Thursday, July 22, 2010

Gilroy Garlic Festival Celebrate The Stinking Rose

Gilroy Garlic Festival
The annual Gilroy Garlic Festival is being held this weekend July 23-25, 2010. The 32nd annual Garlic Festival will entertain over 100,000 visitors at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy July 23-25, host three popular cooking competitions, present 60 live concerts, return dynamic "Top Chef" Fabio Viviani to the Cook-Off Stage and serve a critically-acclaimed cuisine enhanced with over two tons of fresh California garlic.
The Cook-Off, the centerpiece of the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, will begin at 10 a.m. PDT July 24. The 32nd annual Garlic Festival, three days of live music, cooking exhibitions, arts & crafts exhibits, children's entertainment and an appearance by Top Chef sensation Fabio Viviani,  July 23-25 at Christmas Hill Park here.
The 2010 Gilroy Garlic Festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 23-25 at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy. Admission is $17 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 60 and up and $8 for children ages 6-12. Children under age 6 will be admitted free. Parking is also free.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Southern California Water Parks

Looking for a cool place to visit on a hot summer day, if you live in Southern California you have quite a few wet destinations to choose from.  Here is a list of water parks in Southern California many of them are offering discounts tickets and coupons to attract visitors.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor - Located in Valencia this water park has 23 rides and attractions. Hurricane Harbor is adjacent to Six Flags Magic mountain.
Wild Rivers Irvine - There are about forty rides and attractions at Wild Rivers. Located where the 5 meets the 405 Freeways in Irvine. South Orange County.
Knott's Soak City - Located next to Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. About 32 water rides with areas set aside for younger children. Knott's also has water parks in Plam Springs and San Deigo.
Legoland Water Park - This is Southern California's newest water. Legoland water park has the usual water rides the difference being they are all Lego themed. Legoland offers park hopper tickets that include admission to the water park.
Ranging Waters - This is the Disneyland of Southern California Water parks. Raging Waters is the biggest water park with the most rides and attractions. Raging Waters is located in San Dimas.

Monday, July 12, 2010

San Bruno Mountain State Park

San Bruno Mountain State Park offers Stunning 360 views from the top of the mountain on a clear day. The most popular tail the 3.5 mile Summit Loop trail. After you reach the top there is a wonderful view of the Pacific and downtown San Francisco. San Bruno Mountain Park hidden gem in the Bay Area. Its usually not crowded and the entrance fee is only $5.00. The park is only a 15 minute drive of downtown San Francisco and well worth the trip.

From Highway 101, take the Bayshore Boulavard/Brisbane exit. Continue on Bayshore Boulavard to Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. Turn west on Guadalupe Canyon Parkway toward the Mountain and go to the park entrance.
From Highway 280, take the Mission Street exit. Go north on Mission Street to Market Street. Turn right on Market street and proceed northeast. At Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, turn right and go eastbound to the park entrance.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Angels Flight Los Angeles
Angels Flight funicular has been closed since 2001 when an accident shut down the 298-foot of tracks up Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. Finally after years of sitting idle the historic " smallest railway in the world" reopened in March 2010. Rides only cost a quarter and the funicular is open every day, 365 days a year, from 6:45 a.m. until 10 p.m. The original Angels Flight was built in 1901 and was located at the west corner of Hill Street at Third. During redevelopment of Bunker Hill in 1969 the railway was dismantled and put into storage. Finally after nearly 30 years the funicular was rebuilt about a block away from its original location. Its resurrection was brief lasting only two years when an accident closed the landmark down again. With added safety features the worlds smallest railway is once again open to the public.

The Angels Flight™ Railway connects South Hill Street, near the Metro Red Line Pershing Square subway station at the corner of Fourth and Hill Streets, with the California Plaza Watercourt at the top of Bunker Hill..

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Disneyland Anaheim Discount Tickets

Like everything else the price of Disneyland tickets has sky rocketed. Single day admission is now $72.00 for adult and $62.00 for kids 3-9. Park hopper tickets ( Disneyland and California Adventure) are even more expensive, adult tickets are $97.00 and child tickets $87.00. Discount tickets for one day admission are extremely rare however you can get a slight break on multi-day passes. On a 2 Day Park Hopper® Ticket you can save $70.00 because you get an extra three days for free. Another option is the Southern California CityPass. These discount passes cost $269.00 for adults and $229.00 for kids but not only do you get a 3-Day Disneyland Park Hopper you also get admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego and the San Diego Zoo. If you planning a Southern California vacation CityPass is defiantly you best choice. Bottom line is one day discounts for Disneyland Anaheim are just about no existent however you can save money with multi-day passes.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Orange County Fair Discount Tickets and Deals

Orange County Fair
The Orange County Fair starts on July 16 and runs for 23 days until August 15. Tickets are on the expensive side with adult $10, Senior $7 and child 6-12 $5.00. Under six years kids are free. On top of the entrance fee there is a seven dollar parking charge. Then when you get inside there are ride coupons plus food and drink. A trip to the fair for a family of four can easily cost $100 dollars. So much for a cheap family outing. The fair does offer a few deals that can cut down on the cost of attending this year so if you plan ahead its almost affordable. Here is a list of discounts for the Orange County Fair:

Opening Day
FREE admission and parking from Noon – 1 PM. Valid only July 16, 2010.
Presented by Sparkletts
Salute to Heroes
FREE admission for active duty military with I.D., Valid all day July 16-August 15.
Kids Free Thursdays
Kids 12 and under receive FREE admission every Thursday. Valid all day.
Click here to download special single day Fun Zone contests information for children 3-18. (pdf)
Seniors Day Fridays
$5 admission for those 60 years or older, plus FREE Ferris wheel & merry-go-round rides. Valid all day Friday. Sponsored by Monarch Health Care.
Click here to download special Seniors Day contests information.
We Car Wendsdays
Food Drive
Wednesday, July 21 Noon – 6pm
One FREE admission and one carnival ride per person with donation of five canned food items. Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank and OC Food Bank. Sponsored by Ralphs.
Book Drive
Wednesday, July 28 Noon – 6pm
One FREE admission and one carnival ride per person with donation of one new children’s book or three gently used children’s books. Benefits Orange County public schools with the help of the LA Times Reading By 9 and BookEnds.
Clothing Drive
Wednesday, August 4 Noon – 6pm
One FREE admission and one carnival ride per person with donation of five gently used clothing items. Benefits Goodwill of Orange County.
School Supply Drive
Wednesday, August 11 Noon – 6pm
One FREE admission and one carnival ride per person with donation of one new school supply item valued at $3 or more. Benefits Orange County youth with the help of Share Our Selves.

Another way to save is t buy a season pass for about $30.00 and enjoy admission to the 2010 OC Fair for all 23 days. The OC Fair & Event Center is located at
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626.