Food lovers rejoice: rather than traverse the town in search of a variety of cuisine, they can save time and shoe leather by attending the Valley Center Gourmet Food Truck Festival. The second annual culinary extravaganza—sporting a Hawaiian theme this year—features mouth-watering platefuls from food trucks such as Crepes Bonaparte, Dang Brother Pizza, and Hoangie's Bahn Mi, dished out alongside pours from Hess Brewing and California Fruit Wine. While adults enjoy of-age libations, youngsters can partake of activities including pony rides and face painting. Live music and DJ performances underscore each sip, swirl, and perfectly tuned bite.
On hot, sticky summer days, DropZone Waterpark plunges guests of all ages into the cool refreshing depths of swimming pools. The scent of chlorine fills the air as kids sprint from slide to pool and back again, shrieking in delight each time they splash into the water. Guests stop by The Fill Station for refreshments like a family four pack of cheeseburgers. The park offers both daily admission passes and season passes for the whole family.
Whether soaring in a hot air balloon or freefalling on a skydive, you’re guaranteed picturesque aerial views at Above the Rest Hot Air Ballooning & Skydiving. On 45–60 minute hot-air-balloon rides, an experienced pilot and up to 10 passengers glide above the earth in a wicker basket, propelled by wind and an occasional flock of friendly geese.
Located on the entertainment-rich grounds of the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, the Perris Auto Speedway has housed an 8,000-seat temple to transmissions and high-octane action since 1996. When the half-mile clay oval track hosts the Sokola Shootout––with USAC/CRA Sprint cars and California Lighting Sprints––it will be a night full of roaring engines, fast laps, and the manly musk of combustion-engine fumes. Races feature a field of open-wheeled automobiles piloted by drivers protected only by their wits and a roll cage.
It can take a long time to build up the courage to skydive?and then, whoosh, the big moment passes in literal moments. Luckily, Skydive Perris lets you draw the experience out a bit. The company's Sensory Overload package, for instance, allows fledgling jumpers to try two indoor skydiving sessions in a 95-foot tunnel, followed by a very outdoor tandem jump from an airplane that soars to 12,500 feet. The instructor won't pull the cord until 5,000 feet, giving guests an entire minute to experience a free fall.
After alighting, visitors head down to the onsite restaurant, Bombshelter Bar & Grill, to watch a DVD of their flight on a big-screen TV. As their adrenaline cools on the windowsill, they can unwind on the bar's patio or with a dip in the adjacent pool before turning in for the night at one of the bunkhouses. If guests find themselves dreaming about the high-octane experience, they might consider returning for training in solo free falls or advanced group jumps, which teach participants how to form their bodies into patterns spelling "Look Ma, No Gravity!"
In 1782 the Montgolfier brothers launched their first hot air balloon into the sky, where it rose to great heights before exploding. More changes were made—and promises to their father they would not personally fly in it—before they made their next attempt. A year later, three unlikely substitutes boarded the silk balloon: a sheep, a duck, and a chicken. The flight, witnessed by King Louis XVI, was a success, and the passengers returned safely. From that point on, countless inventors would make modifications until hot air ballooning became the safe and scenic trip it is today.
California Balloon Rides continues the tradition in balloon rides over Temecula, Perris, Del Mar and Palm Springs. Passengers simply show up at the designated time—typically early morning—and help prepare the balloon and basket, then sit back and enjoy the trip above the beautiful Southern California landscape. A “chase crew” picks clients up at the end of the flight and returns them to the launch site for a champagne toast.