Located in an industrial park in El Cajon, Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 and have been building some of the world’s finest acoustic and semi-hollow electric guitars ever since. Follow the process of guitar construction, from raw wood selection to final assembly at their guided factory tour, held every Monday through Friday at 1pm (holidays excepted). Groups of under ten can just show up at the reception desk at least 10 minutes before the tour starts, but ten or more will need to make a reservation in advance. After the tour, visit the TaylorWare store, where you’ll find everything from apparel to gift items to replacement guitar parts.
La Jolla Shores
During the warmer months, scores of leopard sharks swarm to the shallow waters of La Jolla Shores Beach, drawing snorkelers from all over the world to swim with them. Typically hanging out in under 10 feet of water near The Marine Room Restaurant and off the La Jolla Tennis Club, groups of sharks can range in number from a few to hundreds. Although leopard sharks can reach 5 feet in length, there’s no need to be intimidated as they don’t attack humans. If you don’t have snorkeling equipment of your own, there are several shops within easy walking distance where you can rent them.
Perfect your double axel on the ice
University Town Center
Lace up your skates and hit the ice at UTC Ice Sports Center, next to the Dining Terrace in the beautifully remodeled Westfield University Town Center Shopping Centre. Public skating sessions are held daily and are the longest in San Diego, ranging from three to six hours, with in-and-out privileges. Skate for a while, grab a bite to eat at one of dozens of restaurants and bistros, and come back for more. Rental skates and helmets are available, and newbies are encouraged to take a free 30 minute intro class, taught by a member of the coaching staff every Saturday morning.
Practice for your free solo climbing debut
Show off your climbing skills on 7000 square feet of wall space at Grotto Climbing and Yoga. Featuring state-of-the-art indoor bouldering terrain, including more than 13,000 handmade holds, a campus board, a peg board, an illuminated moon board, fingerboards, and a 60-degree training board, climbers of all skill levels are ensured an exhilarating experience. In addition, there’s a yoga studio teaching all-level Vinyasa, Acroyoga, Yin, Restorative and Budokon-inspired flow classes and a fitness area with a Rogue fitness rack, weights and rings. The Intro to Bouldering class is a great choice for first timers and includes shoe rental, 30 minutes of instruction, and a day pass, so afterwards you can hit the weights or stretch out any sore muscles in a yoga class.