5 Activities to Try Near Wander Palomar Mountain

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 Natalie Kowalewski
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5 Activities to Try Near Wander Palomar Mountain

If you are looking to take a little trip outside Wander Palomar Mountain, check out our top 5 suggested activities

Palomar Mountain General Store

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  • Distance from Wander Palomar Mountain: 5.4 miles

  • Location: 33120 Canfield Rd, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060

  • Hours:  11AM-5PM Monday-Friday; 9AM-5PM Saturday & Sunday 

  • Phone: (760) 742-3496

  • Website: https://www.palomarmountainstore.com/ 

Whether you're looking for Venetian masks, sacred crystals, decorative lamps, or a unique gift for someone special, the Palomar Mountain General Store has a little bit of everything.

They import their products from across the country and across the world - quartz crystals from Arkansas, amethyst from Brazil, and even hanging chimes from India.

Oceanview & Pala Chief Gem Mines

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  • Distance from Wander Palomar Mountain: 20 miles

  • Location: 37304 Magee Rd Pala, CA 92059

  • Hours:  10AM-3PM Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday

  • Phone: (760) 415-9143

  • Website: https://digforgems.com/ 

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a miner? Well, Oceanview Mine gives you a unique view of the only operational underground mine in the renowned Pala Gem mining district.

You will screen through the dump piles of material taken out of the mine and find your own gems, which may include tourmalines, kunzites, and morganites.

And the best part? You get to keep everything you find (as long as it can fit in a 5-gallon bucket) at no extra cost. Ticket prices start at $75 per person. 

Tip: Oceanview Mine provides you with all of the tools that you need to get the job done, including shovels, buckets, water, and screens. Make sure you wear closed toe shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Native Oaks Golf Club

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  • Distance from Wander Palomar Mountain: 20 miles

  • Location: 14616 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082

  • Hours:  6AM-7PM

  • Phone: (760) 751-3007

  • Website: https://www.nativeoaksgolfclub.com/ 

The course spans over 6,670 yards and plays to a par of 72, winding you through impressive tree-lined fairways that feature San Diego’s stunning hills and valleys. Check out public tee times to book your appointment. 

Tip: When you get hungry, make a pit stop at Shawii Kitchen for a variety of salads, wraps and sandwiches. 

Warner Springs Gliderport

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  • Distance from Wander Palomar Mountain: 27 miles 

  • Location: 31930 CA-79, Warner Springs, CA 92086

  • Hours: Vary depending on experience

  • Phone: (760) 782-0404

  • Website: https://www.skysailing.com/ride/ 

Get a bird’s eye view of SoCal on this thrilling flight! Warner Springs Gliderport Sky Sailing offers glider rides of one or two passengers over Palomar Mountain, Hot Springs Peak, and No Name Mountain starting at $170 per rider. If you want your cortisol levels to spike, you can also try out their acrobatics rides, where loops and rolls will turn your world upside down. 

Compass Balloons

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 Compass Balloons offers memorable flights over Temecula’s wine region. Enjoy a mimosa thousands of feet in the air with 360 degree views of the beautiful SoCal landscapes. They offer group tours or private flights starting at just $175 per person.

In case you didn't find what you were looking for, text Wander Concierge for some travel tips and recommendations. See you soon at Wander Palomar Mountain!

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