Spring Time Family Fun in Laguna Beach, California

Known around the world as one of California’s premiere beaches, Laguna Beach is a destination the whole family can enjoy.  Located in Orange County, just 30 minutes south of Disneyland, this small but richly cultured town caters to every type of traveler.  Continue reading to see why Laguna Beach could be the perfect spot for your family’s Spring vacation.

Paddleboarding in Laguna Beach

From the press release:

It’s the perfect time of year to sink your toes in the sand, embark on a whale watching excursion, go hiking and biking, or luxuriate in a seaside spa while the kids take a surf lesson … the possibilities are endless. We’ll even throw in sunny skies and warm temperatures at no additional charge.

Suggested itineraries for “children of all ages” include:

The Little Ones: Explore tide pools; watch dolphins and whales up close; climb on playground equipment at Main Beach; and visit the Pacific Marine Mammal Center to view rehabilitating seals and sea lions.

Tweens and Teens: Take a surf, skimboard or paddleboard lesson; explore coves with a kayak tour to view marine life up close; and hop aboard a whale watching excursion for an art lesson in the wild with Wyland.

The Young at Heart: Start your day with laughter yoga on the beach; hike the canyon or take a bike tour of quaint neighborhoods; and unleash your creativity with a Sawdust Studio Art Class, or a Watercolors on the Beach tide pool workshop.

If you’re an art lover, there are more than 80 works of public art where you can take a self-guided tour (stop by the Visitors Center to pick up a brochure with five colored geographic districts to choose from). Laguna Art Museum, which specializes in California art, has two exhibits: Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories featuring food-themed artwork and ex•pose: dana harel, her first museum exhibition in the U.S. and a new series of work, “Between Dreams and Nightmares.” Then catch a performance of Stinky Kids The Musical, a youth theatre production at The Laguna Playhouse. Visit myriad fine and contemporary art galleries from North Gallery Row to Laguna Canyon to South Laguna. Browse 30+ art galleries on the First Thursdays Art Walk where you can meet the artists, enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, take advantage of free trolley service and visit Laguna Art Museum for no charge during the evening from 6pm-9pm.

Discover the walkable downtown together, where you can shop until you drop for surf-themed apparel, beach souvenirs, chic boutique wear and accessories, handcrafted jewelry and one-of-a-kind finds. Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, dine at a casual outdoor cafe, enjoy burgers and fries or pizza, then indulge in cupcakes, gelato, chocolate or ice cream at one of the specialty eateries.

If you bring your favorite pooch along, beaches and many hotels and restaurants are dog friendly. There’s even a dog park in Laguna Canyon, where pups can run off leash on a two-acre grassy lawn.

Explore Laguna Beach's Tide pools

Take advantage of these Special Hotel Packages during your stay over, so you can enjoy all that Laguna Beach has to offer.

– Inn at Laguna Beach

Tide Pool Discoveries where you’ll enjoy a two-night stay at the Inn and explore Laguna Beach’s tide pools with a personally guided Tide Water Docent. Equipped with your own underwater camera, your professional guide will show and educate you on all the Laguna Marine Protected areas have to offer – from sea anemones and shore crabs to sea hares and barnacles.

Cruise the Coast where you’ll enjoy a one-night stay and rental car from Enterprise Rent-a-Car to cruise Pacific Coast Highway or take a joyride through Laguna Canyon. The package includes a room rate discount and complimentary garage parking.

Stand Up Paddle, where you’ll start your ocean adventure with an instruction session on the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, then embark on a guided paddleboard tour from Fisherman’s Cove to Seal Rock to observe dolphins, fish and sea lions along the way. The package includes a one-night stay, stand-up paddle experience for two, two paddleboard rentals, 30-minute lesson on the beach and a one-hour guided ocean tour.


– Pacific Edge Hotel: Stay more, Play more, Save more!

Stay 3 nights, save 15%, Stay 4 nights, save 20%, Stay 5 nights, save 25%.

Book by April 1, 2014 to take advantage of this special! All packages include complimentary parking. Book now: http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/orange-county-hotels/pacific-edge-hotel/destination/packages

–  Surf & Sand Resort and Spa

Smiles & Sunshine for Spring Break are offered Monday, April 7 through Sunday, April 20, 2014. Two full weeks of activities include: Fitness on the Beach, Spa Specials, S’mores and Make-Your-Own-Sundaes, Dive-In Movies, Little Picassos, Live Music and more. If you’re looking for a day of pampering, this season’s Made Fresh Daily treatment at Aquaterra Spa features an 80-minute spa escape – “Tea Blossom Refresher” – with green tea, cherries and orange blossom. Join Splashes restaurant every Tuesday and Wednesday for all-new Farm Fresh Fare when Chef David Fuñe (who appeared on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’) cooks up one-of-a-kind offerings made with fresh local ingredients. No two nights will be alike! For craft beer fans, 15fiftyfive lounge has teamed up with the experts at Stone Brewing Co. to pair brews from around the world with all-new delicious bites.

Spring Packages

“Stay & Board” where you can get adventurous, featuring your choice of a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) lesson or a private surf camp for two.
“Family Fun” includes a $75 resort credit and s’mores & snores in-room camping for the kids.

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About Chrysty Summers

Growing up in southern California, Disneyland has always been a staple for my family. Today, my husband and I spend most of our free time at the parks, where you can usually find us soaking up the atmosphere of Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. We also love traveling to Walt Disney World as often as we can, especially during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the Fall! Find me on Twitter @PenelopePeach for live updates from around the parks.