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Torrey Pines Gliderport

Visit the Torrey Pines Gliderport for a unique San Diego experience that your family won’t forget. Cross paragliding off your bucket list or simply order lunch from the onsite Cliffhanger Cafe. The outdoor dining area provides a front row seat for people watching and taking in the view!

Here are a few fun facts today about Torrey Pines Gliderport. You know, just in case it comes up on Jeopardy or something.

  • Torrey Pines Gliderport is a historic landmark for its role in aviation history. 
  • Gliders first began using the site in 1930. They were initially car-towed on the beach in order to take flight.
  • The first launch and landing at the top of the cliff at Torrey Pines was in 1936. 
  • The property became an Army camp (Camp Callan) for anti-aircraft artillery training from 1941 through the end of World War II.

Know before you go: 1) Parking at Torrey Pines Gliderport is free but sometimes crowded. 2) Bring a light jacket or sweatshirt to keep warm in the breeze.

You can read more about the history of Torrey Pines Gliderport at www.nps.gov. Looking for more fun things to do in Torrey Pines? Grab our free free Beyond the Zoo Guide to Torrey Pines & Solana Beach.

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