A Summer Full of Adventure in San Diego

By: Grande Colonial / 01 Jul 2022
Photo of the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster

San Diego is best known for its beaches and its most common action sports - surf, skate, and cycle. But beyond the obvious are a whole host of fun, adventurous recreational activities for the entire family. From tame to insane and ordinary to extraordinary, summer brings a multitude of options for the thrill-seeker. Here are some of our favorite recommendations for those visiting La Jolla and the surrounding areas this summer:

 

HANG GLIDING:

Get a bird's-eye view of La Jolla, Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific coast on a tandem hang gliding or paragliding flight at Torrey Pines Gliderport. flytorrey.com

 

 

KAYAKING:

Explore sea caves and kelp beds on a guided tour of a La Jolla ecological reserve with La Jolla Kayak. You might even see the leopard sharks and sea lions. lajollakayak.com

 

 

GO-KART RACING:

Spend the afternoon racing against the clock (and your friends and family) at an indoor go-cart track. K1Speed supplies the racing gear, offers party packages and accepts walk-ins. Kids can drive and race together if they meet the height requirements. k1speed.com

 

 

JET PACKING:

Strap on a water-propelled jet pack at Jetpack America and live out your superhero fantasies as you hover up to 30 feet above Mission Bay, or dive like a submarine under the surface. jetpackamerica.com

 

 

WHALE WATCHING:

Summertime is blue whale season in San Diego. Boot an epic excursion and an experienced captain will take you out to view wildlife on the same kind of inflatable boat used by our Navy SEALs. Swim with blue whales or be surrounded by pods of dolphins. xploreoffshore.com

 

 

LA JOLLA PLUNGE BIKE TOUR:

There is no better way to take in the spectacular beauty and extraordinary charm of La Jolla than from the seat of a bicycle! Your guided tour will begin atop Mt. Soledad, wander along Windansea Beach, Bird Rock, La Jolla Cove, and through the La Jolla Village, before heading back to your starting point at La Jolla Shores. hikebikekayak.com

 

Or, for a bona fide, true San Diego bucket list adventure, a must-try is the historic GIANT DIPPER ROLLER COASTER. Also known as the Mission Beach Roller Coaster, the Giant Dipper is a historical wooden roller coaster located in Belmont Park, a small amusement park in the Mission Beach area of San Diego. Built in 1925, it is one of only two remaining wooden roller coasters on the West Coast designed by noted roller coaster designers Frank Prior and Frederick Church. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Speeds up to 48 MPH with sharp dips and turns, plus an ocean-front view, is a must for your San Diego travel itinerary. belmontpark.com

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