Sunday, May 19, 2013

Things to do Memorial Day Southern California

Theme Parks are the number one destination for Memorial Day Weekend. Disneyland is expecting record crowds. For a slightly less jam packed experience both Knott's Berry Farm is offering $25.00 off adult tickets.

The next most popular destination are Southern California Beaches. Huntington Beach in Orange County and Mission Beach in San Diego have huge crowds on Memorial day.

Camping is right at the top of the list for Memorial Day Weekend Activities. Popular destinations are The Kern River and any campsite that is near or on the beach. Get an early start if you plan on going camping.

If you plan on staying near home there are plenty of  Festivals,events and activities.

Southern California Day Trips Over 2,000 fun things to do and places to see on Memorial Day or any other time of the year.

Annual Topanga Days Country Fair - Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday at The Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

Fiesta Hermosa hundreds of artists and crafters are featured, including painters, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters.Food Court, which offers 18 different kinds of ethnic food. Memorial Day Weekend.

Aquarium of the Pacific is its a kids place that parents like too. From the moment you walk in and see the huge life size blue whale hanging from the ceiling you know your in for a fun day.
Palm Springs Air Museum - has scheduled its Memorial Day Flower Drop for 1 p.m. Monday at the museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. A World War II-era B-25 Mitchell bomber will lay red and white carnations on the museum's aircraft ramp. Visitors are invited to collect a flower to take home. 760-778-6262.

Catalina Island is a quick getaway for those that don’t have the time to travel to some remote faraway location. Just about any traveler can find something to do on the island.

Santa Barbara is within easy day trip distance from Los Angeles. If you are planning on making the journey get an early start because there are plenty of things to do in this beautiful coastal town.

For lots more options on Things To Do Memorial Day visit our main website.

Things to do Memorial Day Updated 2013

Monday, April 04, 2011

Leo Carrillo State Park

Leo Carrillo State Park with its two sandy beach areas, tide pools, and numerous coves and sea caves, this year-round paradise offers privacy and ocean access for anglers, divers, surfers, wildlife watchers, and beachcombers. The park was named after actor, preservationist and conservationist Leo Carrillo who served on the California Beach and Parks commission for eighteen years, was widely known for his portrayal of Pancho in the 1950s TV series, The Cisco Kid. Read more about Leo Carrillo State Park here.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Grunion Run San Diego

Experience a Remarkable Grunion Run with Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego

Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego,
for a must-see ocean adventure. From April to early June, observe the
mysterious grunion spawn on the beaches of La Jolla.

On certain spring nights following high tides, hundreds of the small,
silvery fish ride the waves onto shore for this remarkable mating ritual.
While on the beach, female grunion bury themselves in the sand to lay eggs,
while males wrap themselves protectively around the females to fertilize
their eggs. Both catch a wave to return to sea.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists will guide participants through an
unforgettable night, starting with a presentation on grunion, followed by a
rare opportunity to witness grunion eggs hatch before their eyes. The unique
experience continues with a moonlight beach exploration. Please bring a
flashlight and warm jacket.

The program is $12 per person, ages 6+.

2011 Season:
€ Tuesday, April 5, 10:30 p.m. ­ 12:30 a.m.
€ Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 p.m. ­ 12:30 a.m.
€ Thursday, May 5, 10:30 p.m. ­ 12:30 a.m.
€ Thursday, May 19, 11 p.m. ­ 1 a.m.
€ Friday, June 3, 10:30 p.m. ­ 12:30 a.m.

Grunion runs do not take place at Birch Aquarium. Reservations must be
received in advance by registering online at or
calling 858-534-7336.

Monday, January 17, 2011

California Farm Tours

California farms tours fall under the heading of Agritourism. Farmers and ranchers are now offering U-pick, farm stays, farm tours, on-farm classes, guest ranches, and even weddings. This agri-events give farmers an added source of revenue and teach city folks about farm products they consume in their daily lives. Learn about how food is processed from field to table from local farms and ranches. Farm Tours Links:

Southern California Farm Tours
Central California Farm Tours
Northern California Farm Tours

Agritourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. Agritourism has different definitions in different parts of the world, and sometimes refers specifically to farm stays, as in Italy. Elsewhere, agritourism includes a wide variety of activities, including buying produce direct from a farm stand, navigating a corn maze, picking fruit, feeding animals, or staying on a farm.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Palm Springs Hiking Indian Canyons

Palm Springs California offers many options for relaxation away from the big city, but few know about the Indian Canyon trails that offer a true break from the hustle and bustle of the city and are a great alternative if you don’t have the time to visit nearby Joshua Tree National Monument. Creeks and waterfalls offer a chance to sit and enjoy a lunch after a stress-relieving hike. Three areas are available and each offers a unique experience. Be sure to pay close attention, as many endangered wildlife can be seen along the way. Hundreds of years ago, the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians settled in the region of Palm Springs. Communities developed around the fresh water supply, and ample hunting was available with the abundant wildlife. Read the fill Palm Springs Hiking Indian Canyons article.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Things To Do Thanksgiving Weekend Los Angeles

Los Angeles Thanksgiving weekend events, attractions and things to. One day to fill up on turkey and three days to explore the Los Angeles area. Here is a list of our favorite places to visit this weekend. Most od these activities are free or low cost all of them can be enjoyed in one day or less.

Los Angeles Zoo Botanical Gardens
Located on a 113-acre site in Griffith Park with more than 950 animals and almost 7,500 plants. Excellent Zoo and gardens with some outstanding animal exhibits.

Chinatown Los Angeles
Shopping, dining, and waking tours of this historic area of Los Angeles. This 16 square block district is filled with family-owned shops and ethnic restaurants. Chinatown is only a short walk form Union Station and a must see in LA.

Little Tokyo Historic District
Located in downtown Los Angeles, Little Toyko is a fascinating place visit. Plan on spending at least a half day exploring this historic area of Los Angeles. Japanese Village Plaza is the heart of Little Toyko and a perfect starting point/

LA Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum
Tar has seeped up from the ground in this area for thousands of years, forming sticky pools. Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles. Free admission the the grounds surrounding the Page Museum and tar pits

Fillmore & Western Railway
Train ride through the Heritage Valley in Ventura County Travel through miles of orchards and classic California towns. See what California used to look like in the good old days.

Santa Barbara Zoo
Excellent medium size zoo with a wide range of displays. The Santa Barbara Zoo is very kid friendly and even has a miniature that circles the zoo. Perfect location overlooking the coast

Big Bear Lake
The only place in Southern Cal that can offer you four seasons. Year round vacation and day trip destination.

Mission San Juan Capistrano
Birthplace of Orange County. Historic mission is a must seeboth locals and tourists.

Discovery Science Center
120 hands-on exhibits, shows, and laser show. A full day of family fun in Orange County

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nixon Library Yorba Linda Day Trip

The Richard Nixon Library opened in 1990 and is dedicated to educating the public about the life and times of the 37th President. Surrounding the nine acre site you will find beautifully landscaped grounds which include the first lady's rose garden and a reflecting pool.The original farm house where President Nixon was born is just a few steps away from his final resting place in the Nixon Memorial Garden. Inside the Library is the main gallery is where you can take a journey through history exploring the many exhibits. Read the full Richard Nixon Library article hereRichard Nixon Library and Birthplace. 18001 Yorba Linda blvd. Yorba Linda CA 92886. Open daily 10 AM to 5 PM ?Sundays 11 AM to 5 PM Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

La Brea Tar Pits Los Angeles

La Brea Tar Pits are a famous cluster of fossil sites in urban Los Angeles, around the Hancock Park area. Brea is the Spanish word for asphalt or tar, which has seeped up from the ground in the area for thousands of years. Over the centuries, animals that came to drink the water, which collected on top, fell in, sank into the tar, and were preserved as bones. The asphalt also preserved many very small "microfossils" such as wood and plant remnants, insects, dust, and even pollen grains. Scientists have used radiometric dating of the preserved wood and bones to estimate an age of 38,000 years for the oldest known piece from the La Brea pits. Read the full La Brea Tar Pits article.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lindy and Grundy LA's Newest Meat Market

Photo by Jennifer May
Lindy and Grundy will be offering meat free of hormones and antibiotics to customers in and around Los Angeles. Lindy and Grundy make all of their own sausages, roast beef and pastrami in house. Their market will feature locally raised meats and both women been trained by top butcher Joshua Applestone of Fleishers in Kingston, NY.
Before Amelia and Erika decided to get into the meat market business their careers included floral design and cooking.
Lindy and Grundy will only sell meat that humanely treated right up until the time it ends up on your dinner table. The philosophy is to offer top notch products, to be a part of the community and to educate people about butchering and food. Before the two meat entrepreneurs settled down to the business of cutting beef they were married  in Connecticut while on their way to California. Starting this December the newly weds will be serving up some of the best meats in Los Angeles. Lindy and Grundy's: is located at 801 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046. The store will be opening December 2010. For more information visit Lindy and Grundy website

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Outlet Malls California

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching this list of outlet malls in California is sure to come in handy. Most of California's outlet malls are located in Southern California. Central and Northern California have a few Outlet malls which are located near San Francisco and Sacramento. Outlet malls offer discounts on slightly damages goods, overstocked products and last years fashons. Savvy shoppers can enjoy savings over regular shopping malls however you need to be careful, in some case you may end up paying the same as a regular store.

Viejas Outlet Center
5005 Willows Road
Alpine, California 91901
(619) 659-2070
Tanger Outlets Barstow
2796 Tanger Way
Barstow, CA 92311
P: (760) 253-4813
Cabazon Outlets
Desert Hills Premium Outlets
48400 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, CA 92230
(951) 849-664
Camarillo Premium Outlets
40 E. Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo, CA
(805) 445-8515
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
5620 Paseo Del Norte # 100, Carlsbad, CA
(760) 804-9000
Lake Elsinore Outlets
17600 Collier Ave
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-2633
(951) 245-0087
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 888-1724 ‎
Ontario Mills Mall
Mills cir
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 484-8300
Gilroy Premium Outlets
681 Leavesley Road
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-3729
Pismo Beach Prime Outlet Mall
333 Five Cities Drive, Ste 100
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-4661
Tulare Outlet Mall
Folsom Premium Outlets
13000 Folsom Boulevard
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 985-0312
Tracy Outlets
Vacaville Premium Outlets
321 Nut Tree Road, Suite 2
Vacaville, CA 95687
(707) 447-5755
Petaluma Village Premium Outlets
2200 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-9300
Napa Premium Outlets
629 Factory Stores Drive
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 226-9876

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Newport Beach Back Bay Loop Trail

The Back Bay area of Newport Beach describes the inland area, which connects the Upper Newport Bay with Newport Harbor. If you seek a peaceful retreat with a chance to observe nature without straying too far from the city, then this is the place for you. The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve spans a thousand acres of marshlands and immense bluffs, and is one the few estuaries left in Southern California. It’s the place where fresh and saltwater meets. Newport Beach Back Bay Loop Trail

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Halloween Best Haunted Attractions Southern California

At one time Knott's Berry's Farm was the undisputed king of Southern California Halloween events. This Halloween the competition is fierce for the title of best haunted attraction. The key players this year for older children and adults are Knott"s, Universal Studios and Magic Mountain. Disneyland, Legoland and Seaworld San Diego are hosting haunted events that are suitable for all age groups.
Knott's Berry's Farm
Knott's Berry Farm Haunt is the world’s largest Halloween celebration. Starting September 24 and running for 27 horrifying nights the typically family friendly theme park will transform itself for its willing victims into 160-acres of sheer terror. Knott’s Halloween Haunt continues to be the leader in theme park Halloween events offering a whopping 13 mazes, seven hair-raising shows, three horrific scare zones and 1,000 roaming monsters roaming throughout the entire park. Knott’s Halloween Haunt dates are September 24-26, September 30-Oct. 3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31, 2010. Event hours are 7pm - 1am; Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-2am.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Halloween Horror Nights® opened its 17-night run today at Universal Studios HollywoodSM with the annual presentation of the Eyegore Awards, honoring the horror genre’s top stars and creative artists. The 2010 "Halloween Horror Nights" event at Universal Studios Hollywood offers spine-chilling new mazes based upon the horror genre’s most compelling characters. Rob Zombie and other top artists collaborated with Universal Studios Hollywood in the creation of new mazes, "scare zones" and backlot experiences. Halloween Horror Nights’ mazes will include "A Nightmare On Elm Street™: Never Sleep Again," "Friday the 13th™: Kill, Jason, Kill!," Rob Zombie’s "House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D Zombievison" plus "Saw: Game On" and "Vampyre: Castle of the Undead." Among the six "Scare Zones" is a new "La Llorona" experience, based upon the timeless Mexican legend.
Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain is transformed from a "theme park" to a haunted "scream park" for Fright Fest Presented by SNICKERS® beginning October 8 and running for four frightfully fun weekends through October 31. Fright Fest offers 12 days of terrifying haunted mazes, roaming zombies, the scariest clowns on the planet and new shows ... leaving no tombstone unturned to bring the ultimate sensory overload for every range of fear. For the little monsters, a Trick or Treat Trail Presented by Walgreens, Scaryoke and Crafts in Bugs Bunny World round out the activities.
October 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31.
SeaWorld San Diego
Seaworld Halloween Spooktacular where can kids meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat among a sea-inspired atmosphere, which includes friendly sea princesses, octopuses and schools of fish? It’s all part of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where Halloween meets the sea this October. Kids are invited to come in costume and enjoy animal meet and greets, special Halloween shows and colorful costumed characters, from 1 to 6 p.m. the following weekends: Oct. 2–3, Oct. 9–10, Oct. 16–17, Oct. 23–24 and Oct. 30–31, 2010.
Queen Mary Dark Harbor
The ship’s crew have ensured this Long Beach Halloween tradition’s unforgettable and macabre makeover at the hands of fright masters long responsible for some of Southern California’s biggest scare-fests. More than 45,000 scares per hour await, along with 160 monsters and 20-foot tall flames. Three shipboard and two onshore mazes confuse and ensnare visitors, and although visitors will have every opportunity to turn back, the food, drink and entertainment inside will ensure leaving is unthinkable.
18 Nights Oct. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31
7:00 p.m. through the darkest hour of midnight

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Julian Apple Picking

Julian Bakery
Its apple picking time in Julian California. This years apple harvest gets into full swing from about middle of September to the middle of October. Picking season is rather short due to the popularity of this annual event. U-Pick apple season has become a victim of its success with very limited supplies of these delicious treats. Apples and Art Orchards has U-Pick for groups of ten or more however you must make a reservation. The trip up the mountain is still worth the drive especially if you arrive early. O'Dell's Organic Orchard is open weekends for you pick along with Raven Hill Orchard which is also open on Fridays. While the pickings may be slim you can still fill up on apple pie at Julian Bakery or take a gold mine tour at the Julian Mining Company. Julian California directions: From Los Angeles and Orange County take 5 or 15 south to 76 East to 79, turn right to 78/79 (Santa Ysabel) turn left to Julian, or take 5 or 15 South to 78 east to Julian. From San Diego take I-8 east to highway 67 (toward Ramona). 67 turns into 78 in Ramona, follow to Julian, or take I-8 east to 79 (through the Cuyamaca State Park) to Julian. From the Carlsbad - Vista take 78 east to Julian. You can pick up 78 east from I-15 in Escondido or I-5 in Carlsbad.