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    Go San Diego Card - 38 San Diego Attractions for 1

    Heber Dunes State Vehicle Recr Area - Heber CA
    343 acres area located south of El Centro. It is primarily used for off-road recreation, however, camping, picnicking, and baseball are also popular activities in the park.

    Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recr Area - East Borrego
    42,000 acres of desert terrain, from below sea level to 400 foot elevations. It is a motorcycle, four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle, and dune buggy use area. The wash-and-ridge terrain includes a butte with dunes and a sand bowl, a blow-sand dune, springs and a camp on a former homestead site. The park has pay showers, picnic tables, shade ramadas, fire rings and a dump station available.

    Southern California Outdoor Adventure
    Astronomy - Observatories * Clubs
    Aviation - Airports & Airshows
    Beach - Adventure Guide
    Biking - Trails * Clubs
    Birding - Best parks and nature refuges
    Boating - Rivers, Lakes and Marinas
    Scouting - Youth Outdoor Groups
    Camping - Campgrounds
    Fishing - Guides & Outfitters
    Ghost Towns - Trails * Clubs
    Golf - Courses & Tournaments
    Pacific Crest Trail - Trails * Clubs
    Guest Ranches - Trails * Clubs
    Equistrian - Horse Racing & Etc
    Kayaking
    Marathon - Road Races & Competitions
    Recreation - Outdoor Recreation & Sports
    Rock Climbing -
    Scenic Trails -
    Spelunking - Cave Explorers
    State Parks - Recreational Programs
    Summer Camps - Sports & Academics
    Tennis - Courts & Tournaments
    Watersports - Pools & Competition
    Wildlife - Nature Preserves

    Wild Adventures in Southern California
    Special guide to the most extreme adventures available at area beaches, islands, mountains, deserts and many points in between. See also the links to area state and national parks, forests and beaches.

    Salvation Army / Kroc Community Center - New June 2002!
    6845 University Ave, San Diego CA;
    This six-block, 12-acre, $87 million facility is the Salvation Army's biggest community center and one of the largest in the nation.

    • Three swimming pools
    • Indoor skateboard park
    • Rock climbing wall
    • Ice-skating rink - skateboard ramp built in Belgium
    • Basketball court and gymnasium
    • Sports field
    • Weight room
    • 650-seat performing arts center
    • Full library and computer center with 80 terminals
    • Entire set of band instruments and nine pianos

    Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
    Rising over 5,000 feet and covering more than 25,000 acres, this majestic 15 mile ridge lies in the heart of San Diego County's backcountry, stretching from Lake Henshaw to the Anza Borrego Desert with the historic town of Julian at its feet.

    Old Poway Park
    14114 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92074; 858-679-8587;
    Museum, train depot, retail village, bandstand, festivals and much more. Old Poway Village is a quaint retail/office center nestled in the heart of Poway. As you stroll our flower-lined walkways, you’ll experience a feeling of country living combined with a hint of city flair. Explore our unique assortment of one-of-a-kind specialty shops offering fine foods, home décor and gifts, health and beauty, women’s apparel and accessories, crafts and hobbies, patio and garden supplies, and holistic pet care.
    Poway Historical Society - Old Poway Park - Operates pioneer museum.
    Old Poway Village

    Tour Balboa Park
    Dozens of museums, libraries, gardens, and many other attractions Find out when to visit for free.

    Point Loma / Harbor / Mission Bay

    Mountain Regions

    San Dieguito River Park
    Partially completed Coast-to-Crest wilderness trail follows the path of the San Dieguito Rivier. The Park will someday extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian and may even connect with the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park just beyond. It will wind past Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Escondido, Lake Hodges and Lake Sutherland.

    So. California Mountain Ski Resorts
    There are six major ski resort areas operating in the San Bernardino Mountains, less than one hour away from the greater metropolitan area. Activities offer include traditional alpine skiing, snowboarding, family winter fun zones, ski schools and more. Ski season usually runs from December to April. And during the off-season, these mountain areas are also a great place to visit to enjoy suberb scenic vistas.

    Otay Valley Regional County Park
    The regional park will extend about 11 miles inland from the southeastern edge of the salt ponds at the mouth of the river, through the Otay River Valley, to the land surrounding both Lower and Upper Otay Lakes. Currently there are no active or passive recreational areas in the park, other than the County-owned and operated facility at Otay Lakes.

    Youth Camps..
    Camp La JollaLa JollaWeightloss Fitness Camp
    SportCenterMission BayWatersports Youth Camp
    Ocean Experience SurfCampOcean BeachSummer Surf Camp
    Ocean Potion Surf CampOceansideSummer Surf & Beach Fun
    Pacific Beach Surf SchoolPacific BeachSummer Surf Camp
    SeaCamp San DiegoSan DiegoSummer Camp Marine Biology
    Sol Surf CampDel MarSummer Surf Camp
    Superstar Basketball CampUC San DiegoEarly July
    University Sports CampUniversity of San DiegoSummer Sports Camp
    Vertical HoldSan DiegoGuided Outdoor Climbing Adventure
    Willis Bros SurfCampSan DiegoSummer Surf Camp
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    Extreme Adventure..
    Sky SailingWarner SpringsSleek sailplane experience
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    Shooting Range..
    Iron SightsOceanside AirportIndoor Shooting Range
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    San Diego County Beaches

      Tour Oceanside California
      Coastal city with major fishing pier and host to Camp Pendleton USMC base.

      Tour Carlsbad California
      Located just 15 miles north of San Diego, is a major flower growing center, beach resort and antique collection gift shop area. The city was named for the popular 19th-century Karlsbad Spa in Europe. The city is located right on the Pacific Ocean coastline and has several miles of beaches popular for both swimming and surfing.

      Tour Solana Beach California
      This city is a historical fixture on the famous Highway 101 running along the coast. Its wonderful weather has consistently drawn out sun lovers, surfers, joggers and beach walkers.

      Camp Pendleton USMC
      The largest amphibious training facility in the nation, Camp Pendleton covers 17 miles of Pacific coastline north of Oceanside. It is home to 35,000 active duty Marines and their dependents of the U.S. 1st Marine Division and related units. Includes two museums open to the public.


    North County Area Recreation


    East County Area Recreation

      Cleveland National Forest
      420,000 acres woodlands and mountains with many camping sites and hiking trails.

      Palomar Mountain
      One of the best outdoor locations in San Diego and home to formerly the largest astronimical observatory in the world.

      Tour Salton Sea
      The Salton Sea is California's largest lake. During winter months it is home to over four million birds (representing over 400 species). It is located at about 228 feet below sea level below sea level.

      Tour Imperial Valley Dunes
      Eastern rim of Imperial Valley - Wildlife viewing area and home to several unique species of plants and animals. Very popular area for offroad vehicle activity.

      Other East County Communities

      San Diego Youth Aquatic Center - Mission Bay
      Youth watersports and marine biology camp facility owned by City of San Diego located on the eastern shore of Fiesta Island. It is home to Camp Fiesta Island (a boy scout summer camp), SeaCamp oceanography youth club and San Diego's Kayak Team. It is adjacent to Enchanted Cove which is a popular for non-motor based watersports such as Kite Surfing, Small Sailboats, Boardsailing and Kayaking.

      Kit Carson Park - South Escondido CA
      The park sits in a valley that is approximately five miles west of where Kit Carson fought in the Battle of San Pasqual. A historical monument commemorating the battle is located on Mule Hill, one mile southeast of the park. One hundred acres of the park have been developed and 185 acres have been preserved as natural habitat. Park features include several hiking trails, 5-acre arboretum, ball fields, tennis courts and 3 ponds.
      Queen Califia's Magical Circle - a new park addition, the only American sculpture garden by the internationally acclaimed artist, Niki de Saint Phalle.
      Escondido Sports Center - complex with pro shop, 22,000 square-foot skate park, 2 full-size covered roller hockey arenas, 1 full-size soccer arena, and 1 "mini" soccer arena. with a Girl Scouts of America Program Center, located at the north end of the park.

      Lake San Marcos Resort and Country Club
      This resort offers the perfect facility for travelers and residents. Mature landscaping accents two golf courses, two restaurants, tennis courts and two pools. The lake showcases 250 acres of secluded stress-free environment. Ideal weather conditions give the opportunity for golf, tennis, or boating.

      Lake Hodges

      This is the big lake between Rancho Bernardo and Escondido on the San Dieguito River that the I-15 freeway cuts across (built in 1981). Located in a coastal canyon, Lake Hodges offers an environment that serves as a pleasant backdrop to a variety of recreational uses, including fishing, boating, sailing, bike and horseback riding, and picnicking.

      Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
      This preserve attracts people with its natural beauty and rich natural resources both today and in the past. Native American history within the Preserve dates back as far as 7,000 years ago. The beautiful canyon locale within a 3700-acre open space preserve offers hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

      The Springs at Borrego RV and Golf Resort
      A recreational vehicle resort and luxury nine-hole championship golf course located in the heart of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The RV Park is Big Rig friendly and offers warm weather and many amenities such as swimming pools, hot mineral baths, tennis courts and RV campground facilities.

      San Diego Choice Hotels International
      Comfort Inn & Suites / EconoLodge / Sleep Inn /
      Rodeway Inn / Clarion / Quality Inn / Mainstay Suites

      Complete listing of all 24 San Diego County Locations!
      Follow this link to see a listing of all major affiliated Hotel Resorts in the greater San Diego region complete with online room search, special discount rates and online reservation booking service.

      MainTour Orange County Vacation Adventure
      MainTour's special feature of exciting vacation getaways for area best known as the home to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and several other popular amusement parks. Orange County also has miles of popular beachfront.


      Concert and Sporting Events Online Ticket Purchase Center

      Mission Valley YMCA
      Dance, adult trips, adventure clubs, athletics & aerobics, aquatics, gymnastics, martial arts, preschool, childcare, skate park, summer camps, cycling, yoga.


      Parks & Recreation - El Cajon

      City Parks:

      Bostonia Center
      1049 Bostonia St. , El Cajon, CA; (619) 441-1670; Center Webpage;
      Center hours: Mon-Fri 2:00-9:30 PM

      Located in the Bostonia community adjacent to the Bostonia Elementary School. A two acre park adjoins the center complete with a playfield and playground. The center offers a gymnasium, game room, meeting and activity rooms.

      Fletcher Hills Center
      2345 Center Place, El Cajon, CA; (619) 441-1672; Center Webpage;
      Center hours: Mon-Fri 2:30-6:00 PM;

      Adjacent to Fletcher Hills Elementary School, this center is home to the Recreation Department's Aquatics Program. The shallow pool is perfect for the popular Learn to Swim Program offered each summer. The center also boasts the largest game room.

      Hillside Center 840 Buena Terrace, El Cajon, CA; (619) 441-1674; Center Webpage;
      Center hours: M-Th 3:00-6:00 PM, F 3:00-9:30 PM ;
      Hillside Center is located just off Fletcher Parkway on Buena Terrace. Kids come to enjoy the many drop-in activities or take assorted classes

      Kennedy Center
      1675 East Madison Ave., El Cajon, CA; (619) 441-1676; Center Webpage;
      10 acre site next door to Granite Hills High School, with skatepark. The center has a gymnasium, game room, meeting and activity rooms.

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    GPS Gear
    Popular for Runners, Boaters, Hikers, Bikers and Adventurers
    Recent technology updates have made readily affordable for outdoor adventures a nifty item - the GPS Watch. It uses 3D Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology to triangulate your position and elevation to within 20 ft accuracy. Prices and great quality GPS watches now run less than $100 from quality manufactures such as Garmin and Navman. This equipment is popular for athletes to track their race and training trip progress. Adventurers like these to track their position or do geo-cache exploration.

    Key GPS features to look for:

    • Trip Odometer - tracks your distance traveled between start and finish.
    • Trip Timer - Used with the Odometer it can calculate your average trip pace. Some have pause feature.
    • Electronic Compass - Never get loss again.
    • 3D Location - Display position by Latitude, Longitude and Elevation.
    • Battery Size & Life -
    • Watch Size and Weight -
    • Route Track - Customized Trip Map with waypoint markers.
    • Lap History -

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