Sightseeing in Northern San Diego

Three-Hour Whale-Watching Tour for One, Two, or 10 from San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 57% Off)

San Diego Whale Watch

San Diego

$88 $39

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Three-hour tours include narration by a naturalist, snack bar, and indoor and outdoor seating for 149

90-Minute Cruise with Appetizers or Fondue for Two or Six from Ship 'N a Bottle (Up to 64% Off)

Ship 'N a Bottle

San Diego

$155 $57

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

Del Mar Sunset Balloon Tour Monday–Thursday or Friday-Sunday for One or Two from Panorama Balloon Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Panorama Balloon Tours

Del Mar

$598 $296

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Sprawling estates spread out beneath balloons as the sun slowly settles into the Pacific

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

Old Town

$50 $29.99

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

Monster Mash Haunted House for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 54% Off)

Monster Mash

San Diego

$40 $20

Classic monsters such as vampires and mummies can entertain you with wicked performances in a six-room haunted house

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

Shared Dreams

San Diego

$300 $150

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

Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Haunted City Tours (Up to 58% Off)

Haunted City Tours

Park West

$78 $35

Tours explore the Gaslamp District, an area once known as the city's Red Light District, complete with haunted brothels and saloons

San Diego Automotive Museum Visit for Two Adults, Two Adults and Two Kids, or Four Adults (Up to 53% Off)

San Diego Automotive Museum

Balboa Park

$17 $8

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

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

Veteran's Museum Memorial

Balboa Park

$14 $7

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

Two or Four Tickets to One or Five Interactive Walking Tours from Stray Boots (Half Off)

Stray Boots

Online Deal

$24 $12

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Clues, trivia, and riddles lead explorers through a vibrant neighborhood via the Stray Boots iPhone or Android app

Four-Hour San Diego City Tour for One or Two from Five Star Tours (50% Off)

Five Star Tours

San Diego

$46 $23

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A bus tour takes passengers to scenic and historical attractions, including La Jolla Bay, Little Italy, and Old Town San Diego

Two-Hour Harbor Cruise for Two, Four, or Six from Hornblower Cruises (40% Off)

Hornblower Cruises

Marina

$58 $35

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Cruise past barking sea lions and under the Coronado Bay Bridge on this two-hour cruise through San Diego’s picturesque harbor

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

$10 $5

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

Three-Hour Urban Scavenger Hunt for One, Two, or Four from City Cruiser (Up to 62% Off)

City Cruiser

Gaslamp

$60 $23

Pedal about town while visiting San Diego's best bars

Museum of Making Music Visit for Two Adults, or Two Adults and Two Children (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Making Music

Carlsbad

$16 $8

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Interactive activities and exhibits showcase innovations in instrument construction and popular music through the 20th century

Three-Hour Carlsbad Village Food Tour for Two or Four from Carlsbad Food Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Carlsbad Food Tours

in front of Caldo Pomodoro

$118 $59

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Walking tours stop at several restaurants in Carlsbad Village for tastings while guides share information about the village's history

Oceanside Museum of Art Visit for Two or Four (Up to 47% Off)

Oceanside Museum of Art

Townsite

$16 $9

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

Four-Hour Temecula Valley Wine Tour for One or Two from Uncorked Tours (57% Off)

Uncorked Tours

Multiple Locations

$179 $79

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Four-hour tour of 3 wineries aboard a limo coach includes 5-6 tastings, 50 digital photos, and complimentary champagne and appetizers.

Guided Tour for 4 or 8, Private Tour for 2, or Halloween Party for 2 at Wild Wonders, Inc. (Up to 50% Off)

Wild Wonders

Bonsall

$90 $49

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

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

$130 $89

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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

Gold-Mining Experience for Two or Four or a Family of Four at Julian Mining Company (Up to 56% Off)

Julian Mining Company

Palomar-Julian

$18 $9

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After a lesson, participants pan through ore from a Banner Creak ore pile and collect gold and other findings in a vial

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

A Vineyard Tour of Temecula

Old Town Temecula

$1,159 $579

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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

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

VIP Temecula

Temecula

$199 $79

Winery Tour, Tastings, and Class for One, Two, or Four at Europa Village (Up to 75% Off)

Europa Village

Murrieta

$108 $29

More than 30 acres of vineyard nourish French, Spanish, and Italian grapes; a vineyard tour guide leads each guest through 12 tastings

Four-Hour Temecula Valley Wine Tour for One or Two from Uncorked Tours (66% Off)

Uncorked Tours

Temecula Wine Country

$229 $79

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Four-hour tour of 3 wineries aboard a limo coach includes 5-6 tastings, 50 digital photos, and complimentary champagne and appetizers.

Wine Country Safari for One or Two from Legendary Tours of Temecula (Up to 42% Off)

Legendary Tours of Temecula

Frangipani Estate Winery

$119 $69

A prototype jeep-style Hummer limo transports visitors to two area wineries to sample 10-12 wines and enjoy a picnic lunch

Private Wine Tasting for Two with Take-Home Bottle at Bel Vino Winery (Up to 55% Off)

Bel Vino Winery

Murrieta

$77.85 $35

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Private tastings highlight award-winning and rare wines; guests are treated to domestic and imported cheeses or chef-prepared tapas

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

$40 $20

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

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Credit Toward Wine at Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery

Murrieta

$40 $19

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

$37 for a Signature Winery Tour and Wine Tasting at Leoness Cellars in Temecula ($75 Value)

Leoness Cellars

Temecula

$75 $37

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

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

The Temecula Carriage Company

Temecula

$75 $30

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

Hot Air Balloon Ride or Wine Tour for Two on a Weekday or Weekend from Sunrise Balloons (Up to 55% Off)

Sunrise Balloons

Temecula

$438 $198

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Sightseers float over wine country at sunrise or travel to three wineries in limo party coach for a day of hors d’oeuvres & wine tastings

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Masia de Yabar Vineyard and Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Masia de Yabar Vineyard and Winery

Temecula

$24 $12

Guests taste five wines in an earth-toned tasting room with a stone fireplace and wine-barrel tables

Chauffeured Wine Tour for One, Two, or Four with Tastings from DeVine Tours (Up to 47% Off)

DeVine Tours

Temecula

$140 $79

All options include a chauffeur and tastings

Two-Hour Blue Whale–Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Dana Wharf Whale Watching (Up to 54% Off)

Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Dana Point

$25 $12

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Experienced crew guides sightseers on two-hour evening tours to catch views of scenic seascapes and blue whales

Wine Tasting and Harbor Cruise for Two or Four on Friday or Sunday from OC Ocean Adventures (Up to 52% Off)

OC Ocean Adventures

Dana Point

$98 $49

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

Visit for Two or Four Adults to Mission San Juan Capistrano (50% Off)

Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano

$18 $9

Built by missionaries more than 200 years ago, the mission features 10 acres of living history, artifacts, and original architecture

$25 for Admission for Four with Two Train Rides and Two Pumpkins to Decorate at Zoomars ($58 Value)

Zoomars

San Juan Capistrano

$58 $25

Meet an array of friendly farm animals before taking a ride on the mini-train and snagging some take-home pumpkins

Entry for Two or Four to Field Of Screams: The Haunted Stadium (Up to 42% Off). Four Options Available.

Field Of Screams: The Haunted Stadium

Lake Elsinore

$30 $19

Enter into a haunted stadium filled with goblins, ghouls, and crazed killers to get your heart pumping and hair standing on end

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

Stagecoach Trails RV Park and Resort

Julian

$74 $37

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

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

Flavors Of Laguna

Laguna Beach

$55 $35

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

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

ClueHoo

Laguna Beach

$49 $24.50

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

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

Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Beach

$14 $7

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

$34 for Fun Pass with Rides, Petting Zoo & Pumpkin Credit at Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm (Up to $65 Value)

Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm

Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm (parking area at Laguna Hills Mall)

$65 $34

Thousands of pumpkins highlight a large harvest festival, which also includes kids' rides, a petting zoo, game booths, and other activities

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for 1 or 2 from California Balloon Rides (Up to 59% Off). 4 Options Available.

California Balloon Rides

Perris

$260 $109

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

Hot Air Balloon Ride for One or Two with Breakfast and Champagne from Adventure Balloon Rides (Up to 51% Off)

Adventure Balloon Rides

Perris

$260 $129

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

Two or Four Days of Tent Camping or One or Two Days of RV Parking at The Oaks at Sacred Rocks (Up to 56% Off)

The Oaks at Sacred Rocks

Boulevard

$20 $10

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

90-Minute Zoo Tour for 2, 5, or 10 at Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation (Up to 55% Off)

Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation

Silverado

$60 $29

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

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

$220 $99

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

Culinary Walking Tour for One or Two from Flavors of Newport Beach (Up to 34% Off)

Flavors of Newport Beach

Ruby's Diner

$67.50 $49

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

One or Two Junior or Adult Whale-Watching Cruise Tickets from Davey's Locker Whale Watching (Up to 63% Off)

Davey's Locker Whale Watching

Newport Beach

$30 $12

Cruises sail into the waters of Orange County to spy blue and finback whales during their summer migration

$37 for a Round-Trip Boat Ride to Catalina Island on the "Catalina Flyer" in 2014 (Up to $70 Value)

Catalina Flyer

Newport Beach

$70 $37

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Enjoy a comfortable 75-minute voyage from Newport Beach to Catalina Island on a vessel complete with sun decks and two cocktail lounges

Sunset Cruise for One, Two, Four, or 10 from Cruise Newport Beach (Up to 69% Off)

Cruise Newport Beach

Newport Beach

$25 $11

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Cruises coast along the Newport Beach waterfront and coastline for 90 minutes against a stunning sunset backdrop

2.5-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Landing Whale Watching (up to 61%)

Newport Landing Sportfishing

Newport Beach

$36 $15

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

Two-Hour Balboa Peninsula Segway Tour for One or Two from Newport Fun Tours (Up to 58% Off)

Newport Fun Tours

Newport Pier

$90 $39

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Segways glide along Newport Beach coastline, past historic sites of Balboa Peninsula and its piers, harbors, homes, and fish market

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

Balboa Fun Tours

Newport Pier

$75 $37

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

$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

$534 $99

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

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

OC Helicopters

Atlantic Executive Terminal John Wayne Airport

$398 $199

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

Private Helicopter Lesson or Extreme Helicopter Tour from Revolution Aviation (Up to 55% Off)

Revolution Aviation

Private Executive Terminal - Signature Flight Support

$349 $177

Lessons begin with ground school before students pilot a helicopter; tour ferries passengers over ocean waves and wilderness

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

Lyon Air Museum

Orange County Airport

$24 $12

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

$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

$20 $10

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

Nine Ride Tickets, Two Zoo Passes, and Zoo Food, or Birthday Party for 10 at The Pumpkin Factory (Up to 47% Off)

The Pumpkin Factory

Corona

$45 $25

Hay-covered pumpkin patch inside a park filled with rides, a petting zoo, and family-friendly attractions

Nine Ride Tickets, Two Zoo Passes, and Zoo Food, or Birthday Party for 10 at The Pumpkin Factory (Up to 47% Off)

The Pumpkin Factory

Westminster Mall

$45 $25

Hay-covered pumpkin patch inside a park filled with rides, a petting zoo, and family-friendly attractions

General Admission for Two or Four to Bowers Museum of Cultural Art (Up to 52% Off)

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Downtown Santa Ana

$30 $15

Cultural museum showcasing a permanent collection of more than 120,000 artifacts and artwork from all across the world

$32 for a Culinary Walking Tour from Old Towne Orange Walking Food Tours (Up to $59 Value)

Old Towne Orange Walking Food Tours

Multiple Locations

$59 $32

Foodies tour through unique eateries and farmers' market as guests sample ethnic, artisan, and specialty foods

General or Speed Haunted-House Visits for Two or Four at The Cemetery of Lost Souls (Up to 48% Off)

The Cemetery Of Lost Souls

Anaheim Hills

$24 $12.50

Haunted house overrun with demons where trembling visitors can recuperate with music and food

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Garden Grove

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$20 for Admission for Two Adults to the Palm Springs Air Museum ($31.90 Value)

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

$31.90 $20

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Three hangars staffed by expert volunteers let you get close to dozens of still-flyable WWII aircraft and other memorabilia

$129 for a San Andreas Fault Jeep Eco-Tour for Two from Desert Adventures ($270 Value)

Desert Adventures - Eco Tours and Events

Thousand Palms

$270 $129

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Pile into one of Desert Adventures' signature red jeeps before heading into the San Andreas fault to learn about the area and its history

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Entrepreneur turned coupon baron Mohammed Malik created the Deal Deck as a way for his customers to explore the restaurants and coffee shops of their city, as well as a method for delivering a shot in the arm to local economies. Deal Decks contain 52 card-size coupons, each worth $10 off at 52 locally owned restaurants, totaling more than $500 in savings. As consumers deal each card at previously undiscovered pizza joints, Cajun eateries, Irish pubs, and Indian restaurants, they not only expand their palate, but help small businesses stay healthy and vibrant during all economic climes.

4545 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego,
CA
US

With an arsenal of informative magazines, elegant photographs, and illuminating documentaries, National Geographic has inspired planetary responsibility and natural wonderment for more than 120 years. Their latest filmed adventure, The Last Lions, ushers viewers into the wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta, where a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs fight for their survival. From fleeing raging fires and cub-killing rival prides to wading through crocodile-infested rivers and the supermarket at rush hour, this family suffers perils that leave audiences touched and awestruck. Crafted by award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and narrated by Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions aims to raise awareness of dwindling big-cat populations while sharing a compelling story of hope. The film is rated PG for depictions of the food-chain cycle without the accompaniment of an Elton John song.

8879 Villa La Jolla Drive
La Jolla,
CA
US

Birch Aquarium is an exciting interactive museum and public exploration center of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego that sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The stellar aquarium is home to more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates, and interactive exhibits reveal the research of Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. Kids love the dainty sea horses, which Scripps successfully breeds, and the chance marvel at the ethereal sea dragons. Naturalists also lead tide pool walks, snorkeling adventures and whale watching tours at certain times throughout the year. Underwater kelp cams reveal the activity and denizens of the sea, while the living tide pools allow visitors to touch sea stars, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, lobsters and other unique animals local to San Diego's tide pools.

2300 Expedition Way
San Diego,
CA
US

What started as a camp founded and staffed by schoolteachers has turned into a year-round surf school for one reason: people love to surf. Today, the school offers everything from lessons for first-timers to professional surf clinics for advanced surfers. Their teaching model focuses on private and small group lessons, which they believe is the quickest and easiest way to learn to ride the waves. And for their graduates, they’ve even created a surf team that is cheered on by countless adoring seagulls.

2246 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla,
CA
US

Action water-sports shop Everyday California (formerly OEX), wrangles an experienced team of experts to escort patrons on kayak, surfing, and snorkeling tours. The shop as been lauded by publications including the Chicago Tribune for its exploration of the earth's watery expanses that offer glimpses of marine creatures such as sea turtles, sea lions, seals, dolphins, and cormorants. Kayak tours take paddlers out on a variety of adventures, including destinations such as seven sea caves, the paths of migrating gray whales, and underwater kelp forests. Everyday California also rents out kayaks, snorkel gear, surfboards, paddleboards, and saddles for baby belugas.

2243 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla,
CA
US

At La Jolla Shores, the ocean bottom slopes gently out to sea and the waves roll gently toward the beach, where seals can be found sleeping in the sun. This unique ecology makes the area an ideal entryway into the ocean, which the native La Jollan owners of La Jolla Kayak take full advantage of, leading kayaking excursions past the steep cliffs and through the secluded sea caves where humans first learned to douse fire. Alternatively, snorkel tours allow explorers to dive into the 6,000-acre Underwater Park to spy the leopard shark, garibaldi, and dolphins swimming underfoot. To facilitate journeys, La Jolla Kayak transports visitors' kayaks to the beach straight from its outfitting shop, which also houses complimentary lockers and rents out wetsuits to keep love-struck sea lions from slipping notes into divers' pockets.

2199 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla,
CA
US