Sightseeing in California

Up to 50% Off William D. Evans

Bahia Resort Hotel

$20 $10

Live music and DJ tunes resonate from the decks of the sternwheeler William D. Evans during evening cruises on Mission Bay

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Britannia Arms

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

42% Off Walking Food Tour

Multiple Locations

$60 $35

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Guides share facts about local history and culture while participants taste pizza, falafel, and bakery treats

Up to 38% Off a Wine-Tasting Tour

Fresno

$120 $75

Shuttles take passengers to wineries along the Fresno & Madera Wine Trails for tastings; private tour includes cheese & a bottle of wine

Crocker Art Museum – 44% Off Classic-Film Screening

Downtown

$16 $9

Classic, family-friendly films screened in the Crocker Art Museum courtyard; includes museum admission on the day of each screening

Up to 50% Off Long Beach Harbor Tour from Harbor Breeze Cruises

Downtown Long Beach

$24 $15

Views of sea lions, the Queen Mary, and Long Beach's coast and skyline

Up to 50% Off Guided Tour of FDR's Presidential Yacht

Oakland Alameda Ferry Dock

$20 $11

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Dockside tours of Franklin Roosevelt's "Floating White House" provide stunning sights and insight into FDR's life

Kern County Museum – Up to 50% Off

Bakersfield

$50 $25

See 150-year-old buildings in the Pioneer Village and explore the history of California oil in the Black Gold exhibit

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Garden Grove

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 51% Off at Lyon Air Museum

Orange County Airport

$24 $12

Authentic planes and rare automobiles that trace back to World War II are on display at this museum, located within John Wayne Airport

Up to 50% Off at Living Coast Discovery Center

Bayfront

$28 $14

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Observe and interact with native California creatures, such as sea turtles, sharks, and hawks, or explore 1.5 miles of nature trails

50% Off from The Pirate Boat Ride

Oxnard

$30 $15

Boat rides showcase Channel Islands Harbor and Mandalay Bay, particularly birds and sea lions and breathtaking Anacapa Island

Gibbon Conservation Center – Up to 50% Off

Canyon Country

$30 $15

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Educational center houses endangered primates that sing and leap as visitors learn more about them and their plight

49% Off Helicopter and Wine Tour

Multiple Locations

$515 $265

Certified pilots lead an aerial tour through Sonoma Valley before guests sip on wines and nibble cheeses

Up to 58% Off from Rockin Hollywood Tours

Hollywood

$40 $20

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Knowledgeable guides lead guests on two-hour tours that visit over 70 famous Hollywood locations

50% Off a Visit to Maloof Historic Residence

Rancho Cucamonga

$20 $10

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Tour the historic residence of Sam Maloof, a preeminent woodworker whose furniture is displayed in the house and in other museum collections

Up to 56% Off VIP Winery Package with Tasting for Two

Lancaster

$80 $40

Savor locally-crafted rich reds, dry and fruity whites, and sweet sparkling wines during a private tasting

Up to 46% Off Admission to the American Museum of Ceramic Art

Pomona

$14 $8

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Visit the largest ceramics-only museum in the U.S., observing rotating exhibits and the studio where the community makes art as well

Pasadena Museum of California Art – Up to Half Off

West Central

$50 $25

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Art museum features modern design, textiles, woodblock prints, and sculptures created by California artists

Up to 78% Off Wine Appreciation Class

J. Hamilton Wines

$80 $19

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Award-winning winemaker Justin Tatum shares insights into the winemaking process as guest taste varietals and create their own blends

Martial Arts History Museum – Up to 62% Off Visit

Burbank

$20 $9

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Exhibits explore martial arts' role in the history of Asian countries and their influence on American pop culture

50% Off Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

Temecula

$471 $235

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Sightseers float over wine country at sunrise as they enjoy a box of chocolate and crisp champagne

Up to 51% Off Tour or Camp at Wild Wonders

Bonsall

$80 $40

Interact with exotic animals, from adorable foxes to enormous centipedes, under the supervision of zoologists and trainers

Up to 50% Off Bike Tour

Downtown Santa Monica

$138 $69

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Groups embark on city-wide journeys that take them past renowned street art, various sweet shops, or sustainable urban farming locales

Santa Barbara Historical Museum – Up to 64% Off Membership

Santa Barbara Downtown

$70 $25

Members get access to events and exhibitions that illuminate Santa Barbara's history, art, and culture

58% Off from Fun Zone Boat Company

Balboa Peninsula Point

$19 $8

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Tours offer glimpses of Newport Bay, wildlife, and the celebrity yachts and mansions of Newport Beach

45% Off Two-Hour Segway Tours

Multiple Locations

$84 $46

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Guided tours glide across sandy surfaces and historic waterfront, cruising past iconic landmarks

Up to Half Off to Planes of Fame Air Museum

Chino

$22 $11

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More than 150 aircraft and displays—including an N9MB Flying Wing—fill the aviation museum

Up to 56% Off Haunted Interactive Walking Tour

Napa Courthouse

$36 $18

Native of Napa guides guests through historic local sites rich with spooky history and allegedly occupied by spirits

$10 for an Auto-Museum Visit for Four

Tustin

$20 $10

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Rare Ferraris and classic American muscle cars share space with Jaguars, high-performance motorcycles, and historic Formula cars

Up to 52% Off Computer History Museum Visit

Mountain View

$30 $15

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History museum showcases the evolution of computing from ancient artifacts to contemporary mobile devices with interactive exhibits

$30 to Attend the Apollo 11 Anniversary featuring Buzz Aldrin

Alameda

$30 $30

WWII aircraft carrier celebrates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 with a science festival where Buzz Aldrin himself is the guest of honor

Up to 51% Off Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

Perris

$260 $129

Help set up and launch the balloon for a 45-minute flight before touching down for breakfast at Bomb Shelter Restaurant

Half Off at Sacramento Children's Museum

Rancho Cordova

$28 $14

Families explore hands-on exhibits featuring kid-friendly science, math, art, and social learning activities

40% Off Pacific Coast Power-Glider Flight

Palo Alto

$200 $120

Take in breathtaking aerial views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Monterey Bay, and the coast from a whisper-quiet glider

Up to 50% Petting Zoo Admission

Montebello

$28 $14

A rustic farm setting features pony rides, a merry-go-round, and up-close interactions with zebras, llamas, cows, and various farm animals

Half Off at World of Wonders Science Museum

Lodi

$20 $10

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More than 30 hands-on experiments and exhibits teach kids and adults how light, sound, sight, and motion work

45% Off Wildlife Watching

Multiple Locations

$100 $55

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

Up to 51% Off Guided Goldmine Tour

La Mesa

$375 $185

Groups can choose four- or eight-hour outings, during which they hike or drive to historic mines and pan for gold

Up to 67% Off from Borrego Jeep Photo Tours

Anza-Borrego State Park

$220 $99

Explore the desert from within a climate-controlled Jeep Rubicon with photo-taking guidance from a professional photographer

54% Off Bike Tour from Bike & Kayak Tours

Multiple Locations

$98 $45

Pedal past La Jolla's beaches, lounging sea lions, and luxurious houses, or cruise over the Coronado bridge and check out the historic sites

Aerospace Museum of California – Up to 49% Off

McClellan

$16 $8.75

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Hands-on exhibits, flight simulators, and aircraft from the 1940s to now explore the history of flight and look to future of space travel

Up to 54% Off Segway Tours of Solvang

Downtown Solvang

$150 $89

Guided tours summit Figueroa Mountain, explore the culturally Danish city of Solvang, or stop at Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards for a tasting

Up to 50% Off Winery Bus Tour for Two

Rohnert Park

$198 $99

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Hop in a bus and head to four boutique wineries over five hours; complimentary beer served on the bus

Up to 68% Off Tasting at Leal Vineyards

Hollister

$30 $11

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Palates are introduced to subtle notes of varietals including chardonnay, malbec, and mourvèdre in tasting room on 50-acre estate

58% Off Petting-Zoo Visit at Zoomars

San Juan Capistrano

$52 $22

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Fifteen varieties of animals such as llamas and pigs share a farm with a child-size train and horse ride

Up to 60% Off Beverly Hills Chocolate Tour

Beverly Hills

$50 $25

Two-hour walking tours start at Sprinkles and include seven tastings from merchants such as K Chocolatier, Bouchon Bakery, and Vosges

Up to 61% Off Whale Watching

Dana Point

$45 $19

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Captains narrate two-hour tours through the Pacific in search of gray whales, dolphins, and sea lions

Up to 54% Off Winery Tour

South El Dorado

$80 $39

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Sample varietals from the barrel and bottle and nibbling on antipasti platters; go home with a bottle of Zinman Reserve

Up to Half Off Flight Tour or Lesson

San Carlos

$400 $199

FAA-certified pilots fly passengers over the scenic Bay Area or turn over the controls to students for flight instruction

Up to 51% Off Winetastings from Passport Central Coast

Multiple Locations

$39 $19

A passport lets you explore 12 different central-coast wineries and enjoy tastings at each

Chris’ Whale Watching Tours – Up to 29% Off

Monterey

$35 $24.99

During warmer months, Monterey Bay fills with several species of whale, along with dolphins, porpoises, and other wild creatures

Wildlife Learning Center – Up to $10 Off Visit

Sylmar

$14 $9

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Visitors learn about conservation and animal rehabilitation by strolling past landscaped habitats that contain more than 50 animal species

Laguna Art Museum – Up to Half Off Visits

Laguna Beach

$14 $7

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Museum chronicles the history of Californian art with a 3,500-piece permanent exhibit that spans the 19th century to the present

Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting

Ramona

$20 $11

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Hand-picked grapes form the basis of different varietals that guests can sample in the tasting room alongside chocolates

Up to 55% Off Coronado Culinary & History Walking Tour

Coronado

$196 $99

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Sample local cuisine such as Mexican food, fresh olive oil, and gelato while learning about Coronado Island's history

Up to 42% Off from Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Dock B

$50 $29

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Trained naturalist leads trips that pass by killer whales, humpback whales, blue whales, and dolphins in their natural habitat

Up to 62% Off from Mendo Insider Tours

Multiple Locations

$398 $199

Visit artists' studios while enjoying local wine and chocolates; explore Sinkyone Wilderness and Usal Beach to spot elk and have a picnic

Up to 62% Off Wine Tasting at Malibu Family Wines Tasting Room

Los Olivos

$66 $25

A 90-acre winery producing nine varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon; taste five wines at the Los Olivos tasting room

42% Off Animal Outing for Two

Alpine

$260 $150

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Visit over 50 animals at a no-breed, no-kill, no-sell sanctuary for rescued exotic animals and learn responsible animal care along the way

South Coast Botanic Garden – 48% Membership

Palos Verdes Peninsula

$40 $20.99

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Botanical garden's 87 acres support more than 2,500 plant species, as well as family-friendly musical performances

Up to 56% Off Del Mar Sunset Hot Air Balloon Tour   

North City

$299 $135

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Sprawling estates appear beneath balloons as the sun slowly settles into the Pacific

40% Off Membership to Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Big Bear Lake

$75 $45

Animals include bears, wolves, owls, bobcats, and mountain lions; the zoo is a safe haven for injured, orphaned, and imprinted wild animals

50% Off Farm Day or Kids’ Party at Lemos Farm

Half Moon Bay

$40 $21

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Pony rides and petting-zoo visits entertain families, and youngsters celebrate milestones with farm-themed shindigs

Up to 58% Off Wine and Food Pairing

Healdsburg

$55 $25

Tasting flights of three chilled wines and three red wines pair with local artisan cheeses and charcuterie

50% Off Quarryhill Botanical Garden Visit

Sonoma

$20 $10

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Glen Ellen hillside gardens stretch for 25 acres, blossoming with a vast collection of Asian flowers, trees, and rare plants

Up to 50% Off Rafting Trip from Sierra Whitewater

Lotus

$128 $64

Guides and rafters careen down the cliff-lined Class III and Class III+ rapids of the American River

Up to 50% Off Railroad Museum Foundation Membership

Los Angeles

$60 $30

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Support educational outreach and restoration programs with a year of gift shop discounts, admission to members-only events, and souvenirs

Up to 51% Off Segway Tours

Core-Columbia

$99 $49

Professional guides lead segway tours of downtown's Waterfront and Gaslamp Quarter or the picturesque Balboa Park

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

San Pedro Street Market

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; participants gulp drink specials at after party

Tour and Photograph Vibrant Neighborhoods with a Storyteller

San Francisco

$45 $45

Garry Bowden kicks things off with a Chinese tea ceremony, then shares photography tips as he guides you through several neighborhoods

Fresno Art Museum – Up to 62% Off

Fresno

$50 $19

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Modern and contemporary art, as well as pre-Columbian ceramics exhibits; membership includes guest passes and discounted special events

Up to Half Off Military Museum Visit

Central Sacramento

$20 $10

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March through California's long tradition of military service while exploring photos, themed exhibits, and more than 33,000 artificats

Up to 41% Off Cemetery Tour or History Museum Membership

Historical Society of Long Beach

$100 $59

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Tour covers some of Long Beach's most notable residents; history museum exhibits photographs, newspapers, documents, and other artifacts

Up to 60% Off Tours from Segway of Oakland

Oakland

$150 $65

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Tours roam Oakland and pause at landmarks after video overview of Segway handling and Segway rentals allow self-guided exploration

50% Off a Helicopter Tour for Two

Atlantic Executive Terminal

$398 $199

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Helicopter tours of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach unveil panoramas of Corona del Mar, the Newport dunes, and other sites

40% Off Tour from Blue Ocean Kayaking

Channel Islands Harbor

$250 $149

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Groups hop aboard a custom-built boat before getting into kayaks and paddling through Anapaca Island's natural sea caves

Up to 52% Off Wine Tasting for Two or Four

Temecula

$24 $12

Guests taste five wines in an earth-toned tasting room with a stone fireplace and wine-barrel tables

50% Off Santa Monica Walking Tour

Downtown Santa Monica

$20 $10

Under the guidance of a local expert, tourists soak up the rich history and architectural beauty of downtown Santa Monica

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If you've ever stood on the second floor of the Los Angeles Central Public Library and marveled at the explosion of color within the rotunda or the 12 adjacent murals depicting California history, then you have the Los Angeles Conservancy to thank. When the library was scheduled for demolition in the mid-1970s, concerned citizens formed the Conservancy to save the rotunda, the exterior limestone sculptures, and the library's many other architectural treasures. The group finally convinced the City Council to preserve the library in 1983, after years of public discussion, debate, and book-sniffing sit-ins. Ever since, it has advocated for greater Los Angeles's historic sites and educated people about the city's architectural heritage. The Conservancy is responsible for saving and revitalizing landmarks such as the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, and the world’s oldest remaining McDonald’s restaurant.

To accomplish its mission, the membership-based nonprofit offers a number of ways people can experience these beautiful and storied places. The Last Remaining Seats series earned a Reader Recommendation for Best Film Series and Best Downtown Event in the Los Angeles Downtown News' 2012 poll, in which the conservancy’s walking tours also earned the title of Best Downtown Tour. But the organization does more than save grandiose public buildings: increasingly, it also focuses on smaller community projects such as garden apartments and sites that reflect the area's rich Latino culture.

Executive director and 20-year Conservancy veteran Linda Dishman explained to Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times, "People are becoming more vocal. …That's one of the great secrets about Los Angeles: People really identify with their neighborhoods." The Conservancy also presents annual preservation awards to honor the efforts of individuals who fight to save places such as Pann’s Coffee Shop and Griffith Observatory.

523 W 6th St
Los Angeles,
CA
US

In 1927, after seven years of Prohibition, Vincent Rizzo had an idea. He would buy a winery. While this may have been an unconventional move, he knew he could get Bernardo Winery at a lower price and keep the business thriving with an unlikely product: olive oil. In a stroke of cunning and arguable genius, the first-generation Rizzo owner made use of the olive trees growing on his property, selling the cold-pressed virgin oil to many of the tuna canneries in downtown San Diego. He also continued production of sacramental wine and grape juice that was, according to the winery's website, "guaranteed to ferment by the end of the road."

The winery grew to be one of San Diego County's major wine suppliers in the late 1940s, and Vincent turned the family business over to his son, Ross, in 1962. Ross's passion and dedication fueled the winery's success until his passing in 2008. Ross Rizzo, Jr. now keeps his father and grandfather's legacies alive, adding new varietals and winemaking techniques to the company's repertoire while paying homage to the old ways. Ross still sources his grapes from local vineyards and produces and cellars his wine to develop each variety’s distinct flavor.

Guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at the historic winery during tours and tastings, and the scenic spot also hosts private parties at several outdoor venues and in the Barrel Room, where wooden rafters and huge redwood wine-storage vats create a rustic feel. Once they are done tasting, visitors can wander through a micro village of shops and studios or get a bite to eat at Cafe Merlot. The sprawling property features nods to its storied past with accents such as wagon wheels and an antique thresher machine and events such as grape stompings, otherwise known as do-it-yourself purple pedicures.

13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego,
CA
US

Winchester Mystery House is an imposing Victorian mansion built by Winchester Rifle heiress Sarah Winchester. The house's floor plan is a study in eccentricity, boasting details including twisting hallways, secret passages, and stairways that lead nowhere. Sarah Winchester built her profoundly odd home in an effort to drive away bad spirits, including that of her late husband, whom she believed cursed her upon his death. While Sarah compulsively remodeled the house until her death in 1922, historians estimate there must have been between 500 and 600 rooms built in total. Due to the extensive remodeling and the ravages of time, only 160 rooms remain—though, by any standard, the house remains a sprawling homage to Sarah Winchester's tormented mind.

Today, visitors make their pilgrimage to the house to witness in person all its peculiar glory. The home is lovingly restored and now plays host to a number of fun, bone-chilling excursions each day. Thrill seekers can stalk through the halls by flashlight during guided tours that divulge the sordid details of Sarah Winchester's nightly séances. History buffs can explore rooms dedicated to period furniture, antique trinkets, and vintage firearms found in the home. A gift shop and café onsite give guests the opportunity to purchase souvenirs, some more edible than others.

525 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose,
CA
US

Planted between mighty palms in Golden Gate Park is the oldest wood-and-glass conservatory in North America. The gleaming white Victorian structure has survived several boiler explosions, closure during World War II, and more than two decades of renovations. In 1998, it was deemed an endangered building—but it was quickly adopted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and completely rehabilitated by 2003. This century-old structure is home to the Conservatory of Flowers, a National Historic Landmark that connects visitors year-round with the exotic flora of the world's tropical regions.

The Conservatory houses four main galleries. In the aquatic plants gallery, cascading water gurgles into pools beneath a glass-and-metal sculpture of a six-foot Victoria amazonica water lily. The mist-filled highland gallery mimics the high-altitude forests of tropical mountaintops with clusters of orchids and ferns. Showcasing another side of the tropics, the rainy lowland gallery replicates lush jungles, housing a 100-year-old imperial philodendron and several cycads, which date to the days when most dinosaurs were just tiny salamanders. The potted plants gallery incorporates man-made works such as copper planters from India, ceramic pots from Burkina Faso, and an urn from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Around the fragrant stillness of these halls, the Conservatory hosts special events such as gardening workshops.

Groupon Celebrates Pride Month

Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.

At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage.

This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.

100 J F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco,
CA
US

Behind courtyards filled with lit fountains, verdant trees, and grassy spaces stands the glossy façade of River Park shopping center. During each annual A Taste of River Park these courtyards fill with local chefs serving tastes of their restaurants' signature dishes and Central Valley wineries pouring samples of their wines. While visitors stroll through the outdoor festival, the mall's retailers put on a fashion show of upcoming fall fashion trends and demonstrate the 21 ways to button a cardigan. Visitors can also thrill to the sights and sounds of the featured live entertainment.

220 E Paseo del Centro
Fresno,
CA
US

Fright Planet Haunted Theme Park's outdoor theme park acts as a library of the world's most potent phobias. Every year, cast members reimagine its catalog of haunted environs, crafting new sets, props, and characters to prey on guests. Its dedication to genuine scares calls for only the best actors and the most grisly scenery, which is constructed with the help of a former Disneyland artist and a bulldozer possessed by the soul of a 1700s architect.

The 2013 lineup has expanded to include 10 attractions, including the ScreamMax 3-D movie theater. Though the houses all have distinct themes and decor, they share two factors: a richly painted backstory and a population of live, ghoulish denizens. Staring toys line the shelves at Höbart's Doll Factory, tight passageways put the squeeze on those brave enough to enter Jatinga: The Forbidden Temple, and cornstalks bear bloodstains on Podunk Farms. Other experiences play on claustrophobic fears—for example, Buried Alive: The Ride shuts patrons into a coffin where they endure a simulated hearse ride, burial, and the chilling sound of worms calling dibs on their body parts.

1600 Exposition Boulevard
Sacramento,
CA
US

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