Things to Do in Huntington Beach

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Huntington Beach Pier

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Huntington Beach California is filled with free activities to experience Surf City USA on a budget. 

Surfing Lessons

If you want to learn how to surf, Surf City USA is the place to do it. Huntington Beach surf lessons:

Surf Lessons in Huntington Beach

Bonfires on the Beach 

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

Bonfires in Huntington Beach, CA

Huntington Harbour

Huntington Harbour, built in the mid-1960s, is home to five man-made islands, which feature more than 500 bay-front homes. Four things to do in the Huntington Harbour: 

  1. Kayaking- through Huntington Harbour canals 
  2. Stand-up Paddle Boarding- through Huntington Harbour canals
  3. Rent a Duffy Boat- seats up to 12 people, no experience to drive
  4. Private Yacht Tour- tour the Huntington Harbour and enjoy local craft beer & wine

Huntington Beach Central Park

5 ways to explore Huntington Beach Central Park: 

  1. Adventure Playground- kids can raft on a pond, navigate a rope bridge, and go down a mud slide. Kids ages 5 to 12 years
  2. Dog Park- 1.7 acre fenced area with shade trees and mulch ground cover for dogs to romp and play
  3. Shipley Nature Center- 18 acres of fenced California native habitat
  4. Check Out A Book- at the Huntington Beach Central Library
  5. Disc Golf- a 15-acre course

Huntington Central Park

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Take a walk on the wild side in the 1,300-acre wetlands. 


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Local Breweries, Wine Bars, Distillery

Huntington Beach overflows with local breweries. 

RIIP Beer Co.

Wine Bars

  • 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. 

Surf City Still Works Distillery

Whale Watching 

Watch the whales and even dolphins breaching, the many whales swimming alongside each other with water spouting from their blowholes, all from the view of the Newport Landing Whale Watching boat. The Newport Landing Whale Watching is $36. 

Newport Landing Whale Watching in Huntington Beach deal

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