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Jetpack America

1010 Santa Clara Place, Mission Beach

Jetpack America

Want to feel like Superman? After a training video and in-office instruction, strap on a jetpack and take to the air. During the 15- to 60-minute ride, the water-jetting pack can go as high as 30 feet in the air and move in any direction. First-time flyers are controlled by the instructor via a remote.

You have to be at least 16 years old, at least five feet tall, and under 330 pounds. There is a 15-minute Introductory Flight Experience, ($179), the 25-minute Jetlev Flight ($259), and the 40-minute Rock Star Flight ($399).

— Eve Kelly

James and Joseph — spearfishing

2040 Harbor Island Drive #100, Harbor Island, 619-295-3705

Advocates consider freedive spearfishing the most selective and sporting means of taking fish, so fishermen seeking to elevate their sport might try renting gear from this full-service shop for local spearos. Truly motivated hunters can book a charter for offshore paddy hopping or a tour of local kelp forests. Even non-fishers looking to explore underwater can get set up with wetsuits, weight, masks, snorkels, and fins; the basic equipment for freediving the local coast. Complete gear sets start at $60, and the boys at J&J can answer any questions about safety, licensing, and regulations.

— Ian Pike

Wave House

3125 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach

Wave House

The outdoor FlowBarrel machine pumps 100,000 gallons of water every minute to create an artificial wave. Would-be flowriders can ride the endless barrel on boogie boards and wake skates for an hourly fee, airing out above the peak of the wave — and sometimes going for a trip over the falls to onlookers’ amusement! An outdoor bar and private cabanas make the place spectator-friendly, and the view of the boardwalk along Mission Beach doesn’t hurt, either.

— Ian Pike

Fairfield Fruit Company

14224 Old Cole Grade Road, Pauma Valley

Fairfield Fruit Company

Stage a trip to the “wilds” of East County and pick your own organic blueberries. Pack the rest of your lunch, because the farm has a dedicated picnic area. At $5/pint, Fairfield’s fruit is priced competitively with produce from the grocery store. Still hungry for blueberries after the picnicking? T

en-pound boxes of prepackaged berries for $30 come ready to be baked into pies, cooked into jams, pickled, infused with booze, or just eaten by the handful.

— Ian Pike

Bud Kearns Pool

2229 Morley Field Drive, North Park

Bud Kearns Pool

Part of the Morley Field complex, this city-run pool offers classes, recreational swimming, and dedicated lap swimming; all in a convenient location with plenty of parking. It’s just $4 per day to use, and bulk swimming passes also grant access to all city-operated pools. ProTip: Adults who want to swim orderly laps for exercise tend to visit the pool in the mornings, before the kids (and anybody who wants to splash around for fun) take over in the afternoons.

— Ian Pike

K1 Speed

6212 Corte del Abeto, Carlsbad

K1 Speed

1709 Main Street, East Village

K1 Speed

Not just for corporate team-building, karting provides miniaturized Formula 1 thrills, and having a circuit downtown makes it easier than ever to strap on a helmet and channel your inner Fernando Alonso. With their favorable power-to-weight ratio, K1’s 20HP electric karts will hit 45 in the straights, and the challenge of sticking the tires through the twisties will make a liar (or a hero) out of everyone who ever said, “You know, I’m a really good driver.” Organized race days are great for groups, but K1’s “Arrive and Drive” plan makes it easy for singles and small parties. Prices run $20–$80 per person, depending on group size.

— Ian Pike

Too Much Fun Baja Adventures

Plow through the dusty backroads of Baja’s wine country in Valle de Guadalupe on a beefed-up golf cart while imbibing the regional oenology. Hike El Colonel Mountain in Rosarito beneath the moonlight, or hop on a mountain bike and explore the secluded ranchos and farming co-ops surrounding the tranquil seaside town. Drink local beer at the downtown street festivals of Tijuana, and then take a sunset equestrian stroll along the Rosarito shores. There is plenty to explore in northern Baja. Too Much Fun Promotions will take you there. Email info@toomuchfun.com.mx for prices.

— Chad Deal

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

2525 N Avenue, National City

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Centers

Back in the late 1800s, when the transcontinental railroad was forging new routes west, several hopeful entrepreneurs built Victorian mansions in National City in anticipation of a thriving cargo port that would never come to be. About a hundred years later, in the 1980s, John Walton (son of Walmart stalwart Sam Walton) renovated a 6.85-acre property containing one such historic mansion and donated it to the International Community Foundation, which focuses on cross-border philanthropy, especially in Baja California. These days, Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center serves as a museum and gardening/ecology/nutritional education center. Reserve a free tour at healy@olivewoodgardens.org.

— Chad Deal

MakerPlace

1022 W. Morena Boulevard, Suite H, Linda Vista

MakerPlace

If you can imagine it, you can manufacture it at the MakerPlace’s one-stop metal, wood, and electronic shop. 3-D printers, multi-needle embroidery and industrial sewing machines, high-powered laser cutters, computer-controlled vinyl cutters, routers, saws, and lathes are just a few of the tools available at this high-tech creative lab. MakerPlace also hosts regular workshops on topics such as MIG welding, bronzing, 3D modeling, screen printing, and enameling. Facility tours are available daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm (closed-toe shoes are required). Membership starts at $135 a month with a one-year contract. Military, student, and senior citizen discounts available.

— Chad Deal

Bike the Coronado/South Bay Loop

990 N. Harbor Drive, Downtown, 619-234-4111

Hop on the ferry at Broadway Pier ($4.25 — 9am on the hour every hour until 9pm) and take a 15-minute ride across the harbor to Coronado. Hang an immediate left after the pier and follow the Bayshore Bikeway through Coronado, down Silver Strand, through the South San Diego Bay Wetlands, past the salt farms, and back to downtown via Chula Vista bikeways and the industrial back roads of National City. Note that the Chula Vista bikeway is closed between J and H Street until this fall, but a detour follows the bike lanes on Bay Boulevard. Mostly flat terrain.

— Chad Deal

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Michael Mullenniex June 14, 2014 @ 5:55 p.m.

Nice story guys - It's nice to see other interesting things to do around the county for us "jaded" natives!

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