South. California To-Do List

Image of Huntington Beach

Fun at Huntington Beach

After many years of hosting visitors in Southern California, I created this to-do list for my guests.  It is divided into categories that make sense in my brain.  Hopefully, that will translate well for others.  The list assumes that you are staying in Los Angeles or Northern Orange County.  I have a special section for Huntington Beach, because that is where I spend a lot of time.  An “*” denotes that an activity or attraction is kid-friendly.  For ease of use, I have included links to sites and attractions when possible.

Amusement Parks:


Attractions (Educational):


Beach Activities:

  • Biking*
  • Rollerblading*
  • Running
  • Bonfires*
  • Kayaking*
  • Laying Out
  • Scuba
  • Snorkeling*
  • Surfing*
  • Kitesurfing
  • Bodyboarding*
  • Building Sand Castles*
  • Seashell Hunts*
  • Picnics*
  • Volleyball*
  • Frisbee*

 Non-Beach Activities:

  • Bowling*
  • Biking*
  • Golfing
  • Hiking*
  • Horse-back Riding*
  • Ice Skating*
  • Roller Skating*
  • Spa Day
  • LA Tour (Bus or Walking)*

Performing Arts Venues:


Day Trips or Longer*

Huntington Beach Area

Special Events