Things To Do In San Diego

Cook Two Kinds of Ravioli and Sip Wine with an Italian Chef

Hands-On Italian Cooking Class

Little Italy

Native-Italian Chef Annalisa teaches students to make two kinds of authentic ravioli; classes end with a meal and wine

$65 $65

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Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” with Optional DVD and Nutcracker on December 16 (Up to 51% Off)

Moscow Ballet's

Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall

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Professional Russian dancers leap and pirouette against stunning backdrops in a holiday ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score

$87.10 $43

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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$75 for Mystery Comedy Dinner Theater for Two with Magnets at Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater ($130 Value)

Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater

The Imperial House Restaurant

Four-course meal and commemorative show magnets accompany a live, comedic mystery performance with audience participation

$130 $75

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Unlimited Attractions for One or Two, or Mini Golf and Unlimited Attractions for Four at Belmont Park

Mission Beach Attractions

Belmont Park

Unlimited-attractions wristbands and family packs include laser tag, Sky Ropes, Sky Climb, and $5 arcade card

$43 $10

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Two- or Three-Hour Paint and Sip Class for Two or Four at Pinot's Palette (Up to 51% Off)

Pinot's Palette

San Diego

Students take in painting instructions while releasing their creativity with the help of some wine during Paint and Sip classes

$80 $40

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Fit Foodie 5K Entry for One or Two at Embarcadero Marina Park South on Saturday, November 15 (Up to 50% Off)

Fit Foodie 5K

San Diego

After a stretch and dance, runners or walkers complete a 5K; chef and fitness demos, food tastings, and beer samples follow

$55 $30

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$33 for Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Four at Kearny Mesa Bowl (Up to $66 Value)

Kearny Mesa Bowl

Kearny Mesa Bowl

Bowling alley with karaoke, full-service bar and Rock 'n' Bowl nights on Fridays and Saturdays

$66 $33

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One or Two Go-Kart Races with Optional Laser Tag Games at Miramar Speed Circuit (Up to 45% Off). Three Options

Miramar Speed Circuit

Miramar

Reach speeds of up to 40 mph on a newly redesigned 1/4-mile track with four hairpin turns and two straightaways

$33 $18

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VIP Package for 2 with Appetizer and Future Show Tickets or Show for 10 at The Comedy Palace (Up to 90% Off)

The Comedy Palace

The Comedy Palace

Upcoming talent includes a Last Comic Standing semifinalist, a contributor to E! and TRU-TV, and a Comedy Central performer

$179.95 $20

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Cooking Class for One, Two, or Four at Great News! Cookware and Cooking School (Up to 54% Off)

Great News! Cookware and Cooking School

Pacific Beach

Diverse array of cooking classes includes lessons in pasta-making, grilling, ethnic food, and gluten-free recipes

$59 $30

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$199 for a 20-Lap Adventure Program at Allen Berg Racing School ($399 Value)

Allen Berg Racing School

Multiple Locations

After a drivers' mtg, review class from Formula One driver Allen Berg, & track-orientation, drivers will whip around the track for 20 laps

$399 $199

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

Hornblower Cruises

Marina

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

$58 $35

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Fundamental Youth Basketball Camp at San Diego Sol (Up to 32% Off). Three Options Available.

San Diego Sol

San Diego

Coaches teach fundamentals, from proper defensive stance to protecting the ball while dribbling to a consistent shooting form

$175 $119

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$69 for a Harbor Speedboat Tour for Two from Speed Boat Adventures ($129 Value)

Speed Boat Adventures

San Diego

Passengers pilot mini speedboats and receive direction via two-way radio from an experienced guide; 13-mile harbor tour

$129 $69

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Five or Eight Classes at Studio Barre (Up to 57% Off)

Studio Barre

Multiple Locations

Studio Barre offers specialized 60-minute barre classes taught by certified barre instructors to build core strength and improve posture

$95 $45

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One, Two, or Three 30-Minute Batting Cage Rentals at JP Longball (Up to 50% Off)

JP Longball

Morena

Hitters can hone their at-plate skills inside a batting cage equipped with variable-speed arm-action pitching machines

$22 $12

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Three-Hour Segway Rental for One or Two at Segway Of Pacific Beach (Up to 44% Off)

Segway Of Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach

Zip around San Diego catching views of the coast and skyline on easy-to-navigate Segways

$105 $59

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$69 for a Two-Hour Jet-Ski Rental at SD Water Sport Boat Rentals ($120 Value)

SD Water Sport Boat Rentals

San Diego

Three-seat jet skis ideal for adventurers of all skill levels

$120 $69

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When Kate Danta opened P.B. Yoga & Healing Arts, she envisioned more than a simple yoga studio. Her holistic health center would offer both Pilates and yoga classes that explored different types of practice along with a range of wellness services such as massage and acupuncture. Kate is a holistic health practitioner, a massage therapist, and a yoga instructor with 30 years of experience, herself, so she was in a unique position to make her dream become reality. Rather than doing everything herself, Kate assembled a staff of certified massage therapists, naturopathic healers, and yoga instructors to add their knowledge of Svaroopa, Kripalu, and Kundalini yoga to the studio's repertoire.

Visitors to the holistic studio can choose to better their bodies and minds by choosing to attend classes or visiting one of the staff's variety of physical and spiritual healers. During yoga sessions, instructors lead students through guided relaxations, breathing techniques, and yoga poses to help clients build flexibility and relax deep spinal muscles. Pilates mat classes are taught by an experienced instructor who sold her thriving studio in order to move to San Diego and join the staff at PB Yoga and Healing Arts to challenge clients' muscles with small isometric movements, which work to improve posture and protect the back by building strength throughout the core. The studio also has a Pilates Specialist whose background includes the New York Ballet Co. She works one-on-one with the help of the Gyrotonic equipment and the Pilates Reformer. The studio's on-staff licensed acupuncturist specializes in sports medicine, and can relieve chronic pain by carefully placing needles in strategic points along the body. Clients can achieve spiritual balance with visits to a Sunday morning meditation class facilitated by an ordained Zen Buddhist monk, Tenshin; who also teaches the Tai Chi classes. The center also offers sessions with an on-staff practitioner who can deliver both psychic readings and spiritual counseling to help clients reach inner peace.

961 Turquoise St
San Diego,
CA
US

Navy SEAL veteran and MMA coach Brian Sargent had a vision of a cutting-edge mixed-martial-arts facility. He knew what equipment was needed, but it was not until 2007?when he teamed with Joe Mannino, a 30-year owner and operator of a health club?that the nitty-gritty details fell into place. With Mannino?s newly envisioned facility and Sargent?s training know-how, the two built Victory MMA and Fitness, bringing on a staff of top-notch trainers to teach a burgeoning clientele of professional MMA fighters.

The sounds of pumping hearts and fists swooshing through the air that Brian and Joe love to hear can be sensed between the glass walls and doors that divide the 22,000-square-foot facility into eight training areas, and there?s room left over for a retail shop and ringside caf?. A 20-foot mixed-martial-arts cage and 7,000 square feet of mats host aspiring pugilists as they train their wrists and fists among a forest of hanging punching bags, while students in Jiu Jitsu and MMA classes learn the practical art of self defense. The nearby cardio and weightlifting areas are the metaphorical psychologist?s couch upon which personal trainers condition their clients, and a cordoned-off yoga studio breaks the black-and-red patterning of the gym with bright white walls and a pale hardwood floor.

3666 Midway Dr
San Diego,
CA
US

The 18-hole Reidy Creek Golf Course covers 2,582 yards in the rugged hills of Escondido, supplying guests with a scenic backdrop for club-based revelry. The rolling terrain of the par 54 course—intertwined with manmade obstacles such as sculpted bunkers, sinuous lakes, and wind—challenges golfers as they attempt holes-in-one. The distinctive course, designed by the notable engineers at Cal Olson Golf Architecture not to contain any two identical holes, contains a golf shop, café, and golf clinics taught by PGA professionals. ______________ Operating out of five courses throughout the greater San Diego area, JC Golf's Intro2Golf program fosters pin-hunting prowess with a shrewd blend of hands-on instruction, individual practice, and on-course experience designed to introduce the basics of golf to beginners. During the pressure-free sessions, JC Golf equips pupils with all the necessary equipment, saving neophytes the hassle of rustling up their own sets of clubs or graphite shaft bananas. Three additional buckets of range balls grant golfers the spherical tools necessary to implant newly learned concepts into muscle memory. The package also allows clubbers to loop the links at their chosen course twice after 4 p.m. for an additional $10 per round, allowing them to test their mettle amid the brambly hazards and sand-trap curmudgeons found on every real course.

12602 Oaks North Drive
San Diego,
CA
US

While trekking across New Zealand, Matt Baker and PJ Lamont stumbled upon a burger shack in Queenstown and immediately became addicted to the eatery’s organic, grass-fed beef patties. According to a profile in Beach & Bay Press, the duo often dined there more than once a day and eventually convinced the chef to both part with his recipes and train them how to make them. Upon returning home, the pair recruited PJ’s brother Martin for their budding endeavor: a gourmet burger place that would rely entirely on organic, grass-fed beef from New Zealand. After finding the right spot for their gastropub, the three put their own sweat into renovating it; PJ carved the wooden menu himself without using a woodpecker even once.

That menu quickly garnered its fair share of media buzz and awards by combining beef patties, ground fresh daily, with unique ingredients such as pesto aioli, grilled pineapple, and beetroot. Organic, local vegetables make up the condiments and the house tomato chutney, New Zealand’s hardier version of ketchup. But Bare Back Grill does more than burgers, satisfying appetites with natural chicken and lamb, tempura tofu, and seared ahi tuna coupled with a wide selection of beers and wines. Guests can gulp down Kiwi Steinlagers or sip Australian and New Zealand wines while lounging at either Bare Back location.

4640 Mission Blvd.
San Diego,
CA
US

As he trains his eye on the target's innermost ring, the archer retrieves an arrow from his quiver. He exhales, crooking his fingers around the bowstring and pulling it back until the feathery fletches tickle his cheek. He will only have one shot to win the contest and finally earn his family's respect—but his elbow is off, and his aim will suffer. "Cut!" comes the call from the director, and the cameras stop rolling for a moment as an archery coach enters the scene. She tilts the actor's arm and adjusts his stance so that his form is truer to life, breathing accuracy into the portrayal. When "Action!" sounds, the archer is ready, and the tension achieves new heights.

Sending its nationally certified coaches to such television clients as CSI: Miami and The Discovery Channel is just one way that Archery House spreads an appreciation of the sport. Company leaders Lorinda Cohen and Tara “Robey” Folz—both of whom hold national titles—ally their combined 36 years of archery experience with marketing savvy to plan classes for all ages, promotional events, and athletic counseling. At multiple outdoor ranges, they outfit beginners with the equipment and know-how to pop a balloon at an impressive remove, and challenge advanced archers to do so with a balloon that’s farther away and filled with wasps.

2221 Morley Field Drive
San Diego,
CA
US

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.

1001 Kettner Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US