Top 10 Places
1. Heisler Park – Take a half-mile walk 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. You might come across a plein air painter capturing the scenery, see surfers catching waves at Rockpile Beach, or if you are lucky, catch a glimpse of a pod of dolphins swimming offshore.
2. Laguna Art Museum – One of the oldest museums 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 of Montage Laguna Beach, enjoy beautiful ocean views, public art, and easy beach access.
4. Boutique Shops on Forest Avenue – Discover an incredible selection of boutiques, jewelry and gifts. 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 & designers.
5. Summertime Art Festivals – The Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters, Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art Festival are held every year during the months of July & August, showcasing compelling works of art by local and international artists, attracting visitors from around the world. 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.
6. The Laguna Playhouse – Celebrating 90 years of community theater in Laguna Beach, The Laguna Playhouse provides an enriching cultural experience to residents and visitors alike. Award-winning and unique shows play year-round.
7. Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course – Step into the serene Aliso Canyon, a secluded setting that golfers have been escaping to since 1950 to play a challenging par 32.
8. Main Beach – Referred to as Laguna’s ‘Window to the Sea,’ Main Beach is 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 Orange County coastline. The center is open daily (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to the public. Admission is free, however donations are accepted.
10. Thousand Steps Beach – This public beach is accessed by descending a steep set of stairs (218 steps) at 9th Avenue and PCH. Dramatic views, body surfing and volleyball are found here.