H2O Trash Patrol has a singular mission: to keep sand and water free of trash. The nonprofit was borne out of a family exercise in picking up debris from the beach, but the influx of garbage was soon too much to keep up with. So H2O Trash Patrol was formed, and its members float atop the waters in and around San Diego county waterways on standup-paddleboards, lampooning marine debris before sorting them and recycling what they can. H2O Trash Patrol's goals are big. Its 50-50-50 challenge aims to clean 50 waterways in 50 states over the course of 50 days, and its efforts have been recognized by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, which gave the organization an Environmental Hero Award in 2011.
To raise funds for its mission, H2O Trash Patrol offers standup-paddleboarding lessons to the uninitiated, teaching pupils how to balance, paddle, and maneuver their boards as they cruise on flat water. Lessons traverse the coast at various locales such as Oceanside Harbor, Carlsbad Lagoon, and San Diego Bay.
Pari Land combines the education of school with the fun of a playground to create an all-encompassing space they've dubbed an "edutainment center." Inside the safe, enclosed environment, kids aged 6 months to 10 years soak up reading, math, and social skills while developing physically during fun, hands-on classes. My First Experience classes join toddler hands with nontoxic paints and paper and court their eardrums with whimsical rhymes, and Pari Club classes oversee children aged 3 to 6 constructing moving contraptions with computers. Mommy and Me dance classes give parents and children a chance to tap toes together to simple nursery rhymes over ample floor space. Beyond class confines, kids can also splash around as they learn about the water cycle on an interactive water exhibit and flex their artistic abilities on a giant light-bright wall. The activities don't only entertain little ones, but also give parents the chance to kick back with free WiFi in the restaurant and lounge.
Guests ride into Surf Bowl under a glowing pink and green sign, and once inside, cast their eyes down freshly polished lanes. As an homage to their name and the local culture, a mural running parallel to the lanes depicts bowling pins engaging in beach activities such as lounging in the sand and testing their own buoyancy in the ocean. Players can stop in for classic games throughout the day, or enjoy Xtreme Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling once night falls. Between games, bowlers can break for a pizza, sandwich, or freshly fried snacks at Blue Wave Café, a casual, diner-style eatery with chrome-accented bar stools. The alley also boasts an arcade, bar, and billiards table.
Stadium Sports Bar & Restaurant, outfitted with five-dozen HDTVs, serves dishes from a menu of traditional American pub fare, 31 draft beers, and 60-plus tequilas. Go to bat against hunger with a half-pound jalapeño cream-cheese burger slathered with spicy spread and fried jalapeños ($9.99), a surf 'n' turf pairing of top sirloin and shrimp ($16.99), or sizzling boats of steak, chicken, or shrimp fajitas ($14.99). Wash down meals with frosty drafts of Ballast Point Brewing's Sculpin IPA ($7), a shot of Amate Reposado tequila ($8), or a blast from a hose hooked up to a soda machine (market value).
Oceanside Boat Rentals outfits customers with the equipment they need to explore the coastline of quaint Oceanside Harbor, also known as the "Hidden Jewel of the Pacific." Day-trippers can climb into kayaks and slice the water with oars or power pedal boats with the same muscles used to jettison exercise bikes off their mounts. Electric Duffy boats with dining tables carry groups across the water on floating picnic trips, all while protecting them from the elements with a Surrey top or full enclosure. And waverunners quickly propel riders over the waves in the lagoon or out on the ocean.