- Things to Do
- Plan Your Trip
There’s nothing like taking your family to the beach so that everyone can enjoy a little sand between their toes or the rush of having that first incoming wave of water splash up onto your legs.
A trip to Laguna Beach with your family deserves its own photo album in your smartphone to capture all of the lasting memories that you and family will make. The seaside town of Laguna Beach is commited to preserving local ecology, so it’s a great way for your kids to find plenty of activities where they can learn about the environment and gain an appreciation for nature, all while having fun!
Our famed beaches are family friendly and feature wide stretches of sand, which make the perfect environment for sandcastle building. Diver’s Cove, adjacent to Picnic Beach, provides the perfect setting for the little ones to splash and wade in shallow waters. Older kiddos craving a bit more of exhileration can ride the waves on a boogie board, which are always available for rent near Main Beach. But to really impress your kids, and prove to them that they can continue to learn while having fun, the tide pools of Laguna Beach are very much worth investigating. Fascinating creatures inhabit the shallow saltwater pools, which are revealed during low tide. Heisler Park Reserve and Treasure Island are two of the most popular tide pooling sites. During the peak summer months and holiday weekends, docents are available at some tide pool sites to answer questions and guide you and your family over the naturally sculpted rocks.
To further enhance your experience, Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) teaches a workshop that mixes art with education and each participant crafts their own journal about their experience. Their Tide Pool Adventure is offered on selected weekends in the spring and fall.
When its time to feed the family, head into town to grab a casual meal, as there are plenty of spots that provide what the kids are looking for – burgers and fries, pizza and sandwiches, all located within a block or two of the beach. Or, if you prefer, visit a local grocer and enjoy a picnic on the beach. Afterwards, make your way to one of the local ice cream, gelato or specialty candy shops for a sweet treat.
Other options and ideas for your family adventure can include embarking on a whale and dolphin watching excursion, just south of Laguna Beach in Dana Point or north, in Newport Beach. There are few things in life that are quite as magnificent as getting up close and personal with these ocean-going mammals. Gray whale migration reaches its peak from November through April. To find out more about marine mammals, visit the Pacific Marine Mammal Center to observe rescued sea lions and seals or to view these pinnipeds in their natural habitat, book a guided kayak eco tour.
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.