Things to Do in Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach California is filled with free activities to experience Surf City USA on a budget.
- Huntington City Beach
- Huntington State Beach
- Volleyball nets, basketball courts, bonfire pits, biking
- Bolsa Chica State Beach
- Beach Bonfires
- SeaLegs at the Beach
- Huntington Dog Beach
- Top Orange County Attractions by Forbes Travel Guide
- Sunset Beach
- Free beach parking
If you want to learn how to surf, Surf City USA is the place to do it. Huntington Beach surf lessons:
- Corky Carroll's Surf School- offers surf camps, private and semi-private lessons
- HB Surf School - an official, city-authorized program, has been teaching kids and adults the stoke of surfing since 2007
- Banzai Surf School - opened year-round, they provide experienced teachers, surfboards and wetsuits
- Clint Carroll Surf School - offers private and semi-private lessons for all ages, including beginners and intermediate
- Zack's Surf School - located just steps aways from the Huntington Beach Pier
- Toes on the Nose - located in the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa providing wetsuits, surfboards and surf lessons
500 concrete fire rings dot the sand, beckoning beach-goers for a classic sunset s'mores session. Grab a blanket, firewood, and your favorite fixin's—like the traditional graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows—and toast those ooey-gooey marshmallows to your heart's content.
Everything you need to know about bonfires on Huntington Beach:
- No reservations for the bonfires pits. First come, first serve.
- Bonfire pits are at: Huntington State Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, and Huntington City Beach
- S'mores supplies and all the food & fixings you'll need
- The skewers for roasting
- Natural wood (nothing with paint/ varnish on it because burning those chemicals is harmful)
- A lighter or matches and some fire starter
- Warm layers & blankets—yes, it does get cold at night.
- Alcohol & smoking is NOT permitted on the beaches
Huntington Harbour, built in the mid-1960s, is home to five man-made islands, which feature more than 500 bayfront homes. Four things to do in the Huntington Harbour:
- Kayaking- through Huntington Harbour canals
- Stand-up Paddle Boarding- through Huntington Harbour canals
- Rent a Duffy Boat- seats up to 12 people, no experience to drive
- Private Yacht Tour- tour the Huntington Harbour and enjoy local craft beer & wine
5 ways to explore Huntington Beach Central Park:
- Adventure Playground- kids can raft on a pond, navigate a rope bridge, and go down a mud slide. Kids ages 5 to 12 years
- Dog Park- 1.7 acre fenced area with shade trees and mulch ground cover for dogs to romp and play
- Shipley Nature Center- 18 acres of fenced California native habitat
- Check Out A Book- at the Huntington Beach Central Library
- Disc Golf- a 15-acre course
Take a walk on the wild side in the 1,300-acre wetlands.
- Learn- Bolsa Chica Wetlands Interpretive Center learn more about the wetlands
- Tours- of the wetlands are also given by different conservation groups: Amigos de Bolsa Chica and Bolsa Chica Land Trust
- Clean Up- Bolsa Chica Conservancy holds twice annual cleanup days and educational events at the Interpretive Center
7 places to shop in Huntington Beach:
- Pacific City - shop with an ocean view
- 5th & PCH- stylish boutiques, surfer shops, and stores that offer various styles for all
- Downtown Huntington Beach- best place to find surf fashions and gear
- Bella Terra- offers a variety of shops
- 5 Points Plaza- boutiques for every age
- Old World Village- novelty shops dot the village
- South Coast Plaza- largest shopping center on the West Coast
Huntington Beach overflows with local breweries.
- Riip Beer Company- in Sunset Beach offers small batch, handcrafted ales in a skate-themed tasting room
- The Dude's Brewing Co. - pours nearly 30 beers
- Beachwood Brewing- cooks up low-and-slow barbecue with craft beer good enough to win a dozen medals at the Great American Beer Festival
- Four Sons Brewing- uses organic ingredients for the more than 15 beers on tap
- Golden Road Brewing- Coming soon in Peter's Landing will feature its trademark beers along with a collection of rotating, season, and limited-edition brews.
- Main Street Wine Co. - specializes in boutique California vino
- SeaLegs Wine Bar- where you'll find a finely curated collection of California wines along with a seasonal small-plate menu inspired by the state's wine country
Surf City Still Works- The first distillery in town, known for its Shorebreak Vodka, Pierside Bourbon, California Gin, and Surfrider Rum. The Tasting Room--with a view of the distillery and wall of aging whiskey barrels--is open Fridays from 4 to 8 PM and Saturdays 1 to 8 PM.