Baseball has been known as an All-America sport and most of us have played the game at some time or another. The batting cages at Fun-4-All in Chula Vista are the only regulation batting cages open to the public in Southern California. Though they are not the only batting cages in San Diego, they have been voted the best.
There are 10 batting cages and the price range is $1.00 - $25.00. Call ahead--though, that isn't necessary--to make advanced reservations and ask for the discount on the cages they offer.
What is a batting cage?
A batting cage is a space completely surrounded with wire fences and netting that one (the batter) walks into, stands on "home-plate" with bat in hand, while a machine spits out baseballs at various speeds--which the batter chooses--allowing the batter to show-off or look foolish, depending on ability or lack of it. Maybe you've seen it in the movies.
So, whether you are a baseball fanatic or just a parent wanting to help the kids blow-off steam this is a great place to have fun-4-all. They are open from 9 a.m. to midnight, everyday!
Equipment: If you have your own, favorite bat, bring it, otherwise all you need is money to rent one and the energy!
Watching is the only thing I've done, but that shouldn't limit you. Windsurfing in Chula Vista at Bayside Park (AKA, J Street Marina) is a popular thing to do. This is a good place to learn as the weather conditions are right for the sport and it is not a high traffic tourist area where the multitudes can watch the effect of your unmet expectations.
However, it is also a place where professionals like to come and compete. In the fall months, the San Diego Windsurfing Association Formula Races are held here for all who like to watch the competition. September 10, October 1, November 5 and December 3 noon J Street, Chula Vista is the date, time and place this year. (2005)
I have actually only seen people trying to learn and though it might not be nice to say, it is a very, very funny experience. Of course, laughing at the sight of determined novices pulling themselves up on the board, over and over again, after falling in various ways, may seem rude, but truth be told, admiration for their continued and dogged effort is what really allows me to enjoy it so.
Equipment: A windsurfing board, is required if you want to windsurf. If you only want to be a spectator, you'll need no equipment.
Paddle Boarding is a fun way of exploring parts of the Bay around the J Street Marina. This is for those not yet ready to surf, just rent the board, like a surf board with a tacky center section so the person is less likely to slip or fall and a paddle for moving forward and controlling direction.
This is relatively new to the Marina and I haven't done it myself but those I know who have, really enjoyed the experience. The views around the Marina look quite different from on the water.
Equipment: If you don't have your own board and paddle, they can be rented at the J Street Marina
Tour the USA Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista for an interesting view of this global event.
The Facility was opened in 1985 and is ever evolving. There are two types of tours. A guided tour, which the guide may be one of the Athletes living on campus or a Self-Guided tour which you can follow at your own pace.
The tour takes you through the campus and not only shows the particular sports that the athletes are training for but offering lots of interesting information about Team USA as well as the possibility of meeting one or more of these accomplished athletes. This last trip I meet two Paralympic athletes who are Gold and Silver Medalists in Track & Field.
Tours are free but donations are happily accepted.
More information about the campus can be found on my USA Olympic Training Center Travelogue
To Be Continued...
Equipment: A good pair of walking shoes.
To Be Continued...
There are two lakes located at the far east end of Chula Vista, the upper Otay Lakes Reservoir and the lower Otay Lakes Reservoir. Though the Otay Lakes are located in the City of Chula Vista, they are also under the authority of the City of Chula Vista, The City of San Diego and the County of San Diego all as part of the Otay Valley Regional Park.
It is the lower lake I am suggesting here. In times past we could camp here but those days are long gone and basically this is a "day use" park. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays the lake is open for fishing and boating. They do rent boats but it is on a first come first serve basis. You can also bring your own boat or fish from the shore.
One really interesting aspect of this Lake is that it is the eastern gateway/staging area for the Otay Valley Regional Park. I have written a bit about this on my South San Diego page, "O.V.R.P.: Beyer Boulevard Staging Area & Ranger Station" There are paths from Otay Lakes through the Otay Valley as far as to the Pacific Ocean in Imperial Beach. Along this path it is possible to hike, fish and even ride horses in some areas.
I can click only three themes for this tip but it qualifies for more than three:
Hiking and Walking
Sailing and Boating
Last I'll mention that there is the possibility of seeing Olympians training out on the lake too.
Equipment: Good walking shoes, a fishing pole,( the bait and fishing permits/ license can be purchased here) a motor or row boat, or money to rent one. Picnic supplies, no glass containers, binoculars for bird watching or just bring bread to feed the birds. Oh, and you'll have to bring your own horse.
The City of Chula Vista has no professional sports teams. High School football and, basketball are competitive and popular during their season. Boating and fishing is something to do...