5 Ways to Spend Time Outside in SoCal
Sunshine, ocean, palm trees, oh my! Southern California has got it all. Here are 5 ways to spend time outside in SoCal.
Outdoor Activities in Los Angeles and Huntington Beach
Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a bustling and lively place to spend the afternoon. The streets are lined with celebrity lookalikes, souvenir shops and restaurants. We began at the Highland Shopping Center where you can park on their ramp. We headed to the top level to take some pictures of the Hollywood sign. The vantage points are spectacular; however, the space can get busy and cramped. Be patient and wait your turn.
We quickly made our way to Hollywood Boulevard to find our favorite celebrities’ stars. We all had fun finding names we knew and loved snapping pics with our favorite stars. The highlight was finding Daniel Radcliffe’s star; Harry Potter is a big deal in our family. Be sure to stop at the Chinese Theater where you will find the hand prints of Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe.
After you wander Hollywood Boulevard, be sure to stop at In N Out Burger for lunch. It’s always a must for us when we visit the West Coast.
While in Los Angeles, top off your stay at the iconic Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The rooms are beautiful and the staff is hospitable. We especially enjoyed the pool area where the kids had a blast swimming and the adults lounged poolside with a cold beverage.
Santa Monica Pier
The Santa Monica Pier is the official end of the historic Route 66 and is home to a small amusement park called Pacific Park. The pier also houses the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and a carousel that can be found in the historic Hippodrome, the oldest building on the pier. We wandered in and out of the small shops on the pier and enjoyed the street performers and artists. At the end of the pier is a panoramic view of the ocean.
Of course, Pacific Park is a must do, featuring a roller coaster and a Ferris wheel. You can purchase individual ride passes or an unlimited pass wrist band.
The original Muscle Beach is the beach just south of the Santa Monica Pier. This was arguably our favorite attraction in Santa Monica. The kids had a blast testing their strength on all of the equipment, doing gymnastics on the beams and bouncy floors, climbing the ropes and swinging from the bars. There is an area where you will find slack lines and some amazing athletes doing unbelievable balancing acts and stunts. After flexing your muscles on the equipment, have a seat and take in the views of the Pacific Ocean in all its glory.
Bonfire on Huntington Beach
A bonfire on Huntington Beach is an essential part of the SoCal beach experience. Contact Waterfront Adventures for a one of a kind beach experience. Upon arriving to your bonfire, you will be greeted with red Adirondack chairs at your own private fire pit. Your beach “butler” will set up a table with sodas, water and all the ingredients for s’mores. They start the fire for you and keep it burning until 10 pm.
We arrived at our bonfire right before sunset. The sunset views were incredible and left us in complete awe of our planet. Don’t forget to grab a camera to capture the fun your family will have on the beach. The photo ops are endless and the memories will last forever.
While in Huntington Beach, be sure to get an ocean view room at The Waterfront Beach Resort. The evening sunset views of the ocean from our private patio could not be beat.
Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point is a quaint harbor town south of LA. The harbor opens at 10 am, so grab a coffee and set out to explore. Spend some time walking the wharf and checking out the yachts. You will find incredible succulent gardens that line every corner of the public area and are quite impressive.
Be sure to head into all the unique shops that call Dana Point their home. Our favorite shop was The White Pelican, which features handmade Native American art, jewelry and natural stones. We purchased our own agates and broke them open to reveal the beautiful crystals within.
Dana Point is one of our favorite SoCal locations. With the harbor itself being a highlight, you can also explore the Lantern District which features more unique shops and delicious restaurants, or you can head north to Monarch Beach to catch some waves or just take a walk along the beach path.
Southern California offers something for everyone. The combination of perfect weather and gorgeous scenery will inspire you to get outside and enjoy every day.
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Michelle and her family reside in a small town outside of St. Paul. They love the quiet their little city affords them, but enjoy being just minutes…