25 Fun Things to do in Southern California
One my favorite places to be during the summer months is Southern California. Both Los Angeles and Orange County offer a plethora of things to do. You will never be bored! Beaches, endless exercise opportunities, tourist attractions, waterfront activities, and cultural attractions are just some of the items that should comprise your summer to do list. Enjoy looking through my list of 25 Fun things to do in Southern California!
Take a ride along “The Strand” bicycle path – 22 miles of easy riding along Southern California’s gorgeous coastline. Along the route, you will pass by numerous beautiful beach towns, each with their own unique look and attractions. Beautiful scenery, plenty of fun stops along the way, and an awesome workout all rolled into one – who could ask for more?! Highlights along the route include: the Manhattan Beach Pier, Venice Beach, and the Santa Monica Pier. To date the most fun bike path I have ever experienced! A must do on any visit to Southern California!
Address: Torrace Beach to Will Rogers State Beach
Marvin Braude Bike Path website
Hike at Runyon Canyon – This is my favorite place to hike in Southern California. The views of Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign, and the surrounding mountains are nothing short of amazing. If you avoid the weekends, it really is quiet and enjoyable. The perfect way to take in a warm summer afternoon with scenic views and an energizing workout. Free yoga is offered daily – check the schedule for session times!
Address: 2001 N Fuller Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
Runyon Canyon Website
Ride the iconic Santa Monica Pier roller coaster – The pier is complete with carnival games, rides, restaurants, and a small aquarium. The fun roller-coaster ride comes complete with stunning 360 degree ocean vistas. This is one of my favorite stops along The Strand bicycle path; it is a nice treat after biking 20 miles!
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica Pier Website
Bike, surf & enjoy the views in Huntington Beach – Huntington Beach is one of my favorite towns in Orange County. In addition to an 8 mile long bike/walking path, you will also find plenty of unique restaurants and shops and ongoing events all year long. Known as the “Surfing Capital of the World,” the Huntington Beach pier is a great place to take in all the surfing action. The US Open of Surfing is held annually each summer. Or, you could attempt a lesson yourself!
Play a game of beach volleyball – It is hard to envision Southern California and not think of volleyball. You will find dozens of beach volleyball nets set up everywhere along the beaches in California, especially Hermosa, Redondo, and Huntington. Whether you want to play a game or just be a spectator, the choice is up to you!