Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. It is known for a mild year-round climate, scenic coves, environmental preservation, and an artist community. The population in the 2010 census was 22,723.
1. Take a Stroll 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. Art is Everywhere…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 Official Visitors Center.
3. Ride a Trolley or Local Bus Through Town – The City of Laguna Beach provides free open air trolley service every Friday (4-11 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m-11 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-8 p.m.) throughout the year. During the summer months (July & August), the trolleys run from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. From September through June you can ride the local daily bus for just 75 cents.
4. Monthly Art Walk – Established in 1998, First Thursday’s Art Walk is a festive, cultural evening on the first Thursday of every month. The event is free and runs from 6pm-9pm. Free trolley service runs throughout the evening, linking member gallery locations. More than 40 galleries participate, offering artist receptions, demonstrations, refreshments and live music. The Laguna Art Museum is also free from 5pm-9pm.
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 from sea stars to anemones. Pick up an illustrated brochure at the Official Visitors Center to help you identify the sea life you might spot.
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. Holds wine tastings. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
7. Year-Round Whale Watching Cruises – The whale watching off Laguna Beach is exceptional with year round opportunities. View giant blue whales in the summer and fall and gray whales in winter and spring. Finback whales, minke whales, humpbacks, several species of dolphin, and more viewed year round. Newport Landing Whale Watching and Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching offer several whale watching cruises daily, and Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari also provides daily excursions with underwater viewing. Fun Fact: The dolphin population off Laguna’s coastline exceeds more than that of Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean combined!
8. Explore California’s Oldest Museum – The Laguna Art Museum focuses on the cultural heritage of California and the unique history of Laguna Beach. Exhibits California art from the 19th century to the present. Closed Wednesdays. Admission: $7; $5; free for children under 12 and museum members.