This 8,000-square-foot facility houses five indoor batting areas to train baseball beaters on customized pitching machines capable of launching fast balls and curve balls at speeds of 25 to 90 mph, faster than the speed of black light moving toward a felt Don Mattingly. Each cage provides pop-fly pilots with helmets, bats, and baseballs. Hardball Sports Academy also includes two cages equipped for live pitching with L-screens that protect the delicate exoskeletons of warm-blooded lobbers.
This Groupon also covers the 10% city use fee and sales tax usually collected on all rentals and rental programs. No matter which option you choose, any of the dozens of rentalable single-kayak models will be yours for the choosing. The buoyant fleet includes sit-on-top kayaks, recreational kayaks, ocean-going kayaks, surf kayaks, white-water kayaks, and the not-much-fun land kayaks. If you so desire, the shop will happily demo any kayak before sending you seaward.
Gliding over a sea floor dotted with flower- and mushroom-like anemones, a diver feels a faint tug pull her backward. She turns and sees a harbor seal gently nibbling on one of her fins—a sort of handshake sometimes extended by the playful creatures. To bring guests up close to the friendly wildlife frolicking along the kelp forests, sandstone cliffs, and underwater canyons of the La Jolla coast, the divemasters of Pacific Beach Sports lead frequent shore dives and snorkeling tours. They hold certifications from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, ensuring everyone’s comfort and safety.
To prep aquanauts for diving here or anywhere else around the world, the divemasters host scuba courses that earn PADI certifications, from basic open-water certifications to specialty certificates such as one for wreck diving and one for cleaning the drains at the bottoms of hotel hot tubs. In addition to scuba diving and snorkeling, Pacific's crew has fun above water with standup-paddleboard lessons, tours, and rentals. They even introduce pupils to SUP yoga, in which poses are more challenging to hold because of the continual undulation of the waves.
Over the Bridge Coronado Tennis brings together active amateurs and USPTA-certified coaches at an illuminated five-court facility for rousing matches and lessons. Players can start off with private or semi-private instruction to pick up fundamentals, or enroll in intermediate and advanced clinics to work the rust out of a rickety forehand. When ready to unveil their shiny new skills, players may sign up for the group's singles leagues or take advantage of Over the Bridge's player matching service, which recommends players of similar skill level and love of long walks on the beach.
Among its two facilities in La Jolla and downtown San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego houses an array of works made since 1950. Head here and you can explore everything from Pop Art and minimalism of the 1960s and 1970s to conceptual pieces from the last half-century, headlined by contemporary-art luminaries such as Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.
Major figures aside, the MCASD strives to spotlight mid-career artists still looking for their big break, as well as pieces by Latin American artists and emergent talent. Between the museum's collection and rotating exhibitions, there are galleries that accommodate paintings, photographs, films, and multimedia installations. Outside both locations, there are more site-specific installations and sculptures by artists such as Richard Serra and Marcos Ramírez ERRE, whose father created the Caps Lock on the day his son was born.
There’s more to the place than its exhibitions: the museum engages visitors with events and programs such as art-making sessions and artist lectures. Held three evenings a year, the Thursday Night Thing series includes talks, hands-on activities, live music, and cocktails, all based on the latest museum exhibitions.
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