Since losing their wings, humans have been without their primary means for flying and quickly cooling off hot burritos. Today's Groupon flouts flightlessness: for $12, you get a one-day unlimited-ride pass at the historic Belmont Park on Mission Boulevard in Mission Beach (up to a $26.95 value). This Groupon is not recommended for thrill-seekers under 42 inches.
Children and inner-children are unleashed for limitless rides on all 11 popular attractions, including Speedway Bumper Cars and the Vertical Plunge. Belmont Park opened in the 1920s, when rollercoasters were called whimsy buggies and cotton candy was known as sweet fluffs. Rides such as the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and the Liberty Carousel are still imbued with the nostalgic buzz of the Jazz Age. The Tilt-A-Whirl spins passengers into the era when flagpole sitting was all the rage, and the Thunder Boats offer a gentle maritime breeze to cool heated summer skin. The new Control Freak lets riders administer forward and backward flips.
Temper four consecutive rollercoaster rides with a tussle on the swinging Beach Blaster, or simply sit back and let the sights and sounds take you on a ride made of sunshine. A wealth of boardwalk eateries replenish patrons between hearty helpings of all-you-can-rides. Pass purchasers should call in advance if they're seeking fun in a group of more than 25 people.
For 90 years, shrieks of delight have sounded from the pinnacle of Belmont Park's Giant Dipper Roller Coaster as it inches toward its 73-foot drop. Closer to the ground, the Tilt-A-Whirl spins at a furious clip and the carousel makes its leisurely rounds. Like the waves breaking on the shores of Mission Beach—located just steps from the park—sheet waves generated by FlowRider and FlowBarrel technology carry boarders across a wave pool's padded surface.
An adjacent arcade returns players to civilization with new and old classics such as Guitar Hero and skeeball. In between rides and games, guests take breaks to snack at Belmont Park's myriad boardwalk eateries or browse the goods of nearby shops.
3190 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, California 92109