Things To Do in California

Up to 52% Off Go-Karting at K1 Speed

Multiple Locations

$91.96 $44

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Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

Up to 80% Off Standup at San Jose Improv

San Jose Improv

$96 $20

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Up-and-coming comics lure laughs in storied chain of comedy clubs that showcased such stars as Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld

Up to 79% Off Jeff Garcia or Steve Hofstetter Standup Show

Russian Hill

$40 $10

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Comedy club hosts up-and-coming comic based out of Huntington Park, as well as an original columnist for College Humor

Up to 76% Off at Sisters Yoga

Willow And Nees

$120 $29

Restorative & hot yoga in a room heated to 90 degrees encourage an all-female clientele to boost flexibility, calm minds & tone muscles

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 35% Off Hollywood Tour Package

Long Beach

$89 $59

For eight hours, luxury Mercedes buses explore Hollywood's most famous haunts such as celebrity homes and iconic movie locations

Children's Fairyland – Up to 51% Off Children's Theme Park

Oakland

$32 $16

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Wander into a 10-acre fantasy realm with fairytale-inspired attractions, rides, storybook sets, animals, and a Storybook Puppet Theater

Up to $141 Off at Inner Bodyworks Yoga Studio

Downtown Bakersfield

$200 $59

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Instructors lead students of all abilities through traditional postures and breathing exercises in a sunlit studio

43% Open-Jump Trampoline Sessions

Anaheim Hills

$30 $17

Bounce off the walls at this trampoline-lined fun and fitness center with a huge foam jumping pit

Circus Vargas – Up to 53% Off Animal-Free Show

Multiple Locations

$42 $26

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Under a giant fabric tent, an animal-free cast sings, dances, flips, spins hoops, and tears around a giant sphere on motorcycles

Up to 50% Off No Doubt Tribute Concert

Fox Performing Arts Center

$16 $8

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Energetic tribute band praised by No Doubt recreates ska-pop classics such as "Spiderwebs" and "Just a Girl"

Up to 51% Off Racing Experiences

Stockton 99 Speedway

$99 $49

Professional drivers sate passengers’ need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

43% at Sky Zone San Diego Indoor Trampoline Park

Eastlake Business Center

$30 $17

Bounce off the walls at this trampoline-lined fun and fitness center with a huge foam jumping pit

Made Up Theatre – Up to 57% Off Improv

Grimmer

$28 $12

Alternating teams perform long- and short-form improv fueled by audience suggestions

Up to 86% Off Metabolic Fitness Training at HDX Fit

Multiple Locations

$277 $45

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Classes meld weight training, resistance exercises, core conditioning, cardio, & metabolic conditioning to burn fat and tone body contours

Inland Empire 66ers — 48% Off Game for Four

ARROWHEAD CREDIT UNION PARK

$57.60 $30

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The 2013 California League champions return to San Manuel Stadium to defend the title

50% Range Balls at McHenry Golf Center

Modesto

$24 $12

Lighted, all-grass driving range lures golfers who aim for seven target greens that await balls from 50 to 250 yards away

Up to 56% Off at Channel Islands Kayak Center

Hollywood

$79.95 $35

Expert guides lead basic lesson, furnish all equipment, and narrate the tour surveying history and wildlife within Channel Islands Harbor

Up to 62% Off 200-Hour Yoga-Teacher Training

Los Angeles

$4,200 $1,600

Certification program covers Vinyasa practice, yoga philosophy, and ayurvedic healing

Up to 74% Off Boot Camp Classes at Gut Check Fitness

Multiple Locations

$75 $29

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Outdoor fitness classes that mix running, calisthenic and body weight exercises helmed by world-record-holding endurance athlete Joe Decker

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

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

50% Off at Maximum Paintball

Edison

$32 $16

Concrete blocks, pyramids, and wooden horses challenge fully outfitted paintballers engaged in supervised weekend battles

Up to 29% Off The "Dr. Heckle & Mr. Ed Comedy Show"

Shenanigans in Sacramento

$34.99 $25

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Comedians Matt Black and Ed Hill perform sets marked by dry wit and risqué humor

Up to 54% Off Youth Volleyball, Soccer, or Flag Football

Long Beach

$60 $30

Trained coaches demonstrate the basics and lead up to advanced strategies and techniques; fun beach environment for all sports

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

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

51% Off Youth Basketball Camp

Southeast Anaheim

$275 $135

Kids ages 7-14 work up a sweat as they learn basketball concepts and skills during camp that includes lunch

Up to 59% Off Latin Dance Workshop with Rhythmic Fusion

VIP Dance Studio

$55 $25

Train your body to respond to the music in fun, crash-course dance workshops for all skill levels

Up to 84% Off Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes

Multiple Locations

$150 $29

Muay Thai uses kicks and punches with eight points of contact including the hands, shins, elbows, and knees to overcome an opponent

50% Off at Larson Marine

Civic Center

$50 $25

Pro shop with enormous stock of Malibu and MB Sports boats also carries wakeboards, towable inflatable tubes, and other boating items

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

Up to 50% Off Lessons at American Swim Academy

Multiple Locations

$72 $36

Certified instructors impart swim basics in classes kept to a small student-to-teacher ratio for optimum safety and learning

Up to 80% Off Standup at Irvine Improv

Improv Irvine

$96 $20

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Storied chain of comedy clubs where Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld held sway welcomes comics such as Christopher Titus

Up to 50% Off "Of Mice and Men"

Downtown San Bernardino

$60.50 $30

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Local theater outfit presents stage adaptation of renowned Depression-era novella in beautiful, Romanesque auditorium

Up to 62% Off Yoga Classes

Oakwood Office Park

$130 $54

Pupils of different experience levels attend hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga classes

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

Broccoli City Earth Day Festival – Up to 65% Off

LA MART

$79 $29

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Earth day festival features musical stars such as JoJo and Dizzy Wright as well as yoga, food trucks, DJs, and a marketplace

42% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Bankers Hill

$130 $75

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Four-course meal and commemorative show magnets accompany a live, comedic mystery performance with audience participation

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

#HellaFunny – Up to 41% Off Standup

The Great Star Theatre

$16.82 $10

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San Francisco comedian and three-time winner of Laugh Factory's Fresh Faces Comedy Competition cracks jokes in a BYOB showcase

85% Off Kickboxing or Martial-Arts Classes

Woodward Park

$124 $19

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Kickboxing classes help exercisers burn up to 800 calories in a single session, and martial-arts sessions are designed for kids or adults

40% Off Entry in 5K River City Firefly Glow Run

Haggin Oaks Golf Course

$35 $21

5K course illuminates runners, their glow sticks, and LED lights; after the race, participants enjoy post-race food and a DJ

Up to 50% Off Standup-Paddleboard Rental

The Peninsula

$50 $25

Standup-paddleboarders cruise along local waterways and enjoy the scenery while getting a full-body workout

57% Off Flight Lesson from Oakland Flyers

Oakland

$230 $99

Flight lesson includes ground and flight instruction from a professional pilot and a 35-minute flying session

Half Off Scuba Certification at Bakersfield Scuba

Bakersfield Scuba

$325 $162.50

The PADI-certification course includes five confined-water and four open-water dives as well as classroom studies

Eat Street Culinary – Up to 44% Off Gourmet Cooking Class

EAT STREET

$80 $48

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Renowned chef guides students to craft fine dining cuisine from scratch; date-nights pair food with students' choice of own wine

Up to Half Off at OC Salsa Dance Lessons

Multiple Locations

$24 $12

Learn the basics of salsa from an instructor who has choreographed Dancing with the Stars and has worked with Jamie Foxx

50% Off Racing at Adams Motorsports Park

Riverside

$50 $25

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Honda karts with 9 hp, 4-stroke engines accelerate up to 50 mph as they zoom around a 14-turn 3/4-mile track

Up to 70% Off Personal Training

Lincoln Village

$99.50 $39

Trainers design custom workouts to help clients lose weight, gain strength, or improve athletic performance

Up to 87% Off at Fit Body Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$123.50 $29

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

Up to 60% Off Golf Lessons

Fremont Park Golf & Practice Center

$125 $59

PGA professional Ren Chang incorporates 20+ years of golf prowess to enhance swing mechanics and lower scores

Up to 56% Off Junior or Master Cooking Lessons

El Camino Real

$109 $55

Students of all ages learn to prepare dishes such as homemade stuffed-crust pizza or Linzer French toast during hands-on cooking lessons

Up to 55% Off Horse-Racing

Show Place

$33.08 $15

Watch national horse-races on three 100 square foot mega screens

Up to 65% Off CrossFit

Modesto

$160 $59

Energetic trainers from the Bucheli-Choate family motivate their trainees with high-intensity bouts of strength, cardio, and conditioning

Up to 61% Off at Strong and Steady CrossFit

Oxnard

$129 $59

Seasoned trainers challenge exercisers in intense, varied CrossFit classes

"Annie" – Up to 52% Off Musical Ballet

Valley Village

$25 $12

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America’s favorite orphan and the gruff but kind millionaire who looks after her dance across the stage in this beloved musical

Up to 50% Off Half-Day Fishing Trip

Point Loma

$64 $32

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Track down yellowtail, bass, and barracuda aboard a luxurious vessel stocked with the necessary gear and a helpful crew

Up to 70% Off Group Dance Lessons for One or Two

Santa Clara

$75 $25

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45-minute group lessons cover styles such as waltz, fox trot, swing, and salsa

50% Off Movie Red Carpet Movie Gala

Marina Theatre

$50 $25

Get caught up in this movie shot in a 100 year old haunted house

Up to 63% Off Tai Chi Classes

Tai Chi for Wellness

$40 $19

Tai chi classes promote wellness and health through slow, sequenced movements

47% Off The Slime Run 5K

Sacramento Raceway

$54.68 $29

Get slimed as you make your way along a 5K path rife with slippery obstacles

59% Off Body-Sculpting Classes

Multiple Locations

$95 $39

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Students sweat to indie and hip-hop tunes during high-intensity strength and flexibility workouts designed around ballet-barre exercises

75% Off Bikram-Yoga Classes

Lakeshore

$100 $25

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Bikram Choudhury protégé leads 90-minute yoga classes that explore 26 postures in heated room

Up to 50% Off Public Skating with Skate Rental

Downtown Bakersfield

$22 $11

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Two or four guests strap on rental skates and glide around an indoor climate-controlled rink set to under 60 degrees

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 68% Off Medieval Martial Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$168 $59

Students age 9–adult learn fencing with longswords, rapiers, daggers, and shields in medieval European style

Up to 76% Off Boot Camp from Blackshear Fitness

Riverside

$150 $45

NCCPT-certified personal trainer Roger Blackshear’s brand of boot camp relies heavily on core and cardio exercises

58% Off Tae Kwon Do and Uniform at Discovery Martial Arts

Pacific

$69.75 $29

Passionate instructors help students get fit, learn how to defend themselves, and cultivate self-discipline in martial arts classes

Up to 82% Off Yoga Classes at Yoga in the Park

Chula Vista

$149 $49

Outdoor yoga sessions meet in the park for authentic sun salutations or soothing evening classes

Up to 67% Off at Nicolana Dance

Fremont

$75 $29

Dance instructors help students tone and isolate muscles; classes for serious dance students to those looking for better nightclub moves

Up to 56% Off Dance Classes at Atomic Ballroom

Irvine

$75 $37

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Professional dance instructors lead students of all abilities through a variety of swing, tango, salsa and ballroom dance styles

Up to 56% Off at Adrenaline Martial Arts & Fitness

San Bernardino

$149.99 $69

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One or three months of muay thai, mixed martial arts, jujitsu, USA boxing, wrestling, judo, and GetFit classes; access to all gym equipment

Up to 51% Off Private Golf Lessons

Modesto

$120 $59

PGA Class A pro Joe Smith draws from more than a decade of coaching experience and a competitive playing career to help golfers improve

84% Off Martial-Arts and Fitness Classes

Oxnard

$160 $25

Kids and adults learn self-defense skills from certified instructors while boosting their self-confidence and fitness levels

Up to 52% Off Fashion Show

333 Live

$21.49 $12

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Watch designers showcase their wares from runway seats or while enjoying bottle service with friends

"Old Jews Telling Jokes" – Up to 34% Off Standup

Lyceum Theater (The Space Theater)

$58.50 $39

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Based on the popular web series, this off-Broadway revue shares wisecracks in a heartfelt celebration of Jewish humor

Up to 70% Off Kids' Muay Thai Classes

South San Jose

$160 $49

Kids learn martial arts and muay thai during twice-a-week classes taught by an instructor with 20 years of experience

Up to 68% Off Pilates or G.I.T. Fit Classes

Mission

$75 $24

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Instructors improve posture and strengthen cores with Pilates, or provide full-body strength and endurance training in G.I.T. Fit classes

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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,
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When Kate Danta opened P.B. Yoga & Healing Arts, she envisioned more than a simple yoga studio. Her holistic health center would offer both Pilates and yoga classes that explored different types of practice along with a range of wellness services such as massage and acupuncture. Kate is a holistic health practitioner, a massage therapist, and a yoga instructor with 30 years of experience, herself, so she was in a unique position to make her dream become reality. Rather than doing everything herself, Kate assembled a staff of certified massage therapists, naturopathic healers, and yoga instructors to add their knowledge of Svaroopa, Kripalu, and Kundalini yoga to the studio's repertoire.

Visitors to the holistic studio can choose to better their bodies and minds by choosing to attend classes or visiting one of the staff's variety of physical and spiritual healers. During yoga sessions, instructors lead students through guided relaxations, breathing techniques, and yoga poses to help clients build flexibility and relax deep spinal muscles. Pilates mat classes are taught by an experienced instructor who sold her thriving studio in order to move to San Diego and join the staff at PB Yoga and Healing Arts to challenge clients' muscles with small isometric movements, which work to improve posture and protect the back by building strength throughout the core. The studio also has a Pilates Specialist whose background includes the New York Ballet Co. She works one-on-one with the help of the Gyrotonic equipment and the Pilates Reformer. The studio's on-staff licensed acupuncturist specializes in sports medicine, and can relieve chronic pain by carefully placing needles in strategic points along the body. Clients can achieve spiritual balance with visits to a Sunday morning meditation class facilitated by an ordained Zen Buddhist monk, Tenshin; who also teaches the Tai Chi classes. The center also offers sessions with an on-staff practitioner who can deliver both psychic readings and spiritual counseling to help clients reach inner peace.

961 Turquoise St
San Diego,
CA
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Bodies twist and arch through space in a series of progressive rotations. Participants cycle their shoulders, leap into crouches, and even swing club-shaped weights that resemble a clown's juggling pins. Watching a Circular Strength Training class at Chrome Fit might call to mind scenes of a mesmerizing circus performance, but the intent of the workout is anything but laughable. Rather, its dynamic actions help to broaden range of motion while simultaneously building muscle.

Circular Strength Training is one of five specialized classes led by Chrome Fit's coaching team. Though they utilize different tools—including gymnastics rings, kettlebells, and yoga techniques—they all have a holistic focus on increasing poised and powerful mobility. Their practical applications range from reducing chronic pain and competing in marathons to, in the case of TACFIT sessions, learning to tackle and safely recover from the crisis situations faced by police, military, and emergency personnel.

Owner Sheri L. Covey and her staff supplement these group classes with private personal-training sessions, as well as customized duo or small-group seminars. They adapt their instructions to suit clients of all fitness backgrounds, instead of simply telling newer students to watch the older ones until they feel ready to lift the same weights. Through boot-camp and corporate-wellness programs, they also encourage achievements in a more general community setting, drawing from the entirety of their class curriculum to plan varied drills.

1701 S 7th St, Ste 7
San Jose,
CA
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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
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The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.

To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.

Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.

4042 N Cedar Ave
Fresno,
CA
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Founded with the goal of bolstering childhood development via confidence- and fitness-boosting programs, Tricks Gymnastics, Dance, and Swim's team of instructors keeps kids of all ages active and engaged via a host of high-energy classes. The highly skilled and friendly crew works hard to foster a nurturing environment within each class, keeping a close eye on the kids while teaching them new skills via positive reinforcement and recognition of effort. All three locations offer dance classes that introduce preschool Baryshnikovs to the world of movement and grant school-aged pupils a chance to explore various styles ranging from ballet to jazz to ballroom hokey pokey.

Meanwhile, experienced coaches man gymnastics programs designed to combat inactivity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Young ones aged 0–5 burn excess energy and hone flexibility during Tumblebunny classes, and big kids build strength and character thanks to both noncompetitive and competitive programs. A variety of special events include date nights that enable parents to sneak off for an evening of fun while their progeny plays at the gym. The Folsom location further fortifies its kinetic curriculum with swim programs focused on teaching pupils the essentials of water safety and basic swimming techniques. Paddlers grouped into classes by age hop into the crystalline pool, splashing about in waters kept at a balmy 89 degrees to ward off loitering snowflakes.

4440 Marconi Ave
Sacramento,
CA
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