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25 Fun Things for Families with Kids to do in Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is known for its arts community and art museums, surfing and skimboarding, the garibaldi, and for its mild Mediterranean climate, among other things. What you may not know is that this seaside resort town is also very family friendly and a terrific vacation destination for families with kids.
But don’t just take our word for it! We compiled a list of 25 Fun Things for Families with Kids to do in Laguna Beach for you to choose from.
#25 - Climb, jump, swing and slide at one of the many playgrounds here in Laguna Beach. Visit our Laguna Beach City website for a list and then try them all!
#24 - Sign up for one of the many classes offered by Laguna Beach Community Services such as an art class or a drop-in gymnastics class. Click here to see the catalog of classes.
#23 - Visit the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Admission is FREE but donations are welcome!
#22 - Grab a camera and share your pictures of Laguna Beach on social media using the hashtags #MyLagunaBeach, #AsSeenInLaguna, and/or #LagunaPets. You might even win a prize!
#21 - During the summer months, be sure to visit The Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters, and/or The Sawdust Art Festival. If you are here in November or December experience unique artwork by 175 artists, live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, Santa and much, much more at the annual Sawdust Winter Fantasy. This event is sure to become your family’s holiday tradition.
#19 - Spend a day at the “Happiest Place on Earth” Disneyland®, or one of the other theme parks near Laguna Beach.
#18 - Explore the tide pools. There is a tide pool area is located in the northern section of Main Beach and another great place to explore them is at Crescent Bay Beach.
#17 - Speaking of Crescent Bay Beach, check out Seal Rock just off the shore and listen to the seals and sea lions “bark”.
#16 - Climb down the long staircase at Thousand Steps Beach. Count the stairs to see how many there are. Hint: It’s not a thousand, but it might feel like it going back up!
#15 - Go see the pirate’s tower at Victoria Beach. The Victoria Beach Tower is a sixty foot picturesque Norman tower that was built in the 1920's. The interior is a spiral staircase leading down the cliff to the beach although it has now been condemned from further human use due to its faltering condition. The 16th century looking castle like tower is a must see for tourists and photographers … and kids!
#14 - Go watch the dog’s play (bring your dog if he or she is here on vacation with you) at Laguna Beach Dog Park (aka the “Bark Park”). You will find Laguna Beach to be a very dog-friendly city; in fact, our hotel is pet-friendly for dogs under 25 lbs, so bring the family pooch on your next Laguna Beach vacation!
#13 - Have a picnic at Aliso Creek County Beach. The annual Skimboarding World Championship takes place here each August, so if you are in town during that event, be sure to bring the kids!
#12 - Take a self-guided public art tour. There are 85 pieces of public art here in Laguna Beach which you can enjoy for free during a self-guided art tour while shopping and eating your way through the charming village. Maps can be picked up at the Visitors Center.
#11 - Ride the free trolley. Download a trolley tracker onto your Smartphone from the Visit Laguna Beach app.
#10 - For a fun adventure, check out Captain Dave’s whale watching safaris. They are ranked #1 on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google due to their unique whale watching boats that will allow you and your kids to “swim with wild dolphins and whales” … without getting wet of course, in one of their Underwater Viewing Pods.
#9 - Visit the Kids' Art Studio (the third Sunday of every month) for a hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum.
#8 - On Friday evenings from May through September, enjoy a free concert in the Heisler Park Rockpile Amphitheater.
#7 - On Saturday mornings, visit the Farmers’ Market. With over 40 vendors, there is plenty to see and it is a great way to start the weekend!
#6 - Walk around the downtown. For lunch, step back in time and enjoy a fun dining experience on red chairs at Johnny Rockets. Other places the kids will love are The Candy Baron and Chantilly Ice Cream.
#5 - Check out the Laguna Beach Public Library to pick out a book and to attend a free story time or activity.
#4 - Spend a day exploring Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The Nix Nature Center has exhibits and wildlife viewing area portals. You might also enjoy one of their family scavenger hunts or one of their free, fun quarterly wildlife programs featuring live animals, American Indian customs, craft projects, and more.
#3 - Climb the rocketship at Bluebird Park. This park is a “dream park” for kids … and for their parents as it is in a neighborhood and fully enclosed. There is a separate playground for younger children and there are lots of unique playground pieces that you won’t see at just any park, such as slides built into the hillside and the iconic rocketship tower and slides. Bluebird Park is located off of Bluebird Canyon Drive near downtown Laguna Beach. The free trolley has a stop nearby.
#2 - We know kids love water, so you and your family will enjoy swimming in our sparkling clean heated outdoor pool … right here at the Capri Laguna.
And, last, but certainly not least …
The #1 most fun thing for families with kids to do in Laguna Beach is to … spend an entire day building sandcastles, jumping waves, and just spending time together on the beach!
So there you have it … 25 Fun Things for Families with Kids to do in Laguna Beach! We think this list has enough things to do to warrant two vacations with us!
Please give us a call at 949.494.6533 or 800.225.4551 to speak with our attentive, courteous staff who are ready to answer all of your questions to help you plan a memorable vacation or weekend getaway here in Laguna Beach, California!