Sightseeing in San Marcos

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

Hennessy's Tavern

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Museum of Making Music – Up to 50% Off for 2 or 4

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

44% Off Restaurant Tours

Carlsbad Food Tours

Carlsbad

$150 $84

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

Free Flight – Up to 51% Off Visit or Membership

Free Flight

Del Mar

$10 $5

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Among palm trees and koi lagoons, visitors interact with birds such as blue macaws and neon-green parrots and learn more about them

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Panorama Balloon Tours

North City

$299 $135

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Sprawling estates appear beneath balloons as the sun slowly settles into the Pacific

Oceanside Museum of Art – 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

Up to 56% Off California Wolf Center Membership or Tour

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

Up to 47% Off Gold Mining at Julian Mining Company

Julian Mining Company

Palomar-Julian

$18 $11

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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

66% Off Wine Tour from Uncorked Tours

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.

60% Off Four-Hour Group Wine Tour

VIP Temecula

Temecula

$199 $79

Up to 62% Off Horse-Drawn Trolley Winery Shuttle

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

Up to 55% Off Tastings at Bel Vino Winery

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

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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

51% Off Winery Tour and Tasting in Temecula

Leoness Cellars

Temecula

$75 $37

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

Up to 47% Off Chauffeured Wine Tour

DeVine Tours

Temecula

$140 $79

All options include a chauffeur and tastings

50% Off Balloon Ride

Sunrise Balloons

Temecula

$471 $235

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Sightseers float over wine country before enjoying decadent chocolates and a glass of crisp champagne

Up to 75% Off Winery Tour and Tastings

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

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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

Up to 53% Off a Wine Tasting

Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery

Temecula

$40 $19

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

Hornblower Blue Whale Watching Cruises – 40% Off Whale Watching

Hornblower Blue Whale Watching Cruises

Marina

$150 $90

Yacht sails past dolphins, sea lions, and sea birds in search of blue whales breaching in the open ocean

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Ship 'N a Bottle

San Diego

$155 $69

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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

50% Off San Diego City Tour

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

Up to 56% Off Whale-Watching and Nature Cruises

Pacific Nature Tours

Mission Bay Park

$140 $69

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A 70-foot boat ferries passengers on eight-hour tours for whale and dolphin sightings; tours include breakfast, lunch, and drinks

Half Off a Yacht Tour from Shared Dreams

Shared Dreams

San Diego

$300 $150

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

67% Off Segway Tour

We Love Tourists

Multiple Locations

$149 $49

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After an orientation, guides lead segway riders past La Jolla landmarks and surf beaches, or through scenic Balboa Park

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San Diego Whale Watch

San Diego

$88 $39

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3-hour tours include narration by a certified marine biologist, snack bar, and indoor and outdoor seating for 149

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Ghostly Tours in History

Ghostly Tours

$40 $19

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Paranormal walking tour visits various sites of haunted history, from eerie backstreets to the hangouts of gamblers and gunmen

Half Off Interactive Walking Tours

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

Up to 14% Off Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Soaring Adventures of America, Inc.

On Location

$229.95 $199

Leisurely float through the skies in the basket of a colorful hot air balloon

Up to 53% Off at San Diego Automotive Museum

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

Up to 52% Off Urban Scavenger Hunt

City Cruiser

Gaslamp

$60 $29

Pedal about town while visiting San Diego's best bars

Up to 50% Off at Veterans Museum & Memorial

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

Up to 56% Off Camping or RV Parking at The Oaks at Sacred Rocks

The Oaks at Sacred Rocks

Boulevard

$20 $10

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

Up to 50% Off at Living Coast Discovery Center

Living Coast Discovery Center

Bayfront

$28 $14

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Observe and interact with native California creatures, such as sea turtles, sharks, and hawks, or explore 1.5 miles of nature trails

Mission San Juan Capistrano – 50% Off Visit

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

Up to 54% Off a Whale-Watching Cruise

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 and gray whales

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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

Up to 51% Off Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

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

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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

Up to 53% Off Art-A-Fair Festival Tickets in Laguna Beach

Art-A-Fair

Laguna Beach

$15 $7.50

Weave amongst works from 125 juried artists & soak up creativity behind a variety of work such as paintings, sculptures, & photography

Laguna Art Museum – Up to Half Off Visits

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

59% Off Laguna Beach Scavenger Hunt

ClueHoo

Laguna Beach

$49 $20

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

46% Off Food Tour from Flavors of Laguna

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

Davey's Locker Whale Watching—Up to 63% Off Whale Watching

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

Up to 47% Off Boat Trip to Catalina Island

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

Up to 61% Whale Watching Cruise

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

49% Off Boat Rental from Newport Fun Tours

Newport Fun Tours

Newport Beach

$135 $69

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Up to eight passengers float across 880-acre Newport Harbor in a covered boat, taking in views of sandy beaches and waterfront mansions

Up to 34% Off Culinary Walking Tour

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

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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

Up to 49% Off Gondola Cruise for Up to Four People

Gondola Company of Newport

Newport Beach

$115 $59

A Venetian rowing gondola meanders through the bay and lazy canals as candlelight illuminates the gentle ripples on the water

$10 for an Auto-Museum Visit for Four

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

Discovery Science Center – 47% Off

Discovery Science Center

Santa Ana

$16.95 $9

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A suite of 120 interactive exhibits including WEEBLES Coast to Coast & Dino Quest Adventure inspire youngsters in a hands-on environment

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art—Up to 52% Off Admission

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

Up to 51% Off at Lyon Air Museum

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

50% Off a Helicopter Tour for Two

OC Helicopters

Atlantic Executive Terminal

$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

Up to 50% Off Helicopter Lessons and Tours

Revolution Aviation

Private Executive Terminal - Signature Flight Support

$349 $199

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

Up to 67% Off from Borrego Jeep Photo Tours

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

Up to 46% Off Culinary Walking Tour

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

Up to 44% Off Adventure Hummer Tours

Adventure Hummer Tours

Palm Desert

$338 $199

Climb aboard open-air military style hummers and depart for the oasis of the San Andreas Fault or off-road into Joshua Tree National Park

Half Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Spirit Expeditions

The Colony

$50 $25

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

Up to Half Off to Planes of Fame Air Museum

Planes of Fame

Chino

$22 $11

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More than 150 aircraft and displays—including an N9MB Flying Wing—fill the aviation museum

Up to 41% Off at Yanks Air Museum

Yanks Air Museum

Chino

$32 $19

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More than 200, mostly American-made aircraft take museum visitors on trips through different eras of flight

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Artist Rae Holton sees energy. The owner of Fire & Mud Studios and lifelong arts and nature enthusiast harnesses her inimitable sight of what she calls "the vein-like serpentine flow of atoms" to create offbeat works of art in a variety of mediums. Raised among artists and craftspeople, Holton has dabbled in jewelry making, photography, cooking, and ceramics, and cultivated a love for teaching after stints as a children's ski instructor and after-school program educator. Helming her pottery-focused studio, Holton helps others unleash their inner artists through classes and workshops as students learn the history of ceramics or how to remove the head off a classical sculpture with a hedge trimmer.

740 Metcalf St
Escondido,
CA
US

Lux Art Institute is redefining the museum experience to make art more accessible and personally meaningful. At Lux, you don’t just see finished works of art; you see the artistic process firsthand, engaging with internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment.

1550 S El Camino Real
Encinitas,
CA
US

Renovated in 2011, the Museum of Making Music showcases a permanent display of hundreds of unusual and vintage instruments charting the progression of song-crafting from 1900 to modern times. Five museum galleries present popular music, innovations in instruments and their manufacture, and marketing and distribution techniques in five eras throughout the 20th century. Racks of gleaming instruments line the cases, as well as more eclectic pieces such as double-neck guitars, the crossbreed GuitarViol, and an ancient, forgotten instrument whose name is always whispered: the "clarinet." The museum is dotted with interactive exhibits, giving visitors the chance to craft their own tunes on the exhibit's drum kits or keytar.

5790 Armada Dr
Carlsbad,
CA
US

With 300 independently owned locations in the United States and around the world, FastFrame brings the advantages of a large international company to each intimate franchise location. Storeowners take advantage of thorough trainings to stay up-to-date on the latest custom-framing technology, but have the freedom to personalize their customers’ experiences. At the Carlsbad show room, trained design consultants advise customers on the mats, frames, and glass or acrylic glazing that best meet their needs, whether they are looking for a basic poster frame, an elaborate 3-D shadow box, high-tech preservation framing, or a lone, empty frame to express their existential ennui. FastFrame offers a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship and a 30-day guarantee on design, and will recraft or redesign any piece for any reason within 30 days of a sale.

6965 El Camino Real
Carlsbad,
CA
US

The California Surf Museum is a Non-Profit 501(C)(3) organization located in downtown Oceanside, CA. CSM's goal is to preserve our surfing heritage for the enjoyment of future generations. Open daily 10-4, Thursdays 10-8. www.surfmuseum.org

312 Pier View Way
Oceanside,
CA
US

Zazzle.com is an intensely popular provider of personalized presents, stamping T-shirts, coffee mugs, postage, greeting cards, and more with a singular seal of your own idiosyncratic identity. Quickly customize a basic men’s T-shirt ($12.95–$19.95) to commemorate your stellar parking-lot rugby season, or go for a cutely stylized greeting card ($2.95 and up, discounts available for mass quantities). Other popular items include self-designed mugs ($13.95–$22.10) and absurdly cute pet clothes ($18.95 and up). Since each item is created on the spot by Zazzle’s nondenominational gift-making elves, more complicated orders and items may take longer to produce and ship.

704 Pier View Way
Oceanside,
CA
US