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Beyond the Perfect Weather: Our Favorite San Diego Experiences

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By , September 9, 2015 12:19 pm

San Diego is one of the best destination getaways in the U.S. because it’s easy to get to, the beaches are amazing, and the weather is pretty perfect year-around. There’s so much to see and do in this California city, even if you’ve been living there for years!

At FunSherpa, we’re passionate about introducing you to experiences that you might not have thought of before, and that (gasp!) might even take you outside your comfort zone. These are some our top picks for San Diego, whether you’re planning to visit this fall or really any time of the year!

Surfing Lessons

San Diego is synonymous with surf culture, and really no trip to the city is complete without hopping on a board. Designed for true beginners, our surf lessons are led by friendly and qualified instructors who’ll help you beat the frustration and learning curve. In fact, they promise that if you’re not standing on the board at the end of your lesson, your next lesson is free! Lessons are offered year-around and last an hour or more.

Photo credit: Nathan Rupert via Flickr

Photo credit: Nathan Rupert via Flickr

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

These days, you can’t really talk about surfing without mentioning stand-up paddle boarding too. Once you get the hang of SUP, it’s actually a really relaxing water sport that challenges your balance, strength, and overall fitness. You can learn to SUP in an hour-long lesson any time of the year in San Diego.

America’s Cup Sailing Experience

Another great way to get in tune with San Diego’s maritime culture is on an America’s Cup Sailing Experience, which sets sail on famous competitive racing vessels. Soak up the San Diego skyline from this 80-foot boat and relax on your nautical adventure. Tickets to the San Diego Maritime Museum are included in the rate, and the year-around tour lasts for about 2 1/2 hours.

Sea Rocket Speedboat Ride

To satisfy your need for speed while in San Diego, consider taking a Sea Rocket Speedboat Ride, which offers a unique way to see the sights of the city. You’ll pass by landmarks like the USS Midway Museum, Cabrillo National Monument, and Point Loma Lighthouse on this 40-minute ride. Rides are offered every day between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Catamaran Whale Watching Cruises

The water the surrounds San Diego is full of fascinating wildlife, and one of the best ways to see sea creatures is on a Catamaran Whale Watching Cruise. This is a two-hour experience on an eco-friendly boat that can hold up to 49 passengers and even has a full-service bar. These tours launch from nearby Dana Point and run between May and October.

Photo credit: Eric Neitzel via Flickr

Photo credit: Eric Neitzel via Flickr

Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego’s Questionable Past

But after all those water activities, you’ve probably worked up quite the hunger and thirst. One of the most interesting tours you can take in the city is called Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego’s Questionable Past, which introduces you to the historic and scandalous Gaslamp Quarter. you’ll get to sample foods and drinks from five amazing San Diego restaurants on this 2 1/2 hour tour, which typically runs on Fridays and Saturdays.

Get Spooked at America’s Scariest Haunted Houses

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By , October 16, 2013 1:47 pm

With Halloween just days away, one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is by visiting a haunted house. As you’ve probably noticed over the years, not all haunted houses are created equal. Some haunted houses are quaint low-budget attractions put on by local youth groups, while others employ professional actors who specialize in creating nightmares that haunt us for weeks to come.

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Let’s explore the latter of these these two entertainment experiences, as we learn a little more about America’s scariest haunted houses.

Netherworld – near Atlanta, Georgia

Since 1997, Netherworld has thrilled and terrified visitors inside a cutting-edge, multi-attraction venue. Netherworld’s movie-quality special effects and unique themes have earned the haunted house national attention from CNN and the Wall Street Journal. This year’s themes include “The Dead Ones”, featuring twisted skeletal aberrations, and “Boogeyman,” featuring the legendary creature from childhood story tales.

House of Torment – Austin, Texas

House of Torment is Austin’s multi-level 20,000 square foot haunted house, and it’s been named “one of America’s scariest attractions” by The Travel Channel. The haunted house is located at the Highland Mall and is well-known for its horrifying scenarios and towering animatronic monsters. This year’s themes revolve around the “Blackthorne District,” an abandoned insane asylum, and “Ancients Emerge,” a realm of nightmarish tombs. A third theme, “Slaughterhouse: The Harvest,” was added to expose visitors to the aftermath of contagious serum weapon testing.

Haunted Hotel – San Diego, California 

San Diego’s Haunted Hotel is part haunted house and part theatrical experience. Located downtown in the Gaslamp District, this is the longest running haunted attraction in San Diego and has been featured on The Travel Channel. Once you step into the hotel, you’ll be faced with a “Walking Dead” dungeon, a posse of killer clowns on a subway car, and become trapped in a horrifying cellar. The special effects in this haunted house are so real that you’ll be startled by the tiniest sounds for days.

Gates of Hell – Las Vegas, Nevada

The Gates of Hell prides itself on being the only R-rated haunted house in the state of Nevada. If you’d like to be the subject of a sadistic experiment in sensory overload, then this is the haunted house for you. Ranked #1 in the Western U.S., Gates of Hell wants to get your heart pounding, make you claustrophobic, and make you face the reality of your own violent death in the underworld.

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Haunted houses have been popular for decades, but as you can see, the business of horror is still thriving. Regardless of which part of the country you’re celebrating Halloween in this year, chances are, there’s a haunted house nearby. In case you’ve forgotten since last year, we’ll leave you with a few tips for going through a haunted house and safely making it through to the other side.

Haunted House Tips 

  • Don’t bother acting tough – the whole point is to be scared
  • Listen to the rules and follow them – there’s no fun in getting kicked out
  • Don’t try to scare the actors back – that’s their job
  • Don’t touch the props – set designers put a lot of hard work into these
  • Only go through once – the elements of surprise diminish when you know what’s coming
  • Don’t take photos or videos – this makes the experience less authentic for everyone

*Photo credit: felixorwari via DeviantART; Shane Gorski via Flickr 

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