Laguna Beach has all of the coastline beauty and unbelievable marine life to peek your interest. But it is really the history, the art, the culture, and the geology that can keep you occupied during your stay in this city of hidden treasures. Here is a fun list of things to do while visiting the Laguna area:
Take a Stroll - Heisler Park offers spectators remarkable views of the Laguna Beach coastline. Take a half-mile walk along the paved trail, barbecue with friends, or picnic on the grass. A sculpture incorporating two metal beams salvaged from World Trade Center debris was installed here, after 9/11. Home to "Monument Point", this park is dedicated to service veterans.
Become anArt Tourist- The city offers more than 80 distinctive works of public art. Specifically made to reflect the people and lifestyle of Laguna Beach, these pieces contribute to the flair of the city. Explore the many wall murals, public statues, and benches as you saunter through town. (Maps for your self-guided art tour can be picked up at the Visitors Center.) There are specific art events such as the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters. That was voted one of the top 3 festivals in the U.S. and has continued here for more than 80 years. Since 1998, First Thursday's Art Walk has been a cultural event held on the first Thursday of every month. The festival is free of charge (with free trolley service) and runs from 6pm-9pm. Artists receptions, demos, music, and refreshments are offered at more than 40 galleries.
Take a Trolley Ride - Laguna Beach provides free open air trolley service every Friday (4-11 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m-11 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-8 p.m.) throughout the year. During the summer months (July & August), the trolleys run from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. For 75 cents, you can ride the local daily bus from September through June. You can even download the Laguna Beach App for real arrival time updates.
Tide Pools – Don’t forget the awesome wildlife available right at your fingertips! Everything from sea stars to anemones can be found at Laguna Beach’s impressive tide pooling opportunities. Downloadable guides are available online to help you with species identification.
Shipwreck - There’s a shipwreck located 175 yards off Laguna Beach's coast. A 432 ton, 130-foot steel barge called the Foss 125, once ferried Coast Guard supplies. Built in 1943, the ship went down November 1958. This provides an tremendous chance to see the magnitude of sea life that now call its hollow hull home.
Wine Tasting- Try the handcrafted wine from the Laguna Canyon Winery, offering a variety of award winning styles that use premium Napa and Sonoma Valley grapes, to ensure flavor and aroma. 7. Year-Round Whale Watching Cruises – Most people don’t realize that Laguna Beach is an amazing opportunity for whale watching year round! Blue whales, gray whales, finback, minke whales, humpbacks, several species of dolphin, and more species, can be viewed throughout the year. There are a variety of companies in the area that can offer several whale watching cruises daily. Fun Fact: Laguna Beach’s dolphin population exceeds more than that of Florida, Hawaii, and the Caribbean combined!