70 | SAN DIEGO VISITOR GUIDE Fall/ Winte; 2017
Thrill seekers will
find plenty of action
in San Diego
Discover the longest zip line in
Southern California at the La
Jolla Indian Campground in
Pauma Valley. On three different
course lines, you’ll soar over the
San Luis Rey River and take in
views of Palomar Mountain while
hitting speeds of 55 mph.
Gray whales migrate through San
Diego’s waters from late fall to
early spring, so book a tour to see
these gentle giants as they make
their way to Baja California and
back. Hornblower Cruises &
Events has a four-hour excursion
aboard a luxurious yacht led by
a volunteer from the San Diego
Natural History Museum.
Once all the summer crowds are
gone, discover the wonders of San
Diego’s coastline. Explore sea
caves and paddle along sandstone
cliffs on a guided tour of an
ecological reserve with La Jolla
Kayak. Look for seals, kelp beds
and bright orange Garibaldi fish.
JET BOAT RIDE
If a leisurely cruise isn’t your thing, you’ll
love speeding around San Diego Bay on the
Flagship Patriot Jet Boat. Whiz past aircraft
carriers, the downtown skyline and the
harbor at 50 mph as the captain does tricks
and 360-degree turns. Prepare to get soaked!
Strap on a water-propelled jet pack at
Jetpack America and live out your wildest
superhero fantasies as you hover up to
30 feet above Mission Bay, or dive like a
submarine under the surface.
You don’t have to jump out of a plane
from 15,000 feet to experience the
sensation of skydiving. At iFly in Mission
Valley, a 50-foot vertical wind tunnel
simulates speeds of 120 mph, letting you
“free fall” for two minutes—three times
longer than a real skydive.
Sidewalk surfers can pull some sick tricks under the bridge at Coronado
Skatepark, hit the street course at Ocean Beach’s Robb Field Skate Park
or ride the “Ramp of Dreams” from the 2003 X-Games at the Ecke YMCA
Encinitas, where you just might catch sight of pros like Shaun White, Bob
Burnquist, or Bucky Lasek getting vertical.