Activities in California

$48 for $190 Worth of Dance Lessons — TBD Dance

Dance For 2

Kearny Mesa

$190 $48

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$35 for $100 Worth of Tennis Lessons — European Tennis

Sai Tennis

Blackford

$100 $35

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

The San Francisco Dungeon Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 40% Off)

The San Francisco Dungeon

Fisherman's Wharf

$52 $31

Actor-led show covers 200-plus years, including haunted Alcatraz & mine-themed mirror maze, in live-action journey through city's murky past

Heart, Van Halen, or Neil Diamond Tribute at House of Blues Anaheim on July 6 or September 12 or 26 (Up to 55% Off)

Atomic Punks - Tribute to Early Van Halen, or Super Diamond - Tribute to Neil Diamond, or Heart Attack - Tribute to Heart

House of Blues Anaheim

$22 $10

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Sing along to hits by Heart, early Van Halen, or Neil Diamond, performed by faithful tribute acts

Matisyahu or 311 at The Pacific Amphitheatre on July 13 or August 3 (Up to 40% Off)

Matisyahu or 311

Pacific Amphitheatre

$26.35 $16

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Reggae-rap artist blends dancehall beats and philosophical lyrics; genre-defying rock outfit blends rap with reggae grooves

$49 for a Family Membership for New Members to Turtle Bay Exploration Park ($80 Value)

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Turtle Bay

$80 $49

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Explore 300 acres of gardens, science and history exhibits, and public art that honors Northern California and its inhabitants

Sunset Cruise with Drinks for Two or Four from Cruise Newport Beach (Up to 57% Off)

Cruise Newport Beach

Newport Beach

$60 $29

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Cruises coast along the Newport Beach waterfront and coastline for 90 minutes against a stunning sunset backdrop

BottleRock Napa Valley: Outkast, The Cure, Eric Church, Weezer, The Fray, LL Cool J, and More (Up to 40% Off)

BottleRock Napa Valley Festival

Napa Valley Expo Center

$159 $99

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The Cure, Outkast, Eric Church, Weezer, LL Cool J, TV on the Radio, and 60+ other bands galvanize three days of Napa's finest food and wine

Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, The Game, & More at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Friday, October 10 (Up to 38% Off)

How The West Was Won

Shoreline Amphitheatre

$32 $20

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Snoop Dogg headlines a festival of hip-hop royalty including Ice Cube, The Game, Too Short, Suga Free, Warren G, and Tha Dogg Pound

Ground School and Tandem Jump for One or Two from 9,000 or 13,000 Feet from Skydive Sacramento (50% Off)

Skydive Sacramento

Lincoln

$200 $99

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USPA-rated instructors explain skydiving basics, fit students for harnesses, and guide them through free fall and parachute steering

Standup Paddleboard Rental, 4-Hour Soft-Top Surfboard Rental, or Both from Everyday California (Up to 60% Off)

Everyday California

La Jolla Shores

$30 $15

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Guests work their core while paddling a standup board, or ride the waves on a soft-top surfboard

Five- or Nine-Hour Fishing Trip with Food Voucher from Dana Wharf Sportfishing (Up to 53% Off)

Dana Wharf Sportfishing

Dana Point

$53.50 $25

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While fishing for seasonal catches such as barracuda and yellowtail, guests can grab a cold soda or burger from the galley

Historical Walking Tour with Souvenirs for Two or Four from Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours (Up to 64% Off)

Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours

New Monterey

$48 $19

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A historian leads groups on a 2.5-hour walking tour, detailing the people and jobs that made Monterey Bay a fishing and cultural polestar

$145 for a 20-Lap Stock-Car Racing Experience from L.A. Racing at Irwindale Speedway ($399 Value)

L.A. Racing

Irwindale

$399 $145

Jump into the driver's seat of a real stock car to streak around Irwindale Speedway's half-mile, 12-degree oval for 20 laps

$125 for a Clay-Shooting Package with Instruction for Two at Triple B Clays (Up to $314 Value)

Triple B Clays

South El Monte

$314 $125

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10 shooting venues launch targets at multitude of angles for clay-target-shooting practice as certified instructors ensure proper safety

Brad Paisley at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland on Saturday, August 2, at 7 p.m. (Up to 58% Off)

Brad Paisley

Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland

$40.75 $20

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Award-winning country star Brad Paisley plays favorite hits, joined by special guests Randy Houser, Leah Turner, and Charlie Worsham

$79 for an Intro Hang-Gliding Lesson from Windsports Soaring Center ($140 Value)

Windsports Soaring Center

Los Angeles

$140 $79

The introduction to hang-gliding lesson includes seven beach flights from a 30-foot sand dune

$30 for Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Four at Mira Mesa Lanes (Up to $58 Value)

Mira Mesa Lanes

Mira Mesa

$58 $30

Bowling alley with full-service bar and Rock 'n' Bowl nights on Fridays and Saturdays

Interactive Laser-Shooting Experience for 2, 4, or Up to 15 at 7D Experience (Up to 56% Off)

7D Experience

Fisherman's Wharf

$30 $15

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Experience the illusion of a roller coaster ride while zapping on-screen opponents on the DarkRide; Dodge laser beams during LaZer Challenge

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Six Taste co-owner Jeff Okita succinctly described his TripAdvisor Top 10 Pick tours to the Daily Trojan in 2011, calling them "a way for people to connect to different communities through an accessible medium, which is food." During four-hour excursions, in-the-know guides walk with fellow explorers through iconic Los Angeles–area neighborhoods—including Little Tokyo and the heart of downtown—stopping into gems to sample the eatery's cuisine and learn about the area. This cultural education is paramount for Jeff, who told the Christian Science Monitor in 2010 that "we choose the restaurants based on their story and what they add to the understanding of a neighborhood, its people and its history."

Guides currently lead more than 15 tours a week through eight different neighborhoods, with most tours meeting between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the regularly scheduled excursions, the staff also leads specialty outings that focus on more adventurous cuisines, including intensely spicy dishes in Thai Town and lost seafood recipes in Atlantis.

4970 Highland View Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Justin Fassio earned his personal-training certification during his time in the military, when his passion for exercise landed him the chance to lead a physical training program for an Air Force–operations group. Once his time in the force was up, he didn't leave his love of fitness back at base—he brought it home with him. Today, he leads outdoor fitness programs for all citizens.

Nutritionist Rachel Bowman has a background in Clinical and Holistic Nutrition, offering a wide acumen of current nutritional research. Her career now emphasizes weight management in all walks of life, ranging from digestive health to healthy eating while traveling. Her sports enthusiasm has also forged professional relationships with athletes and key athletic trainers.

The partnership of the two is ideal at San Diego Core Fitness, where staffers emphasize that fitness and nutrition always work hand-in-hand. The varied boot-camp workouts fuse fun and motivation with functional training techniques designed to help build up neglected core muscles and regain muscular balance. Personal-training sessions are supplemented with nutritional advice and lifestyle counseling, and keeps semiprivate training sessions small so that each participant can receive individual attention. During outdoor boot camps, groups make use of whatever the locations offer as equipment—depending on the scenery, they wade through deep beach sand, run up open-air stairs, and bench-press park benches.

Marina Park - Embarcadero Marina Park South
San Diego,
California
US

At her first ballroom-dance lesson, DeeLynn Fields learned, "If you can spell, you can dance." Working through tango steps, she stopped and unpacked t-a-n-g-o. By seeing the word for its individual parts, she reasoned that she could do the same with the dance. Soon after mastering each step, Fields felt them flow together, and a smile bloomed across her face.

That moment—when a student begins to grasp a dance and cracks a smirk—is what Fields lives for and now endeavors to cultivate at Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio. She and her fellow instructors teach beginning and intermediate-level dancers both smooth and Latin forms of ballroom dance, including tango, foxtrot, and other dance forms named after military lingo, and the team's expertise has garnered multiple awards, including a Best of Silicon Valley award from San Jose Mercury News in 2013.

3595 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose,
CA
US

The thick September fog haunts the water like a lonely ghost, obscuring the boat’s passengers’ view of everything but their fellow riders. Convinced that they’ll see nothing more that day, Captain Joe Nazar turns his vessel around and heads back to shore when suddenly, out of the brume, a graceful hulk breaks through the rolling waters. The boat has unwittingly happened upon a pod of humpback whales, and everyone––including the seasoned naturalist guides aboard––suddenly falls into a stunned silence as the majestic creatures spout water and dive into the mist. Fostering humbling, awe-inspiring interactions with nature such as this is Captain Joe’s raisons d'être and the driving force behind the founding of San Francisco Whale Tours.

San Francisco Whale Tours demonstrates the beauty and diversity of the Bay’s bustling ecosystem with regular nature tours that trawl the coast. Captain Joe––aided by his expert crew and sage naturalists––shares his passion for aquatic adventures with his guests via leisurely excursions through the waters of the Farallon Islands aboard the Kitty Kat, his trusted watercraft. The catamaran ferries its curious passengers in style with a sun deck and enclosed cabin, and its low wake and gentle underwater noise make it a model marine houseguest. Aiding the crusade to preserve whale populations, San Francisco Whale Tours donates a portion of profits to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

10 Marina Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad's track may only be four miles long, but their trains cover decades in that distance. Here, a duo of antique steam engines?one built in 1913, the other in 1928?tow travelers through the piney wilderness of Sierra National Forest. Along the way, guides provide a glimpse of how America's wilderness looked to the railroad companies and loggers as they worked their way westward and shipped raw materials back east. The lesson also incorporates a bit of biology, as tour-leaders will often deviate from historical discussion to talk about local wildlife or how lumberjacks evolved their ax hands.

On certain evenings, the conductors extend the track tour from one-hour to three. Guests begin the evening with a barbecue dinner, then ride the train to a campfire for a sing-along. They then get back on the locomotive for an evening trip back to the modern era.

56001 Hwy 41
Fresno,
CA
US

Under the guidance of an experienced team of yoga instructors, students of all abilities come to Arden Hot Yoga's expansive practice space seven days a week to increase their flexibility, strengthen their muscles, and reduce stress. Classes available include Bikram yoga, power Vinyasa flow, yin yoga, and Barre Fit, a fusion of yoga and Pilates techniques that helps build core strength using a ballet barre. Arden is now located in a larger facility, housing two studios and offering free childcare for specific classes.

4397 Arden Way
Sacramento,
CA
US

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