Things to do Southern California

Things to do Southern California #1: Legoland - As you can easily guess, Legoland California in Carlsbad is centered on the Lego product. With nine main sections this is one very busy theme park and we’re talking about “busy with fun”.

Miniland, USA is probably the most unusual section as it includes miniatures of seven large metropolitan areas at one twentieth scale. This section also houses the model shop with a large window where park visitors can watch the construction of new park projects.

The Duplo World section is a water attraction with many water related activities. You may just get a little wet as you compete in highly interactive games.

The Fun Town section has two driving schools where children can learn all the ins and outs of driving using electric cars. The Castle Hill section involves riding a roller coaster through a medieval castle and meeting a wizard who casts a spell that allows the coaster to speed up.

There are so many entertaining and fun things to do at Legoland that we just can’t cover them all. So, you will just have come and visit and try everything. You’ll find your visit to be more fun and more laughs than any other place you have visited.

#2: SeaWorld San Diego - You just can’t go wrong on a vacation when you plan to visit SeaWorld San Diego. There are so many entertaining things to do but be sure that you don’t miss the two best shows.

They are The Shamu Adventure and the Blue Horizons Dolphin Show. These animals are so well trained that their performances seem miracle-like as they glide over and under and above the water. There are several great attractions to check out.

Journey to Atlantis is a boat trip with exciting lifts, turns and twists. Wild Arctic is a simulated trip though the Arctic. Shipwreck Rapids is a raft ride which winds through several twists & turns and even under a waterfall. The 320 foot SeaWorld Sky tower is a great ride as you rise and spin above the whole park and get a great view of San Diego.

Penguin Encounter is a large exhibit of Emperor penguins who live their normal lives behind a glass wall as we watch and study their every move. To round our the greatness of SeaWorld there are also many exhibits and rides just for children and be sure to check out the interactive programs with both whales and dolphins.

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#3: Laguna Beach, California - I have been to several states including Hawaii, vacationed in Italy and Spain and have enjoyed them all so very much, but the one place I revisit each year is Laguna Beach, California.

Laguna Beach is a magical artists' hideaway surrounded by stunning ocean vistas, an abundance of flowers and filled with interesting art galleries, quaint boutiques and a wide variety of restaurants. I always stay at the Pacific Edge because of its central location to shops, restaurants and boutiques and also because it is right on the beach. No need for a car everything is in walking distance.

I start the day off with breakfast at The Beach House which is conveniently located right next to the hotel, followed by a walk along the gorgeous coastline and a stroll through the shops and then choose from a variety of options for the afternoon, but mainly I relax!

There are many wonderful hotels to choose from but Pacific edge is the best for families or anyone on a budget. It does not have all the luxuries of the higher priced establishments, but it is hard to beat for amenities which include a family friendly pool and beach front dining. The staff is always courteous, always accommodating and make me feel like family each time I visit.

There is so much to do in this little town that I can't imagine every getting bored. No matter where I travel or where I move, I plan to spend two weeks here every year of my life. It truly is paradise! - Denise from Riverside

#4: Six Flags Magic Mountain - If you are a roller coaster fan your vacation should include a visit to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. This is a family park which means that there is something for every age. However, with 16 roller coasters in the park you know that roller coasters are king.

They have every kind of coaster you can imagine. Loop the loop, tandem, stand-up, big drop and wooden. Now wooden has a special feature that none other have. It sways and vibrates in unique ways which adds to the excitement.

Their latest wood coaster is called "Terminator Salvation: The Ride". Selected portions of the park were used in the movies “Rollercoaster” in 1977 and it became “Walley World” for “National Lampoon’s Vacation” in 1982.

The park was also used in several TV programs. There is much to do for children who are too young for the big roller coasters. Thomas Town is an exciting play area featuring a replica of Thomas the Tank Engine. This replica is large enough to take guests on a trip through the park.

As you would expect, there is a smaller roller coaster for the younger children and Looney Tune characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck roam the park and continually interact with the guests.

Things to do Southern California #5:
  • The Santa Barbara Zoo is an excellent place to take the kids on a vacation. You can see much of the Zoo by riding the park train. Perfect for young children.
  • The Reuben Fleet Science Center in San Diego has many interactive displays related to science . The also have an attraction called Kid City that is perfect for younger children.
  • The Children’s Museum in La Habra welcomes birthday parties, with a little advanced warning. They have Buster the Bus plus Kids on Stage programs for the younger children. The Museum is located in an historic RR depot.
  • The Birch Aquarium in La Jolla has a large variety of fish, both outside and inside. Their tide pool is a particular favorite with kids who like to get up close and touch the fish.
  • Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has a large collection of Native American art plus historic artifacts. They also have a Bowers Kidseum which is targeted for children over 6 yrs. It has many interactive crafts and music themes which the children love.

Things to do Southern California #6: The La Brea Tar Pits doesn’t exactly sound like a vacation spot but let’s check it out. It seems that for thousands of years tar seeped up from the ground creating a pond of tar in a location that is now called Hancock Park which is next to LA County Museum of Art. Over those early years various prehistoric animals and birds came to the pond for water and were sucked into the tar like quick sand.

In modern times this situation was discovered and verified. Fast forward to 2010 and we find the George C. Page Museum in Hancock Park on Wilshire Blvd. right next to the tar pits.

The museum houses many of the bones that were found plus a history of the discovery and the excavation. On the grounds of the museum are many models of the animals and birds that were excavated from the pits and the admission is free.

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