Sightseeing in Escondido


Cheers 2 Art Wine-Tasting and Painting Experience for One or Two from Uncorked Tours (Up to 58% Off)

Uncorked Tours

Valley Center

Groups head out on 2.5-hour wine-tasting excursions before expressing themselves with a painting session that includes complimentary mimosas

$205 $89

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Membership or Admission to Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (Up to 46% Off). Three Options Available.

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

Vista

Museum collections focus on farm equipment and tools from 1849 through the 1960s, including a blacksmith shop and a detailed model railroad

$60 $35

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Guided Tour for 4 or 8, Private Tour for 2, or Halloween Party for 2 at Wild Wonders, Inc. (Up to 56% Off)

Wild Wonders

Bonsall

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

$90 $43

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Bird-Sanctuary Tour for Two, Four, or Eight, or Individual or Family Membership at Free Flight (Up to 51% Off)

Free Flight

Del Mar

Among palm trees and koi lagoons, visitors interact with birds such as blue macaws and neon-green parrots and learn more about them

$28 $16

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Sunrise or Sunset Hot Air Balloon Tour for Two or Four from Panorama Balloon Tours (Up to 56% Off)

Panorama Balloon Tours

Multiple Locations

Sprawling estates and vineyards appear beneath balloons as the sun slowly settles into the Pacific or rises from its depths

$460 $230

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5K/10K Run and World Water Day Fest for One, Two, or Four from Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation (Up to 50% Off)

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Carlsbad

Celebrate the health of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon by completing a fun run, enjoying a provided lunch, and learning about water conservation

$50 $31

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Oceanside Museum of Art Visit for Two or Four (Up to 53% Off)

Oceanside Museum of Art

Townsite

Explore a wide variety of art forms from the 20th and 21st centuries, including a new special exhibition of quilts

$16 $8

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Wolf Recovery Today Tour for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for Four at California Wolf Center (Up to 56% Off)

California Wolf Center

Palomar-Julian

Wolf Recovery Today program includes observation of wolf packs; membership includes program admission, newsletter, and wolf picture and bio

$40 $20

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Two Nights at Stagecoach Trails RV Park and Resort (Up to 50% Off). Six Options Available.

Stagecoach Trails RV Resort

Julian

Wilderness adventures during the day and a stunning night sky at this resort nestled among plenty of water-based and dry-land attractions

$74 $37

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Botanical Garden Admission for Two or Four to Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens (47% Off)

Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens

Fallbrook

18 acres of flowers and plants organized into three themed gardens, complete with ponds and waterfalls

$15 $8

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Guided Goldmine Tour for Up to Four or Six People from Julian Gold Expedition (Up to 57% Off)

Julian Gold Expedition

La Mesa

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

$375 $162

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Four-Hour Group Wine Tour for One or Two from VIP Temecula (60% Off)

VIP Temecula

Temecula

$199 $79

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2-Hour Electric Bike Rentals or Electric Bike Wine Tour For Two at Pedego Wine Tours(Up to 50% Off)

Pedego Wine Tours

Temecula

Pedal and ride electric bikes through scenic vineyard landscapes during rentals or wine tastings

$80 $40

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Wine Tour with Tastings for Six from A Vineyard Tour of Temecula (46% Off)

A Vineyard Tour of Temecula

Old Town Temecula

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

$1,159 $625

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Horse-Drawn Trolley Winery Shuttle for One, Two, or Four from Temecula Carriage Company (Up to 62% Off)

The Temecula Carriage Company

Temecula

Vintage horse-drawn trolleys roll down wine-country roads, pausing for tours at four wineries and vineyards

$75 $30

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Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two on a Weekday or Weekend from Sunrise Balloons (50% Off)

Sunrise Balloons

Sunrise Balloons

Sightseers float over wine country before enjoying decadent chocolates and a glass of crisp champagne

$471 $235

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$39 for a Signature Winery Tour and Wine Tasting at Leoness Cellars in Temecula ($75 Value)

Leoness Cellars

Temecula

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

$75 $39

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Credit Toward Wine at Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery (Up to 55% Off)

Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Tasting of five premium wines is enhanced by panoramic views of Temecula Valley at a rustic, Western-influenced winery

$40 $18

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Wine Tour and Tasting for Two or Four at Lorimar Vineyards and Winery (56% Off)

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

Temecula

Take a chauffeured tour through the 22-acre estate, and enjoy a guided tasting of six hand-selected library wines from the vineyard

$80 $35

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Visit With a Feed a Big-Cat- or Bear-Feeding Experience for One or Two at Lions Tigers & Bears (Up to 39% Off)

Lions Tigers & Bears

Alpine

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

$130 $89

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Two or Four Days of Tent Camping or One or Two Days of RV Parking at The Oaks at Sacred Rocks (Up to 61% Off)

The Oaks at Sacred Rocks

Sacred Rocks Reserve

Enjoy stunning high altitude desert views or explore 163 acres of trails

$20 $9

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$25 for Entry to San Diego Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Sunday, March 8 ($55 Value)

Challenge Nation

Tin Fish Gaslamp

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

$55 $25

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Three-Hour Winter Whale-Watching Cruise for One or Two at H&M Landing (Up to 54% Off)

H&M Landing

San Diego

Three-hour voyage passes by Coronado North Island and the U.S. Naval Fleet on its way to view California gray whales, dolphins and sea lions

$45 $21

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Saint Patrick's Day Bar Crawl for Two on March 14, March 17, or Both from California Pub Crawls (Up to 75% Off)

California Pub Crawls

Taste & Thirst

Don your best green apparel for this Saint Patrick’s Day bar crawl

$30 $15

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One Admission to USS Midway Museum (Up to 25% Off)

USS Midway Museum

Marina

29 restored military aircraft and 60 exhibits sprawled above and below the decks of an aircraft carrier that served from 1945 to 1992

$20 $15

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Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour for One or Two at Sail JADA Charters (Up to 54% Off)

Sail JADA Charters

Harbor Island

Authentic wooden yacht that can hold up to 25 passengers sets sail in search of gray whales in migration and dolphins

$140 $69

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3.5-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 47% Off)

Flagship Cruises and Events

San Diego

Birch Aquarium naturalists point out migrating gray whales and share facts about sealife

$86 $48

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Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure for Two, Four, or Six from Hornblower Cruises & Events (Up to 39% Off)

Hornblower Cruises & Events

Embarcadero

Spot gray whales, dolphins, sea lions, and birds on a 3.5-hour cruise narrated by naturalists from the San Diego Natural History Museum

$88 $55

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90-Minute Walking Ghost Tour for One, Two, or Four from After Dark Ghost Tours (Up to 56% Off)

After Dark Ghost Tours

Balboa Park

Tour San Diego’s spookiest locations on foot as guides tell the stories behind them

$20 $12

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Yacht Tour with Light Refreshments for Two or Up to Six from Shared Dreams (50% Off)

Shared Dreams

San Diego

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

$300 $150

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General Admission or Family Membership to Veterans Museum & Memorial (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Veteran's Museum Memorial

Balboa Park

Veterans Museum & Memorial hosts exhibits on World War I, World War II, Pearl Harbor, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts

$14 $7

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Two-Hour Sunset Cruise with a Drink for Two or Four from San Diego Prestige (Up to 51% Off)

San Diego Prestige

San Diego

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

$400 $199

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Three-Hour Whale-Watching Tour for One, Two, or 10 from San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 61% Off)

San Diego Whale Watch

San Diego

Three-hour tours include narration by a naturalist, snack bar, and indoor and outdoor seating for 128

$48 $22

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San Diego Automotive Museum Visit for Two Adults, Two Adults and Two Kids, or Four Adults (Up to 59% Off)

San Diego Automotive Museum

Balboa Park

Classic motorcycles join a 1928 Studebaker and a custom 1947 Cadillac to pay homage to collectable autos

$17 $7

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One-Day Visit or Annual Membership at Women’s Museum of California (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Women’s Museum of California

Point Loma

Current exhibits on first-wave feminism, the women’s liberation movement of the 60s & 70s, trailblazing California women & art exhibitions

$10 $5

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Old Town Walking Ghost Tour with Stop Inside Whaley House for Two or Four from Ghostly Tours in History (Up to Half Off)

Ghostly Tours in History

Ghostly Tours in History

Ghostly walking tour featured on Fodor’s Top 400 visits sites of haunted history, from the Whaley House to Old Town's oldest cemetery

$50 $29.99

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One, Two, or Four Groupons, Each Good for One Scavenger Hunt from Puzzling Adventures (60% Off)

Puzzling Adventures

Balboa Park

Scavengers enjoy the sights of the city while searching for clues and solving puzzles with friends without the pressure of hurrying through

$49.99 $25

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$45 for an Urban Dare Adventure Race for a Two-Person Team (Up to $90 Value)

Urban Dare

Mahoney's

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

$90 $45

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Three-Hour Urban Scavenger Hunt for One, Two, or Four from City Cruiser (Up to 52% Off)

City Cruiser

Gaslamp

Pedal about town while visiting San Diego’s best bars

$60 $29

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$1,300 for a Three-Hour Yacht Tour with Drinks and Snacks for Up to 12 from Zolna Yacht Charters ($1,800 Value)

Zolna Yacht Charters

Harbor Island

Three-hour excursion on luxurious yacht complete with beer or wine and snacks

$1,800 $1,300

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Taste of South Park Food Tour for Two or Four from A Taste of San Diego (Up to 47% Off)

A Taste of San Diego

Taste of South Park

Weekend tours offer 2.5 hours of tastings and progressive dinner at local culinary favorites in South Park

$150 $85

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$37 for Tour from Segway Nation ($69 Value)

Segway Nation

San Diego

Aboard easy to operate segways, tour-goers explore San Diego’s beautiful and cultural hallmarks

$69 $37

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90-Minute Cruise with Appetizers or Fondue for Two or Six from Ship 'N a Bottle (Up to 56% Off)

Ship 'N a Bottle

Ship 'N a Bottle

Groups enjoy bottles of red or white wine paired with cheeses and fruit or sumptuous fondue as they tour around San Diego

$155 $69

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$195 for a Champagne Sunset Hot-Air Balloon Ride with Champagne from Skysurfer Balloon Company Inc. ($ Value)

Skysurfer Balloon Company

San Diego

Riders admire the sunset and sip in-flight champagne during a balloon flight that lasts up to 60 minutes

$255 $195

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$39 for Half-Day Sport Fishing Trip for One with Equipment at Chubasco II Sportfishing ($60 Value)

Chubasco II Sportfishing

San Diego

Hit the high seas on a 60’ ship to catch Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, and Halibut

$60 $39

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30-Minute Vineyard Flight and Wine Package for Two from AirOshinuga (Up to 65% Off)

Air Oshinuga

AirOshi

Pairs soar high over Temecula Valley wineries, returning to earth for a tour and tasting at Faulkner Winery

$630 $222

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Visit for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Children to the Living Coast Discovery Center (Up to 50% Off)

Living Coast Discovery Center

Bayfront

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

$28 $14

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Food Walking Tour of San Clemente for One or Two from San Clemente Sights and Bites (40% Off)

San Clemente Sights and Bites

San Clemente

Explore some of the best in local dining that San Clemente offers while a guide leads you from spot to spot along a 2.5-mile scenic stroll

$65 $39

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Food and History Tour with Tastings for One or Two from Flavors of San Juan Capistrano (Up to 37% Off)

Flavors of San Juan Capistrano

Flavors of San Juan Capistrano

Groups of up to 12 will enjoy six food tastings at renowned area restaurants and see San Juan Capistrano’s historical sites in between

$55 $35

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Wine Tasting and Harbor Cruise for One, Two, or Four from OC Ocean Adventures (Up to 55% Off)

OC Ocean Adventures

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

A 63 ft. catamaran glides through Dana Point Harbor during 90-minute cruises as a convivial host serves snacks and The Organic Cellar wine

$49 $23

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Whale-Watching Cruise from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching (Up to 61% Off). Four Options Available.

Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Dana Point

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

$45 $19

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Hot Air Balloon Ride for One or Two with Breakfast and Champagne from Adventure Balloon Rides (Up to 46% Off)

Adventure Balloon Rides

Perris

Help set up and launch the balloon for a 30- to 45-minute flight before touching down for breakfast at Bomb Shelter Cafe

$260 $142

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Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for 1 or 2 from California Balloon Rides (Up to 56% Off). 4 Options Available.

California Balloon Rides

California Balloon Rides

Become the envy of the earthbound masses on a sunrise flight that affords panoramic views of the ocean and desert

$260 $116

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Laguna Art Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 50% Off)

Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Beach

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

$14 $7

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Laguna Beach Scavenger Hunt for Two or Four Adults or a Family of Up to Five from ClueHoo (51% Off)

ClueHoo

Laguna Beach

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

$75 $37.50

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Food Tasting & Historical Tour for One or Two from Flavors of Laguna (46% Off)

Flavors Of Laguna

Flavors of Laguna

Learn about Laguna history and taste specialties from local restaurants on 3.5- to 4-hour walking tour

$55 $35

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90-Minute Zoo Tour for 2, 5, or 10 at Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation (Up to 60% Off)

Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation

Rancho Las Lomas

A zookeeper leads groups past each exhibit and shares facts about tigers, zebras, and other animals, some of which are hand-fed by staff

$60 $26

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Lunch With the Wine Maker and Tour for One or Two at Emerald Creek Winery (Up to 74% Off)

Emerald Creek Winery

Warner Springs

Perfect for novice and aficionados alike, this tour-and-lunch covers a slew of wine-related topics and features wine samples throughout

$125 $39

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Two-or Three-Hour Borrego Jeep Photo Adventure for Two or Four from Borrego Jeep Photo Tours (Up to 67% Off)

Borrego Jeep Photo Adventures

Anza-Borrego State Park

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

$220 $99

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45-Minute Newport Harbor Boat Tour for One, Two, or Four from Fun Zone Boat Company (Up to 54% Off)

Fun Zone Boat Company

Fun Zone Boat Company

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

$14 $7

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One or Two Kid or Adult Tickets to Whale/Dolphin-Watching Cruise from Newport Landing Whale Watching (Up to 62%)

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Newport Beach

Spot giant blue whales, California gray whales, finback whales, dolphin pods, and other native creatures in their natural habitat

$36 $14

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One or Two Junior or Adult Whale-Watching and Drink Tickets from Ocean Explorer Cruises (Up to 63% Off)

Ocean Explorer Cruises

Newport Beach

2.5-hour tour takes passengers around the Newport and Laguna Beach coastlines in search of whales, dolphins, and other marine life

$41 $16

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Tickets for a Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise from Davey's Locker Whale Watchings (Up to 70% Off)

Davey's Locker Whale Watching

Newport Beach

Cruises sail into the waters of Orange County to spy gray whales during their annual December–April migration

$30 $9

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$63 for 90-Minute Electric-Boat Rental from Newport Fun Tours ($135 Value)

Newport Fun Tours

Newport Beach

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

$135 $63

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90-Minute Segway Tour for One, Two, or Four from Balboa Fun Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Balboa Fun Tours

Newport Pier

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

$75 $37

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$99 for a Two-Hour Chauffeured Cruise for Up to Six on Newport Harbor from Watts on the Harbor Cruises ($534 Value)

Watts on the Harbor Cruises

Newport Beach

Captains highlight historic sites and points of interest as passengers nibble hors d’oeuvres on cruises available from morning to sunset

$534 $99

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Culinary Walking Tour for One or Two from Flavors of Newport Beach (Up to 21% Off)

Flavors of Newport Beach

Balboa/Newport Beach

Take in the sights and tastes of Balboa as guides regale you with historical and cultural insights

$67.50 $59

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$10 for a Visit for Up to Four to Marconi Automotive Museum & Special Events Venue (Up to $20 Value)

Marconi Automotive Museum & Special Events Venue

Tustin

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

$20 $10

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Helicopter Tour of Newport Beach or Laguna Beach for Two from OC Helicopters (50% Off)

OC Helicopters

Atlantic Executive Terminal John Wayne Airport

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

$398 $199

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Two or Four Tickets or One-Year Membership for Individual or Family at Lyon Air Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Lyon Air Museum

Lyon Air Museum

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

$24 $12

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General Admission for Two or Four and Photos with a Snake at The Reptile Zoo (Up to 51% Off)

The Reptile Zoo

The Reptile Zoo

Discover the many animals the zoo has on display, participate in hands-on activities, and get a picture with one of the resident snakes

$34 $17

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Flight to Catalina Island and Snorkeling, or Sunset Flight with Champagne from PAC Seaplanes (Up to 48% Off)

PAC Seaplanes

PAC Seaplanes

Pilot Kenny has been flying for more than 20 years

$1,350 $700

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Artist Rae Holton sees energy. The owner of Fire & Mud Studios and lifelong arts and nature enthusiast harnesses her inimitable sight of what she calls "the vein-like serpentine flow of atoms" to create offbeat works of art in a variety of mediums. Raised among artists and craftspeople, Holton has dabbled in jewelry making, photography, cooking, and ceramics, and cultivated a love for teaching after stints as a children's ski instructor and after-school program educator. Helming her pottery-focused studio, Holton helps others unleash their inner artists through classes and workshops as students learn the history of ceramics or how to remove the head off a classical sculpture with a hedge trimmer.
740 Metcalf Street
Escondido,
CA
US
From 130 feet up, rhinos can look almost like ants. At San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zipliners get a bird's-eye view of those burly beasts as well as deer and giraffes while the wind whips through their hair. And thanks to a helmet with an HD cam, adventurers can relive the experience again and again.
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido,
CA
US
The early days of the combustion engine leap to life at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Besides immaculately preserved Steam Traction Engines (tractors) and Steam Power Units from 1849-1960, the museum boasts onsite replicas of historical workshops, and even grows its own crop of wheat every winter and sorghum cane every summer. Size: Located on 55 acres of farmland?room enough for 20,000 artifacts, 50 weaving looms, and more than 150 years of history Eye Catcher: Four model railroad layouts, including a scale model of the Southern Pacific crossing of the Donner Pass, currently in the process of construction Permanent Mainstay: The smoking jewels in the museum's crown are the steam traction engines, which date from about 1860 to 1924, and the gas and diesel engines, which could be bought new as recently as 1940 Don't Miss: A regular lineup of historical events including Civil War reenactments, antique engine and tractor shows, and a recurring antique consignment auction
2040 North Santa Fe Avenue
Vista,
CA
US
Lux Art Institute is redefining the museum experience to make art more accessible and personally meaningful. At Lux, you don’t just see finished works of art; you see the artistic process firsthand, engaging with internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment.
1550 S El Camino Real
Encinitas,
CA
US
The neighborhood experts and licensed real-estate professionals of San Diego Real Estate & Lifestyle Tours live and work downtown, making them ideally suited to teach people about San Diego's food, festivals, traditions, and culture. One or two guides usher tour groups through areas such as East Village, Little Italy and the Columbia District, or the Marina District and Gaslamp Quarter, offering spectacular views of the bay from high-rise condos and light refreshments at community eateries or bars. The tours are open to patrons of all backgrounds, from locals looking to learn more about the downtown scene to potential home buyers or extraterrestrials seeking a friendly neighborhood in which to settle down.
Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge
San Diego,
CA
US
Renovated in 2011, the Museum of Making Music showcases a permanent display of hundreds of unusual and vintage instruments charting the progression of song-crafting from 1900 to modern times. Five museum galleries present popular music, innovations in instruments and their manufacture, and marketing and distribution techniques in five eras throughout the 20th century. Racks of gleaming instruments line the cases, as well as more eclectic pieces such as double-neck guitars, the crossbreed GuitarViol, and an ancient, forgotten instrument whose name is always whispered: the "clarinet." The museum is dotted with interactive exhibits, giving visitors the chance to craft their own tunes on the exhibit's drum kits or keytar.
5790 Armada Dr
Carlsbad,
CA
US
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