Sunday, November 25, 2007

Top Ten Free Southern California Attractions

Looking for a one day trip but don't have a lot of money to spend ? After you fill up your gas tank with expensive fuel there is not a lot of money left to spend on tickets. Here are our top ten free things to do in Southern California.
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary - This is really an amazing place right in the heart of Orange County. Miles of trails to explore and a chance to see some of the 200 bird species that have been sighted in the reserve. Free parking and entrance fee. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Nix Nature Center - The $3.4-million nature center features interactive displays, interpretive panels, fossil-embedded rock work, audio recordings, projected images, art and artifacts. Parking and entrance free.
Nix Nature Center
Mary Muth Interpretive Center- Located on the Newport Beach Back Bay, Inside you will find hands-on learning activities and displays about life in and around an estuary. There is a movie to view and and a ranger on hand to answer questions. Free parking and entrance.Mary Muth Interpretive Center
Bates Nut Farm - The farm store offers nuts, fruits, candies, packaged delicacies and locally grown produce. There is also a petting zoo and the Farmer’s Daughter gift shop. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the picturesque oak filled valley. Free parking and picnic area. Bates Nut Farm
Balboa Park San Diego - The largest cultural complex west of the Mississippi with over 1200 acres of things to do. 15 different museums to explore.
Entrance to park and some of the attractions free. Parking some free spaces if you arrive early. Balboa Park
Mission San Luis Rey Oceanside - Soldiers barracks, Lavanderia, and the oldest Pepper tree in California are all free to see. Small charge to enter the museum. Free parking. Mission San Luis Rey
Fort MacArthur Museum - Great views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach Harbor. Free to roam around with a small charge to enter the museum. Free Parking with near-by Korean Friendship bell and Point Fermin Lighthouse which has free tours. Fort MacArthur Museum
Olvera Street Los Angeles - visitor center offers free tours Wednesdays through Saturdays and has a self-guided tour brochure. Parking is not free but due to the location near skid row it is best to park in the lot rather than out on the streets. olvera Street
LA China Town - Shopping, dining, and waking tours of this historic area of Los Angeles. 16 square block district with family-owned shops and ethnic restaurants. Free admission and free parking can be found in the area. Los Angeles China Town

Friday, November 23, 2007

Road Trip to Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach California
Traveling north of Los Angeles you can head up Highway 1 to Ventura. Once past Ventura the highway hugs the coast and you get fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean. The Amtrak trains follows the same route and if you happen to see one of the Amtrak trains give the passengers a wave you will be surprised as to how many of them wave back. Next stop is Santa Barbara which is a wonderful Southern California day trip. There are so many things to do in the Santa Barbara area you might want to consider a long week end or mini vacation. About 20 miles past Santa Barbara highway one turns inland at Gaviota State Beach. From there the road travels through oak covered hills and valleys which are rapidly being converted into miles of vineyards. Next stop is Santa Maria with it's world-famous Santa Maria Style barbecue, and fabulous California wines. Finally after a long day on the road is Pismo Beach . Pismo is a classic California town with a great pier and wide sandy beach. If you have four wheel drive you can actually drive on the beach and dunes. Wherever you go in this northern section of Southern California you will find no end to the interesting things to do and places to see. Next time your ready for a day trip head north along Highway one and explore Points North. Los Angeles Points North

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Disneyland's It's a Small World Ride will get Big Improvements

Small World Ride
The boats at Disneyland's It's a Small World ride are getting stuck way too often. After years of patching the fiberglass boats, they are scraping the bottom of the flume and stopping the ride. Rumor has it that the ever expanding weight of the American public is the problem. Disneyland is denying this and going ahead with a 10month refurbishment of the ride. A new water flume and new undisclosed scenes will be added to It's a Small World. January 7. 2008 will be the first day the ride will be closed.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Heavenly Ski Resort Scheduled Zip Line Open

A two cable, 3,325 foot long ZipRider at the Heavenly Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe, California. The ride starts at the top of the Tamarack chair lift and land at the "Adventure Peak" located at the top of the Heavenly Gondola. This ride drops over 500 vertical feet at an average percent grade of 15.8%, and at its highest takes guests on a 50-mile-an-hour thrill ride from the top of Tamarack Express back to the top of the Gondola. The Heavenly Sky Flyer is the longest zip line in the lower 48 U.S. states. For people who don't ski or snow board this will be a fun way to enjoy the thrill of zooming down the mountain at 50 miles an hour.