Coney Island West at Mission Beach
3755 Ocean Front Walk Unit 10
San Diego, CA 92109-7124

Thanks to a vintage amusement park, surfing isn't the only wild ride at a popular beach.

Located right on Mission Beach, Belmont Park features dozens of attractions, including the wooden Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, one of only two original oceanfront roller coasters still in operation on the West Coast. Now restored, the roller coaster first opened in 1925 and has its thrills, including one 73-foot drop along its run. You'll find other classic amusement park rides, such as bumper cars, but also two unique wave machines. FlowRider simulates more common ocean waves, while FlowBarrel recreates the kind of tubes and barrels that surfers dream about.