Want to add some adventure to your next La Jolla visit? The Jewel City has some unique and exciting options for you. You can get friendly with sharks, ride the wind above the coastline, or learn a new way to surf. Try these adventurous things to do in La Jolla, California, to get your adrenaline pumping.

Snorkel With the Sharks

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Head into the shallow water and snorkel with the leopard sharks, some of La Jolla’s most famous ocean residents. Leopard sharks are timid when around humans, so keep splashing to a minimum to see the sharks up close. The best time to see large groups of sharks is during the June through October mating season. Female sharks come close to shore in search of warm water and food.

First-time snorkelers will get plenty of help from certified instructors. You’ll learn how to use your snorkel gear and learn all about the stingray shuffle. On your way into the water, the shuffle will scare away marine life under your feet, keeping you and the stingrays safe. A visit to La Jolla Shores offers the best chance to see leopard sharks. The sharks love the shore’s shallow, warm water.

Ride the Wind with a Paraglider

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If you’re adventurous enough to get your feet off the ground, give paragliding a try at Torrey Pines Gliderport. You’re strapped safely to a parachute while the wind whisks you off on your adventure. The ride begins with an exhilarating takeoff from the Torrey Pines cliffs and continues by soaring over the beautiful La Jolla coastline.

Your first parasailing adventure will be a tandem flight controlled by a certified pilot. If you love parasailing, you can take training courses to become a certified pilot, too. Flights depend on wind conditions. It’s a good idea to call ahead and make sure it’s safe to fly before you head over to Torrey Pines Gliderport.

If you plan a few adventures in one day, pick a hotel close to the attractions you have on your to-do list. You’ll be able to take a quick rest in your room between activities. Search nearby hotels easily with a website like Hotel Planner to find La Jolla hotels.

Surf the Waves with a Kiteboard

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Take surfing to new heights, literally. As the name suggests, kite surfing, also called kiteboarding, combines a surfboard and a large kite. You’ll most likely need a few lessons before hitting the waves on your own. Check wind conditions before you head to the beach. Wind speed generally needs to be at 10 knots or more to get your kite in the air. When you’re ready, you can learn advanced moves and jump and twist with your board for a huge adrenaline rush.

Enjoy the natural beauty of La Jolla, and satisfy your sense of adventure with snorkeling, parasailing, and kite surfing. Get to know your local instructors and chat about even more adventurous things to do in La Jolla.