Fun things to do in Laguna Beach
1. Take a Hike through Heisler Park – Located just north of Main Beach, Heisler Park offers spectacular views of the Laguna Beach coastline. Take a half-mile stroll along the paved path or enjoy a picnic on the grass or barbecue with friends. Heisler Park is a must see for all!
2. Take a Self-Guided Public Art Tour – The City of Laguna Beach has more than 80 unique works of public art. These pieces were designed and created specifically for Laguna Beach and contribute to the life of the city. Explore the many murals, statues, benches and other pieces as you stroll through town. Maps can be picked up at the Visitors Center, located at 381 Forest Avenue.
3. Ride a Local Bus or Summer Trolley and Explore the Town – During the summer months (July-August), the City of Laguna Beach provides free trolley service throughout the town. In September-June you can ride the local bus for just 75 cents. Hop on one of the three routes in Laguna Beach and catch a glimpse of much of the Laguna Beach lifestyle. Download the Laguna Beach Travel Info app and use the “Trolley/Bus Tracker” to access real-time local transit information.
4. Monthly Art Walk – Established in 1998, 1st Thursday’s Art Walk is a festive, cultural evening on the first Thursday of every month. The event is free and runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Free trolley service runs throughout the evening, linking member gallery locations. More than 40 galleries participate, offering artist receptions, demonstrations, refreshments and live music. http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com/
5. Explore the Tide Pools – View amazing marine life hidden just below the waves. Laguna Beach boasts impressive tide pooling opportunities, giving you an up-close look at various sea creatures. Drop by the Visitors Center at 381 Forest Avenue to pick up a complimentary Emmy-Award winning DVD on the tide pools of Laguna Beach.
6. Wine Tasting in the Canyon – The Laguna Canyon Winery offers award-winning wines that have been specially handcrafted on-site. Premium grapes are selected from small, low-yield vineyards in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, ensuring taste, quality and flavor. Tasting fees are waived with purchase. 2133 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 715-9463. http://www.lagunacanyonwinery.com/
7. Skimboard one of Laguna’s Coves – Skimboarding began in Laguna Beach during the early 1920s when Laguna Beach lifeguards used to skimboard on flat pieces of wood. Since then, the sport has only gotten bigger and bolder. Head to Victoria Beach to see where it all began. Equipment rentals are available from several surf retailers around town.
8. Explore California’s Oldest Museum – The Laguna Art Museum focuses on the cultural heritage of California and the unique history of Laguna Beach. It is dedicated to promoting an understanding of art and artists in American culture through collection, exhibition, research and instruction. Open Monday-Tuesday & Friday-Sunday, 11:00am-5:00pm; Thursday, 11:00am-9:00pm; Closed Wednesday. Admission: $7 general; $5 students, seniors and active military; Free for children under 12 and museum members. 307 Cliff Drive, (949) 494-8971. http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org/
9. International Art Festival – Featuring 120 international, jury-selected artists and master craftsmen, Art-A-Fair is a must. Art-A-Fair offers visitors a chance to browse through booths of original watercolors, oils, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass and more. Meet the artists, get hands-on demos and enjoy fine dining. Open every summer. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 494-4514. http://www.art-a-fair.com/
10. One-of-a-Kind Shops and Galleries – Laguna Beach is home to more than 100 galleries and one-of-a-kind shops. The artists’ village offers the complete spectrum of fine art in a casual walking environment. Whether you’re in the mood to shop for home furnishings, jewelry, surf wear, gifts or just window shop, there are many options including ready-to-wear art and unique designer accessories.
11. Artists Open Studios – Visit more than 20 professional artists in their private working studios. The self-guided tour takes place on the first Saturday of each month, October through March, from 11:00am-4:00pm and is FREE to attend. See these masters in their element as you explore their working studios, and get a sneak peek at works of art as they come alive at the hands of the artists. Free parking at ACT V Parking Lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, with trolley service provided. Trolleys leave ACT V every 15 minutes, (949) 497-0722. http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/
12. Treasure Island Park – Located on the grounds of the five-star Montage Laguna Beach, this pristine park overlooks Laguna’s beautiful coast. Enjoy an art lesson on the cliffs, a picnic on the grass, or just stroll and enjoy the sun as you watch the waves below.
13. Festival of Arts – This juried fine art show features original artwork by 140 of Southern California’s most accomplished artists. Find unique works of art, perfect for your home or business. Enjoy art workshops, tours, entertainment and a variety of special events for one admission price. Open July and August. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 494-1145. http://www.foapom.com/
14. Jazz Wednesdays – Enjoy an outdoor concert in the Hotel Laguna’s Rose Garden. Jazz concerts are held every other Wednesday from June to early-September and feature world-class musicians. Doors open at 5:00pm; Show is from 6:00pm-8:00pm and admission is $12. 425 South Coast Hwy., (949) 715-9713. http://www.lagunabeachlive.org/
15. Laguna Craft Guild – The Laguna Craft Guild sponsors bi-monthly Sunday shows in the downtown area on the Main Beach cobblestones. This outdoor event features arts and crafts by local Laguna artists from 9:00am-sundown. Art shows are held September-June. http://www.lagunacraftguild.org/
16. Walk the Streets of Laguna on a Historic Bungalow Tour – Pick up a map from the Visitors Center located at 381 Forest Avenue, and take a self-guided tour of Laguna’s historic homes. These bungalows and cottages date as far back as 1884 and contribute to Laguna Beach’s rich past and history.
17. Hortense Miller Garden – Covering two and a half acres of the upper slopes of Boat Canyon, this beautiful garden demonstrates the range of plants, which can be grown in Southern California’s coastal zones. Visit the garden and enjoy a tour from one of the volunteer docents. Reservations are required, (949) 497-0716. http://www.hortensemillergarden.org/
18. Laughter Yoga – Every day the Laughter Yoga Institute meets at the northernmost end of Main Beach and practices the art of laughter yoga. Participate in this joyful experience that uses the practice of laughter as a form of exercise. Free sessions are conducted by a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and are held Sunday-Friday at 8:00am, Saturday at 10:00am, (949) 376-1939. http://www.lyinstitute.org/
19. Sawdust Art Festival – Selected “Best Art Festival” by OC Weekly, the Sawdust Art Festival features 200 local, Laguna Beach artists. Browse paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, sculptures, art glass and textiles native to the area. Demonstrations, workshops, entertainment and refreshments await you. The festival runs every summer, with seasonal events held throughout the year. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 494-3030. http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/
20. Fiori – Stop by this beautiful boutique gallery for a look at some of the finest Italian and Greek Majolica. Their vast collection of hand-painted ceramics includes dinnerware, urns, clocks, decorative pieces and much more. Each piece is completely handmade and hand painted by the finest artisans using techniques handed down from the 15th century. 214 South Coast Hwy., (949) 494-9954. http://www.italianceramics.com/
21. Whaling Wall – World-renown marine life artist Wyland has created close to 100 Whaling Walls, large outdoor murals of whales and other sea life throughout the world. Visit his Whaling Wall and find his exciting gallery. 509 South Coast Hwy., (949) 376-8000. http://www.wylandgalleries.com/
22. Live! at the Museum – Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum present evenings of art and music on the second Thursday of each month. Talented musicians perform classical and contemporary chamber music from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Concerts are free with Museum admission. Reservations are recommended. http://www.lagunabeachlive.org/
23. Browse North Gallery Row – Within just a short walking distance from town, North Gallery row exhibits several fine and contemporary arts galleries. Heisler Park provides a picturesque backdrop while you browse.
24. Hotel Laguna – Originally a wooden structure built in 1888, Hotel Laguna was reconstructed in 1930 in its current Mission Revival style. The hotel has an attractive rose garden with a gazebo. Walk through the lobby and view historical photographs, or enjoy a beverage at OceanView Bar & Grill. 425 South Coast Hwy., (949) 494-1151. http://www.hotellaguna.com/
25. Art at City Hall – Coordinated by the Laguna Beach Arts Commission, this free exhibition showcases art by local artists. Exhibit is open for viewing Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. Exhibitions rotate several times throughout the year. 505 Forest Ave, (949) 497-3311.
26. Kristalle – Located in a landmark Laguna cottage, Kristalle is considered the finest gallery of its kind in the world. Thousands of specimens are on display, including fine minerals and gold. Stop by and view some of these amazing gems. 875 North Coast Hwy., (949) 494-7695. http://www.kristalle.com/
27. Enjoy Live Music at one of our Unique Restaurants – Many of Laguna Beach’s restaurants offer live music in the evenings. Stop by the White House, Brussels Bistro, K’ya Bistro Bar or Mozambique for some great food and good music.
28. Sculpture Garden – Visit the stunning outdoor sculpture garden at Dawson Cole Fine Art. View 21st century figurative sculptures by Richard MacDonald, as well as other works inside their gallery by artists such as Matisse, Chuck Close and Picasso. 326 Glenneyre St, (949) 497-4988. http://www.dawsoncolefineart.com/
29. Need Visitor Information? – The Official Laguna Beach Visitors Center offers complimentary collateral on the Laguna Beach area, as well as surrounding areas, information on accommodations, dining, art events, city maps, bus schedules, outdoor activities and more. The Visitors Center is open daily, Monday-Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm. 381 Forest Ave., (949) 497-9229, http://www.lagunabeachinfo.com/. For instant information at your fingertips, download the free Laguna Beach Travel Info app to view the current weather, tide tables, maps, and real-time local transit information on the “Trolley/Bus Tracker.” App users also have the ability to search hotel, restaurant, shopping and activities in addition to viewing a local events calendar.
30. Explore the “Museum of the First People” – Len Wood’s Indian Territory features an extensive collection of antique American Indian art including 19th and 20th century Navajo blankets and rugs. View pre-1930 Indian basketry from 75 tribes of the Western U.S., Pueblo pottery, Hopi Kachinas, Zuni Fetishes and Navajo and Pueblo “Old Pawn” and modern jewelry. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm. 305 North Coast Hwy., (949) 497-5747. http://www.indianterritory.com/
31. Visit one of the Smallest Churches in the World – St. Francis by the Sea was once acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest church in the world. It is now the second smallest Catholic Church in the World at 1,008 square feet. This 42-seat cathedral was built in 1933. 430 Park Ave., (949) 497-4678.
32. Sunset Serenades – Enjoy a free concert in the Heisler Park Rockpile Amphitheater every Friday evening during the months of May and September. Listen to some great performers as you watch the sun set over the Pacific. Look for the 16′ Breaching Whale public art piece and you will find the amphitheater. Free event, 6:30pm-sunset, (949) 497-0722. http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/
33. Certified Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday morning from 8:00am-12noon, local farmers and purveyors set up shop downtown to sell their fresh goods. Purchase everything from locally grown vegetables, delicious fruits, beautiful flowers, freshly baked breads and much more. Located at the Lumberyard Parking Lot near City Hall at the corner of Ocean & Forest avenues. Rain or shine. http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/
34. Play Volleyball & Basketball at Main Beach – Main Beach Park is located in the heart of downtown. Two half-court basketball courts and sand volleyball courts are available to the public. Put on some sunscreen and enjoy a pickup game!
35. Explore Sea Life in Diver’s Cove – Located next to Picnic Beach, just North of Main Beach, Diver’s Cove is a great spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. Rent a snorkel, mask and fins from a local surf shop, or bring your own and jump in to see the creatures below.
36. View a Sunset from Crescent Bay Park – Laguna’s northernmost stop, Crescent Bay is located where Cliff Drive and Viejo converge off North Coast Highway. Enjoy a day at the beach skimboarding, body surfing and tide pooling then relax as you watch the sun set over the blue waters.
37. Check out Seal Rock – Located about 120 yards off the shore of Crescent Bay sits Seal Rock, named after the seals and sea lions that often congregate there. Check out the barking seals from the shore or kayak out for a closer look.
38. MTV’s Laguna Beach – “The Real OC” – Laguna Beach came into the spotlight when MTV produced a reality show based on our City. Check out the high school, restaurants, beaches and stores that LC, Kristen and Stephen once frequented. Stop by the Visitors Center at 381 Forest Avenue for a handout on the featured places.
39. Take a Photo with Laguna’s Official Greeter – Eiler Larsen was the Official Greeter of Laguna Beach. In 1963, the City of Laguna Beach rewarded Larsen by proclaiming him the Official Greeter of Laguna Beach, and recording it on public record. Today, two statues of Larsen can be found in town. One at 329 South Coast Hwy. and one at 1200 South Coast Hwy. If you’re a history buff, stop by the Visitors Center for an informational handout on Larsen.
40. Stand on Top of the World – Top of the World/Alta Laguna Park is the perfect place to view Laguna Beach’s coastline. Set above the village area, take in endless views of both the coastline and the canyon. Enjoy a picnic or take a short hike.
41. Explore Laguna’s Outdoors – Access more than 20,000 acres of wilderness in Laguna Beach. Hike or bike on your own or take a guided tour and enjoy Laguna Beach’s beautiful outdoors. Parking at the wilderness parks is $3 for the entire day. http://www.lagunacanyon.org/
42. Gather Around the Fire Pits – Aliso Beach Park, located in South Laguna, is the only beach that provides fire pits within town. Aliso Beach Park is a great spot for an evening bonfire. Bring your friends, something to throw on the grill and make some s’mores. Fire pits are first-come, first serve. 31131 South Coast Hwy. http://www.ocparks.com/
43. Nix Nature Center – Standing as the entryway to the 20,000-acre South Coast Regional Wilderness, Nix Nature Center is the headquarters of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the center of five different trails. Many activities are available including mountain biking, birding, fitness hikes, Junior Rangers and other children’s programs. Open every day 9:00am-4:00pm. Entrance is free, parking $3 per day. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 923-2235. http://www.lagunacanyon.org/
44. Barbara’s Lake – Located in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Barbara’s Lake is Orange County’s only natural lake. Enjoy a scenic hike to Barbara’s Lake from the James Dilley Preserve or Nix Nature Center, located just north of the 73 Toll Road.
45. Visit a Marine Mammal Center – Pacific Marine Mammal Center is the only marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center in Orange County. Stop in to see the animals up close…you may even catch a feeding! Free admission. Donations accepted. Open every day, 10:00am-4:00pm. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 494-3050. http://www.pacificmmc.org/
46. Tower at Victoria Beach – A Laguna Beach landmark, this medieval-looking tower is located just north of Victoria Beach. Built in 1926, it was designed as a private spiraling staircase for beach access from above. Today the tower is closed but can still be viewed from the outside at low tide.
47. Spring Fever Surfabout – The Spring Fever Surfabout is held over Memorial Day weekend at Thalia Street. This one-day surf contest is a great event for the whole family. Catch some sun as you watch surfers duke it out in the water.
48. Plein Air Painting Invitational – Each October, 50 of the best plein air painters in the country are invited to compete in the Plein Air Painting Invitational hosted by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Watch the creative process unfold in front of your eyes as you stroll along the bluffs or in the parks. Later enjoy the opportunity to view or purchase works of art. www.lagunapleinair.com
49. Watch a Professional Skimboard Contest – Held every summer at Aliso Beach Park, the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding is the sport’s most prestigious event. Watch the world’s best skimboarders catch big waves and pull tricks as they compete for the title. 31131 South Coast Hwy.
50. Thousand Steps Beach – Located between 9th and 10th streets on South Coast Hwy., Thousand Steps Beach is an intimate cove featuring views of some of the area’s most magnificent private homes. It’s one of Laguna’s hot surf spots and is also known for sand volleyball. (There are approx. 230 steps; however it “feels” like 1,000 steps!)
51. Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy – From mid-November to mid-December, the Sawdust Art Festival holds their annual Winter Fantasy festival. Check out this unique holiday event every weekend, featuring fine art and crafts from more than 100 exhibitors. Purchase unique holiday gifts for your loved ones. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 494-3030. http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/
52. Reggae Night at Sandpiper – Thursday nights always bring out a fun crowd at the Sandpiper, or the “Dirty Bird” as locals call it. Here you will find people of all ages grooving to the beats of live reggae music. 1183 South Coast Hwy., (949) 494-4694.
53. Drum Circle at Aliso Beach – If you’re lucky enough to be in Laguna Beach on a full moon, head down to Aliso Beach Park for a free community drum circle. If you have a drum, great! If not, don’t worry. Just bring yourself and enjoy the beats. Drumming from 7:00pm-10:00pm. 31131 South Coast Hwy. http://www.lavidalaguna.com/
54. Saturday Morning Jazz Jam – Visit Laguna Coffee Company on Saturday mornings for great coffee and jazz. From 10:30am-12:30pm hear tunes by The Swinging Quartet Laguna and from 12:30pm-4:30pm enjoy Open Mic: Acoustic Rock. No cover charge, seating is limited to cafe tables. 1050 South Coast Hwy., (949) 494-6901. http://www.lagunacoffeeco.com/
55. Bark Park – Let your dog off the leash to run free at Laguna Beach’s Dog Park. Over two acres of grassy area is tucked into the Laguna Canyon. Open every day (except Wednesdays) from dawn to dusk. 20672 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 910-9947. http://www.lagunabeach.com/points/dogpark
56. Sample Gourmet Cheese and Wine – Laguna Culinary Arts Cheese Shop and Wine Cellar features a wide selection of cheeses, delicacies, olive oils, vinegars and food-friendly wines. Open Monday-Saturday, 11:30am-6:00pm. Stop by for Saturday afternoon wine tastings from 1:00pm-4:00pm. $5 buys you a taste of 8 wines chosen from a wide selection of domestic and international wines. 845 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 494-0745. http://www.lagunaculinaryarts.com/
57. Dolphin & Whale Watching – Go on a dolphin and whale watching excursion with Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari, Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing or Newport Landing. Fun Fact: The dolphin population off Laguna’s coastline exceeds more than that of Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean combined!
58. Fete de la Musique – Enjoy this mid-June afternoon of free music throughout the downtown area, celebrating the sounds of the summer with Laguna Beach’s first Sister City, Menton, France. http://www.lagunabeachsistercities.org/
59. “Green” Your Trip! – For those individuals interested in resources, tips for travelers and sustainable practices, http://www.greenlagunabeach.com/ is a great resource for you. Find restaurants serving organic dishes, hotels that offer eco-friendly accommodations, green activities to enjoy, and much more.
60. Grab a Picnic Lunch – Pick up a fresh picnic lunch and enjoy it while you relax at one of Laguna’s 20 coves, beaches or parks. Try a delicious meal to-go or a tasty sandwich from a local deli. There will be no need to dress up for this gourmet meal.
61. Are you a History Buff? – Built in 1923, the Murphy-Smith Bungalow is one of the few original beach cottages remaining in the downtown area of Laguna Beach. It is currently the home of the Laguna Beach Historical Society. Stop by to view a glimpse of Laguna’s past. Open Friday-Sunday, 1:00pm-4:00pm. 278 Ocean Ave., (949) 939-7257. http://www.lagunahistory.org/
62. Snorkeling – Take a dip in Laguna’s beautiful waters and explore the sea life below. There are several great beaches for snorkeling, including Shaw’s Cove, Diver’s Cove and Treasure Island. Bring your own gear or rent from a local shop.
63. Laguna Beach…A College Town – Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art + Design educates artists at all stages of their creative careers, offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Game Art and Feature Animation, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. View a variety of art exhibitions throughout the year showcasing the exceptional works of both graduate and undergraduate students. Admission is free. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm. 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 376-6000. http://www.lcad.edu/
64. Visit Laguna’s Oldest House – This piece of Laguna history is located at 154 Pearl St. The home was built in 1883 with wood floated in from boats, wood from shipwrecks, as well as driftwood.
65. People-Watch at Main Beach – Main Beach, Laguna’s “Window to the Sea,” is a beachfront park located in the heart of downtown Laguna. There is always plenty to see and do here at Laguna’s most bustling scene.
66. Bette Davis House – This English Tudor home, built in 1929, overlooks beautiful Wood’s Cove. See where Bette Davis lived during the early ‘40s, located at 1881 Ocean Way.
67. Bird Watching – Laguna Beach is a bird sanctuary, home to several unique and endangered species. Learn more about how to spot them in their natural habitat by visiting the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 923-2235.
68. Historic Lifeguard Tower – See a piece of Laguna’s history. Located at Main Beach, this historic tower was originally part of a gas station built across the street in 1929. When the station was demolished, the tower was moved to its present location and converted for lifeguard purposes. The current Lifeguard Headquarters is located at the north end of Main Beach.
69. Peppertree Lane – When passing through the arched brick entry of this Laguna Beach landmark, you can experience history in Laguna’s oldest shopping district. The shops enclosed offer fine dining, a saloon, clothing, gifts, gelato and more. 448 South Coast Hwy.
70. Crystal Cove State Park – Immerse yourself in its three miles of coastline, wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designed as an underwater park. Swim, surf, scuba, fish, mountain bike, or hike – this park truly has something for everyone. Explore on your own, or take part in a public tour of the Historic District on the second Saturday of each month. http://www.crystalcovetstatepark.com/
71. Surf’s Up! – Visit one of Laguna’s local surf shops: Costa Azul, Hobie, La Vida Laguna, Laguna Surf & Sport and Thalia Surf Shop offer all the expert equipment, advice, and local surf-style that will have you hanging-ten in no time.
72. Jogger’s Paradise – Enjoy relaxing scenery, cool breezes, and wonderful look-outs to stop, stretch, and refuel. Laguna’s scattered hills, ramps to the sand, and beach stairs offer variety for those seeking a vigorous challenge.
73. Walk with a Naturalist – Join Laguna Canyon Foundation docents on a variety of public programs, including nature and fitness hikes, and “Weekend at the Nix” and “Under the Sycamores” events. Please visit website for a schedule of events. (949) 923-2235. http://www.lagunacanyon.org/
74. HIP District – This historic place is a thriving and exciting business district. “HIP” stands for Historic and Interesting Places offering an abundance of art galleries, restaurants, several unique coffee shops, apparel stores, a bookstore, florists, and much more from Thalia to Bluebird Canyon Road. Pamper yourself with a day at one of the many spas or enjoy leisurely time at the beach. http://www.hipdistrictlaguna.com/
75. Sweet Tooth? – Get your fix and indulge yourself at The Chocolate Soldier or Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Both feature local handmade chocolate and other specialty treats and gift items.
76. Beverages on the Rooftop – Atop the historic Hotel La Casa del Camino, enjoy Laguna Beach’s only Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Wonderful for a meal or their signature mojito while enjoying a breathtaking sunset. 1289 South Coast Hwy., (949) 497-2446. http://www.rooftoplagunabeach.com/
77. Make Your Own Perfume – Not only will you find one-of-a-kind bath products from around the world, you can also make your own bath salts and perfume at Bubbles of Laguna…just decide which fragrance suits you best. 445 South Coast Hwy., (949) 494-1417. http://www.bubblesoflaguna.com/
78. Experience a Taste of Italy – Dolce Gelato creates deliciously fresh Italian gelato that is handmade daily. New flavors are released every Friday. 247 Broadway St., (949) 715-9249. http://www.gelatobydolce.com/
79. Happy Hour – It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! Brussels Bistro, The Cliff Restaurant, Mare Culinary Lounge, Starfish and The Deck on Laguna are just a few of the many restaurants in town that offer happy hour. Call restaurants for specific offers and times.
80. Kayaking – Kayak Southern California’s most magnificent coastline and see Laguna Beach the way it was meant – from the Pacific. Explore hidden coves, rugged cliffs, reefs, beaches and playful sea lions. Take a guided tour or rent a kayak and paddle out yourself.
81. Pick up a Beach Read – Check out one of Laguna’s boutique bookstores housing a wide variety of everything literary! Barnaby Rudge Booksellers or Laguna Beach Books are happy to help you find a perfect page-turner.
82. Grazing Goats – Laguna’s own four-legged firefighters feast on native plants and effectively clear firebreaks, protecting homes and businesses. There are currently 400 on the force! If you look closely at the hillsides, you may be able to spot them between March and July.
83. Las Brisas – Las Brisas has been a Southern California landmark since its inception in 1938 as the Victor Hugo Inn. Centrally located and overlooking the Pacific, Las Brisas is the perfect stop for a spectacular coastline view and signature margaritas. 361 Cliff Drive, (949) 497-5434. http://www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com/
84. Art Lovers Deal – Receive unlimited admission all summer long to all three Laguna Beach art festivals: Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival…for only $21.50. Each passport includes a one-time free parking pass at Act V parking lot (1900 Laguna Canyon Road), as well as discounts to local merchants. Buy your passport online at http://www.lagunabeachpassport.com/
85. Shipwreck! – Two hundred yards offshore lies a shipwreck, the Foss 125 better known as the “Cleo Street Barge.” This ship met its rocky resting place in 1958, and is now home to an abundance of underwater sea life. A perfect destination for experienced divers and snorkelers.
86. The Laguna Playhouse – The West Coast’s oldest continuously operating theater, offers an intimate atmosphere with five mainstage theatrical productions each year, award-winning youth theater, and several community performing arts events. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 497-2787. http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com/
87. Go Veggie – Meat lovers and vegetarians alike can all agree on the delicious items from these restaurants and eateries: Nirvana Grille, The Stand, and Zinc Café & Market who all showcase gourmet meat-free cuisine to comply with any of your dietary restrictions.
88. Laguna Koi Ponds – Visit Laguna Koi Ponds to view the different bloodlines, body shapes, and color patterns. You can even pet the fish! See their fancy show quality Koi that sell for as much as $30,000! 20452 Laguna Canyon Road, (949) 494-5107. http://www.lagunakoi.com/
89. Late Night Loco – Taco Loco, open until 2:00am on Friday and Saturday nights, is the perfect end to an evening of dancing and fun. Their affordable prices combined with fresh and eclectic Mexican cuisine are a winning combination. 640 South Coast Hwy., (949) 497-1635. http://www.tacoloco.net/.
90. You Say it’s your Birthday – Visit Hennessey’s Tavern on the Thursday of your birthday week and received a free dinner entrée. 213 Ocean Ave., (949) 494-2743. http://www.hennesseystavern.com/
91. Beachfront Dance Class – Every Fall, the Laguna Dance Festival offers a free, interactive dance class on Main Beach. Watch the waves while moving to the beat. Performances also take place at The Laguna Playhouse. http://www.lagunadancefestival.org/
92. Celebrate Heritage Month – May is Heritage Month, sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach and the Heritage Committee. This celebration features fun events, guided historic downtown walking tours, and several seminars on the unique history of our town. http://www.laguna-historical-society.smugmug.com/
93. Head South – South Laguna is a local’s favorite. Away from the hustle-and-bustle, the southernmost part of the city has a special vibe of its own. Relax in one of its parks, sunbathe in a serene cove, or stop in at NEApolitan Pizzeria & Birreria for a delicious wood fired pizza using the finest farm to table ingredients. Don’t forget your clubs – Aliso Creek Inn Golf Course has one of the most affordable rates in Orange County!
94. Take in a Local Film – Laguna Beach Film Society offers film screenings on the third Thursday of every month. Tickets can be purchased by non-members at the South Coast Cinemas box office on Pacific Coast Hwy. on the evening of the event. www.lagunabeacharts.com/filmsociety
95. Tour Laguna by Bike – La Vida Laguna’s new seven-mile bike tour highlights various points of interest throughout town. The standard two-hour tour covers the canyons, north and south Laguna neighborhoods, the downtown village, Pyne Castle, Dartmoor and Crescent Bay Lookouts, Heisler Park, public art, and much more. Daily rides at 10:00am or by appointment. Call (949) 275-7544 for reservations. http://www.lavidalaguna.com/
96. Become a Laguna Beach Foodie – Sign up to be an official Laguna Beach Foodie and receive exclusive offers to restaurants in town. http://www.lagunabeachfoodies.com/
97. Get an Evening Tee Time – Play nine holes of golf at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course any weekday from 3:30pm on for only $22. 31106 South Coast Hwy., (949) 499-1919. http://www.alisocreekinn.com/
98. Paddle Boarding – Experience standing on the water with a guided solo, semi-solo or group lesson from SUP (Stand-Up Paddle). 1103 South Coast Hwy., (949) 715-4530. http://www.supcompany.com/
99. Let your Inner Creativity Out! – Take a Sawdust Studio Art Class and create your own unique art piece in just one, two-hour session. Ceramics, jewelry, fused glass and other mediums are available. Lessons are taught by professional artists. Classes are $95 and offered every Friday and Saturday at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Group classes are available midweek with advanced notice. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, (714) 745-9973. http://www.sawduststudioartclasses.com/
100. Explore Laguna on Food – Take a Food Tour with Flavors of Laguna who offers two-hour walking tours featuring the town’s culinary delights, http://www.flavorsoflaguna.com/; Or sign up with Laguna Beach Walks and choose from a variety of walking tours focusing on historical aspects, fitness, points of interest and more, http://www.lagunabeachwalks.com/.