This aviation haven is located atop the scenic bluffs 350ft above Black’s Beach in La Jolla. Newbies can start off slowly on a tandem flight with an instructor, while more experienced fliers can take advantage of advanced paragliding and hang gliding instruction. If you’d prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the earth, stop by the Cliffhanger Cafe for a bite to eat while you watch paragliders, hang gliders, and the occasional whale or pod of dolphins off the coast. From May till September, you can also enjoy live music by local bands on Saturday and Sunday.
Built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, Balboa Park's California Tower at the San Diego Museum of Man was closed to the public in 1935, but after extensive construction and safety renovations, it reopened for tours in January of 2015. Ascend 125 steps to see fantastic, 360-degree views up to 23 miles away to the horizon, including the mountains, Downtown, the San Diego Zoo, Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay, the rest of Balboa Park, and a whole lot more. Pro tip: You'll want to make a reservation before dropping by.
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