Top 10 Things to do in Laguna Beach, United States

October 17, 2017 Jana Sager

About an hour south of Los Angeles, Laguna Beach has a spectacular clifftop setting above some of the finest beaches in California. Outdoor enthusiasts can snorkel, scuba dive, body-surf, or hike the trails in nearby Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. A center for artists, there are a number of special events and festivals,such as the Sawdust Art Festival, Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters, Art-A-Fair and Plein Air Painting Invitational. The Laguna Art Museum focuses on California artists. Window shoppers and collectors will enjoy strolling the village’s quaint streets, as well as visiting galleries spotted along Pacific Coast Highway.
Restaurants in Laguna Beach

1. Heisler Park

375 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1623 +1 949-497-3311
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Heisler Park

Reviewed By CaliforniaLen - California

Heisler Park is a very photogenic spot stretching along the protected Laguna Beach nature preserve. It offers scenic views of offshore rocks and several paths down on to the sand. There is sometimes scarce metered parking all along the edge of the park.

2. Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949-494-3539
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Crystal Cove State Park

Reviewed By Doctordan1

Beautiful campsite, stunning views, great walks over hills with sensational views over the Pacific. Friendly staff, great facilities for RV drivers. Perhaps a little expensive for a state park at $75 per night but nevertheless I would recommend this state park for its proximity to the beach and amazing treks.

3. Crescent Bay Point Park

Crescent Bay Drive, Laguna Beach, CA +1 949-497-0716
Excellent
77%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 150 reviews

Crescent Bay Point Park

Reviewed By Laurie J

Laguna Beach is my favorite place to visit, and Crescent Bay Point Park is just one of the lovely parks to experience! The flowers and view of the coves are spectacular! It really has a Mediterranean feel!

4. Pageant of the Masters

650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1837 +1 800-487-3378
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 784 reviews

Pageant of the Masters

Located on the Festival of Arts grounds is one of the most unique theatrical productions in the world, the Pageant of the Masters. Watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of art. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by a full orchestra. Shows are nightly. There is nothing like it anywhere... only in Laguna Beach.

Reviewed By devotees108 - Laguna Beach, California

Every year, the Pageant chooses famous paintings which are depicted by people dressed in the same costumes as the ones in the paintings. With special stage design and lighting, the audience perceives the paintings to be paintings until they get a demonstration on how it is done. A live band plays beautiful music during the showing.

5. Laguna Beach Trolley

Laguna Beach, CA 92651 +1 949-497-0746
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 293 reviews

Laguna Beach Trolley

Reviewed By on_the_go_98765 - Tucson

During the off-season, this service runs Friday through Sunday. It seemed to be pretty much on schedule and info posted says it may be 20-40 minutes between stops. The corner of Legion and PCH was right below our room and we did see it come by frequently.

Our favorite "Catch the Wave" ride is to go to Salt Creek/Monarch Beach and go to that wonderful park for a long walk. No complaints about the service.

6. 1,000 Steps Beach

31972 Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 274 reviews

1,000 Steps Beach

Reviewed By Loren B - Orange County, California

A good way to start the New Year, challenge yourself to the best way to build your lung capacity, tone your legs, arms, and bring a smile to your face. A natural anti-deppresant, everyone is happy after attempting this challenge. Arduous at first, bring water, easy does it, then come back again and again! It is always interesting to see the regulars who challenge themselves with extra weights-impressive.

7. Pacific Marine Mammal Center

20612 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1137 +1 949-494-3050
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 227 reviews

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration. We are open to the public for visitors every day from 10am - 4pm. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. There is no charge for visiting us, but donations are appreciated!

Reviewed By Susan E - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We were lucky enough to have a friend show us around. Everyone here is very passionate about helping the Pacific Marine Mammals, being loving but making sure that there is no human imprinting for the ones who will be released back to the wild when they are well enough.

8. Main Beach

Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 471 reviews

Main Beach

Reviewed By ct-cruisers - Connecticut

I always make it a point to visit Laguna Beach anytime I am in the area on business.

There is a long boardwalk with plenty of benches to use to relax and people watch or watch the waves.

There are volleyball nets and basketball courts at the beach.

There are clean public restrooms at one end near the cliffs.

There are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants all along the beach.

The lifeguard station is an iconic one.

9. Aliso Beach Park

31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92652 (949)923-2280
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 127 reviews

Aliso Beach Park

Reviewed By drmader - Orinda, California

Nice surf for skim board Wonderful family beach Lifeguard w bathroom And a park for little ones Easy pay to park Wonderful spot w nice lunch or picnic supplies nearby. We always like this beach

10. Laguna Playhouse

606 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1837 +1 949-497-2787
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Laguna Playhouse

Reviewed By James W - Irvine, California

The Graduate, starring Melanie Griffith, was the production, the house was sold out. A small intimate venue, this is a close up experience for the audience and Players. Lots of similarities to the movie of years ago, but set on the stage, less scenes can be accomadated. I did miss his landlord, in the movie, played by Norman Fell. The room was much less attractive as I remember it. A better explanation as to why Elaine did not marry Carl and instead ran away with Ben was offered and brought some clarity to me. Lots of movement of set pieces, mostly bedrooms, is accomplished by the silent crew. They all had great posture as they moved around the furniture. Off on the side aisles, Left or Right, some perspective is lost to the viewer, but if someone in your party needs an aisle seat, this will be your dilemma for the night. Very sexy looking Lingerie is worn, and some similuated sex occurs. This goes a little further than did the movie. Standing ovation as we left to find our car and drive home thru the misty, crisp evening.

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