Fun Things to Do in Southern California

Fun Things to Do in Southern California
Outdoor lovers will find Southern California to be an entertaining place to visit. Offering miles of scenic coastline that include popular beaches such as Malibu, Newport, Laguna Beach and Dana Point, the southern portion of the state is also well-known for Venice Beach, the rugged San Bernardino Mountains and an active, urban nightlife scene.


Although surfing is not indigenous to San Diego, it most certainly has been adopted. Those looking to complete the ultimate Southern California tour owe it to themselves to paddle out into the waves at Mission Beach at least once. Even though surfing is usually viewed as a sport for teens, it is not uncommon to see old-timers along the coast here walking their long boards. For beginners, the ideal way to start is through the Endless Summer Surf School. Students receive all necessary equipment, instruction and supervision before being led out into gentle surf for a first try. Remember not to get too frustrated as learners are likely to spend most of their time falling off the board.

Endless Summer Adventures
2888 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109

Hollywood Bowl

Reap the rewards of classical music in an outdoor setting at the Hollywood Bowl. Though other Los Angeles venues offer high-caliber classical performances, few can boast the scenery and majesty of this outdoor, half shell venue. Designed in a style similar to ancient Greece, the Hollywood Bowl offers clear sight lines in every section. A great way to experience a performance here is by bringing along a picnic. Many visitors picnic outside the stadium before the show, but a better idea is to bring it along with you and munch along during the show. Views of the night sky and pastel lighting across the stage only enhance the evening. Tickets for performances are very reasonable.

Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 436-2827

Channel Islands NP

Drive north on the Ventura Highway. Catch a boat ride to Channel Islands National Park. While everyone else is headed to the more touristy Catalina Island, those seeking more natural surroundings can visit these seldom visited jewels off the coast. The Channel Islands are home to an unusually large amount of endangered species and were believed to have been inhabited by the Chumash Indians for thousands of years. Activities along the coast include whale watching, scuba diving and fishing. While on the islands, visitors can camp and hike in areas generally devoid of any public edifice. Truth Aquatics regular ships visitors to the islands as well as outfitting scuba divers on single or multiple day, live-aboard trips. Note that diving in this area often means very cold water, and dry suits are highly recommended.

Channel Islands National Park
1901 Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 658-5730\

Truth Aquatics
301 West Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-3564

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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