Most of the world's keychains don't hold keys to a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Maserati. For this reason, Xtreme Adventures was born. Throughout the year, the staff organizes exotic vehicle driving experiences around a makeshift autocross track on the grounds of Sleep Train Amphitheatre. The event allows drivers to hop behind the wheel of a Lamborghini or Ferrari, step on the accelerator, and be transported into the shiny pages of automobile magazines. And the company's driving experiences aren't the only services that ooze adrenaline. They also offer exotic vehicle rentals and 3 hour scenic drive tours in a variety of exotic cars.
At Wonkaramics, more than 100 different premade ceramics await. Customers can pick out items that pique their interest—such as cats, plates, vases, or jewelry boxes—and adorn them with more than 50 colors of paint, personalizing their creations before they are fired in a heated kiln. Customers can also arrange precut glass pieces on plates or candleholders in glass fusion.
Step into to a bird's house. Get eye-to-eye with a moray eel. Greet a sea turtle as he swims up to say hello. The Living Coast Discovery Center isn't a nature museum?it's a chance to hang out with Southern California's plants and animals on their own turf. The Discovery Center's "living, breathing, flapping, buzzing, and splashing home" sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, the ideal location for exploration of the region's most memorable residents in their native habitats.
A walk-through aviary encompasses the tidal slough habitat of black-crowned night herons, red-breasted mergansers, and endangered clapper rail chicks, freshly hatched from the in-house breeding program. Bald and golden eagles await up-close encounters at the Eagle Mesa, but the rays get even closer: an interactive touch pool puts the aquatic creatures beneath your fingertips. Raptor Row hosts the Center's rescued birds of prey, all of which have injuries or other conditions that prevent them from surviving outside the refuge on their own. Visitors are also free to pursue their own wildlife adventure along the center's 1.5 miles of walking trails.
With ever-changing exhibits that explore the story of women in America, the Women's Museum of California hopes to inspire future generations about the women who came before them. Only one of five such museums in the United States, the museum's staff diligently curates its collection to preserve evidence of these women's experiences.
History: Mary Maschal, a lecturer on women's history, was an avid collector of related historical memorabilia—so avid, in fact, that her friends urged her to share this collection with the public. The original collection was displayed in her home, but moved to its current space in 1997, where it soon evolved into a legitimate women's history museum.
Permanent Mainstay: Every year, the museum hosts the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and honors all winners in a permanent exhibit.
Past Exhibits: Beautiful, Brilliant, and Brave: A Celebration of Black Women highlighted the contributions of local African-American women to their communities.
Pro Tip: Visitors who want to delve deeper into women's history can make an appointment to peruse the museum's archives, which include the collection of Nancy Reeves, an influential feminist author and lecturer and San Diego Women's Hall of Fame inductee.
Special Programs: The museum hosts regular speaking events, workshops, and film screenings related to women's history.
The historic fountain at the east end of Balboa Park’s El Prado pedestrian walk is a lure for visitors, thanks to its majestic and cooling spray. But a quick turn to the right is the entrance to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, another local draw. For the young, it’s a two story, interactive science playground. For the young at heart, there are sophisticated displays, rotating exhibits and the new, NanoSeam IMAX Dome Theater. Films splayed across the 76-foot wraparound screen plunge viewers into the depths of the sea and out into space, through jungles and between skyscrapers around the planet. Resident astronomers also create new shows monthly, using the latest SkyScan System software. The café near the entrance takes care of hungry visitors with a modest menu, a few tables indoors and patio seating in front of the fountain.