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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    With Buena Vista Street opening, visitors to S. Cal might want to check out some other historical and/or sentimental S. Cal architecture on this thread like:
    The Pasadena City Hall (more beautiful than some state capitol buildings), the Huntington in San Marino (just south of Pasadena), the Langham in Pasadena, Balboa Park and The University of San Diego, Union Station, the Malibu Getty, the Beverly Hills Hotel, UCLA, Roy Disney & Frank Wells' school: Pomona College, etc.




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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    I just thought someone might get an idea for a good place to visit this summer
    from this thread that was dead. This will be my last post here
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    I like Sea World, but I'm not too crazy for Legoland (it's a waste of time). I don't really like L.A. or Hollywood, but the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store there is nice. Beaches are awesome. Universal Hollywood is okay, it's not great, but it (in my opinion) has a really nice city walk, it's better than Downtown Disney. Maybe that's just because I really like Bubba Gump. Fashion Island is coolio and some of the Marinas/Harbors are fun.
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    kinda surprised no one said Magic Mountain (from what i saw).

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    Dodger Stadium.
    this year when we go down, we're going to spend a couple days in magic mountain before going to disneyland, and while in MM, were going to try to shoot over to Dodger Stadium, since the Giants will be in town. Being a die hard Giants fan, though, I'm not sure I'll survive to go do disneyland, lol. may just be spending a few days in LA's hospital

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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Quote Originally Posted by jcruise86 View Post
    I just thought someone might get an idea for a good place to visit this summer
    from this thread that was dead. This will be my last post here
    UNLESS someone responds. I promise!
    Being a fan of the beach, I'd recommend a bike ride down The Strand in South Bay. I really don't know how far it goes, but I ride it through Redondo Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach Pier, and Manhattan Beach Pier (I think it may go all the way to Santa Monica!). You get beautiful views of the ocean (The Strand is literally on the sand) and the women are gorgeous. Jump on the pier during the summer and you'll often see dolphins and sea lions.

    On Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends Hermosa Beach throws it's bi-annual Fiesta Hermosa event that opens and closes out summer. It's one of my favorite things to go to. There's numerous arts and craft vendors, fair-like food, a beer garden, and cover bands. The entire city is lively, great places to jump into, and the ocean to hang out at when you get tired of walking around. Trust me, you'll love it. I'm going on sept. 3rd I believe.

    There's also the AVP tour (a pro-volleyball tour) in Manhattan Beach and the Hermosa Beach and the Jose Cuervo Volley Ball Tournament. Those are fun because vendors pass out lots of freebies. I usually collect a year's worth of Banana Boat sun block, lots of health food items (free muscle milk protein drinks, vitamin water, protein bars, etc.), and for some reason there's always wine makers passing out awesome coupons (buy one get one free at Ralphs or Vons for example). Just bring a back pack and load it up with goodies.

    I hope that was helpful!

    Oh, and if you get a chance, take The Strand and take a bike ride to Redondo Beach pier and head over to Captain Kidd's for some sea food. It's no frills and you pay cheap prices for awesome cuts of fish. I got a sword fish sandwich for $4.95. So awesome.

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    Oh yeah, there's a couple of wineries in Malibu that are worth checking out, the best being Saddle Rock. It's located on Ca-1, sits on the bluffs and overlooks the ocean. A phenomenal view and a great place to grab a wonderful glass of wine, a cheese plate, see the beautiful ocean, and take in some nice live music. Go on google and check out Malibu wineries. I think there's at least 4 wineries/tasting rooms.
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    I was just going to post a similar question...so this is helpful! Thanks-

    For those that are fans of the beach...are there any that you would say are more family friendly( kids from 2.5 yrs to 12 yrs) than others? We plan on one weekday to spend casually at a beach...just not sure which one we should try out this time
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    I personally think the beaches in Orange County are the most family friendly, my favorite being Newport Beach with the boardwalk and peir area. The best beach for kids is Corona Del Mar in Newport Beach - it has fun rock formations that kids can play on and a little private cove beach with caves. A short walk up the street takes you to Little Corona beach which is famous to the locals for it's awesome tide pools. Huntington beach is huge and also has a pier and is famous for being Surf City USA. Seal beach is on the northern end of orange county, has a smaller pier and is probably better for adults because there are lots of restaurants and bars leading up to the sand. Laguna Beach is to the southern end of OC and is awesome for all of it's art galleries, restaurants and laid back feel. Not to be missed is the Wyland Gallery, Laguna Village, and in the summer the Sawdust art festival and the Pageant of the Masters!


    I would also like to second the reccomendation of the Orange Circle Historic District! I live in Orange and this is one of my favorite places to hang out. There is the amazing Watson's drug store and soda fountain that was used in the movie That Thing You Do with Liv Tyler and Tom Hanks and tons of awesome antiques shops filled with antiques and Americana. It's like going through museums where everything is for sale. There are too many fantastic restaurants to name and the archetecture of the houses and the public buildings ranges from the 1880s to the 1950's. In September they close the whole plaza down and do the International Street Fair which has booths set up down the streets allowing you to sample food and entertainment from different countries of the world. So much fun!

    How you get to the Orange Circle from Disneyland:
    Head south on Harbor Blvd for 1 mile, then turn left on Chapman Ave. Drive 3.6 miles on Chapman and you're there! There are FREE public parking lots on Orange Street between Chapman Ave and Almond St and on Olive Street between Chapman and Almond Street.

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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenchanter View Post
    I personally think the beaches in Orange County are the most family friendly, my favorite being Newport Beach with the boardwalk and peir area. The best beach for kids is Corona Del Mar in Newport Beach - it has fun rock formations that kids can play on and a little private cove beach with caves. A short walk up the street takes you to Little Corona beach which is famous to the locals for it's awesome tide pools. Huntington beach is huge and also has a pier and is famous for being Surf City USA. Seal beach is on the northern end of orange county, has a smaller pier and is probably better for adults because there are lots of restaurants and bars leading up to the sand. Laguna Beach is to the southern end of OC and is awesome for all of it's art galleries, restaurants and laid back feel. Not to be missed is the Wyland Gallery, Laguna Village, and in the summer the Sawdust art festival and the Pageant of the Masters!


    I would also like to second the reccomendation of the Orange Circle Historic District! I live in Orange and this is one of my favorite places to hang out. There is the amazing Watson's drug store and soda fountain that was used in the movie That Thing You Do with Liv Tyler and Tom Hanks and tons of awesome antiques shops filled with antiques and Americana. It's like going through museums where everything is for sale. There are too many fantastic restaurants to name and the archetecture of the houses and the public buildings ranges from the 1880s to the 1950's. In September they close the whole plaza down and do the International Street Fair which has booths set up down the streets allowing you to sample food and entertainment from different countries of the world. So much fun!

    How you get to the Orange Circle from Disneyland:
    Head south on Harbor Blvd for 1 mile, then turn left on Chapman Ave. Drive 3.6 miles on Chapman and you're there! There are FREE public parking lots on Orange Street between Chapman Ave and Almond St and on Olive Street between Chapman and Almond Street.
    We're from Washington and LOVE to visit Orange when we come down to DLR. We have breakfast at Watson's (its like going back a few decades..we love this kinda thing) and then walk around and visit the stores and antique shops. There are a couple little small parks we like, too. Can't remember their names. If I ever get to move to CA, I'm hoping it will be to Orange!
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenchanter View Post
    I personally think the beaches in Orange County are the most family friendly, my favorite being Newport Beach with the boardwalk and peir area. The best beach for kids is Corona Del Mar in Newport Beach - it has fun rock formations that kids can play on and a little private cove beach with caves. A short walk up the street takes you to Little Corona beach which is famous to the locals for it's awesome tide pools. Huntington beach is huge and also has a pier and is famous for being Surf City USA. Seal beach is on the northern end of orange county, has a smaller pier and is probably better for adults because there are lots of restaurants and bars leading up to the sand. Laguna Beach is to the southern end of OC and is awesome for all of it's art galleries, restaurants and laid back feel. Not to be missed is the Wyland Gallery, Laguna Village, and in the summer the Sawdust art festival and the Pageant of the Masters!


    I would also like to second the reccomendation of the Orange Circle Historic District! I live in Orange and this is one of my favorite places to hang out. There is the amazing Watson's drug store and soda fountain that was used in the movie That Thing You Do with Liv Tyler and Tom Hanks and tons of awesome antiques shops filled with antiques and Americana. It's like going through museums where everything is for sale. There are too many fantastic restaurants to name and the archetecture of the houses and the public buildings ranges from the 1880s to the 1950's. In September they close the whole plaza down and do the International Street Fair which has booths set up down the streets allowing you to sample food and entertainment from different countries of the world. So much fun!

    How you get to the Orange Circle from Disneyland:
    Head south on Harbor Blvd for 1 mile, then turn left on Chapman Ave. Drive 3.6 miles on Chapman and you're there! There are FREE public parking lots on Orange Street between Chapman Ave and Almond St and on Olive Street between Chapman and Almond Street.

    Thanks so much! We went to Newport briefly last year, but didn't get a chance to explore...I think we may take more time to do so! And Orange Circle sounds like fun. My MIL is meeting us there and I'm sure she would love this too!
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Quote Originally Posted by jennc04 View Post
    Thanks so much! We went to Newport briefly last year, but didn't get a chance to explore...I think we may take more time to do so! And Orange Circle sounds like fun. My MIL is meeting us there and I'm sure she would love this too!
    Just came back on to say a similar thing. Orange County beaches are probably the best in terms of family-friendliness. Huntington Beach, Laguna....I've been a fan of Dana Point as well. LA County beaches are really busy.

    I don't know much about San Diego beaches but I do recall something about lax open container laws down there. I'm not sure (hopefully someone can correct me if I'm wrong), but if true, it's probably a place I wouldn't take my kids to.
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Quote Originally Posted by jennc04 View Post
    I was just going to post a similar question...so this is helpful! Thanks-

    For those that are fans of the beach...are there any that you would say are more family friendly( kids from 2.5 yrs to 12 yrs) than others? We plan on one weekday to spend casually at a beach...just not sure which one we should try out this time
    If you want really tame, in Marina Del Rey there is a place called Mothers' Beach. It's secluded, with no waves, so all you get are families and young children.
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Santa Barbara... my home town. (so yeah, I am biased)

    It is, after all, the gateway to SoCal (tho I suppose the other gateway to SoCal is, what? Tijuana?)

    Anyway, if you want to see a close cousin of the original Carthay Circle Theatre, check out the SB courthouse. She is the squared off version of the same architechural style. This architecture is repeated thru-out the entire city. A low-slung version can be found at our natural history museum. Not a world class museum, but so nicely done with tons of artistic integrity. The "jewel of the missions" is arguably found in SB (yes, we have a bit of rivalry with San Jaun Capistrano).


    We have one of the best zoo's in the country. It is small enough to be incorporated into a day trip.

    For a mellow mind bending experience, watch a sun set at one of our oddly south facing beaches... very few places on the west coast will allow you to see a sunset while facing up the beach or even slightly behind you behind hills/mountains in the summer months.

    It is an easy drive up the coast for a day trip or even a long weekend. There is a reason it is called the American Riviera. There is a ton to do... I miss it dearly. This post reminds me that I must go back soon.
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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenchanter View Post
    I personally think the beaches in Orange County are the most family friendly, my favorite being Newport Beach with the boardwalk and peir area. The best beach for kids is Corona Del Mar in Newport Beach - it has fun rock formations that kids can play on and a little private cove beach with caves. A short walk up the street takes you to Little Corona beach which is famous to the locals for it's awesome tide pools. Huntington beach is huge and also has a pier and is famous for being Surf City USA. . .
    Thanks for the excellent post, Gwenchanter!
    We'll check out Little Corona Beach & Corona Del Mar.

    And remember that the Reagan Library in Simi Valley now has an impressive Disney exhibit.

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    I'm bad I know, but magic mountain for the thrilling roller coasters.
    Then any beach will do.
    Followed by animal and outdoors activities.
    And last historical sites.

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    Re: Besides the D land Resort, favorite places to visit in S. California

    Just an FYI folks -- the Orange County Fair is running now through August 12. It is only a 15 minute drive from the DLR in Costa Mesa. If you're looking for some cheesy fun and fried everything you should check it out!

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