Thrills and Chills

Nearby spots that will get your blood pumping.

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If you’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to skydive but aren’t brave enough to jump from a plane, Perris Valley Indoor Skydiving offers an alternative. For $50, you’ll get suited up and fly in the simulator. On Fridays, get 5 flights for $75. Get more information.
When you think zip line, you probably think cruise excursion. In San Diego, you can take a zipline over wild animals. The Flightline at the San Diego Safari Park (formerly known as the Wild Animal Park) will take you over about 2/3 a mile 160 feet above the ground. Cost is $70 per person. Add the helmet cam for $29 so you can post the video later. Get more information.
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Take the leap from the Bridge to Nowhere. Located off the 210 east of Pasadena. Jump from 10 stories high above a raging river with the only company in California licensed to jump from a bridge. Jumpers hike in 5 miles, jump then return by foot to their cars in the late afternoon. An entire day that you’ll never forget. Cost $79 per person for one jump. Get more information.
The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster at Belmont Park in Mission Beach runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday in January and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. For $6, you get to enjoy a thrilling ride on an old wooden coaster and on a clear day, get a great view of the ocean from up top.
Cedar Creek Falls is one of San Diego County's hidden treasures, tucked back in a tributary of the upper San Diego River. Hiking distance is 4.5 miles out and back. Plan for the hike to take close to 3 hours.
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After spending close to an hour in the car, you can be at the launch site for a balloon ride over Temecula. Flights meet at sunrise and sweep over the beautiful vistas of the wine country. Skysurfer Balloon Company is family-run and has been in the business for more than 30 years. Get more information.
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Paraglide with a tandem flight at the Torrey Pines Glider Port. Because everything is dependent on the wind, there are no reservations but chances are you’ll wait no longer than an hour to get up in the sky. Cost $150. If the thrill or the price is too much for you, you can always watch others jump off the cliff and catch a bite at the Cliffhanger Café. Get more information.
Get your thrills when crossing the suspension bridge at Spruce Street near First Avenue. The old bridge is located in a secluded area of Hillcrest and can give you some great views of the canyons and some of San Diego’s skyline.
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