Each Groupon covers one person's flight, so couples, triplets, and ventriloquists need to purchase one Groupon per rider. Though pricing for the sunrise flight varies throughout the week, this Groupon is valid any day including weekends. Participants in the winery tour need to be 21+ with valid ID, and the age minimum for the sunrise flight is five years old. Both journeys lift off from Maurice Car'rie Winery in Temecula.
When Father Lasuen founded Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1775, he created the 7th of modern California's 21 missions, which were intended to serve as epicenters of Christianity and Spanish culture in the New World. The mission system fell into disarray and disrepair during the war for Mexican independence and the Mexican-American War, but San Juan Capistrano remains, standing as a relic of that era and a testament to California's historical mélange of European and Native American cultures.
The mission invites visitors to learn more about the region’s history by exploring 10 acres of preserved adobe architecture, fountains, and gardens. Audio tours give groups a unique insight into the site's stories, and rotating exhibits feature artwork as well as historical and religious artifacts from San Juan Capistrano. Hands-on activities allow guests to recreate the experience of centuries-old mission life by making adobe bricks, panning for gold, or connecting computers to dial-up modems.
Whether soaring in a hot air balloon or freefalling on a skydive, you’re guaranteed picturesque aerial views at Above the Rest Hot Air Ballooning & Skydiving. On 45–60 minute hot-air-balloon rides, an experienced pilot and up to 10 passengers glide above the earth in a wicker basket, propelled by wind and an occasional flock of friendly geese.
In 1782 the Montgolfier brothers launched their first hot air balloon into the sky, where it rose to great heights before exploding. More changes were made—and promises to their father they would not personally fly in it—before they made their next attempt. A year later, three unlikely substitutes boarded the silk balloon: a sheep, a duck, and a chicken. The flight, witnessed by King Louis XVI, was a success, and the passengers returned safely. From that point on, countless inventors would make modifications until hot air ballooning became the safe and scenic trip it is today.
California Balloon Rides continues the tradition in balloon rides over Temecula, Perris, Del Mar and Palm Springs. Passengers simply show up at the designated time—typically early morning—and help prepare the balloon and basket, then sit back and enjoy the trip above the beautiful Southern California landscape. A “chase crew” picks clients up at the end of the flight and returns them to the launch site for a champagne toast.
Helmed by Kevin and Carolyn Craig, the boutique winery imports grape juices from all over the world, fermenting and transforming each into wine on-site. Peer into the mysterious bottling process during the tour to work up a thirst and follow it up with a tasting that includes five different vintages per person. Afterward, you can adopt one of The Winery's bottled specialties, including Vidal diamond ice wine ($22 per bottle), a sensual sip exploding with fruit flavors derived from grapes that were frozen on the vine, and the Eagle Rock Italian Amarone ($15 per bottle), a blend of varietals that aptly accompanies pizza, steak, or reading Jamie Farr's biography. Wine labels are available for customization, allowing you to personalize a pour to hand out at celebrations for having a baby, getting married, or successfully performing your own dental work.
Year-round, Action Segway Tours' certified guides usher riders atop off-road Segway x2s, which are equipped with all-terrain tires to navigate Big Bear Lake's mountainous road trails and picturesque town streets. Riders watch a safety video and sign a liability waiver during a brief orientation that teaches sightseers how to the gain the trust of their steel steed. Once outfitted with an appropriately sized helmet, guests mount their chariots and set off for Big Bear Lake, cruising over rugged trails, along the lakefront, and, if weather permits, through lush forests. A specialized audio receiver transmits the guide's voice, carrying the history of Big Bear Lake and softly sung Genesis lyrics into riders’ ears. Click here to learn about appropriate attire and accessories to get the most out of each touring experience.