and the surrounding countryside—and carries you down the mountain through the back streets of historic La Jolla and into Pacific Beach. The exploration continues as you follow the coastline back to downtown La Jolla and the famous La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool beaches, where the sea lions have taken over.
Next, kayak through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve to the sea caves that dot the shore, encountering sea lions, seals, garibaldi, sting rays, bat rays, brown pelicans, cormorants, and maybe a dolphin or two.
You finish off your adventure with a trip to Torrey Pines State Reserve, which provides excellent hiking along the bluffs and possible views of dolphins and whales from ocean-side cliffs.
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Meander along the water and admire the premier landmarks on this 14-mile (22. 5-km) bike ride. See the quaint and historic La Jolla village neighborhood, watch some of San Diego's famous surfing breaks, and witness the biological diversity of area marine life at the La Jolla tide pools.
As you pedal, watch the scenery pass, including the La Jolla Sea Caves as well as sweeping views from 100-foot (30. 5-meter) bluffs that overlook the La Jolla Cove and Ecological Reserve. Get up close and personal with sea lions at the La Jolla Sea Lion Rookery, and visit with harbor seals at the Children's Pool. Read More close
As you journey away from the start location to La Jolla, you see why it is also known as the "The Jewel. " Cruise past one of the most expensive places to live in the United States—with average house prices of 1. 8 million dollars.
During your time beachside, visit some of the famous areas like the Children's Pool. This beach, built for families in 1932, quickly became a favorite of the harbor seals and sea lions. Another stop on the trip is the Windansea Beach. Hear the fierce waves crash on the underwater reefs and jutting rocks structures, as you roll past this magnificent sight. See a steady flow of romantics and experienced surfers enjoying the picture-perfect weather and waves.
Before heading back, check out historic Sunny Jim's Cave, which was once used to smuggle Chinese immigrants and contraband whiskey during Prohibition. Read More close
Rendezvous with your friendly tour guide at The Village of La Jolla and embark on a foodie adventure. As you meander to each restaurant you hear intriguing tales of the seaside town, including why Native American’s name the area “the hole in the mountain. ” Continue exploring the charming city and learn how the Museum of Contemporary Art was once home to Ellen Brown Scripps. Another famous individual who lived in the area was Theodore Geisele, more commonly known as Dr. Suess.
Visit several favorite eateries in the exclusive neighborhood, with the chance to try fresh cuisine, artisan cheese, dipping oils, and Hawaiian barbecue. Savor each bite as you bask in the ideal beachy ambiance.
Tour stops such as:
- NEW! Prospect Bar
- Beaming La Jolla NOW ON SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS!
- Public House La Jolla
- We Olive & Wine Bar La Jolla
- Richard Walker’s Pancake House La Jolla
- Ohana Café
- Girard Gourmet (Sundays only) Read More close
Once the sun goes down, take a short ride from San Diego and meet up with an experienced fisherman in La Jolla for an underwater excursion you won't soon forget. Known to locals as "bugs," these crawling creatures are far more active at night, moving across the ocean floor to feed, mate and, hopefully, get caught.
Get fitted with a wetsuit, booties, and gloves to keep you warm and safe while you dive, and make sure to grab a flashlight to shine into the nooks and crannies where these tasty crustaceans like to hang out. When you're ready, dive under the surface and start looking. Find your first catch of the night with a little guidance from your expert guide and use your handy lobster gauge to ensure it's a keeper.
After your dive bag is full of monster lobster, head back to shore to get a few tips on how to clean and prepare these sought-after delicacies, so you can enjoy them when you get back home. Read More close
The experienced guides enhance your trip with their ability to take you to the best wildlife hot spots—thanks to their knowledge of the area and animals. The reserve boasts an amazing diversity of wildlife, and there is a good chance to see dolphins, sea lions, seals, rays, fish, and a variety of sea birds. Finish the adventure off with the opportunity to prove your kayaking skills during a kayak surf ride back to the beach. Read More close
Head to your meeting point just a few blocks from La Jolla's dramatic oceanfront. Join your guide and grab a helmet while you listen to a brief orientation about the Segway's essential controls. Try a few practice starts, stops, and turns on your own before you give your guide the thumb's up and head out toward your first stop of the day.
Work your way out of winding hills, following the smell of the ocean until you hit seaside paths that offer unencumbered views of the Pacific. Snap some photos of waves crashing against dramatic rock formations, and then check out sun-seeking seals hanging out on the sand at Children's Pool Beach.
In town, zip past the shops and cafes scattered along Prospect Street, listen to tales about longtime resident Theodor "Dr. " Seuss Geisel, and admire the boat-riddled sculpture on the front of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego before you wind back around and return to your starting point. Read More close
At Miniland USA you can see detailed LEGO® depictions of 7 American cities, LEGO® Star Wars, New England Harbor, and the Block of Fame. Miniland USA is constructed with over 20 million LEGO® bricks in 1:20 scale.
Learn the "Legends of Chima" story and get soaked on The Quest for CHI boat ride at World of Chima. Float past LEGO® scenes that animate with blasts from your water cannon, and have water-cannon battles with other boats as well as with people on the walkway.
Land of Adventure casts you as an explorer, weaving along a LEGO® dinosaur jungle on the Coastersaurus roller coaster, or treasure hunting with lasers at the lights-out Lost Kingdom Adventure ride.
For the simple joy of playing with LEGO® blocks, Imagination Zone lets you be hands on. Build a car to race on a timed track, and challenge your technical side with some robot construction.
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Meet your guide on the grounds of the legendary naval base, which housed as many as 33,000 troops at a time through World War II and the Cold War, and explore the sights that starred in films from Here Comes the Navy to Top Gun. Since the base's closure in 1997, the area has flourished with dozens of restaurants, art studios, hotels, and schools amid the expansive green parks.
As you take a stroll along the San Diego Bay, hear the story of the USS Recruit, a former training vessel built on land to help show recruits the ropes. Marvel at the Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture while you learn how the old military barracks are being repurposed today.
While you're here, you can dine on dishes that range from international teas and gourmet cheeses to Italian wines and freshly made pasta. Sip and sample a hearty array of eats at the Liberty Public Market, restaurants, and tea houses by the bay. Read More close
Make your way into San Diego’s colorful and historic Little Italy neighborhood and enter the home of your chefs, charming Vincenzo and lovely Alba. Chat with them about their home town of Napoli as they discuss the menu for the day and begin prepping ingredients. You can join in for a little hands-on assistance if you’d like, or just sit back and enjoy the stories, conversation, and demonstration as they cook up regional Italian specialties.
Learn about typical Neapolitan ingredients and cooking methods as the meal is prepared. Napoli is famed for its thin-crust pizza, its spaghetti alla puttanesca (pasta with tomatoes, black olives, and capers), and its many seafood and vegetable-based dishes, so while the menu varies, you’re sure to discover flavors that are both familiar and new.
When everything is cooked to perfection, pour a glass of wine and make your way to the table. Dive into the delicious fare, asking questions and discovering more about the characteristics of Neapolitan cuisine as you dine. After dessert, leave with a wealth of new knowledge and a set of recipes so you can recreate your Italian meal back home. Read More close
Begin your tour in the colorful San Diego neighborhood of Little Italy, where immigrants from Genoa and Sicily settled around the turn of the century—the sea air, sparse port, and olive trees reminding them of European fishing villages. Today, this vibrant urban neighborhood is filled with the combined scents of fresh-baked bread and delicious cheeses.
At your first stop, sip on a crisp glass of Italian wine before you follow your Italian guide through the popular pizzerias and hidden enclaves of Little Italy. Listen to the interesting historical facts as you’re led toward some of the tastiest treats in town. At each of the 4 stops, try different styles of pizza—thin or thick crust, topped with cheese or without, baked in brick or wood-fired ovens. Sample 7 unique pizzas from different regions in Italy and chat with the restaurateurs of the Italian quarter, picking up tidbits on ancient pizza styles and maybe even learning some Italian. Mangia bene! Read More close
Feel the lively energy of this buzzing district as you meet your tour group in colorful Little Italy. Listening to your guide through a state-of-the-art wireless headset (which also includes Italian music at key intervals), follow the tour through the quaint streets and take in the countless smells, sights, and sounds—evidence of the thousands of families of Genovese and Sicilian origin that immigrated to the area.
Meander by iconic Little Italy landmarks that reveal the entertaining past of the neighborhood—from it's Catholic roots including stunning frescoes to the magnificent oil paintings and breathtaking stained glass adorning the historic Italian church built in 1925. Travel back in time to when Genovese fishermen worked the seas and Sicilian immigrants made bread by hand as you visit an Italian grocery store built in the 1920s—a time where a shadowy group, called the Black Hand made Italian business owners pay protection money. Relive that experience as your guide vividly recreates the world of the Prohibition era.
Have the opportunity to taste a giant, almost half-a-pound Sicilian pastry, known as 'Iris' which is a cream filled donut with chocolate and sip on a cappuccino as your tour guide shares intriguing tales and insightful information. Discover the more hip and happening parts of this contemporary neighborhood before your incredible behind-the-scenes adventure concludes. Read More close
Meet up with your guide and passionate beer connoisseur downtown as you hop aboard a spacious shuttle and head to your first tap house. Chat about your favorite styles as you ride and find out which establishments you're going to visit throughout the day. While stops vary, your route includes 3 of the city's most beloved microbreweries and represent a range of styles sure to pique your palate's curiosity.
You might dive into refreshing pale ales at Ballast Point, explore hop-heavy IPAs at Green Flash, or indulge in a smoky pint of porter at Karl Strauss. At one of your stops, get the chance to go beyond the bar for up-close looks at the mash tuns, barrels, and fermentation tanks that help transform malt and grains into your favorite pints. Consider grabbing something to munch on while you sample, and don't forget to ask about tips on other places to drink before you're dropped back off at your starting point. Read More close
Join the fun at Mission Bay—the largest manmade aquatic park in the United States—and meet your friendly local guide. Don't worry if you are a Segway rookie as you get a brief lesson to make you comfortable with the simple controls of your futuristic ride. When you've mastered your Segway, simply follow the path filled with seaside sights, sounds, and scents.
Made up of approximately 46% land and 54% water, Mission Bay is a haven of family fun. Roll by Belmont Park where you are sure to see the sneaker-clad runners, hear the laughter of children, and admire the patterns of kites. Continue to the main attraction of the bay, a buzzing boardwalk that leads to an ocean panorama.
Feel the breeze as you admire gliding sea birds and windswept sailboats rocking back and forth at Sail Bay. Snap some photos and listen to your guide explain a bit about San Diego's treasured past before your unforgettable tour on wheels comes to an end. Read More close
Kick off your day as you meet your instructor on Mission Beach. Chat about your experience, get fitted with a board, and don a wetsuit before your lesson begins. When you're ready, stick to the shore and go over a few basic techniques before you head into the water. Learn to spot incoming waves, get a crash course in surfer etiquette, and hone your transition from paddling to standing.
Make your way into the ocean, just beyond the breaking waves, and find a spot to wait for your first ride. When it arrives, paddle to match the water's speed and catch the curl, which propels you toward the shore in torrent of sea spray.
Keep heading back out, catching more waves and listening to feedback from your pro instructor. As you gain confidence, try more advanced techniques and work on carving turns before you head back to the beach and wrap up your day. Read More close
Head to the beach and join your instructor for the day as you get set up with a board that matches your height and experience. Don a wetsuit and kick off your lesson with some controlled practice on the beach. Find out how to move from laying down to standing up, hone your paddling motion, and check out the wave conditions before you jump into the water.
Bob in the incoming swells while your teacher helps you anticipate the perfect wave. When it comes, paddle furiously and catch it just as the water tumbles over into a board-propelling curl. Cruise into shore and then head back out and try it all over again, receiving tips and feedback after each thrilling ride. As you progress, consider more advanced maneuvers and turns that get you whipping, carving, and jumping your board through dark blue tubes of rolling water. Read More close
Head to Chula Vista and meet up with experienced drivers to get acquainted with your rides for the day. Consider starting in an elegant but powerful fiery red Ferrari 360, or perhaps kick off your day with the brutal acceleration of a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. But don't worry, whatever you choose only represents your first ride. Over the course of your 2-hour adventure, you can drive every super car on offer, including a Ferrari F-430 and a Porsche GT3.
Before you take off, get a brief lesson on the car's operation, including how to operate the paddle shifting system—the same type used in Formula 1 cars. When you're comfortable, fire up the engine on your own, or grab a friend to act as your co-pilot and navigator. If you want, you also have the option of taking turns and sharing the drive, so you can both experience the thrill of executing perfect turns and the excitement of stomping on the throttle down long straightaways.
Spend the afternoon carving up mountain roads, gazing down wide-open valleys and grabbing peeks at the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Swap cars along the way, comparing their handling and acceleration qualities,and putting each of them to your own critical driving test. Who knows, you might just want to buy one! Read More close
Arrive at the yacht-filled docks of Coronado in the San Diego Bay and immediately notice the tree-lined parks, multi-million dollar estates, and pristine waters. Your gondolier—wearing an authentic striped shirt and hat—helps you and your partner into the boat. Then, drift off from the shores and glide along the placid waters to discover more and more of stunning Coronado’s inlets and canals.
With blankets, an ice bucket, and wine glasses aboard, this romantic experience is perfect for an anniversary—or even popping the question. Take some photographs of the San Diego skyline from your serene and peaceful vantage point while Italian-style music plays in the background to create a European ambiance. Read More close
Pick up your list of suspects and your packet of clues, putting your heads together right from the start to follow twisted riddles and mind-bending puzzles through Old TOwn. Use your wits and a little creativity as you move between locations, with each stop revealing another piece of the investigation and helping you eliminate suspects.
The layout of Old Town is perfect for a murder mystery scavenger hunt, with locations clustered close together in the center of town. Cover 2 miles or so (3. 5 km) as you crisscross downtown, discovering new parts of San Diego in a totally fun and interactive way. If you get stuck, you can call the helpline for a hint as you work your way through challenging and entertaining clues in the race to reveal the killer. Read More close
Venture into the museum, and wonder what is forcing the giant Foucault pendulum to move in a circle—seemingly by magic. You quickly learn that the only thing spinning is you (and the earth). French physicist Leon Foucault invented the pendulum in 1851 to provide visual proof of the earth's rotation.
Immerse yourself in a 3-D movie experience in the largest museum theater in California. Featured movies on the over-sized screen convince you that you are in another world as they grab your senses and take you on a journey that's both heart-rending and intense.
With no time limit on your ticket, you are free to spend as long as you wish discovering the array of scientific, cultural, artistic, and historical objects. You can easily lose track of time exploring the multitude of intriguing exhibits.
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Link up with your friendly guide and set out on 30th Street to explore the hip North Park district. Gain insight into the development of one of San Diego’s oldest communities that was once a waning lemon grove and then bolstered by the completion of Highway 80.
On the tour, indulge in a sampling of favorite pre-selected dishes, such as pub fare, fine cheeses, wine, and pizza. Savor each bite of the delicious variety of offerings, making note of any favorites you may want to return for in the future.
Tour stops such as:
- Crazee Burger
- Redwing Bar & Grill
- Venissimo Cheese North Park
- Subterranean Coffee Boutique
- Splash Wine Lounge and Bistro
- Berkeley Pizza North Park Read More close
Arrive at Ocean Beach ready for adventure as you are greeted by your friendly instructor and the rest of the small surfing group. Collect your surfboard and put on your wetsuit before you start a sand session helping you to understand the fundamentals of surfing. Once you've seen how it's done, run into the water and give it a go for yourself.
In a positive and safe teaching environment, progressively learn skills in the water. With the help of your surf guru, stand up for the first time and cruise to the shore. Progress to trimming the waves with speed and power, enjoying the warm water and sun-soaked landscapes. Leave the lesson having advanced your skills and get tips on new techniques to work on the next time you hang ten. Read More close
Begin your lesson on the unforgettable sandy expanse of Ocean Beach, just a short drive from downtown San Diego. Your professional and experienced instructor walks you through safety information, surf etiquette, and fundamentals, making sure you feel comfortable before you take your board into the water.
Paddle out into the warm waters, sitting on your surfboard and watching your fellow surfers prepare themselves. Feel the satisfaction of landing your first wave and riding it toward shore. After standing up on a few smaller waves, try to catch a bigger one. Throughout your lesson, receive instruction and feedback from your professional surf instructor, leaving your experience with new skills and tips to work on the next time you hit the water. Read More close
Taste tasty home-style Italian food at four unique Little Italy restaurants and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at the first restaurant as you get the party started. With a knowledgeable Sicilian guide to lead the group, discover delectable morsels that are usually confined to homes in Italy.
Hear ghost stories and poignant accounts of neighborhood lore that are bound to stir your emotions. You can even listen learn about tales of the Mafia that you have never heard before, which remarkably correspond with the food you are sampling. Read More close
Make your way to Gillespie Field with convenient transportation from a central meeting point in downtown San Diego. When you arrive, listen to a brief orientation and get fitted for a flight suit before you head to the runway and hop under the glass canopy of an Extra 330LC. This 330-horsepower stunt plane is the ideal aircraft for an afternoon spent performing wild flight maneuvers.
Watch as the propeller spins to life and you cruise down the airstrip, gaining speed until you gracefully lift off the ground. Once you're airborne, your pilot doesn't waste any time diving into a wide array of incredible tricks and aerobatics. Hold on as you snap into tight barrel rolls, swoop into aileron rolls, and slowly fade into hammerhead stalls.
Before you head back to the airport, enjoy a low-flying buzz so you can watch the scrub-covered landscapes blur by the bright belly of your nimble plane. End your high-flying excursion with a graceful landing and a comfortable ride back to San Diego. Read More close
Enjoy convenient transportation from downtown San Diego to Gillespie Field, where your pilot is performing final safety checks on your plane for the day, a 330-horsepower Extra 330LC. Get a quick introduction to the safety protocols and basic controls of the aircraft before you throw on a flightsuit and hop in. Rocket down the runway and blast into the air, keeping your eyes peeled for the first signs of other fighters.
Your high-flying engagement pits 2 teams against each other in a game you won't soon forget. Whether you're defending or attacking, you're sure to find yourself dodging and diving to escape enemy fire. Along the way, take over the controls to fly the plane all on your own, getting feedback and guidance from your instructor and pilot.
Afterward, blow off some steam, learning how to perform some gnarly tricks including spins, dives, corkscrews, and loop the loops in preparation for your final mission. Dip down to cruise along the desert floor, screaming toward your target and dodging anti-aircraft guns. Drop your payload and then shoot up into the clouds for a daring escape, returning to the airport to compare your performance with other pilots. Read More close
Your lesson is set on the stunning Pacific Beach, conveniently located just a quick drive from downtown San Diego. An experienced instructor waits for you on the postcard-perfect sand, giving you all the equipment needed for your surfing adventure. Before your get in the water, join a small-group session and listen as your skilled instructor provides you with the basic surfing and safety information, including facts about waves and surfing etiquette.
After you've picked up the basics, paddle out into the water, taking the chance to practice your new skills. With the help of your guide, make huge strides in a short amount of time. Experience the unbeatable exhilaration of standing up on your first wave and cruising all the way into the shore. Continue riding, getting feedback after each radical ride before your memorable day at the beach is wrapped up with a final wave. Read More close
Arrive at Pacific Beach in the heart of San Diego, pulling on your wetsuit and grabbing a board. It's time to boost your surfing skills with experienced and knowledgeable instructors providing personal and private guidance on how to master the art. Admire the sparkling cerulean ocean of the Pacific before starting your 20-minute intro on the beach.
Run out from the soft sands and paddle into the waves, listening as your coach takes you step by step through the basic fundamentals. You are soon on your way to riding the waves like a professional, standing up and experiencing the weightless thrill of surfing. Leave your thrilling and fun private lesson with the knowledge needed to continue developing your skills. Read More close
Head to the neighborhood locally known as “PB” to link up with your tour guide near the prominent Crystal Pier along the boardwalk. Once frequented as an area for duck shooting and yachting, the coastal city is now full of coffee lounges and casual pubs, bustling with beach goers.
On the tour route, visit at least 5 restaurants to sample delectable treats from their menu. You have the chance to try specialty smoothies, donuts, empanadas, seafood, and pizza at your stops. On this 21 and over tour you may also grab an ale or spirit to add to the sweet and savory treats.
Tour stops such as:
- NEW! Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream Pacific Beach
- The Mad Beet
- Papa Luna’s Empanadas
- SandBox Pizza
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You won’t have trouble finding the Patriot upon your arrival to the harbor. Covered in giant American flag decals, the 70-foot (21-m), turbo-charged jet boat catches lots of attention as it waits for you to jump on for a hair-raising ride around the harbor.
Climb aboard and listen to a brief introduction about the day’s tour from your experienced captain. When it’s time to head out, make sure your hat is on tight and the grip on your camera is secure as the engine revs and you launch across the dark blue waters powered by dual 1,400 horsepower engines.
Reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) while you fly under the Coronado Bay Bridge and alongside mighty Navy vessels like the USS Midway. Watch the city skyline blur during tight, controlled spins and heart-pounding turns, all set to high-energy hits blasting from the state-of-the-art sound system.
Wrap up your exhilarating excursion with a few final tricks and high-speed runs before returning the marina and finding a towel to help you dry off. Read More close
Climb aboard a spacious and modern vessel and watch the boat’s crew toss off the docking lines before drifting out of the marina. Head inside as your captain sets a course through the harbor, taking you past behemoth battleships like the USS Midway and under the soaring roads of the Coronado Bay Bridge.
Follow the smell of succulent prime rib to an elegant dining room inside and take a seat. Consider starting your meal with delectable small plates like chipotle hummus with flatbread or jumbo white prawn cocktail before tucking into a crisp and refreshing salad with julienned green apples and dried cranberries.
The evening’s entrée is the main attraction, tender pieces of mouthwatering prime rib served with creamy horseradish sauce, fresh vegetables, and a steamy baked potato with all the fixings. While you savor this marvelous array, enjoy classic tunes performed by a live band. Follow up your sensational dinner with a sweet treat, like mud pie with chocolate ganache and a nutty caramel sauce.
Hit the dance floor after dinner or think about grabbing a drink from the bar before heading out onto open-air decks to see the city lights twinkle to life in the fading light as you make your scenic return to the marina.
Sample menu includes:
- Salad of local greens with green apples and dried cranberries
- Fresh bread from St. Tropez Bakery
- Slow-roasted prime rib with fresh vegetables and baked potato
- Grilled vegetables with pearl couscous strata
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Throw on your swimsuit and grab a towel before you head to golden sands of Del Mar's waterfront. Meet up with your guide, get fitted for a wetsuit, and chat about your wave-riding experience while you're matched up with a board appropriate for your body size. Spend the first few minutes of your private lesson practicing basic techniques on shore and then head into the water to catch your first wave of the day.
Paddle out beyond the breakers and watch as rolling seas turn into white-rimmed waves rushing toward the beach. Wait for the perfect moment to chase one down and then make your move, paddling in front of the wall of water and hopping up on your board just in time to enjoy a graceful ride into shore. Get feedback from your guide between each radical wave and continue adding new techniques and tricks to your riding repertoire until your lesson winds to a close and you head back to shore. Read More close
Grab your swimsuit and make your way to La Jolla Shores, where can meet your instructor for the day beneath a blue canopy right on the beach. Get fitted for a snug wetsuit and snag a board before getting a few on-land lessons on proper paddling technique, surfing etiquette, and how to read local wave conditions. When you're ready to try the real thing, head into the water and prepare for your first ride.
Kick your legs to chase down an incoming swell, transitioning from laying down to standing up just as it breaks into a perfect tube. Cruise into shore and then head back out to try it all over again, honing your skills with each ride and considering a few daring turns and tricks before your lesson winds to a close. Read More close
Throw on your swimsuit and head to the warm sands of Del Mar Beach, where your instructor meets you with all the equipment you need. After being fitted for a wetsuit, go through a few exercises on land to get comfortable with the process of mounting your board.
After you've covered the basics, it's time to paddle out into the sparkling water and catch some waves. Start by getting up onto your board on smaller waves before tackling bigger ones. Ongoing tips from your instructor help you learn comfortably at your own pace.
Whether you've tried surfing before or have never even touched a board, this lesson offers the perfect chance to learn. After a couple hours of encouraging coaching and exhilarating hands-on practice, leave the beach with a good grasp of this fun and rewarding watersport. Read More close
Get started by meeting your professional guide and observing as your trainer demonstrates the proper operation of your Segway. For the next 2 hours, this vehicle takes you on a ride past the stunning sights of majestic Balboa Park.
Along the tour, be mesmerized by the large collection of seasonal flowers, enormous shady grove trees, and immaculate manicured gardens. Spot buildings with prime examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture, such as the San Diego Museum of Art, the Casa del Prado Theatre, and the Casa de Balboa.
Stop to take plenty of pictures against the postcard-perfect landmarks and make sure to spend some time with your private guide, who will entertain and amuse you with stories and insight into this incredible park and the area's cultural history.
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Your private tour begins with a brief history lesson as you guide shares stories about the park’s construction, which began with the 1915 Panama California Exposition and 1935 California Pacific International Exposition, and continues to this day.
Stroll past remnants of those early 20th-century events as you explore El Prado, the park’s central walkway which takes you past stunning examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Along the way, admire the expertly arranged collections of native plants and trees, a legacy from botanist and gardener Kate Sessions, known as the Mother of Balboa Park.
Snap photos of the renowned cultural centers including the Museum of Man, the Air & Space Museum, and the Natural History Museum. Listen for the roars of lions or the squawks of exotic birds as you wander near the world-famous San Diego Zoo, pause to smell the flowers in the Japanese Friendship Garden, and admire the prickly specimens on display at the Desert Cactus Garden.
In between well-known sites, catch glimpses of the park’s unexpected features, including the imposing stonework of the California Bell Tower and the ornate details in a full-size replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Before you wrap up your 2-hour excursion, get tips from your expert guide about other places to examine once your tour comes to a close. Read More close
Meet up with a beer-loving local in Little Italy and head to the first stop of your tasty tour. At Karl Strauss Brewing Company, grab cold glasses of beer like their Blackball Belgian IPA, made with Cascade and NZ Pacifica hops, or give one of their barrel-aged offerings a shot.
Between sips, listen to anecdotes about the development of this slice of San Diego’s waterfront, which was once a cramped collection of tuna canneries. Now, the Italian-American neighborhood is filled with trendy cafes and fantastic breweries, including your next destination, the Ballast Point Brewing Company.
Head inside check out the refreshing citrus notes of their Wahoo, an unfiltered wheat beer, or try a glass of their flagship pale ale, well-balanced and light. As you taste, chat with brewers and find out the secrets behind their perfectly crafted ales and lagers.
In addition to active breweries, you can also pay visits to area bottle shops, like Bottlecraft and the Stone Brewing Company store, where rare creations from domestic and international malt magicians make for perfect souvenirs. Read More close
Grab a window seat as you meet up with your pilot and guide for the day, listening to the rotors hum to life. Take off and soar toward the water with your camera in hand, ready to snap scenic photos. Cruise over the sugary sands of Ocean Beach and watch surfers catching big swells. Look for the ochre-colored Sunset Cliffs, the lighthouse at the tip of Point Loma, and the red roof of the historic resort on Coronado Island. Further south, get a unique perspective on the wall that defines the border between the US and Mexico before banking east and passing over San Ysidro.
Explore sparkling lakes and reservoirs glinting in the afternoon sun, and fly by notable city landmarks, including the grounds of San Diego State University and the hard-at-work athletes in the United States Olympic Training Center. As you return to your starting pint, keep your eyes peeled for the skyscrapers of downtown San Diego, framed by the endless blue waters of the Pacific. Read More close
Meet your trip leader outside your hotel and climb aboard your comfortable tour bus. This private tour ensures that you have plenty of space as you ride around between stops. Make your first stop in the old streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. Browse edifices that date back over a hundred years and listen to your private guide share stories about the city’s original settlers.
Nearby, arrive at the dynamic grounds of Balboa Park. This 1,200-acre (486-ha) oasis was originally completed in 1915 for the Panama–California Exposition. Over the years, it has seen numerous additions and is now home to an amazing array of fascinating museums, picturesque plazas, and renowned attractions, including the acclaimed San Diego Zoo.
Move toward the coast and cruise over the lofted lanes that lead to Coronado. Once an island separated by a narrow channel, this exclusive neighborhood is brimming with charming beach cottages and massive, historic resorts. Stroll along seaside paths and take in views of the Pacific Ocean before enjoying a scenic ride back to your hotel. Read More close
Begin your journey aboard a comfortable van and relax as your local guide takes you through the quaint and quirky parts of the city. Drive by San Diego's sparkling shopping strip, seeing areas such as Coronado, the Embarcadero, unforgettable sights like the Hotel Del Coronado, and the resplendent Balboa Park. Cruise through the streets to the Gaslamp Quarter, where you have the chance to explore the city's oldest streets for an hour. Consider grabbing lunch, or spend your time snapping photos of the fascinating edifices of this historic neighborhood.
Afterward, experience the charm of the seaside town of La Jolla, whose dramatic rocky cliffs and resident sea lion populations draw wealthy residents and wildlife lovers alike. See the iconic and mysterious La Jolla Caves, and snap a few stunning photos before meandering past the rolling hills of Torrey Pines, home to one of the world’s most recognizable golf courses.
Hop out of the van to enjoy 360-degree views from Mt. Soledad—an area known as “The Jewel” of San Diego—and admire the surrounding landscape, from wave-riddled coastline to craggy mountain peaks. Explore the verdant hillsides before your scenic journey back to the city.
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Start your picturesque adventure as you drive to the Cabrillo National Monument in a comfortable, private vehicle. Situated at the very tip of Point Loma, this historic site recalls the 1542 landing of the first European expedition to arrive on the West Coast and offers sweeping views of downtown San Diego, Coronado, and the Pacific Ocean.
Next, uncover dramatic rock formations and sandy beaches from atop Mount Soledad, looking out over the hills and shores of La Jolla. Continue up the coast to reach the grounds of the Self-Realization Fellowship, a famous yoga retreat center where tranquility-seeking yogis and yoginis come to practice meditating along misty cliff sides. Spend your own moment of reflection gazing out at the ocean before returning to the city.
Rise 40 stories above San Diego’s bustling streets to the top of the Manchester Grand Hyatt where you can wrap up your exhilarating excursion watching boats crisscross the bay below. Finish the evening with a glass of champagne and a few final glances out at the city from this breathtaking vantage point before heading back down. Read More close
Meet your guide and begin your private Segway journey by learning how to operate and ride your personal transportation device. Afterward, follow your leader and cruise through the lively streets of Downtown. Admire Victorian-era buildings as you whiz through the Gaslamp Quarter, do some window shopping at boutique stores on your way to the Embarcadero, and enjoy up-close looks at stunning ships when you reach the waterfront.
Hop onto a ferry and cruise across the bay to the breathtaking sights of Coronado. When you arrive, buzz off the boat atop your futuristic Segway and look back for exceptional views of the city's splendid skyline. Hum down wide paths lined by adorable beach cottages on your way to the world-famous Hotel Del Coronado where you can snap some pictures of the building's striking red roof before you meander along the seaside sidewalks around Coronado Beach.
Wrap up your excursion and enjoy one last view of the silhouetted skyline as you take the ferry back to Downtown and cruise back to your starting location. Read More close
Commonly referred to as Coronado Island because of the narrow channel of water that once separated it from the mainland, this lollipop-shaped community is just minutes away from downtown San Diego, but feels like it’s a world apart.
Arrive among the palm tree-lined streets of the town’s center, checking out beach-style bungalows and charming cottages and stopping for beachside photos along the waterfront. Along the way, listen to your guide share stories about the area’s rise to become one of the most affluent residential places in the country.
Nearby, head to the historic Hotel Del Coronado. Built in 1888, this gorgeous Victorian-style getaway was once the largest resort in the world and has played host to diplomatic leaders, foreign dignitaries, and stars of the silver screen. Peruse the grounds and snap photos of its classic wooden architecture, and then move on to uncover more of Coronado’s character before the return ferry ride and drive to your hotel. Read More close
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Embark on your culinary experience in Ferry Landing in the beautiful Coronado Island, where you meet your food-loving and knowledgeable guide. Zigzag through the streets and listen as your guide shares the history of the area. Along the way, snap gorgeous pictures of the island's magnificent skyline, marvelous architecture, and pristine beaches.
Then, visit 3 authentic restaurants manned by local chefs and savor the flavors of delicious barbecue and Italian cuisine with a hefty portions of tasty food and desserts. After your food tasting, visit a local brewery for a chance to sample up to 2 Coronado brews.
Next, hop on a bus and enjoy a ride around Millionaire's Row. Witness the splendid and luxury beach houses before you arrive at the iconic Hotel del Coronado, the only Victorian-style beachfront resort in the area. Conclude your tour at this National Historic Landmark, uncover stories about the hotel, and enjoy time to explore the area on your own.
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On this sudsy foray, you're in charge of the day's destinations. Get help from a beer-loving local guide as you discuss your favorite beer styles and garner tips on the best places to fill your glass. After your itinerary is mapped out, hop aboard a comfortable coach and ride in style to the day's first refreshing pint.
You could make a beeline for the rich ales on offer at Stone Brewing, or opt for something a bit more unusual at the Belgian-centric bars of The Lost Abbey. If you're interested in something lighter, consider the pale ale at Ballast Point Brewing, or perhaps the hop-heavy brews at Green Flash.
No matter where you choose to go, enjoy the opportunity to discuss techniques and ingredients with brew masters and bartenders as you sample fine concoctions from the area's best brewers,and get behind-the-scenes looks at the process from malt to bottle. Read More close
Kick off your hop-focused day as you head inside your first brewery. Though tour stops vary by season and beer availability, you're sure to get the very best of what the city has on tap. You might get to taste the light flavors of Wahoo Brewing's pale ale or examine the heavier profile of a pint from Karl Strauss Brewing's barrel-aged selection.
As you meander between destinations, listen to your guide as they share anecdotes about San Diego's past, from its early days as a rough-and-tumble fisherman's outpost to its Gold Rush-era chaos and evolution into a modern metropolis. Trace that pioneering spirit as you make your way between brew houses, chatting with brewers keen on experimenting with the innovative ingredients and risky recipes that make the city's beer so delicious and exciting. Read More close
Board transportation and let your guide lead the way to the old avenues Gaslamp Quarter. Roll under the neighborhood’s archway entrance and find the remnants of the city’s oldest façades. Admire its collection of over 90 historic buildings, which once served a booming Gold Rush-era community and now offer an amazing array of hip cafés, trendy bars, and innovative restaurants.
Nearby, stroll along the winding, palm tree-lined paths of Balboa Park. Built to serve as the grounds for early 20th-century expositions, this sprawling collection of fountains, museums, art galleries, and performance spaces is a great place to snap photos of Spanish-style architecture.
Move away from the dense streets of downtown and head toward the water. Arrive in Coronado, a narrow peninsula dotted with affluent residences and Victorian resorts. Take some time to meander along the beach and check out groves of charming beachside bungalows.
Up the coast, explore the wave-carved rocks of La Jolla, where you can see barking sea lions basking and barking in the sun. Grab a few pictures of their adorable antics before you climb back in your spacious ride and a return trip to your hotel. Read More close
Meet your tour group at the centrally located Gaslamp Quarter and take a relaxed stroll along red brick sidewalks to uncover the century-old edifices of this historic neighborhood. Make your way to your first stop where you can sit down to a refreshing craft cocktail and a couple of hors d'oeuvres while you learn about the Gold Rush-era history of this corner of town.
Continue to your next bar, admiring stunning examples of Victorian architecture along the way. When you arrive, tuck into more bite-sized snacks, sip a tasty flight of beer, and chat with locals before you end your incredible tasting tour with a trip to one of San Diego's premier bars and a final delicious cocktail. Read More close
Meet up with your vessel just steps away from downtown, on the north side of San Diego Bay. As the mooring lines are tossed off and you drift from the dock, chat with your captain about your ideal itinerary.
For avid anglers, consider heading along the coast and dropping a few lines near dense kelp beds where lingcod, rockfish, and seabass hang out. Leisure cruisers can spend your time circling the harbor, riding under the towering spans of the Coronado Bay Bridge and getting up-close looks at the many Naval ships that call San Diego home. Or, head out into open water and try your hand at sailing, adjusting the rigging, raising the main, and grabbing the wheel as you work your way around Mexico’s stunning Coronado Islands, just over the border.
Along the way, tuck into tasty snacks like artisanal cheeses, crackers, and salami, saving room for sweet treats like chocolate-covered strawberries. Pair each delicious bite with a local microbrew or a glass of crisp white wine, all served by an attentive crew member. You can also bring aboard your favorite food and drinks to enjoy throughout the afternoon.
End your experience watching the sunset from the dock, cruising back to the marina in the quiet breeze, or reeling in a massive keeper. It’s all up to you on this fun-filled and personalized sailing adventure. Read More close
Meet with your private guide and expert wine enthusiast at a San Diego location of your choice, and travel in a private vehicle, watching the landscape shift from bustling urbanity to rolling hills dotted by farms. Chat about wine with your guide before reaching the first vineyard of the day.
Stops vary depending on season and availability, but you might open bottles of bold reds at Leoness Cellars, sample crisp whites at Falkner Winery, or explore innovative blends at Wilson Creek. Chat with winemakers about Temecula Valley's unique terroir, learn what sets Southern California wines apart from their European counterparts, and get tips on the best methods for serving and sampling a range of varietals.
In the afternoon, pull up a seat at an outdoor lunch spot and tuck into a delicious lunch while you take in sweeping views of the vineyard-carpeted valley below. Consider purchasing a few bottles to take home before returning to San Diego in the evening. Read More close
Leave the streets of downtown behind as you cruise past the ocean, heading north past sandy beaches, sea lion-studded rocks, and wave-crushed coves. Head beyond the fermenters and barrels at your first destination of the day, going behind-the-scenes to meet with beer aficionados and uncover the secrets behind their creative concoctions.
Because you help choose the places you visit, every tour is different. Amber ale fans might consider popping into Karl Strauss Brewing Company, where their flagship bottle is a perfectly balanced creation using Cascade hops and toasted malt, while IPA admirers may prefer the hop-forward glasses at Culture Brewing Co. or La Jolla Brewing Company.
No matter where you stop, you’re sure to get a wide selection of tasty pints, expertly crafted by master brewers. Between sips, enjoy the opportunity to nibble on some of San Diego’s finest fare from local food trucks, which offer thirsty patrons everything from street-style tacos to slices of stone oven pizza. Read More close
Join your guide in the heart of the city, where you don a helmet and learn the basics of operating a smooth-riding Segway. Practice a few turns, perform a couple spins, and lean into controlled starts to gain experience and get comfortable on your futuristic contraption.
With your skills honed, follow your trip leader past gleaming skyscrapers and busy streets to the quaint thoroughfares of the Gaslamp Quarter. Cruise along the brick sidewalks of the oldest neighborhood in San Diego and hear tales about its Gold Rush-era days of rough-and-rowdy pioneers, gamblers, and drinkers.
Turn away from the fascinating edifices and century-old buildings and head toward the refreshing ocean breeze as you zip along the Embarcadero. Roll by the hulking sides of Navy ships like the USS Midway and get up-close looks at marinas housing giant yachts and classic sail boats.
Wrap up your electric excursion with a quick jaunt through Balboa Park. This incredible, 1,200-acre (486-ha) public space is home to a myriad of gardens, Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, and renowned museums. As you leave and head back downtown to wrap up your Segway soirée, you might even hear the roar of a lion or the howl of a monkey emanating from the world-famous San Diego Zoo just a few steps away. Read More close
Meet your tour in the heart of the quarter and depart on foot through the town, admiring the entertainment district of San Diego, rich with grand theaters, art galleries, and other cultural masterpieces. With the help of your experienced local guide, head to a trendy wine establishment in the neighborhood and listen to your guide tell you about the history of California wine country.
Sit down to your first mouth-watering glass of wine, enjoyed in a fascinating tasting room fitted with colorful decor. Savor the tastes of the drink while enjoying a special selection of decadent delicacies, a delectable accompaniment to your glass. Hear a detailed explanation of the sumptuous, world-class ingredients you're tasting before walking to 2 more wine bars tucked away in the Gaslamp Quarter. Read More close
Your guide arrives at the pickup location of your choice within San Diego County. This flexible tour also allows you to set the starting time, with the ending time being 4. 5 hours later.
Experience the microbrewery phenomenon that is taking the city by storm as you travel to 3 of the city's best breweries. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of either Lost Abbey, Green Flash, or Ballast Point to learn about the brewing process. Hear and witness how the hops incorporated into the craft beers make them a special breed.
Then, end your visit at a microbrewery such as Rough Draft, Indian Joe, or Coronado. At each of the 3 stops you try a minimum of 3 house drinks, helping you leave the tour more familiarized with the different types and flavors of beers. Read More close
Board a superb vessel at the scenic and picturesque north side of the San Diego Bay, leaving the city behind for a cruise by the charming shores of Coronado. This charter is ideal for those who want to bring along the kids for a day on the water, but also a lot of fun if it's a girls day out.
Let your steward serve your first glass of chilled white wine while the wind blows through your hair. Don't worry about anything while you're aboard, with refreshments, snacks, and blankets available if you get chilly, as well as plenty of comfortable seating. You can be assured a memorable experience aboard this private charter. Read More close
San Diego oozes character and is teeming with history from end to end. Let a local expert show you some of the most remarkable sites as you meet your group in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. From its origins in the Gold Rush era, this once seedy community is now brimming with colorful cafes and trendy shops. Stroll through the eclectic area, learning of the colorful history of drinking, gambling, and prostitution that once ran rife through these storied streets.
Your journey continues in the Old Town, where you can uncover the vibrant Mexican influence that helped shape the city's early days, and hear how it remains a powerful cultural beacon today. While you're here, head to Whaley House, claimed as one of the most haunted houses in America, where your guide might share a spooky tale.
To complete the experience, discover the seaside communities Coronado and La Jolla to get a taste of souther California's dramatic coastline. See stunning rock formations, oceanfront mansions, and rolling hills before you head back to downtown and wrap up your all-encompassing adventure. Read More close
For Segway rookies, your day starts with a brief lesson to get you comfortable with the simple controls of your futuristic ride. When you've mastered leaning turns and graceful stops, follow the sound of crashing waves to reach the oceanfront lanes of La Jolla.
Roll by the dripping walls of Sunny Jim's cave, where a boardwalk leads guests through the rock and out over the ocean. Feel the breeze and admire gliding sea birds as you head past Windansea Beach, and make your way to the sea lion-studded shores of La Jolla Cove. As you watch their adorable antics, snap some photos and listen to your guide explain a bit about their habitat and biology.
Before you turn around and head back, chat with your trip leader about any additional stops you want to make on your private tour of La Jolla's intriguing beaches and stunning sea cliffs. Read More close
Enjoy convenient pickup from your hotel and head north in a comfortable tour bus, keeping your eyes peeled for glimpses of the Pacific Ocean. Arrive in La Jolla and jump out to take your first few breaths of the refreshing sea breeze. With your camera in hand, watch deep blue water turn to white waves before crashing into black rocks, sending clouds of salty mist into the air.
Nearby, visit La Jolla Cove to get up-close looks at sea lions basking on sun-drenched rocks as they exchange energetic barks and growls. Snap photos of these adorable creatures before your return trip to San Diego, making additional stops to take in more unforgettable vistas. With a private guide leading the way, your trip is customized to focus on the sights and landmarks that you want to see the most. Read More close
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Start your day on the golden sands of La Jolla Shores beach, where you meet up with your guide and grab a wetsuit. Spend a few moments chatting about your surfing goals and any experience you might have, and then take some time to go over basic techniques on shore. With the essentials covered, head out into the water to snag your first tubular ride.
Follow breaking swells as they crest into promising waves, and transition from laying down and paddling to standing and carving through the water. Between each bodacious ride, get feedback from your instructor on ways you can improve your technique. When you're ready for a break, head back to shore for a breather or schedule the remainder of your package for another day, using the time in between to work on your skills and make the most of each lesson. Read More close
Make your way to the beach on La Jolla Shores, just north of Kellogg Park, and look for you instructor beneath the blue canopy. Spend a few minutes chatting about any experience you might have, get sized for a board, and squeeze into a snug wetsuit sure to keep you comfortable in the brisk waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Start your lesson with some on-land learning as you practice proper paddling technique and work on your transition from laying down to standing up on your board. When you're ready to try the real thing, head out into the water. Take some time to watch swollen swells breaking into wicked waves, and find out how to time your paddling so you reach each one just as it breaks into a curling wall of water. Ride into shore on your first wave and then paddle right back out again, ready to grab another run and hone your skills even further before you lesson winds to a close and you head back to the beach. Read More close
Begin the tour with a pickup from your San Diego hotel and head north through the rural areas of Southern California in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive in La Jolla and travel through the main shopping district, soaking up the charm and elegance of its stores and restaurants—keeping a look out for celebrities dining here. On your way to the coast, stop at the world-famous Torrey Pines PGA golf course nestled in the verdant San Diego hills.
Find breathtaking coastal views and admire La Jolla Cove, with its deep caves and tunnel entrances. Take plenty of photographs of the rugged cliffs and abundant marine life the area is renowned for, including barking sea lions lazing on sun-drenched rocks.
Head to secluded areas of La Jolla with the help of a professional guide, learning about the native flora and fauna as well as the historical background of this spectacular landscape before heading back to your starting point along winding coastal roads. Read More close
Stroll through the streets of Little Italy—a small neighborhood in Downtown San Diego—learning about the Sicilian immigrants who settled this bay-front fishing village. With a passionate foodie guide by your side, experience the local flavors of restaurants established by some of the founders of the area. Meet the owners of these establishments and learn about the region's culinary influences as you taste-test delicious Italian food and desserts.
Bring your appetite as you're sure to fill up on traditional Italian dishes, as well other local cuisine, making your way from one select eatery to the next. Indulge in artisanal pasta, washing the dough down with a thirst-quenching glass of wine. Before you part ways at the end of the evening, listen to delightful live jazz or opera in a trendy club, along with the aroma of Italian coffee.
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Begin your unforgettable happy hour as you leave your San Diego hotel in the comfort of a luxurious limousine. Your first stop is the award-winning Altitude Sky Lounge, where you get to enjoy panoramic views stretching to Coronado Island and Petco Park.
Next, make your way to Bertrand at Mister A's, guaranteed to leave you a splendid memory as you sit on the patio and see the sky starting to change colors. Sip a drink and nibble on an appetizer while you watch planes landing and taking off from the nearby airport.
Top off your evening with a visit to the last restaurant—George's at The Cove—regarded as the region's best rooftop dining. Enjoy the ambiance with an elegant interior and splendid views of La Jolla Cove. Before you return to your hotel, gaze at the sunset over the western horizon and feel the cool breeze from the water.
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Start your adventure on the north side of the bay, leaving the marina and heading out past the charming shores of Coronado. While your experienced captain hoists the sails, grab a cold beer or a crisp glass of wine from the onboard steward and watch as the downtown skyline draws closer.
Cozy up to your special someone on decks adorned with mahogany and teak, and tuck into a delicious array of cheeses, crackers, and salami. Take in views of the massive Navy vessels and wooden tall ships that fill the docks just steps away from downtown San Diego.
As you come about, seize the opportunity to try your own hand at sailing this beautiful yacht. Help adjust the rigging, learn to steer, and find out how to tie perfect maritime knots. For a sweet ending to a perfect day spent on the water, finish your tour with bites of delicious chocolate as you head back to the marina. Read More close
Once your captain welcomes you aboard the vessel, get comfortable by taking a seat in the shade or relaxing on the deck of this 37-foot (11-m) sailing vessel, El Barco. Admire the picturesque coastline from the water as you set sail to a splendid view of the North Island Naval Station and the massive hulls of matte grey battleships.
Pop open a bottle of champagne and pour a glass as you continue to Harbor Island. When you arrive hear how this man-made peninsula was constructed to create yacht-filled marinas, 5-star waterside hotels, and trendy restaurants. Come about and adjust the sails to make your way past the historic Point Loma lighthouse—opened in 1855. Wrap back toward the city, catching stunning glimpses of the San Diego skyline as you return to the marina. Read More close
Starting just north of downtown, jump in a helicopter and find a seat next to the wide windows that offer unencumbered views. Take off and enjoy the thrill of rising into the sky and banking toward the wave-warped waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Check out the emerald green patches of grass at Torrey Pines Golf Course, which offer a striking contrast to the tan and brown cliffs and scrubland that surround it. Nearby, snap photos of the dramatic cliffs of La Jolla, formed by the powerful forces of crashing waves.
Fly by the adorable cottages and 1930s hotel rooms that pack Pacific Beach's Crystal Pier, and then turn toward the quiet coves and boat-riddled waterways of Mission Bay before your wrap up your tour with a return and graceful landing back at the helipad. Read More close
Head to sandy Del Mar City Beach and meet your friendly instructor, who provides all the necessary equipment for you to get paddling. The soft sand and blue, tranquil waters of Del Mar beach create the perfect environment for learning this fun and relaxing watersport.
Don your wetsuit and listen as your instructor goes over each piece of equipment and its purpose. Expect to get wet and possibly even a bit tired as you practice the motions of mounting and dismounting your board, and keeping your balance as you paddle along.
Whether you've paddled before or have never even touched a board, your instructor caters the lesson specifically to your ability. Before you know it, you're up and gliding smoothly across the water's shimmering surface. Read More close
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Head to the beach at La Jolla Shores and meet up with your guide to kick off your lesson. Get fitted for a wetsuit sure to keep you warm while out on the water, find out how to adjust your paddle to match your height, and then hit the sand to go over a few essential techniques. Once you get your paddling strokes down, head into the water to try your hand at getting up onto your board and maintaining your balance.
Get hands-on feedback from your instructor until you're up and paddling like a pro. Then, head out to do a bit of exploring, taking advantage of the unique perspective offered from atop a gliding paddleboard. From your vantage point, peer straight down into the water to scan the bottom for sleek manta rays, harmless leopard sharks, and schools of darting fish. Spend the rest of your lesson honing your skills and trying more advanced maneuvers before you head back to shore. Read More close
If you're just looking for a night of family fun, this cruise is perfect for the whole family. You can partake in as much or as little of the sailing as you please. Whether you're looking for a sailing lesson or pure relaxation, look no further. See San Diego from a different vantage point and watch the sun set below the peninsula of Point Loma, creating a spectacular display of light on water.
Your captain navigates the vessel on your private charter while your steward caters to your every need. The sun setting over the peninsula takes your breath away—then you see the city lights of downtown San Diego come alive as you sail back across the San Diego Bay. Read More close
Embark on your memorable evening an hour before the sun dips below the horizon. While you get comfortable on deck, the captain raises the sails and sets a course to take you past the beaches of Coronado and the mighty battleships docked near downtown.
Ride in calm waters, sipping on a locally made craft brew or a refreshing glass of chilled white wine paired with a delectable assortment of cheeses, crackers, chips, and salami. As you count down the minutes to sunset, pass the time with a few sailing lessons from your experienced captain. Learn how to adjust the boom, tighten the rigging, and use the compass. You might even get the chance to steer this meticulously restored yacht.
Grab a spot in the spacious cockpit or on the boat’s wide-open decks to watch the final golden rays reflect off the water and the gleaming skyscrapers of downtown. As the brilliant light fades out of an increasingly dark blue sky, enjoy chocolates served by your attentive crew during the return cruise to the marina. Read More close
Put on your suit, grab a towel, and head to the warm sands of Del Mar Beach, where your instructor meets you with a board and wetsuit. No surfing experience is necessary, as all instruction is tailored specifically to your ability.
Choose a 5- or 10-hour option, and schedule the time however you see fit. Break it up into multiple sessions and give yourself time in between to practice and hone your skills at your own pace—whatever helps you get the most out of your time with your instructor.
Patient and positive instruction both on land and in the water helps you develop your technique and get comfortable on the board. Soon enough, find yourself out in the ocean catching waves with confidence and finesse. Read More close
Enjoy pickup from your San Diego hotel in style, traveling through the city streets in a limousine toward the Temecula Valley. Witness the scenery change to verdant rolling landscape as you partake in a scrumptious breakfast pastry and mimosa en route. Listen to music of your own choice before arriving at your first breathtaking estate. Explore its impressive cellars and barrel room on a winery tour, learning about every detail of the winemaking operation.
Continue your relaxing drive through pastoral perfection, visiting 2 more world-class wineries in the valley. Meet the winery representatives and feel their passion for wine as you stroll through vineyards and vat rooms, sitting down to extensive tastings at each location. Soak up the sun-kissed ambiance of California before being escorted back to San Diego. Read More close
Meet your experienced guide in front of your hotel and roll away from the busy streets of downtown San Diego. With a private SUV, you’re sure to enjoy a comfortable ride throughout the day. Drive past scenic farms and grassy meadows before arriving in the grape-laden hills of Temecula.
Make stops at 3 different vintners, sampling varietals that thrive in the dry, warm climate. Chat with winemakers as you try exceptional glasses of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and pinot gris. Or, taste innovative blends and zinfandels created by up-and-coming estates. In between stops, savor a delicious gourmet picnic lunch with incredible views of the surrounding countryside.
Finish your day with a final glass of your favorite style, and consider purchasing a few bottles before you jump back aboard your private SUV for a scenic drive back to San Diego. Read More close
Climb aboard your private transportation and head out from the shadows of downtown’s towering skyline. Cruise over the elevated thoroughfare that leads to the multi-million dollar homes and sprawling resorts of Coronado. Roll down streets flanked by cute cottages and beach-inspired bungalows, and navigate the narrow road that runs along Silver Strand Beach.
Head into the hills to the north, hugging the shore to reach the hip, surf-centric neighborhoods of Pacific and Mission Beach where you can check out the colorful façades of little cafés and trendy nightclubs before moving on.
Reach La Jolla and make a detour to a cove where playful sea lions bark from wave-riddled rocks and bask on warm, sun-drenched sands. Snap some photos of these adorable creatures before you head to the cliffs of Torrey Pines. Home to one of the world’s most renowned golf courses, the dunes and ochre-colored hillsides of this breathtaking landscape are yours to explore before you return to your spacious ride for your scenic journey back to the city. Read More close
Start the day in style, with a luxurious pickup in a private limousine and a cruise out into the countryside, watching through tinted windows as picturesque farms and sweeping river valleys pass by. Arrive at your first stop and head inside to try classic vintages like chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and pinot gris.
When your glass is empty, jump back in your elegant ride and continue your delightful journey. Your tour includes visits to 3 different wineries, giving you plenty of opportunities to sample innovative blends, chat with local winemakers, and hear how Temecula’s unique geography makes it the perfect place to grow robust grapes, ideal for creating crisp whites and fruity zinfandels. Fill the time between wineries by finding a scenic spot to sit down and savor a scrumptious, gourmet picnic lunch.
When the sipping, swirling, and tasting are over, enjoy the ride back to San Diego in your spacious limo, zipping past sprawling fields filled with heavy, grape-laden vines. Read More close
Start the day by meeting your guide, discussing the places that you'd like to visit, and learning about some of the must-see sights. Because you help choose the destinations, every tour is different and the experience is unique to you.
As you travel around the city, your guide provides in-depth knowledge of the area, giving you a street-level look at the town's people, food, and culture. Take out your camera and be prepared to snap plenty of splendid pictures of the area's gorgeous buildings and structures.
At the conclusion of your tour, leave with plenty of amazing memories of the city together with a greater understanding of its history and culture. Read More close
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Your combo adventure starts on a helipad, as you meet up with your guide and pilot to climb aboard a spacious Bell 206B3. Grab a seat as the rotors thrum to life and you lift off into the air, banking toward the sugary sands of Solano Beach and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.
As you glide over La Jolla, keep your eyes peeled for barking sea lions hanging out on dramatic rock formations. Turn inland for stunning views of the fertile Temecula Valley and your winery destination for the day. Hover over Thornton Winery before coming to a graceful landing and stepping out to begin your private tour.
Stroll around the grounds, exploring the journey of grapes as they move from vine to bottle. Sample a few fine varietals and listen as your guide explains a bit about the process before sitting down for a delicious lunch of expertly prepared and seasonal ingredients.
With your appetite sated, head back to your whirlybird and take off once again. On your return flight, take the air less traveled and set a course over rugged mountain landscapes dotted with deep blue lakes set beside dark green woodlands. snap a few photos and savor the scenery one last time before you land. Read More close
Set off down the red brick sidewalks that line the Gaslamp Quarter’s charming streets and check out the stone façades of buildings that started out as gambling halls and bars for adventure-seeking sailors at the turn of the 20th century. Now, those same edifices are home to innovative restaurants, hip cafés, and incredible art collections.
Head to one of the neighborhood’s most renowned galleries and grab a glass of refreshing white or bold red wine before meandering through rooms filled with exceptional works of art. Though stops vary with each tour, you might see drawings by famed Looney Tunes’ animator Chuck Jones, abstract pieces by international sculptors at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts, or paintings by creative locals at Exclusive Collections. Take time to wander the halls of 2 galleries, savoring 3 different wine samples at each location.
Between collections, listen as you knowledgeable guide shares stories about the Gaslamp Quarter’s infamous past before ending your evening at a wine bar, where you can consider grabbing another glass while you chat about the evening’s stunning displays. Read More close
Head to the beach and meet your instructor, who straps you into your safety harness and equipment. Your 40 total minutes of flight time starts with a 20-minute practice flight, which introduces you to the fundamentals of jetpack flying.
The jetpack attaches to a jet ski via a long hose, and the instructor controls the throttle that pumps water toward your backpack. The rest of the controls are up to you—handles let you steer from side to side and change the flow of water to propel you up and down.
After you're comfortable with the gear, try out some more skillful maneuvers. Test your stability as you wave at the camera, run across the surface of the water, and blast yourself upward toward the sky. Try some insane donut turns, low- to mid-level hovers, and even helicopter spins.
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Arrive at some of the most exclusive clubs in San Diego. Once inside, sip a drink of your choice, dance to the club beats, join drinking games, and become the life of the party in one of the world's best social scenes. Opportunities to nibble on appetizers and food specials present themselves throughout the evening.
Stops range from lounge atmosphere to VIP mega club. At each location you meet and mingle with interesting personalities from all around the world. Every night, every scene, every club is a different experience, so you never quite know where events may take you. Enjoy exclusive drink specials at every stop, in addition to promotional party gifts and accessories. Get a taste of San Diego's nightlife, have a blast, and dance the night away. Read More close
Along the way, take the opportunity to see locations such as the Midway Museum, where the Star of India is docked, Lindbergh Field, Liberty Station, the North Island Naval Air Station, the Point Loma Nuclear Submarine Base, and the Marine Mammal Training Center.
With the help of an entertaining and knowledgable guide, you get to learn more about San Diego. Why is the airport dedicated to Charles Lindbergh? How is the Naval Air Station one of the largest jet fighter repair stations and the "Birthplace of Naval Aviation?"
Keep your cameras ready, your eyes open, and look out for chance encounters with the local fauna. The tour often crosses paths with the cormorant, the Great Blue Heron, and the California Brown Pelican. Read More close
A journey to this park is more than just an activity. It’s an immersive and educational experience that takes guests on a global adventure. The park is divided into regions, boasting habitats that simulate these animals’ wildlife homes, allowing you to get an intimate look at the rhinos bathing in their oasis, lions snoozing in the sun, and meerkats diligently keeping watch over their burrows.
Zoom through the plains on the Africa Tram Safari, see just how fast a cheetah can run, and then make some friends and memories alike to the song of the birds as they perch on your hand at Lorikeet Landing. Read More close
To help ring in the 100th year, go watch a centennial-themed Dr. Zoolittle show at the Wegeforth Bowl, where the brand new state-of-the-art Centennial Theater offers an amazing viewing experience. Be on the lookout for 10 different birthday party stations that are scattered throughout the zoo and participate in intriguing presentations about how the zoo was founded and how it’s evolved over the years.
Between the special celebrations, come face to face with a huge array of exotic animals, as the park boasts over 400 different species. Wander from one natural habitat to the next, as you move from the savanna of African elephants and zebras, to rhinos bathing in a cool oasis, to playful meerkats rummaging around their burrows before poking their heads out to greet you.
Before you leave, don’t forget to take a high-flying ride on the Skyfari aerial tram, cruise around the zoo on a guided bus tour, and consider up-close interactions that can put you face to snout with a few of your favorite creatures.
This immersive and educational expedition takes you around the world as you witness fantastic creatures in habitats that perfectly simulate their natural wildlife homes. As you look back on 100 years of excellence, you might even forget that you’re in a zoo at all. Read More close
At the park entrance, Explorer's Reef lets you literally get hands-on with a variety of fish in 4 different touch pools, where you can have your fingers tickled by cleaner fish and discover what a bamboo shark feels like.
For fast thrills, the Manta® flying roller coaster tilts you parallel to the ground and sends you headfirst on a twisting, plunging trip that starts with an inverted nosedive.
A walk through Shark Encounter's underwater viewing tunnel lets you see mysterious swimming predators from nearly every angle. Be sure to take a look along the tunnel's edges to see if you can spot any shark teeth.
The park's One Ocean® show centers on human-ocean interaction. Orcas jump skyward, dancing fountains dot the water, and a Splash Zone seat gives you submerged views of whales flapping their fins to drench you with water.
At the Aquatica waterpark, cool off with waves ranging from serene to extreme at the wave pool, a high-speed mat ride, a lazy river, and a toddler-friendly waterslide. With private cabanas as well as a chance to see turtles and flamingos up close, enjoy the park with fun for the whole family.
Get ready for summer at Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark® where the South Seas meets Southern California in this whimsical, tropical oasis. Discover your inner Aquatican with waves from serene to extreme, a chance for up-close experiences with turtles and flamingos, as well as private cabanas and attractions for the whole family.
If you are looking for the biggest thrill in the park, make a splash at the newest attraction, Taumata Racer®—a high-speed competitive mat ride where you meet adventure head first. If you prefer a more relaxed way to cool off, splash in the wave pool, float in a tube on the lazy river, or enjoy smaller toddler-friendly slides.
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Begin your adventure in downtown San Diego as you hop into a comfortable, air-conditioned van for your exploration of America’s Finest City. Pass beneath the illuminated arch that welcomes you to the Gaslamp Quarter and journey to the past. Packed with buildings that date back to the 1880s, this charming neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it bustles 'round the clock, with visitors and locals alike flocking day and night to the city’s liveliest bars, restaurants, and music venues.
Cruise down the Embarcadero, passing by the floating hulk of the USS Midway, the Maritime Museum’s collection of historic sailboats, and memorial sculptures in the harbor’s waterfront parks. Cross the bridge to Coronado to scope out some of San Diego’s best beaches, and see vacationers strolling around the grounds of the luxurious 4-star Hotel del Coronado.
Finally, make your way into Balboa Park’s 1,200 acres (490 ha) of gardens, museums, and beautiful green spaces. Admire masterpieces of Spanish Colonial architectural masterpieces like the Casa de Balboa, learn about the plants on display in the Botanical Building and the park’s themed gardens, and hear about the exotic creatures that call the San Diego Zoo home before your tour concludes. Read More close
Meet your guide downtown and hop into a comfortable, air-conditioned van to begin your tour of San Diego’s palm-shaded, sun-drenched streets. Cross the bridge to Coronado, a lovely resort town known for its glittering beaches, sidewalk cafes, and vacation-friendly vibe. Stop at the grand Hotel del Coronado—a National Historic Landmark that dates back to 1888—and then stretch your legs with a walk by the Navy dockyards, piers, and waterfront parks of the Embarcadero.
Make your way to the 1,200-acre (485-ha) Balboa Park to take in its reflecting pool, peaceful gardens, and the Mission-style and Spanish Colonial architecture of its museums and cultural centers. Your guide also leads you by what may well be Balboa Park’s most famous attraction—the world-class San Diego Zoo.
Enjoy a free hour for lunch in the Gaslamp Quarter, a vibrant historic district packed with Victorian buildings and the round-the-clock bustle of visitors and locals alike. After lunch, jump back in the van and drive out to La Jolla. This exclusive seaside neighborhood and it’s equally elite golf course sit on rocky cliffs and rolling hills overlooking secluded beaches and stunning Pacific Coast scenery. Watch for harbor seals along the shore, gaze down through the crystal-clear waters of La Jolla Cove, and snap postcard-worthy panoramas of the entire city from the top of Mount Soledad. Read More close
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Meet your professional chef at her Tuscan-inspired villa overlooking the La Jolla coast with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Awaken your taste buds with a gourmet olive oil and salt tasting as you discuss farm-to-table dining and Californian cuisine.
Then, head out to the chef’s very own organic garden, where you can gather harvest-ready herbs and seasonal produce for your meal. Your hands-on lesson includes learning about important cooking methods, knife skills, seasonal foods and tips, and tricks, to make you feel just like a professional.
When your evening’s menu is complete, sit down in Chef Jodi’s elegant dining room or gather on her garden terrace atop Mt. Soledad, to enjoy your freshly made creations and carefully selected wines. All the recipes will be sent to you, so you too can recreate the meal that most certainly will impress your family and friends. Read More close
Captain and crew offer first-class service by providing refreshing drinks and sumptuous snacks while sharing local knowledge and taking you on a journey through the area's history. You can sit back and relax or try your hand at steering—the choice is yours.
Sail aboard the former open-ocean racing yacht, Lei Lani, a California-native, luxury sailing vessel. As you cruise the harbor, admire the vessel’s characteristic mahogany and teak woodwork, classic lines, and distinctive interior design that is no longer seen in production. While the yacht can easily seat up to 12 passengers, this tour only sails with 6 passengers, so you have plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the unobstructed views. Read More close
Ride from your hotel to Gillespie Field, where your pilot is performing the final safety checks on a nimble Extra 330LC. While you don your flight suit, listen to a safety briefing and find out your flight plan. Get a few tips on how to use the digital gun controls in the wingman's seat and then hop aboard, ready to fly.
Shoot down the runway and take off into the skies, ready to look for your airborne opponent. When you find your target, bank, dip, and swoop to avoid getting hit, and then go on the offensive, honing in before you pull the trigger.
After your dog fight, make a low pass over the desert floor to take out simulated anti-aircraft guns and a missile defense system. As you shoot, your pilot helps point out targets ready to be destroyed and even lets you take the controls, so you can top off your adrenaline rush flying the plane all on your own. With your mission complete, swoop back around and make a graceful landing before hopping on comfortable transportation and returning to San Diego. Read More close
Meet your guide in downtown San Diego and ride out with an intimate group to La Jolla as you listen to information about this affluent and exclusive community. Scope out the fine boutiques and restaurants in town, take in the view from Mount Soledad, and gaze out over the sandy washes and sage-topped cliffs of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
Make your way down to Children’s Pool Beach to watch wild harbor seals basking on the sand, and admire the shimmering waters of La Jolla Cove—an underwater ecological reserve nestled beneath grassy bluffs. Depending on the time of year, you might spot migrating gray whales or playful bottlenose dolphins swimming offshore. Listen as your guide describes the area’s abundant sea life, and see if you can spot some of the wave-carved caves and tunnels in the inlet’s rocky, rugged cliffs. Read More close
Start your day of exploration as you're picked up from your San Diego hotel by an air-conditioned coach. Ride along Interstate 15, watching the buildings of the city turn to green, pastoral land. Arrive at your first winery stop, the friendly Leoness Cellars. This family-owned vineyard is renowned for its tasty varietals like chardonnay, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon. Quench your thirst here with up to 6 tastings.
Next, visit the Cougar Vineyard and Winery, operated by Rick and Jennifer Buffington, a multi-award winning winemaking couple based in the valley. Stroll through the charming area before sitting down to an extensive tasting in the private barrel room. Try up to 9 different wines produced from vineyards around Temecula.
Last but not least is a stop at the Wilson Creek Winery. Enjoy a tour of this 20-acre (8-ha) vineyard and winery located at the end of the winding Rancho California Road. Savor the taste of world-famous almond champagne, produced in this conducive climate. Try up to 5 different tastings here before being whisked back to your San Diego hotel.
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Welcome to San Diego, where miles of sun-drenched sand warmly welcomes in the Pacific Ocean waves. On the southernmost coast of California you can find a rich history, unique art scene, and world-renowned golf conditions. Take a break from surfing and sunbathing to go on an amazing scavenger hunt adventure.
Your journey into San Diego's rich history begins at the "birthplace of California" in the heart of Old Town. Meander through the streets, tour Little Italy, and dive into a sea of naval history at the USS Midway. With your smartphone, iPad, or other mobile device, use the Quest Software to discover clues and solve questions along the way.
Complete challenges, take hints, and earn points as you meander through the city. Conclude your tour of San Diego with a trip to the Bob Hope Memorial. Located in a tranquil waterfront park, this memorial is a great place to end your day and pay tribute to servicemen and women. Read More close
Your day starts on warm beaches just north of San Diego's sun-drenched streets as you squeeze into a wetsuit and take a few test breaths out of your snorkel. Before you head into the water, listen to your guide share tips about how to communicate underwater and what to look for as you swim through this incredible undersea world.
Make your way into the calm waters of a quiet cove and begin skimming the water's surface looking for bizarre anemones, brightly colored starfish, or maybe even a curious sea lion. Dive down to get closer looks at plant life gently waving with the changing tide, and investigate the nooks and crannies under rocks where you might see scampering lobsters or camouflaged rockfish. Return to shore as your trip winds to a close, keeping your eyes peeled for more creatures hiding in tidal pools scattered along the beach. Read More close
La Jolla's scenic shores are filled with an incredible array of marine life, from adorable sea lions basking on rock formations to manta rays and striking leopard sharks. Explore their world as you strap on a snorkel and enter the water with an expert guide by your side. Don't worry about cages; though these sharks can get up to 6 feet (2 m) long, their mouths are far too small to do any damage.
Keep to shallow waters where leopard sharks prefer to hang out as they feed and look for mates. Admire the spotted black and silver colors of their shimmering sides and keep your eyes peeled for their underwater friends, including gliding manta rays and spiky rockfish.
Back on shore, chat about myriad of creatures you found underwater, but don't stop looking for wildlife. In addition to sharks, rays, and fish, La Jolla's shoreline is often brimming with barking sea lions and soaring sea birds. Read More close
The magical Disney kingdom awaits you at Disneyland® Park. Embrace world-famous classics like “it’s a small world,” the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and those beloved Disney Characters you’re never too old to hug. Then blast off into the Star Wars™ universe aboard Star Tours—The Adventures Continue.
Disney California Adventure® Park
Prepare to be floored at Cars Land, where the Disney•Pixar’s hit movie "Cars" comes to life with high-octane attractions, dining, and shopping. And there’s much more to discover in 8-themed lands including The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and World of Color nighttime water spectacular.
The rides, shows, and attractions here center on LEGO's classic, colorful blocks and the imaginative creations you make with them. Weave along a LEGO® dinosaur jungle on the Coastersaurus roller coaster, play with LEGO® blocks in the Imagination Zone, and see detailed LEGO® depictions of 7 American cities at Miniland USA.
SeaWorld® San Diego
Connect with the ocean at SeaWorld® San Diego. See Shamu and learn about the majestic killer whales during the One Ocean® show. Visit the Penguin Encounter, and spend time with some of the most playful inhabitants of the Arctic. Read More close
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There's nothing quite like a luxurious spa treatment to take you from tired and stressed to radiant and centered. With the Spafinder gift card, you can check in at salons, spas, gyms, or therapeutic centers that cover everything from facials and haircuts to Pilates and chiropractic work. Unwind and get glowing with a beautifying, de-stressing service at an elegant day spa, or find a fitness studio and work it out in a toning Barre class or a calorie-busting boot camp.
Your gift card never expires, and can be used on a wide range of treatments, classes, services, and products, whether you're in the market for a new yoga mat or wanting to touch up your hair color before a big event. Treat yourself to wellness—your body and mind will thank you. Read More close
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Kick off your underwater safari with a lesson on how to use a Hawaiian sling, a classic style of speargun that uses a simple rubber band to launch a sharp arrow through the water. After a bit of target practice, head into calm coves to try your hand at the real thing.
Explore the waters, looking under rocky overhangs and behind thick kelp gardens as you keep your eyes peeled for the camouflaged spots of a calico bass or the silvery sides of a barracuda. When you spy something worth shooting for, dive down for a closer shot, line up your speargun and let your arrow fly.
Throughout the trip, your guide assists you with finding suitable targets and helps to hone your aim so you can get plenty of chances at landing a tasty souvenir. As you head back to shore, listen to tips on cleaning and preparing your day's catch. Read More close
Start the tour with instructions on boating basics and safe driving before getting in your own mini speedboat. Seats are comfortable, and there is nothing obstructing your view, so get ready for a thrilling ride as your guide leads the way from the dock.
Feel the wind in your hair and splashes from the water as you cruise between sights along the harbor coastline. Meanwhile, listen in on the narration provided by your knowledgeable guide as you pass navy ships, Coronado Bridge, the historic ships of the Maritime Museum, and the downtown skyline. During one of the many stops along the way, you're able to swap seats so everyone gets a chance to drive.
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Kick off your shoes and hit the beach to meet up with your instructor for the day. Get outfitted with a wetsuit, paddle, and board and stick to the shore while you practice the basic stances and movements that help you stay balanced while on top of your board. With a few essential skills under your belt, head to the water to try your hand at the real thing. Experiment with making easy starts, graceful stops, and tight turns as you cruise around calm waters.
If you're feeling extra confident, consider heading out into the ocean, where you can point your paddle at breaking waves to combine the techniques of stand-up paddleboarding with the thrilling of surfing before heading back to shore and turning in your gear. Read More close
Grab your swimsuit and slather on some sunscreen before you head to the golden sand sprinkled along La Jolla Shores. Meet up with experienced staff well-versed in stand-up paddleboarding and have a paddle and a board fitted to your height. Chat about possible places to take your board and then head out to do some exploring on your own.
Spend your rental time practicing getting up on your board, making precise paddling strokes, and honing your balancing skills as you greet rolling swells. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for docile leopard sharks, graceful manta rays, and swirling schools of fish that gather beneath your board. When you're ready to head back, paddle to shore and return your rental. Read More close
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Your adventure begins in the cool predawn hours at the launch site in Palm Desert. Receive a quick briefing on flight routines, hop inside the balloon's basket, and wait in anticipation. Feel the fire start to push the balloon up into the sky over the well-manicured estates surrounded by stunning mountain ranges of the region.
As you meander through the air, traveling on the gentle morning wind, take your camera out and snap some photographs of the ever-changing light. Witness the sky begin to brighten and display an array of colors as the day arrives. Enjoy the tranquility and gorgeous surrounding landscapes as they’re set aglow, and keep an eye out for native wildlife frolicking in the scrub before landing back on the ground. A celebratory glass of champagne ends your experience on a high note before you're transferred back to the launch site. Read More close
Wake up nice and early to meet your fully qualified and certified pilot in the incredible countryside of Temecula. Prepare for an unforgettable ballooning experience with a quick safety briefing before climbing into the impressive balloon basket. Then, the sandbags are released, the fire is lit, and you ascend serenely into the air.
Rise up to see a complete panorama of Southern California, noticing the myriad of colors and textures made by the many vineyards and estates of the area. Unwind in the balloon as it wafts on the air currents, taking you over quaint communities set on pastoral land.
Snap some photographs of the morning sun lighting up the incredible landscapes to preserve your adventure for later. Then, land softly on the ground and enjoy a champagne, mimosa, or juice toast, during which you can reflect upon your tranquil flight before being transported back to the meeting point. Read More close
Meet up with your pilot and guide for the evening as they make the final preparations for your lofty voyage. Watch as a few final burner blasts fill the balloon to capacity and then climb aboard. Throw off the mooring lines and rise into the sky as the sun begins its journey toward the horizon.
Snap photos and let your guide point out the stunning landscapes sprinkled around Del Mar below. Savor the changing light as it turns the clouds and sky from light blue to shades of violet, orange, and red. See the final rays glint off the Pacific before twilight settles in and you descend back to the ground. When you land, pop a few bottles of champagne and make a toast to your successful flight before heading back to your starting point. Read More close
Begin your evening at the launch site, watching a massive and colorful hot air balloon fill and lift to life as the sun begins to drop toward the horizon. When the basket begins to tug at its mooring line, hop in and let it loose, rising up and over Palm Springs.
Gaze at the landscape below, where a green patchwork of golf courses crashes into the rugged hillsides that lead to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. Wait for the perfect moment as you snap photos of the setting sun. Savor views of the sky changing from gold to orange to red, and finally blue. Make your graceful landing while the night's first stars begin to appear and pop open a bottle of bubbly for the perfect finish to your flight. Read More close
The evening begins as you embark on your modern sailing yacht. Sip on your locally made craft beer or chilled white wine as you begin to cruise past the beaches of Coronado and off into San Diego Bay. Admire the gorgeous skyline of San Diego under the sun's glimmering orange light while you treat your taste buds to a delectable platter of cheese, salami, chocolates, and crackers.
Next, relax while you take in the breathtaking views as the sun sets below Point Loma. Make sure you have your camera in hand to capture the brilliant changing colors of the sky. Before your skipper brings you safely into the wharf, you can try taking the helm of the vessel with guidance from the captain or just sit back and enjoy yourself in the cool sea breeze. Read More close
Head to the beach and meet your instructor, who gives you a hands-on briefing about the equipment and gets you strapped in and situated. Make your way into the water as your instructor flips the throttle—and then blast off. Your 60 total minutes of flight time begins with an introductory 30-minute flight, helping you get used to the unique sensation of nothing beneath your feet but air and water. Levitate and practice steering, lifting, and twisting through the sky.
After you're comfortable, go full throttle as you hone your steering skills, and learn to fly higher and higher during this incredible air-meets-water activity. Go home feeling like a superhero, with a video of you performing stunts to show your friends and family, as well as merchandise to complete your unforgettable adventure. Read More close
Head to the beach at La Jolla Shores and pick up your rental from on of the friendly staff members, many of whom are also professional surf instructors. Consider grabbing a wetsuit to help keep you warm in the brisk ocean waters, and chat about nearby wave conditions while you get your gear sorted out. With a few tips on the best places to check out gnarly breakers, take off and find your ideal location.
Spend your rental time slicing through bright blue tubes of water, working on difficult tricks, or focusing on your fundamentals. Try out a few different spots that offer different styles of waves, and return to the rental booth if you need more tips on new places to hang ten. With rentals available for quick afternoon rides or full-day sessions, there's no limit to the amount of waves you can catch in La Jolla. Read More close
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A lesson on land teaches you how to pop-up and balance on your board using foot placement, as well as how to slow down or speed up by shifting your weight. Surfboards are custom-fit to your needs and provide a sturdy support base.
After practice exercises on the beach, paddle out to the surf zone and receive guidance on how to properly head into rolling waves at the ideal time to catch your first wave of the day.
Refreshing water rushes by as you glide out to your new playground with the instructor paddling alongside to give continued guidance throughout the lesson. Catch a wave and find yourself smiling as you feel the mist from the Pacific's waves. Make a soft water landing, and get back up on your board for another thrill ride. Read More close
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Don't worry about driving on this all-encompassing excursion. Meet up with your guide and wine enthusiast in downtown San Diego, hop aboard comfortable transportation, and watch the landscape shift from bustling urban center to rolling, farm-flecked hills. Chat about your favorite styles as you ride and then reach your first vineyard of the day.
While stops vary based on season and availability, you might open bottles of bold reds at Leoness Cellars, sample crisp whites at Falkner Winery, or explore innovative blends at Wilson Creek. Chat with winemakers about Temecula Valley's unique terroir, learn what sets Southern California wines apart from their European counterparts, and get tips on the best methods for serving and sampling a range of varietals.
In the afternoon, pull up a seat at an outdoor lunch spot and tuck into a delicious lunch while you take in sweeping views of the vineyard-carpeted valley below. Consider purchasing a few bottles to take home and then return to San Diego in the evening. Read More close
Meet your friendly team in Temecula and greet your experienced pilot. Enjoy a short safety briefing before boarding your first-class seat in the helicopter. Watch in awe as the aircraft's blades begin to whirl above you and you rise up in the sky.
Feel the thunderous roar as you fly through Temecula's sun-soaked environment, taking in sweeping views over sprawling apple orchards, lush green parks, and thriving vineyards. Take your camera out and see if you can snap some photographs of the rugged foothills, verdant agricultural lands, and charming historic town center below you.
Listen as your friendly pilot entertains you with stories of Temecula's past, including its winemaking heritage. Enjoy the unobstructed, panoramic views one last time before landing safely to the ground, celebrating in style with a glass of champagne.
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San Diego's charming Old Town is filled with history, foodies, great restaurants, and excellent architecture. Follow your guide and discover the flare that makes the area a favorite spot among locals and tourists. Learn about the city's haunted past on a visit to one of the oldest graveyards in San Diego. Walk past the infamous Whaley House Museum and hear ghostly spirits whisper around you.
Wander beside the colorful street stalls before arriving at an authentic Mexican restaurant. Experience a homemade tortilla sure to delight your taste buds with authentic Mexican spices. Listen as your guide points out essential ingredients in the cuisine before moving to 3 different restaurants. You can even sample a tequila-infused cocktail before your fiesta concludes. Read More close
Don a flight suit on the runway of Gillespie Field, just beyond downtown San Diego as your trained pilot goes over basic safety information. When your plane is prepped, jump into the cockpit and lower the glass canopy before taxiing down the airstrip.
Watch as the propeller roars to life and you lift off into the skies. Soon you're breaking into adrenaline-pumping aerobatics, watching the earth spin during daring loop the loops, holding on as you go into tight spins. Drift into tail slides, find out why they call it a snap roll, and feel gravity press you into your seat during High-G turns. Once you've tumbled, rolled, looped, twisted, and turned through the air, straighten out and head back to the airport for a soft landing back on the ground. Read More close
Hop aboard your ride for the day, a spacious and air-conditioned coach, and hit the highway for a delightful drive down California's sun-soaked coast. As you cross into Mexico, check out the incredible array of shops and cafes that line the bustling market streets.
Head to the palm tree-lined Avenida Revolucion—at the heart of the city center—for a stroll past the colorful façades of stores selling everything from leather goods to clothing, jewelry, and cigars. Try your hand at bartering, look for the perfect souvenir, and consider a break to nibble on authentic street tacos.
Nearby, consider checking out local sights including the giant globed entrance of the Tijuana Cultural Center, home to the work of regional artists. Or, head to the local bullring, where brave matadors fight off ferocious bulls in stunning performances. Before you hop back in the coach, make last-minute purchases and don't forget to snap a few photos to share with friends and family back home. Read More close
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Head out from central San Diego, riding through the southernmost stretch of California to the border crossing with Mexico. Arrive in vibrant, bustling Tijuana after just 30 minutes on the road and soak up the palpable sense of energy in this eclectic and friendly border city—the largest on the Baja Peninsula.
Cruise through the Zona Centro on the Avenida Revolucion, where visitors crowd into popular shops and eateries. Circle historic roundabouts as your guide shares information about Tijuana’s past, and spot the remains of the once-glamorous Toreo de Tijuana. Hop out of the bus to test your bargaining skills at shops peddling handcrafted goods and typical Mexican wares.
Explore the central, modern business district of the Zona Río, with its fashionable shops and restaurants, and check out statues of major historic figures from Abraham Lincoln to Cuauhtémoc the Aztec King. You also have an opportunity to get a delicious taste of authentic Mexican street food as you prepare your own tacos, adding flavorful meat, chicken, or veggies and plenty of toppings like fresh salsa, creamy guacamole, cilantro, and onion before your return ride across the border. Read More close
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Steel your nerves as you get fitted for a stylish flight suit and meet your pilot and instructor for the day. After a brief orientation to get you familiar with the controls, head out to the runway and hop in the front seat of a 330-horsepower Extra 330LC stunt plane. Let your pilot get you into the air and stabilized, and then take over at the controls.
With step-by-step instructions from your guide, start off your looping lesson with a few basic tricks, including quick turns and long, graceful loops. After each maneuver, up the ante with a more challenging stunt, dipping the plane into hammerhead stalls, tail slides, and tumbling drops sure to get your blood pumping and your heart racing.
Finish up your extreme experience by letting your pilot take control, showcasing their favorite aerobatics before you head back to the airport and touch down back at the runway, taxiing to the hangar where you can jump out and catch a ride back to San Diego. Read More close
Visit the 60 exhibits, each steeped with the sights, sounds, and smells of the Midway's past. Step into the massive galley, tour the engine room, and walk through the private sleeping quarters of the sailors. Then head to the 4-acre (1. 6-ha) flight deck to get an up-close view of the F-14 Tomcat and the TBM Avenger.
A day spent on board this floating city allows you to take a journey back in time with the original crew of the Midway. Listen to their voices on the audio tour as they offer firsthand accounts of daily life at sea. In addition, the volunteer docents, many who also served on the Midway, share their personal stories and anecdotes with you during your day of discovering a piece of American history. Read More close
Take the hassle out of an evening out on the town with this VIP club crawl, which pairs you up with an in-the-know local and a fun group for a night out that exceeds all expectations. Avoid cover charges and long lines as you hit the best spots the city has to offer, getting down on the dance floor and chatting with your group over drinks at cool clubs, laid back lounges, and bumping bars.
Whether you’re visiting on your own and looking to meet new people or headed out with a group, these well-organized outings are the perfect way to experience San Diego tours. Just grab a wristband and start partying, enjoying drink specials and VIP treatment from your first stop until last call. Read More close
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Meet your beer-loving local guide and enjoy convenient transportation to your first thirst-quenching destination. Enter the tasting room and tuck into a wide range of styles. No matter which brewery you visit, you have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the brewing process, learning how fermenters, barrels, and kegs help turn simple ingredients into delicious beers.
You might make your way to Ballast Point Brewing, famous for its crisp Kolsch, followed up by visits to the historic Mission Brewery and the 7-barrel brewery at Pizza Port. Or, you could head to the IPAs at Green Flash Brewing Company and the interesting taste combinations at Stone Brewing Company.
Wherever you go, make sure to ask the malt masters any questions that come to mind before sitting down to a mouthwatering meal paired with the perfect pint, leaving your stomach satisfied as you head back to town. Read More close
Begin your culinary journey with a sensory experience in Chef Jodi’s backyard, with a panoramic view of La Jolla. Stimulate and engage your palette with a gourmet olive oil and salt tasting, as you sip on cool beverages and discuss farm-to-table cooking with an expert chef. Following the tasting, migrate to Chef Jodi’s organic garden where you will handpick the harvest-ready herbs and produce for your evening’s 4-course menu.
Watch, learn, and participate as Chef Jodi guide’s you on how easy it is to prepare a gourmet meal – maybe even pick up some professional knife skills along the way! When your meal is complete, feast on the fruits of your labor and sip the paired wines either in the comfort of Chef Jodi’s elegant dining room or while enjoying the view on her Tuscan-inspired terrace.
Meet up with Chef Jodi, and enjoy a private tour of one of San Diego’s premier farmers’ markets. Enjoy the fresh air and listen to live music as you travel around with Chef Jodi sampling and selecting some of California’s finest organic produce and artisanal goods. Select and take home the fresh, seasonal ingredients you will use to prepare your meal.
Prepare your 3-course menu in Chef Jodi’s indoor-outdoor kitchen with a fabulous view of San Diego’s breathtaking coastline. Round off your foodie adventure by indulging in your creation in an unbeatable alfresco setting, complete with delicious wine and unforgettable memories. Read More close
Meet up with your expert guide and hop aboard comfortable transportation to head to your first frothy stop of the day. On Saturdays, make your way to Ballast Point Brewing, where you can tuck into a crisp Kolsch, followed up by visits to the ESB experts at Ale Smith Brewing and the beer pioneers at San Diego Brewing, one of the first microbreweries in the city. Sunday suds-seekers can look forward to the potent concoctions at Stone Brewing Co. , the sweet honey ales at San Marcos, and Lost Abbey's array of Belgian styles.
At each location, enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how these malt mixers and grain gurus turn simple ingredients into delicious beers. Ask questions, compare styles, and find out how frothy pints pair with delectable food as you tuck into mouthwatering pub grub before you head back to town. Read More close
Kick off your first day on the water familiarizing yourself with the fundamentals of surfing. Listen as your instructor goes over basic etiquette and teaches you how to get up on your board. Practice the movements on land before taking to the water and trying the real thing.
Watch the waves as they swell and then curl into the shallows of San Diego's spectacular coastline. When you're ready, paddle furiously and catch your first big break, cruising into the beach like an experienced pro. With each successful ride, gain the confidence required to try more advanced maneuvers.
Spend the rest of the day practicing on your own before meeting up with your guide for day 2 and your second lesson. Continue honing your skills with their expert advice as you attack new waves with ever-enhanced abilities.
After your last lesson, enjoy some final board time, carving up big swells at your leisure before heading back to shore and returning your equipment. Read More close
Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities
Enjoy live educational narration from the captains and a trained naturalist from the San Diego Natural History Museum. As you make your way out to the bay, pass by the historic landmarks that dot the coastline, such as the naval submarine base, Point Loma Light House, and Cabrillo National Monument.
Witness the many varieties of marine life that call the bay home. Gray whales are essentially an unavoidable sight in the bay, but humpback and killer whales are frequently sighted as well. Many other animals call this area home. You may see several species of dolphin, California sea lions, and a wide variety of marine birds—including brown pelicans and blue herons.
You can also explore the various sections of the whale-watching boat, including the air-conditioned interior and the outdoor lounging areas, where you can sit and enjoy the breeze and breathtaking skyline views.
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Hop aboard the 70-foot (21-m), 2,800 horsepower vessel Patriot and sit down in one of its comfortable, red leather seats. As the engine idles, your captain offers a brief introduction to the boat and its incredible capabilities, including reaching top speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h). Find out just how fast that is when you leave the docks and shoot out into San Diego Bay.
Rocket into the Pacific Ocean to investigate the most likely spots for viewing pods of majestic gray whales. Slow to a gentle crawl, looking for characteristic blasts from their blowholes and the awe-inspiring acrobatics of their breaching maneuvers. If you're lucky, you might get the chance to snap photos of playful calves, making the journey for the first time, or hear the faint sounds from their fascinating vocalizations.
On your way back to shore, enjoy a few wild spins, drifting turns, and throttle-stomping straightaways before you reach the calm waters of the marina. Read More close
Leave the city skyline behind as you wander the deck of a spacious and modern whale-watching vessel, looking for the perfect vantage point for spotting gray whales. With indoor and outdoor viewing available, there are plenty of places to get comfortable and wait for the fun to start.
Scan the horizon as your captain sets a course for the best sites, just outside the waters of San Diego Bay. When they finally appear, grab your camera and capture the moment. Count their numbers as they gracefully arc through the water, keeping your eyes peeled for any calves that might be traveling with them. If you’re lucky, you might even see an energetic adult leap out of the ocean, breaching in a stunning demonstration of power.
While you watch, listen to naturalists from the renowned Birch Aquarium as they talk about the whales’ migration and offer to answer any questions you have about this spectacular natural display. And, with guaranteed sightings, you're sure not to return to the marina disappointed. Read More close