1. Heisler Park
Take a half-mile stroll on the bluffs of Laguna Beach to see spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Stop by the gazebo and look down to the tide pools below. While enjoying your walk, you may come across a Plein Air painter capturing the scenery on a canvas, see surfers catching waves on Rockpile Beach, observe Bird Rock, or if you are lucky, catch a glimpse of a pod of dolphins swimming offshore.
2. Laguna Art Museum
The oldest museum in California, the Laguna Art Museum has deep ties to the history and culture of Laguna Beach. It focuses on works created by California artists, and represents the life and history of the state, with one of the most comprehensive collections of California art from the 19th century to present day.
3. Treasure Island Park
This beautiful park, located in South Laguna, boasts some of the most pristine beaches in Southern California. Sharing part of the grounds with Montage Laguna Beach, enjoy beautiful ocean views, public art, and easy beach access. Take a walk down to the beach and visit the tide pools to see this unique ecosystem.
4. Boutique Shops on Forest Avenue
Discover an incredible selection of boutiques, jewelry and gift shops. Find rare books to add to your collection and unique home furnishings to make your nest a space to notice. Many of the shops are owned by Laguna Beach residents with items designed by local artists and designers. After shopping, enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the 80 restaurants in town.
5. Annual Festivals
The Festival of Arts, Sawdust Art Festival and Art-A-Fair are held every summer and showcase compelling works of art by local and international artists. The Pageant of the Masters is a world-famous stage presentation featuring "living pictures." Watch as cast members are magically transformed into famous works of art, accompanied by a full orchestra and live narration. Other festivals include the Laguna Beach Music Festival every February, Celebrate Good Taste each March, Laguna Dance Festival every September, Plein Air Painting Invitational in October and the Sawdust Winter Fantasy on weekends in November and December. No matter what time of year you decide to visit Laguna Beach, there is always something to do.
6. The Laguna Playhouse
Celebrating over 95 years in the community, The Laguna Playhouse provides professional theatre and an enriching cultural experience to residents and visitors alike. Award-winning and unique shows play year-round.
7. Ben Brown's Golf Course
Step into the serene Aliso Canyon at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, a secluded setting with lush surroundings and towering canyon walls. Golfers have been escaping to this Gary Roger Baird-designed 9-hole course since 1950 to play a challenging par 32.
8. Main Beach
Referred to as Laguna's ‘Window to the Sea,' Main Beach is located in the heart of Laguna's village. Shop, walk along the boardwalk, watch a game at the basketball courts, see the historic Lifeguard tower, or try laughter yoga on the beach.
9. Pacific Marine Mammal Center
This non-profit organization is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals stranded along the 42-miles of Orange County coastline. The center is open to the public daily from 10:00am-4:00pm and visitors can observe sea lions, seals, and any other small mammals that the center currently houses for rehabilitation. View their current patients. Admission is free; however donations are accepted.
10. Art in Public Places
Enjoy more than 80 unique art features, mosaics, sculptures, and artist-designated benches throughout Laguna Beach on this self-guided tour. Maps are available at the Official Visitors Center at 381 Forest Avenue, open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm.
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11. Sawdust Studio Art Classes
Explore your creativity with year-round art workshops on the Sawdust Art Festival grounds. Two to three hour classes taught by local artists are offered every Friday and Saturday. Art classes include oil painting, jewelry, fused glass, screen printing, glass blowing, pottery and more. Class schedule and pricing online with new classes added frequently.