Things to Do in Huntington Beach

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Free For All 

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:

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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
Beach Bonfires
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Sunset Beach 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. Tours to Catalina & fishing charters - take a trip to Catalina or take a fishing charter

  5. Private Yacht or Boat 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
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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

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

Why The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Is A Hidden Gem
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7 places to shop in Huntington Beach: 

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Local Breweries, Wine Bars, Distillery

Huntington Beach overflows with local breweries. 

RIIP Beer Co in Huntington Beach

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 

Wagner Charters offers whale watching tours departing from Huntington Harbour. Get more information here.

Whale Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Spas

Aarna Spa at Paséa Hotel & Spa: This 5,800-square-foot, Balinese-inspired spa offers eight treatment rooms, a serene relaxation lounge, a private spa garden featuring tranquil water feature, fire pits, and cabanas, luxe men's and women's facilities, and a beautifully appointed couple's suite. Book your treatment here.

Drift a Waterfront Spa, at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel: Surf City USA's newest waterfront spa boasts a modern marine ambiance and 8,000-square-foot interior, appointed with an exquisite relaxation area, eucalyptus-infused steam room, a vitality bar pouring tea elixirs. Treatment menu here. 

Drift Spa The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel

Pacific Waters Spa at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa: This sprawling 20,000-square-foot Spanish-style retreat relaxes guests with aromatherapy massage, scrubs paired with Vichy showers, a new menu of light bites inspired by 12 wholesome spices. Treatment menu here. 

Cloudmover Day Spa: Pamper like a local at this healing spa at 5 Points Plaza, which is lauded for its oxygen facials, diamond peels, and massage therapy. 

Facialworks: "Good vibes. Flawless facials." Come here for a 40-minute hydrating oxygen facial in a cool facial bar setting at Pacific City.

Pacific Waters at Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa

Main St. Day Spa: Special Packages at this full-service spa renew guests from head to toe. 

Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa: Custom treatments such as sports and oncology massages along with facials. 

The Spa at Equinox: A truly opulent experience featuring performance massage, a crushed cabernet scrub, and an 18K gold facial. Located in Pacific City.

Kenneth Brown Salon: Reinvent your hair, face, and body at this high-end salon at 5th & PCH under the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort. 

The spa at Equinox

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