Best Staycation Ideas in Southern California!

By Seema Nande on Jul 19, 2016
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Don't have the time to go out but want to enjoy a vacation not very far from your city? Then plan a staycation within the comfort of your own city or somewhere very close! With so many places and things-to-do, you actually don’t need to get out of California, to enjoy a vacation! Here’s your guide to the best staycation ideas in Southern California. Experience SoCali like never before, without having to travel too far.

Best Staycations in Southern California

1. Whale watching at Dana Point

With 2-hour whale watching adventure cruise trips departing daily, you would be delighted by the exciting sights and sounds of the magnificent ocean creatures off Dana Point. Also known as a landmark for marine life sightings, Dana Wharf’s ocean adventure cruises offer rare glimpses into a huge variety of underwater wildlife and gorgeous scenic views you’ll never forget!

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2. Board the Queen Mary

Cruising on a staycation sounds perfect, doesn’t it?! Board the Queen Mary to enjoy a Sunday brunch or various attractions at night - with a series of twilight tours that explore the haunted past and paranormal activity that the Queen Mary is known for!
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3. Enjoy vintage shopping at Old Towne Orange

Now this one is for the shopaholics! Popular as the antique capital of Southern California, Old Towne Orange is bolstered by about 60 shops selling vintage collectibles in and around downtown. 
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4. Hit the beach

From Malibu to South Bay, California has beaches that can be accessed easily. Unpolluted with ample parking and a good number of lifeguards, makes going to the beaches, so convenient as you sit back and relax.  

Some of the best beaches in SoCali like - The Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Will Roger’s State Beach, Pacific Palisades, Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach have a plethora of things to do and see like a bird sanctuary, surfers to watch, rocky outliers and sandy swimming spots. Check out some of the best beaches in California for your staycation.

5. Lunch at the Malibu Farm

A good lunch with the best views in town with your family can be a real treat, you can even rent poles and go fishing. Follow this by a visit to the Malibu Country Mart for dessert.


6. Take children to the Kidspace Children's Museum 

For an interactive adventure at this museum, that has a mission of nurturing the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences, inspiring them to become joyful, active learners! The Kidspace Museum is just one of the many fun things to do in Southern California with kids
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7. Enjoy nature at the LA Arboretum and Botanic Garden

A unique 127-acre botanical garden and historical site located in what was the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita in the city of Arcadia, is a great option to spend the day and laze around.

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8. Stop to smell the roses at Descanso Gardens

Feel close to nature, with the immensely diverse flora and fauna around. This place has a good family vibe, with ample shade to walk around even when it is sunny!

9. Get entertained at Universal Studios

At the Universal Studios, reach for the stars at the Griffith Park Observatory, visit Dodgers Stadium and book the Dodgers Ballpark Tour, take a spin on the Griffith Park Carousel, and be amazed at thw Vasquez Rocks and the Getty Center doesn’t disappoint either. Conclude by riding the big roller coasters at Magic Mountain, and you have got a pretty awesome staycation here!
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10. Explore the La Brea Tarpits

Go see what the world's most famous ice age fossil excavation site, the La Brea Tarpits, located in the heart of Los Angeles is digging up!


11. The Surfing Museum

With always an event or exhibition going on, the Surfing Museum will delight you with its history and other happenings related to surfing.


12. Spend a night outside

Check-in at one of the beach resorts at the Long beach or rent a Recreational Vehicle and drive up to the hilltop in the Malibu Canyons overlooking the ocean 
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13. Experience a military flight simulation

If you fancy the thrill of aerial maneuvers at 600 knots and air-to-air combat in an authentic military flight simulator and want to feel what it’s like to take the controls of a commercial airliner in a Boeing 737 flight simulator, visit the Flight Deck Flight Simulation Center. For those who do not want to fly, can relax in the Officers Club and watch all the aerial action on large LCD screens.
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14. Hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Spread across 2,000 acres of land, this reserve houses the rare Torrey pine. Miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. A great place to unwind with your friends on a long weekend.

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15. Hop on the Coaster

Ride the Coaster all along the beach avoiding the typical traffic while enjoying the view. Providing breathtaking coastal scenery, running north and south through the San Diego County, the coaster serves eight stations between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. There are more than twenty trains that run on weekdays, with additional service on the weekends. It takes about sixty minutes to travel the entire coaster route.
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16. Mexican food at the Old Town

Indulge in some of the best Mexican cuisine at the Old Town. Local wines and beer, authentic tequila, bistro style menu with salads, meat and cheeseboards, flat bread pizzas and more, is perhaps what you have been craving for all this while. 

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