Tours 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

59% Off Laguna Beach Scavenger Hunt

Laguna Beach

$49 $20

Groups take in the sights while solving clues that bring them from one city spot to another

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

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

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

Up to 52% Off Winery Tour and Chocolate or Wine Tasting for Two

Angwin

$125 $60

Napa Valley estate winery's expert vintners take pairs on a tour of the facility, where they sample chocolate or wine

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 58% Off LGBT Walking Tour

Los Angeles

$90 $39

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Walking tour explores Los Angeles' historic LGBT sites including Native American settlements and Golden Age hotels and bathhouses

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

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

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

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

Up to 47% Off Boat Trip to Catalina Island

Newport Beach

$70 $37

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Enjoy a comfortable 75-minute voyage from Newport Beach to Catalina Island on a vessel complete with sun decks and two cocktail lounges

Up to 52% Off Whale Watching

Central San Pedro

$15 $7.50

Whale-watching cruises follow the migration route of the Gray Whale for two hours; you might also see dolphins and sea lions

50% Off Tasting at Napa Valley Distillery

Cental Napa

$40 $20

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Guests sip craft spirits and learn about the creation process, as well as the history of the type of spirits they are tasting

Up to 67% Off Segway or Walking Tour

Multiple Locations

$149 $55

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Segway instruction and entertaining tours through La Jolla or Gaslamp Harbor; tour of Gaslamp Harbor also available on foot

74% Off Tour and Tasting at Rideau Vineyard

Solvang

$134 $35

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Visit the vineyard, learn how wine is made and the etiquette of tasting it, and enjoy five samples of the winery's Rhône varietals

Up to 64% Off a Historical Tour of Monterey 

InterContinental The Clement Monterey Main Lobby

$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

Up to 51% Off Wine Tours from Zuri Wine Tasting

Westchester Shopping Center

$89 $44

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Luxury motorcoaches ferry tour-goers to historical wineries, opulent restaurants, and hip shopping destinations with views of the Pacific

Up to 42% Off Pedal-Powered Bar Crawl

Tavern at the Beach

$45 $30

Pedal-powered bike seats up to 16 riders as they pedal through Pacific Beach, stopping off at local bars for drinks and socializing

Up to 64% Off Food Tour

San Francisco

$40 $19

Tour takes guests through North Beach to learn about its rich heritage and Italian cuisine

Up to 48% Off Gondola Rides

Long Beach

$125 $65

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Groups drift along the water as professional gondoliers guide them through the 100-year-old canals of Naples Island

Up to 58% Off Whale Watching

Oxnard

$50 $25

Three-hour narrated tours educate voyagers as they spot whales, dolphins, and sea lions amid the waters of Channel Islands National Park

54% Off Wine Tour from Uncorked Tours

Temecula

$179 $89

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Four-hour tour of 3 wineries aboard a limo coach includes 5-6 tastings, 50 digital photos, and complimentary champagne and appetizers.

Up to 60% Off Aerial Tour of LA or Long Beach

Sunset Park

$300 $149

Experienced pilots take pairs of passengers soaring through the clouds for a bird's eye view of some of Southern California's famous sights

49% Off Boat Rental from Newport Fun Tours

Newport Beach

$135 $69

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Up to eight passengers float across 880-acre Newport Harbor in a covered boat, taking in views of sandy beaches and waterfront mansions

Up to 52% Off Whale-Watching Cruise

22nd Street Landing

$30 $15

Guests travel along the coast in the hopes of catching a glimpse of California gray whales, dolphins, fin whales, and sea lions

Up to 55% Off Hollywood Open Bus Tours

Hollywood

$98 $44

Visit the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, and go past the houses of dozens of celebrities with this star-seeing tour

Half Off a Yacht Tour from Shared Dreams

San Diego

$300 $150

See whales, seals, battleships, and other San Diego sights during this customizable tour aboard a plush yacht

Up to 60% Off Chocolate Tour with Eight Tastings

San Francisco

$50 $25

Explore the tastes of the 19th-century Ghirardelli shop, Tokyo-import Minamoto Kitchoan, and the traditional pralines of Leonidas

38% Off Tour Flights at Catalina Air Harbor

Long Beach Municipal Airport

$158 $98

Tours start at Long Beach Airport and soar over downtown Long Beach, Los Angeles maritime complex, Ports O'Call area, and Point Fermin

Half Off a Wine Tour for Six

Old Town Temecula

$1,159 $579

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Up to four wine tastings include chocolate and gourmet cheese on a five-hour wine tour in a limo van with surround-sound and satellite radio

Up to 65% Off Pedicab Tour for Two or Four

Downtown Santa Monica

$140 $65

Pedicab drivers take groups along the waterfront for an hour of shopping and sightseeing in Santa Monica

Up to 51% Off Segway Tour from Balboa Fun Tours

Newport Pier

$75 $37

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Segways glide along Newport Harbor, as tour-goers take in picturesque views of harbor islands and the local fish market

Up to 42% Off Downtown Walking Tour

Downtown Los Angeles

$30 $18

Stroll through areas such as Union Station and Grand Central Market while a guide shares the history of each spot

Up to 56% Off Whale-Watching and Nature Cruises

Mission Bay Park

$280 $129

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A 70-foot boat ferries passengers on eight-hour tours for whale and dolphin sightings; tours include breakfast, lunch, and drinks

Half Off Maritime Parks Association Membership

Fisherman's Wharf

$60 $30

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Association membership entitles holders and guests to free entry into historic ships and a submarine, as well as event invites

51% Off Winery Tour and Tasting in Temecula

Temecula

$75 $37

On a two-hour tour, guests learn the processes of traditional winemaking while sampling its fruits

Up to 52% Off Whale-Watching and Nature Cruise

Marina Del Rey

$30 $15

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For about three hours, a sightseeing boat searches the ocean for whales, porpoises, dolphins, seabirds, seals, and sea lions

Up to 58% Off from Hollywoodland Tours

Hollywood

$29 $14

Van tours of Hollywood shuttle camera-wielding sightseers past the iconic Hollywood sign, spots where movies are filmed, and stars’ homes

Up to 51% Off Sunset Cruise with Drinks

San Diego

$400 $199

Board a yacht for a leisurely cruise around San Diego Bay that reveals stunning views of the Pacific sunset and a drink for each passenger

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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

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.

2950 HYDE ST
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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