National Bucket List Day, April 24, was founded by Cindy Lee, a travel blogger and agent by day and a National Day Calendar Celebration Ambassador by night. She created this national holiday when one of her bucket list items was, in fact, to create her own National Day. National Bucket List Day is a day focused on having gratitude for your own life and experiences. Cindy believes everyone should get out and experience life to the fullest.
To celebrate #NationalBucketListDay, we put together a list of must-do experiences and stops for a trip to Surf City USA®. Whether you're visiting for the first time or you just want to experience your hometown in a new light, check out the Huntington Beach bucket list below.
- Walk the iconic Huntington Beach Pier
- Ride a horse through Huntington Central Park
- Stand-up paddle board or kayak in Huntington Harbour
- Check out the World's Largest Surfboard at the International Surfing Museum
- Indulge in a Mai Tai & Hula Pie at Duke's
- Do Sunday morning yoga at the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort
- Check out the panoramic views from the highest coastal rooftop bar in the OC
- Toast marshmallows at a beach bonfire in front of the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
- Take your pup to Paséa's dog park, Paw-Séa
- Grab a beverage on the beach at SeaLegs or The Huntington Beach House
Walk the iconic Huntington Beach PierBack to Top of List
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Huntington Beach? Whether you're a local, regular visitor, or a first-timer, t's almost certainly the iconic Huntington Beach Pier. Originally constructed in 1904 and part of the National Register of Historic Places, the pier captures the true spirit of Surf City USA®. It stretches 1,850 feet into the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the longest piers on the West Coast. Whether you're taking a leisurely stroll during golden hour or power walking first thing in the morning, the pier is the prime spot to kick-off your Huntington Beach bucket list journey.
Ride a horse through Huntington Central ParkBack to Top of List
If you think your Huntington Beach bucket list begins and ends at the beach, think again! The Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center (HCPEC) is situated on 25 acres of beautiful, sea-breezed land in Huntington Central Park, just two miles from the beach. This premier equestrian facility is home to more than 150 acres of public use trails. Reserve 30-minute or 1-hour trail rides through Horse Play Rentals and enjoy a serene ride through the largest city-owned park in Orange County.
Stand-up paddle board or kayak in Huntington HarbourBack to Top of List
Next up, explore quaint and peaceful Huntington Harbour by way of kayak or stand-up paddle board. Get waterfront access to one of Southern California's most picturesque neighborhoods, where stunning homes and boats of all sizes line the canals. No kayak or board? No problem. Grab a rental from Huntington Harbour Boat Rentals, OEX Sunset Beach, or OC Paddlesports, all conveniently located near the harbor.
Check out the World's Largest Surfboard at the International Surfing MuseumBack to Top of List
Did you know Huntington Beach broke two Guinness World Records™ in 2015? Surf City USA® made history by setting global records for both "World's Largest Surfboard" and "Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once" with over 60 professional surfers, former US Open of Surfing winners, Surfing Walk and Surfers' Hall of Fame inductees, youth surf champions, and local heroes piled onto a custom, 42-foot-long surfboard on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.
You can go see the Big Board for yourself on the corner of 5th and Olive in Downtown Huntington Beach! While you're there, head inside the International Surfing Museum to check out the collections of surfing memorabilia and culture, including some of surfing history's most significant artifacts. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Indulge in a Mai Tai & Hula Pie at Duke'sBack to Top of List
Located at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier, Duke's has been a Huntington Beach staple for over two decades. Named after the father of international surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, the restaurant honors his reputation for warm hospitality and the true spirit of Aloha while serving up the freshest premium seafood and prime steaks. Take in the views and enjoy the Hawaiian beach house ambiance for lunch or dinner in the main dining area or at The Barefoot Bar. We'd be remiss if we didn't recommend two visitor (and local) favorites - the Kimo's Original Hula Pie and a Kalapaki Mai Tai.
Do Sunday morning yoga at the Kimpton Shorebreak ResortBack to Top of List
Stop in at one of the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort's weekly yoga classes, happening on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Be sure to bring your own mat, towel, and water, and dress comfortably. Classes are open to the public, but if you're not staying at the resort, RSVP with Jacque via email. As an added bonus, all attendees will receive a coupon for 15% off brunch at Pacific Hideaway!
Check out the panoramic views from the highest coastal rooftop bar in the OCBack to Top of List
Hop in the Twin Dolphin Tower elevator at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, get off on the 9th floor, and arrive at the highest coastal rooftop experience in Orange County. Offshore 9 Rooftop Lounge's panoramic views, unique menu of shared plates, hand-crafted specialty cocktails, and wide selection of fine wines and champagne make it a can't-miss spot on your Surf City USA® bucket list journey. Attire is resort casual and hours fluctuate based on the season, so follow Offshore 9 on Instagram to keep up with the latest details.
Toast marshmallows at a beach bonfire in front of the Hyatt Regency Huntington BeachBack to Top of List
Bonfires on the sand are an absolute must when visiting Huntington Beach. Experience the epitome of cozy watching a signature HB sunset next to your oceanfront fire pit. Packages through the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa include beach chairs, blankets, hot chocolate, and, of course, s'mores. See more information about bonfire packages for hotel guests here. If you're not a Hyatt guest, click here to book.
Take your pup to Paséa's dog park, Paw-SéaBack to Top of List
Pooches and people alike are welcome to enjoy this 1,100 square foot outdoor play area, complete with lifeguard station dog house and a wall mural commissioned by a local artist. Paw-séa is only open to dogs and guests of Paséa Hotel & Spa, but stop by and watch the pups at play if you're in the area and need a little serotonin boost!
Grab a beverage on the beach at SeaLegs or The Huntington Beach HouseBack to Top of List
SeaLegs at the Beach is part beachfront concert venue, part beach concessionaire, part kid-friendly adult playground at the northernmost edge of Bolsa Chica State Beach. Hang out in the lounge chairs with your favorite beer or wine while watching the amazing sunsets along the coastline. Come for the views and stay for the epic hang time with their full food and drink menu, picnic tables, plus regular live music and events.
Head about six miles south to Huntington State Beach to find The Huntington Beach House. The embodiment of the vibe of a Southern California beach house, the menu features locally-sourced seafood, brunch items, and rotating fresh California eats such as lox, avocado toasts, and poke. The Huntington Beach House is open year-round and stays open until 10 p.m. on weekends!