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.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Newport Beach 2010 Christmas Boat Parade

The 2010 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is held from December 15 through December 19. The parade begins each evening at 6:30. Arrive early for best parking and viewing areas. Starting point for the parade is at Bay Island, the boats then cruise out to the jetty and turn around at Pirate's Cove. Heading back into the harbor the parade route follows the south shore of the harbor circling Balboa Island Harbor Island and Lido Isle. The Christmas Boat Parade announcer's booth is located in the Balboa Fun Zone. There is a large parking lot next to the Balboa Pier and plenty of restaurants nearby. More information about the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Catalina Island Day Trip

Catalina Island If you are looking for an island getaway, but don’t have the time to travel to some remote faraway location, Catalina Island is located just 22-miles off the coast of Southern California, southwest of Los Angeles. Catalina is part of the eight Channel Islands archipelago, and is the only one of the eight islands with a significant civilian population. The island totals 76 square miles of beautiful waterfront and mountainous majesty with Mt. Orizaba being the highest elevation at 2,069 feet while Mount Black Jack is close behind at 2,006. The water between Catalina and the mainland runs nearly 3,000 feet deep, or more than 1/2 mile. The temperature of the water ranges from 64 to 73 degrees in the summer and 54 to 59 degrees in winter, rivaling many of the more expensive getaways outside the US. Read the full Catalina Island article.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Mission San Juan Capsitrano Christmas Events

Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano will kick off the holiday season by hosting its annual "Christmas at the Mission" on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. A magical night under the stars will allow revelers to visit the nativity scene, meet St. Nicholas, and enjoy the beauty of the Mission's gardens, all lit up.

Events include dance, choir and mariachi performances, photos with Santa Claus, and Santa’s Workshop craft activities. Refreshments will be offered for sale, including Champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate), cocoa and coffee.

Groups to perform are the Beach Cities Harmonizers, Capo Valley High School Chamber Group, Mariachi Capistrano, The Mission Viejo Chorus, Ocean Hills Community Church Choir, Orange County Wind Ensemble and Saddleback Valley Christian School Honor Choirs.

Performances will be held in the Great Stone Church, Central Courtyard, Front Courtyard and Sacred Garden areas. Santa’s Workshop will take place in the Soldiers Barracks Gallery from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The city's official ceremony and lighting of the San Juan Capistrano Christmas tree begins in Historic Towne Center Park at 4:30 p.m. At 5:30, visitors are invited to walk over to the Christmas at the Mission festival. Bring your camera and a canned food donation for Serra’s Pantry. More about Mission San Juan Capistrano

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Getty Center Los Angeles's Best Deal

Getty Center Museum Los Angeles. If you are looking for a place to visit where the whole family can find something to enjoy, the Getty Center is the perfect spot. Located in Brentwood (Los Angeles) California, the museum features a collection of European paintings, drawings and sculptures. Also featured is a collection of 19th and 20th-century American and European photographs. The Center is located on a 24-acre hilltop campus that is part of a larger 110-acre site in the Santa Monica Mountains, 900 feet above the 405 freeways. The total surrounding areas encompass an amazing and breathtaking 600 acres of pristine natural woodlands. Read the full Getty Center article here.