Hang Gliders and Parasailers at Marina State Beach

Hang Gliders and Parasailers at Marina State Beach

Exhilarating Activities

Add some spice to your next vacation with one of these thrilling sports by track, rock, air and sea. These activities are sure to get your heart pumping and your adrenaline racing!

Skip Barber Racing School at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Ready to master a street sports car or hone those defensive driving skills? Buckle up for a true testosterone test at the Skip Barber Racing School at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The "One Day Combo" course puts the pedal to the metal with instruction on high performance defensive driving including slide and recovery techniques and race-style heel-and-toe downshifting. Strap into a high-octane Dodge Viper on the world-famous 2.24-mile, 11-turn track and approach the Corkscrew Turn at 100 m.p.h., practicing braking, downshifting and cornering in split second intervals. One-day "Introduction to Racing" courses also available.

Sky Dive Monterey Bay

Get some air with Sky Dive Monterey Bay's new training program, which transforms enthusiasts into certified skydivers in two to three days. This fast track method blows socks for anyone high on kissing the sky with seven freefall training jumps paired with intensive ground instruction. For those seeking a more leisurely adventure, take the plunge via the "world's highest tandem jump" at 18,000 feet. A quick 20-minute training and safety briefing, paired with an instructor and dual harness, delivers a birds'-eye view of the Monterey Peninsula and Marine National Sanctuary following a throat-choking one-minute freefall clocking in at 120 miles per hour.

Stand-Up Paddling

Those hot on Laird Hamilton's new sport can hit the waves running with classes in S.U.P. - or stand-up paddling. This trend combines surfing with canoe-style paddling in a stand up position, exercising the core and sense of balance. Learn the basics of balance, strokes and paddling techniques. Adventures by the Sea offers both rentals and lessons.

Scuba Diving

Visitors can also sleuth the seas via Monterey Bay Dive Center with a full day Discover SCUBA program. Instruction and dives in the Monterey Bay National Sanctuary (with an underwater canyon twice as deep as the Grand Canyon), Point Lobos State Nature Preserve or San Carlos Beach offer insight into the region's rich diversity of sea life. For the smaller set, Monterey Bay Aquarium's Underwater Explorers program treats kids 8 - 13 years to an aquatic adventure with a surface SCUBA dive in the Great Tide Pool on Monterey Bay.

Rock Climbing at Pinnacles National Park

Seeking a rendezvous between a rock and a hard place? Check out some of the courses at Pinnacles National Park, a top locale for rock climbing on 23 million-year old formations. Home to the California condor release program and a crazy collection of crimson conical spires, the Pinnacles' multitude of options is suited to both beginner and advanced climbers. Key areas are rigged with permanent anchors allowing for safe instruction and ascension.

Hang Gliding at Marina State Beach

Want to see Monterey from a different perspective? Take to the sky and give hang gliding a try. Marina State Beach is the ideal place for soaring over sand dunes and Monterey Bay since winds here tend to pick up in the afternoon. The hang gliding launch spot is directly south of the parking lot at the beach. If you're lucky you might even spot a migrating whale in the distance!

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