Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Free Things To Do Labor Day 2012

With so many people on a tight budget this days this list of free things to do on Labor Day weekend is sure to come in handy. Amusement park admission can cost several hundred dollars for a family of four making a trip to your local theme unaffordable. Listed below are free and low coast alternatives to expensive amusement parks that in some cases are even more fun to visit. Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer don't spend it sitting at home get out and enjoy these free things to do on Labor Day.

 J. Paul Getty Museum is probably one of the best free attractions in Los Angeles. The Getty is a place where the whole family can find something to enjoy, the Getty Center is the perfect spot. Located in Brentwood California, the museum features a collection of European paintings, drawings and sculptures. Free admission, parking fee.

 Griffith Park Observatory is another great free place to go in Los Angeles. The observatory has been a major Los Angeles landmark since it was built in 1935. Admission to Griffith Observatory is absolutely free making a trip to the observatory an affordable fun day trip. Free parking and free admission.

Paramount Ranch
is located in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The park consists of about 2700 acres of oak and sycamore woodlands. Paramount movie studios purchased the land in the 1920s to use as a movie ranch. Most movies made at the ranch were westerns although there was a huge replica of San Francisco and even a european village at one time. Free parking and free admission.

 Santa Monica Pier Generations of families have visited the Santa Monica Pier and it is ingrained in California culture. Expect to see kids running, someone playing a guitar for change, artists hawking creations, and couples holding hands. At night the pier is a popular romantic spot, and the lights as views set the tone for summer romance. Free admission, parking fee.

 Seaport Village San Diego Located along a prime stretch of waterfront that spreads out across 14 acres, connecting both sides of the San Diego Harbor is Seaport Village, a unique San Diego shopping, dinning and recreation experience. Free admission, parking fee.

 Cabrillo National Monument San Diego If you or someone you are traveling with is an architecture buff, then you will be captivated with a visit to Point Loma Lighthouse. However, once you arrive, you will soon discover that Cabrillo National Monument is so much more than a lighthouse. Free admission, parking fee.

Balboa Park San Diego
has 15 museums that are housed in many of the park’s ornate 20th Century structures that were built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition, The park has become a cultural centerpiece for the city of San Diego, and is a combination of historic architecture, lush landscaping, gardens, trails, and a couple of theaters offering live performances. Free parking and free admission.

Irvine Regional Park is a favorite destination for families from all over Southern California. Picnic areas are located throughout the 477 acre park with parking and restroom facilities steps away. A paved trail meanders through the central park providing easy access to playgrounds, softball fields, horse shoe pits, volleyball courts and two lakes. Admission five dollars per car.

Hiking & Biking is a great way to see the sights and for the most part is free. Bring along some water, sunscreen and a sense of adventure and your good to go.  

Friday, August 26, 2011

Randsburg Living ghost town

Randsburg is located in Kern County California off Highway 395. Randsburg has come close to becoming a ghost town several times since its beginning in 1895. The mountains around Randsburg have produced millions of dollars of gold and silver. Randsburg has not changed much over the years although these days its mostly a stop over for travelers heading to the eastern Sierra resorts and lakes. In town there is an assortment of stores, gift shops, a museum and a real western saloon. Many of the buildings are run down and in need of repair but this adds to the uniqueness of the town. With the rising price of gold the mines are working around the clock again but Randsburg remains a living ghost town. More about Randsburg.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mission Inn Riverside

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, Riverside, California may not be high on the list of places one might associate with romance. But for decades, lovers have been flocking to the Riverside Mission Inn with its unique blend of Spanish Gothic, Mission Revival, Moorish Revival, Renaissance Revival, and Mediterranean Revival style architecture.
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Santa Ynez Valley

Set among the stunning Santa Ynez Mountains to the south and the San Rafael Mountains to the north, the Santa Ynez Valley consists of six unique and diverse communities that make up the Santa Barbara wine county.
Although widely recognized for its more than 75 world-class wineries and tasting rooms that dot the rolling hillsides, visitors can also enjoy browsing the areas distinctive art galleries, clothing boutiques and antique stores, while enjoying mouth-watering meals-from gourmet wine-country cuisine to Danish specialties.

Santa Ynez Valley Things To Do

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Orange County BBQ Bonanza

The Orange County BBQ Bonanza features BBQ vendors from across the U.S. who sell their award winning ribs , chicken, sausage, pulled pork, and other mouth watering BBQ dishes. Both amateur and professional categories for judging and trophies. two stages, main stage and children's More Info Orange County BBQ Bonanza

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Griffith Park Railroad Train Rides

Griffith Park Southern Railroad opened in 1948 and and has been a family favorite ever since that day. Your journey begins and the Los Feliz passenger station where you purchase your tickets only $2.50 each.

The trip aboard the miniature train is about a mile long and takes 15 minutes to complete. The train ride takes you over a fifty year old creaking bridge and into the woods of Griffith Park. Sights you will see include a old western town and an Indian village.
Griffith Park Railroad

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fort Tejon State Park Day Trip

Fort Tejon was originally established in 1854 and was later home to the U.S. Army’s First Dragoons who worked from the outpost until the summer of 1864 when the Army closed the fort, ending its career as an active military post.
Fort Tejon offers the history lover a real experience as visitors can talk with soldiers, visit the blacksmith at his forge, the carpenter in his shop, or the soldiers in the barracks. Servants, cooks, officers, and laborers are eager to share their stories with you. Reenactments are a popular theme at the fort, and living history demonstrations take place on the first Sunday of each month year around.
Fort Tejon State Park Day Trip

Flo's Airport Cafe Chino Airport

Flo's Airport Cafe is a heavenly slice of greasy spoon Americana that is famous with the locals for their biscuits and gravy, and specials; each listed on a dry-erase board, with a featured pie of the day, 20 in all. The portions are generous and the aviation art, pictures of champion milk cows, and various other trinkets that hang from the walls reek of charm and counter-sophistication.
Flo's Airport Cafe Chino Airport

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Anaheim Ice Skating Rink

Anaheim ICE is located in the new downtown of Anaheim. The rink is used by the professional hockey team Anaheim Ducks for practice sessions and also offers many public programs. Anaheim Ice hosts in-house recreational leagues (youth & adult), select league, tournament teams as well as weekly skills clinics and a summer hockey camp program.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Gum Grove Park Gum Seal beach

Gum Grove Park in seal beach is a popular place for local to walk their tail-wagers. The park is about ten acres with one main trail running down the middle. Adjacent to Gum Grove Park are the Los Cerritos Wetlands.

About 100 acres of the former Hellman range property next to the park will eventually be restored allowing public access to the wetlands.
Gum Grove Park is located at Avalon and Catalina Street, Seal Beach, CA, 90809. The park is open from dawn until dusk.Gum Grove Park Gum Seal beach

Monday, August 08, 2011

Seal Beach Day Trip

Families can also enjoy the park right along beach, giving you plenty of space to throw Frisbees, soar a kite on the cool offshore breezes, or build sand castles. For animal lovers, Arbor Park is a dog park on the beach, so your furry family members can play in the sand and sun too.

The centerpiece of Seal Beach is the pier, and it provides the ideal place to relax and watch the surfers or the sunbathers below, or look out across to the sky line of Long Beach and on a clear day, even Catalina Island 26 miles off the coast.
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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Desert Hot Springs Spa City

Plenty of sunshine with average temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, allows visitors to enjoy one of the areas many great resorts, shopping, or outdoor sports, year round. This relaxed spa town, supplied with abundant streams of hot mineral water that are piped to the surface to fill the pools and tubs of motels and spa resorts, is a perfect getaway for a day or weekend getaway.More about Desert Hot Springs

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is the hottest, driest, lowest place in the nation. The best time to visit is winter or spring when the temperature is not too extreme. People from all over the world come to see this desert valley. Some tourist like to visit in the summer just for bragging rights about experiencing the 100 degree plus heat. Read the full article Death Valley National Park

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Dana Point Ocean Institute

The Ocean Institute in Dana Point is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery every day, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, in beautiful Dana Point Harbor along the coast of Southern California. Visitors can view hundreds of marine animals in aquaria and touch tanks, witness animal feedings and enjoy ocean-themed exhibits. The Institute is ajacent to the Dana Point Marine Life Refuge; Institute scientists lead regular tours of its tide pools as well.Dana Point Ocean Institute

Monday, August 01, 2011

Beachcomber Restaurant Crystal Cove

The Beachcomber Restaurant is located in historic cottage number 15 at Crystal Cove State Park. After a remodel the restaurant opened its doors in 2006, five years after the last full time residents were forced to leave the cottages.

Cottage 15 was known as the "Whistle Stop" and built in 1931. An early resident of the cottage was a train engineer who set up a model train that was popular with cove kids. Another resident of cottage 15 was artist Artist Vivian Falzetti who used the blue cottage number 46 as her art studio. Doug Falzetti was the unofficial mayor of the cove arranging everything from boardwalk clean up to special events.
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