1. Ride the Huntington Beach bike path
Pacific Coast Hwy and Warner Ave, , 92649
This 8.5 mile bike path is shared by cyclists, rollerbladers, and joggers. It is scenic and always entertaining due to the regularity of events taking place on the beach. It can be windy sometimes, so be prepared for a good workout! This beach also offers fire pits for campfires, beach volleyball, and many free concerts and events over the summer months.
2. Go hiking at Crystal Cove State Park
8471 N Coast Hwy, , 92651
What an amazing place to hike! I am so glad that I found out about this gem. There are 3 different hiking trails and also crystal clear beaches for swimming. Lots of steep hills so you will definitely get in a good workout! Crystal Cove is very quiet, not crowded, natural views with no highways or houses, just wilderness. On a side note, be aware of mountain lions, as frequently sightings have been reported in recent years.
3. Spend the day relaxing at Laguna Beach
Coast Hwy and Broadway, , 92652
Laguna is one of the most beautiful beaches in Orange County, if not in all of Southern California. I love jogging along the coastline in the sand. Another plus is that this beach is usually less crowded than many of the others. The combination of pristine water, caves, and dramatic cliffs really make for some outstanding views.
4. Visit Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
18000 Pacific Coast Hwy, , 92648
This bird watching nature viewing area in Huntington Beach is a great place to take a quiet stroll through nature in the morning before starting your day. Because of the serene atmosphere, a trip to this preserve is a great alternative to a hectic beach day. Admission is free and free parking can be found nearby.
5. Plan a day trip to Newport Beach
Visitor's Center - 1600 Newport Center Dr, , 92660
Newport Beach is another great OC County Beach. The waves here are crazy. The Wedge is a popular surfing spot where the waves go up to 30 feet! After the beach, head over to Fashion Island for a day of shopping.
6. Visit Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Dr, , 92660
Fashion Island is an outdoor mall which is fantastic during the warm summer months. There are plenty of upscale restaurants and shops to choose amongst. The landscaping is beautiful with lots of palm trees, giving it a nice tropical feeling.
7. Take in the views from the pier at Huntington Beach
Main & PCH, , 92648
The Huntington Beach pier is a great place for watching the surfers, taking in the gorgeous views, and just relaxing. Check out this picture of this odd bird just sitting on the pier amidst the crowds.
8. Be a spectator at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach
Main Street and Pacific Coast Hwy, , 92648
This famous surfing event is held each July/August. Enjoy a nice mild summer day at the beach while catching a glimpse of professional surfers. In addition, the pier is a great place for watching surfers practice their moves anytime of the year!
9. Enjoy a leisurely ride along the Newport Balboa Bike Path
Balboa Blvd. and 21st Street, , 92660
This path is short (just under 3 miles or so), yet very scenic. Along the way, you will get to take in prime views of the historic Newport and Balboa Piers, along with nice views of waterfront homes and the ocean. The trail tends to get pretty crowded, so take it more as a sightseeing journey than a cycling workout!
10. Be a kid again at Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Drive, , 92802
Many are surprised to know that California is actually home to Walt Disney's first theme park. Although many of the same rides found in Orlando can also be found here, there are a few unique attractions to explore including Matterhorn Bobsleds and Mickey's Fun Wheel.