Fed up with the freeway crawl? Feeling ho-hum about your normal workaday life? Lucky for you, there are plenty of ways to bust out of your rut and put the pedal to the metal…legally. Here are some choice places to satisfy your need for speed.
Go Kart Racing
17221 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92614
1000 N. Edward Ct.
Anaheim, CA 92806
5350 East Ontario Mills Pkwy
Ontario, CA 91764
19038 S Vermont Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
Do your children have dreams of becoming the next Danica Patrick? K1 Speed can help your child achieve those goals. Children can race in a safe environment at K1 Speed. The children go-karts come with seat belts, roll bars and an automatic shut-off. When your children are done racing, K1 Speed will provide you with a computer print-out of all their racing stats. (You can also view these stats online).
K1 Speed indoor go-karts have five Southern California locations in Anaheim, Torrance, Ontario, Carlsbad and Santa Clarita. If you love speed, you can visit K1 Speed seven days a week, when specific locations are not reserved for special events. All the go-carts are high performance, low emission European go-carts.
Monday – Thursday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
$20 for the “Arrive and Drive” package (14 laps for adults or 12 laps for children)
Sky Dive Coastal California
Camarillo Airport (45 minutes west of Los Angeles)
325 Durley Ave Ste B
Camarillo, CA 93010
Three minutes after your flight takes off at about 3000 feet, you will jump out of the plane over the California coastline. Once in the air you will be able to see the entire Los Angeles skyline and the coast from Santa Barbara to Mexico. If you are a first time skydiver it is recommended to fly tandem, although flyers also have the option of an accelerated free fall.
You can book your trip in advance online or over the phone. Flyers must be 18 years or older and under 200 pounds. It is recommended to book your flight at least 48 hours in advance and arrive one hour early for paperwork and instructional class.
Come ready for the thrill of your life wearing comfortable pants or jeans. Wear closed toes shoes, and it is recommended not to wear boots.
Monday – Friday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Saturday: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
$229 (cash) Weekends
$209 (cash) Weekdays
Universal Studios City Walk
Universal City, CA 91609
Thrill seekers of all ages can experience skydiving inside of a large wind tunnel, right in the center of The Universal City Walk. Indoor skydiving is available for beginners, experienced or younger skydivers. iFly is not a simulator, but an actual wind tunnel. You will be flying mid-air inside of a large tunnel. No experience is needed, just a love for speed!
With the packages, flyers will get a training session, use of all the flight gear, hands-on assistance and a flight certificate. All flights are one minute long. There are photos and DVD’s available for purchase.
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
$59 (2 flights, 1 flyer)
$99 (4 flights, 1 flyer and DVD)
$129.95 (4 flights, 2 flyers and DVD)
$239.95 (10 flights, up to 5 flyers and DVD)
Navitat Canopy Adventures
6047 Park Drive
Wrightwood, CA 92397
You can emerge your love for speed into the beauty of nature, on a zip line. Navitat Canopy Adventures is just 75 miles from Downtown Los Angeles. It is located on a 300 acre guest ranch in Wrightwood. The ranch has 10 zip lines (200-1500 feet), 3 large tree rappelling experiences, 4 suspended sky bridges and professionally trained instructors. While visiting the ranch you will also get insights on the environment and local history from the instructors.
This epic adventure is the perfect day trip. Tours are limited to a maximum of 8 people in a group. Tours can last from 3.5-4 hours depending on the size of the group. Riders must weigh between 90-250 pounds, be in good health and able to walk at least one mile.
Daily: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Reservations are required online or by phone
$99 (children under the age of 18)
Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
Six Flags is the best place to enjoy speed while on roller coasters. This park has some of the fastest, tallest, heart-pumping roller coasters in Southern California. Superman the ride will take you over 100 feet high while at speeds of 60mph. Batman the ride will take you over 2,700 feet at speeds of 50mph.
Parents with children under 54” can request the ride operators to give them a “thrill swap”. With a thrill swap pass, parents can take turns enjoying the rides. Six Flags also has a large children’s play area with multiple rides for young thrill seekers.
Hours vary daily and can be found online.
$61.99 general admission
$36.99 children less than 48”
Free for children under the age of 2
$15 for parking
Jet Ski Rentals
Dana Point Jet Ski
34671 Puerto Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
Have a love for speed and water? Head to Dana Point and rent a Jet Ski for the day. With the rental of a Jet Ski you will have use to life jackets, fuel and instructions. Both full and spring wetsuits are available for rental at an additional charge. After renting your Jet Ski you can launch directly from their large private dock straight into the ocean. There is also the famous Doheny Beach nearby to enjoy some quality family time or just soak up some sun.
Reservations can be made over the phone or online. Operators must be 16 years or older and passengers can be any age. You are required participate in a pre-launch safety training session and leave a security deposit. The Jet Ski’s can accompany 1-3 passengers at a time making this a great family activity.
Weekday hourly rates are $95am and $110pm
Weekend hourly rates are $105 and $125
Shelby Barone is a local freelance writer in Orange County. She is a mom to three young children and spends her free time doing volunteer work in her community. She is passionate about health, nutrition and helping people to live with food allergies. She currently writes at Glitterful Felt Stories.