Attractions for Kids in Southern California

Attractions for Kids in Southern California
Kids in Southern California have a number of attractions to explore. This diverse region is rich in history, culture, fresh air and sunshine, but when your kids need a break from the hiking and biking trails, there are still plenty of outdoor activities available. From toddlers to teens and everyone in between, children's attractions are a fantastic way to relax and unwind on your California vacation.

Calico Ghost Town

Located on the side of King Mountain, Calico Ghost Town lived and died in less than 20 years. Today it's an honest-to-goodness ghost town, with several of the original buildings still standing. Walk down Main Street, past the one-room school-house, the saloon and the blacksmith's shop and even pan for real gold. Calico Ghost Town has been used as the location for many Hollywood movies, like "From Dust 'til Dawn," "The Hitcher," "Erin Brockovich," "Broken Arrow" and "Jai Chiranjeeva."

Calico Ghost Town
36600 Ghost Town Road
Yermo, California 92398
(760) 254-2122

Belmont Park Beachside Amusement

At San Diego's Mission Beach, the seaside Belmont park offers visitors wave machines and a swimming pool for clean, salt-free water play as well as a huge arcade, midway games, miniature golf, a mirror maze, a laser maze and two 25-foot coconut trees for guests to climb. Kids enjoy racing to the top of the trees and riding the old-fashioned carnival rides, like the tilt-a-whirl, bumper cars and the Giant Dipper, a 1925 wooden roller coaster.

Belmont Park
146 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, California
(858) 488-1549

Orange County Recreation

This 477-acre park in Orange County has miles of bicycling and walking trails that lead through six playgrounds, two horse shoe pits, four softball fields, a lagoon and volleyball courts. Picnic areas, concession stands, a bandstand, equestrian trails and train rides are entertaining diversions that make this park fun for all ages and personalities. They also offer fishing and paddle boat rental.

Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, California 92869
(714) 973-6835

Article Written By Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.

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