Things To Do In San Juan Capistrano

Annual Pass, Christmas Tree and Petting-Zoo Visit for 10, or Holiday Gift Package at Zoomars (Up to 68% Off)

Zoomars

San Juan Capistrano

Families revel in the twinkling, Christmasy wonderland full of kid-friendly activities, seasonal merriment, and friendly animals

$250 $113

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Cooking Class for Two or Four at Farm School on Los Rios Street (Up to 55% Off)

Farm School on Los Rios Street

Historic San Juan Capistrano

Seasonal menus rotate but have included dishes such as new england clam chowder, chicken pot pie, and white chicken chili

$98 $49

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10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga Bungalow (Up to 76% Off)

Yoga Bungalow

San Juan Capistrano

Seven-day schedule of yoga classes caters to practitioners of all ages and skill levels

$120 $29

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Five or Eight Pilates Classes at Club Pilates (Up to 61% Off)

Club Pilates

San Juan Capistrano

Pilates Reformer classes help increase strength and flexibility

$90 $38

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Eight Classes for Kids or Teens, or One or Two Months of Mat Classes at Align Pilates Center (Up to 59% Off)

Align Pilates Center

San Juan Capistrano

Mat classes use body weight and props to build cores, and kid and teen classes help youngsters build strength

$80 $39

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$55 for $110 Worth of Martial Arts — Black Belt Tae Kwon DO Academy

Black Belt Tae Kwon Do Academy

San Juan Capistrano

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$110 $55

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One Month of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes for One or Two at USSD Martial Arts- SJC (Up to 89% Off)

USSD Martial Arts- SJC

San Juan Capistrano

Martial-arts students hone their self-defense skills, learning kicking techniques, hand strikes, and stances

$195 $31

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One Month of Unlimited Barre Classes, or 10 or 20 Hot-Yoga Classes at Training Camp (Up to 80% Off)

Training Camp

San Juan Capistrano

Yoga classes boost flexibility and strength in a heated room; barre classes improve muscle tone in hips, thighs, and abs

$140 $29

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5, 10, or 15 Krav Maga Classes at California Krav Maga (Up to 77% Off)

California Krav Maga

San Juan Capistrano

Krav maga classes teach real-world self-defense techniques for warding off chokeholds and weapons while controlling stress

$60 $21

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5 or 10 Yoga or Zumba Classes at SolFire Yoga (Up to 72% Off)

SolFire Yoga

San Juan Capistrano

Expert instructors lead students of all fitness levels through Zumba or heated yoga classes in 60-, 75-, or 90-minute sessions

$75 $23

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One or Three 45-Minute Riding Lessons at Gladstone Performance Horses (Up to 59% Off)

Gladstone Performance Horses

San Juan Capistrano

Students can learn horsemanship, jumping skills, and Western-style riding in 45-minute lessons

$65 $32

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One, Three, or Five 30-Minute Horseback Riding Lessons at Equiis Elite Performance Horses (Up to 55% Off)

Equiis Elite Performance Horses

San Juan Capistrano

Learn new skills and bond with friendly animals during half-hour horseback riding lessons

$40 $19

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Funniest Housewives of Orange County for One or Four at The Coach House on Saturday, November 1 (Up to 60% Off)

Funniest Housewives of Orange County

The Coach House

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Lauded troupe of standup comedians concocts characters that skewer stereotypes and reality-show tropes

$25 $12.50

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60-Minute Hands-On Falconry Experience for One or Two from Adam's Falconry Service (Up to 51% Off)

Adam's Falconry Service

San Juan Capistrano

Witness a demonstration of the hunting skills of falcons and hawks before interacting with the birds of prey yourself

$100 $50

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A rustic Spanish-style farm in the heart of San Juan Capistrano that's been standing since 1890 promises more creatures than just the area's famous swallows. The picturesque estate is part of Zoomars?an all-ages petting zoo that's USDA-approved for cleanliness and the place where more than 200 animals call home. The residents range from the familiar to the exotic: goats, sheep, and kunekune pigs mingle alongside exotic emus, zebus, and zebras that greet visitors for pets and feeding. One of the zoo's most popular areas is the guinea-pig patch, where some of the farm's fuzziest and friendliest creatures reside. Zoomars also features family-friendly attractions ranging from a miniature train and pony rides to the newly installed playground with four slides to the rustic Miner's Gulch, where panning the water reveals rare treasures such as gemstones.

Meet the Owner

Owner Carolyn Franks started down the path to animal care in college when she created her own line of dog toys. She soon moved from New Jersey to California where her passion snowballed: developing a full line of pet products, hosting an animal show for kids, running a chain of exotic bird stores, and even traveling to Brazil to learn about animal conservation. In 2005, she used her knowledge to take over the Jones Farm petting zoo, expanding its pens and transforming its brand into Zoomars.

Franks is joined by a well-trained staff of zookeepers and wranglers who share her vision in entertaining kids?and teaching them how to interact with the animals?as they are in caring for and shepherding mammals and birds.

31791 Los Rios St.
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US

Culinary school wasn’t enough of a learning experience for Hany Fadda. During the summers between his classical training at the California Culinary Academy, Hany traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East. These experiences heavily influence the cuisine that he creates as the head chef of Tannins Restaurant and Wine Bar, although he also celebrates Orange County by featuring an extensive wine list that includes more than 40 different local wines by the glass.

These wines complement the contemporary bistro-style cuisine. Italian cuisine appears most prominently on the menus, and the chefs strive for authenticity by importing prosciutto and hand-making their own meatballs in-house. In addition to the assorted pasta dishes, the menus also feature a number of pizzas with toppings that include everything from sausage and roasted red peppers to roma tomatoes and sweet basil. Desserts such as traditional Sicilian cannoli or tiramisu provide a fitting coda to the casually refined meals.

The eatery’s dining room embraces a more classical elegance, with silver candelabras on several of the linen-draped tables. High ceilings and archways between rooms contribute to this vaguely regal setting, as do the thrones that surround each table.

27211 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US

Monkey bars glint in the sun, surrounded by a grassy expanse and a line of giddy guests waiting their turn in line. But these jungle-gym enthusiasts aren?t children?they?re the muscular boot campers in Training Camp?s expansive backyard. In the verdant field, certified trainers lead small, motivated groups through a Cross Training workout of the day, challenging them with sprints around the 1/8?mile track, ropes that hang from lofty trees, or lifting weights in the outdoor weight room. They switch up the routines daily to keep muscles interested, and they scale exercises to suit the fitness levels of all guests.

Training Camp?s instructors also move inside the 4,000-square-foot facility to lead hot-yoga classes. They modify moves within an exposed-brick and soft-floor studio, helping students deepen their stretch as hot air loosens muscles. When not in classes, students can unwind in the smoothie bar and lounge, sinking into the cozy leather couches and awaiting a turn in the private massage room. As an added convenience, the gym offers complimentary childcare Monday?Friday for infants, toddlers and children of all ages.

34000 Via De Agua
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US

When Father Lasuen founded Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1775, he created the 7th of modern California's 21 missions, which were intended to serve as epicenters of Christianity and Spanish culture in the New World. The mission system fell into disarray and disrepair during the war for Mexican independence and the Mexican-American War, but San Juan Capistrano remains, standing as a relic of that era and a testament to California's historical mélange of European and Native American cultures.

The mission invites visitors to learn more about the region’s history by exploring 10 acres of preserved adobe architecture, fountains, and gardens. Audio tours give groups a unique insight into the site's stories, and rotating exhibits feature artwork as well as historical and religious artifacts from San Juan Capistrano. Hands-on activities allow guests to recreate the experience of centuries-old mission life by making adobe bricks, panning for gold, or connecting computers to dial-up modems.

26801 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US

Cherylin Von Aldenbruck has no treadmills or weights at her outdoor "gym." The equipment is leather instead of lead, and your workout partner isn't a beefy personal trainer—it's a horse. After realizing that sitting atop a horse requires muscles to continually stabilize and balance the body, Cherylin founded Equestricise as an alternative fitness venue for anyone who's curious about horseback-riding. Each of her lessons now serve as a strengthening workout for the core and limbs.

Cherylin and her team of certified instructors aren't only concerned with toning physiques, though. They also teach groups how to care for the horses, tack, and stables. Classes cover disciplines from basic equitation to hunt seat skills, and accommodate riders of all experience levels, from beginners to those who can steer a horse blindfolded, even when the horse is also blindfolded.

26282 Oso Road
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US

Since the first vines began to climb across Hamilton Oaks Winery in 1989, Ron and Connie Tamez worked with a dedication to craft a selection of fine wines. Having sworn off pesticides and herbicides, the two collaborated with ladybugs and red-tailed hawks that thrive by devouring crop-threatening pests.

Visitors to the Hamilton Oaks Winery are welcome to sample varietals such as chardonnay, zinfandel, and cabernet sauvignon during tastings at the historic farmhouse, which has been on the land since the 1920s. Those fields also contain an orchard and mission and malbec grapevines. The space holds up to 400 people, and it's sometimes available for weddings and other events.

29943 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US