A trip to Laguna Beach provides your family with a scrapbook full of lasting memories. Being a seaside town that is committed to preserving local ecology, your children will find plenty of activities where they can learn about the environment and gain an appreciation for nature - education disguised as fun!
Laguna's famed beaches are family friendly and feature wide stretches of sand perfect for sandcastle building. Diver's Cove, adjacent to Picnic Beach, is particularly good for splashing and wading in shallow waters. Older kids seeking a more exhilarating experience will enjoy riding the waves on a boogie board, which are available for rent. A whole new world of exploration awaits your youngsters as they investigate the many tide pools along the shoreline. Fascinating creatures inhabit the shallow saltwater pools revealed during low tide. Heisler Park Reserve and Treasure Island are two popular tide pooling sites. During peak summer months and holiday weekends, docents are available at some tide pool sites to answer questions and guide you over the sculpted rocks.
Send an e-mail to [email protected] and receive a complimentary tide pool DVD produced by Laguna Ocean Foundation. To further enhance your experience, Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) teaches a mini-workshop that mixes art with education. Each participant crafts their own journal about their visit. Their Tide Pool Adventure is offered on selected weekends in the spring and fall.
After such an inspirational morning, head into town to grab a casual lunch. Whether your family is in the mood for burgers and fries, pizza or sandwiches, you can find it all within a block or two of the beach. Feel like having a picnic? Buy the fixings at one of the local grocers and enjoy them at Picnic Beach. Afterward, stroll to one of the local ice cream, gelato or specialty candy shops for dessert.
To find out more about marine mammals, schedule a visit to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center to observe rescued sea lions and seals. To view these pinnipeds in their natural habitat, book a guided kayak eco tour.
You can embark on whale and dolphin watching excursions, just south of Laguna Beach. Gray whale migration reaches its peak from November through April, and few things are as impressive as getting up close and personal with these ocean-going mammals.
If your family prefers to stay on land, the Nix Nature Center, located in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, features an easy trail that loops around the visitors center as well as access to other walking paths suitable for children. Weekends at the center feature hands-on activities for families.
If you're visiting with your favorite furry friend, Laguna Beach is pet-friendly. Pets are welcome at most beaches, at the dog park, and at certain restaurants and lodging venues.