Huntington Beach Attractions
Best Places to Visit in Huntington Beach, California
Surf and sand aside, Huntington Beach encourages other ways to explore its stunning coastline and rich surf heritage. Huntington Beach, California is home to many of Southern California's top attractions, with plenty of options for adventure-seeking, family attractions, and outdoor explorations. From theme parks to historical hotspots, Huntington Beach always has adventure in store on its sandy beaches
Opened to the public in 1995, the Art Center is the creative heart of downtown...Read More
Huntington Beach Pier
Measuring 1,850 feet in length, the iconic Huntington Beach Pier is one of the longest piers on the West Coast. Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean at the intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, it symbolizes the heart heart of Huntington Beach and is the most photographed spot in town. Our pier's location location allows visitors and locals alike to experience the breathtaking views amidst the sounds of crashing waves and the ocean breeze. The pier and the city came into existence together in 1904, and thanks to historic surfing demonstrations by legendary Hawaiian watermen George Freeth and Duke Kahanamoku, this landmark is an integral part of Huntington Beach surfing lore. Rebuilt after two storms in the 1980s, the pier is all about simple pleasures. After your stroll along the pier, you can visit nearby shops and grab a bite or a drink at nearby restaurants with promises of ocean views and live music.
Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum
Founded by surf lover Natalie Kotsch in 1987, the renovated nonprofit Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum nonprofit museum has since seen countless rotating exhibits celebrating the past, present, and future of surfing. Murals of surfers and surfboard evolution adorn the iconic art deco building’s exterior, and above the free parking lot, you can’t miss the World’s Largest Surfboard, proudly holding the Guinness World Record at 42 feet long, 11 feet wide, 16 inches thick, and a whopping 1,300 pounds.
The Huntington Harbour is steps away form the bustling downtown and makes the picturesque seaside scenery feel perfect. Built in the 1960s and located on the northwest corner of Huntington Beach Sunset Beach, it is home to five man-made islands. Explore the harbour by renting a private charter, an electric boat, stand-up paddle board or kayak. Huntington Harbour also has plenty of places to eat and drink, which include breweries.
Huntington Beach Art Center
The Huntington Beach Art Center is a community arts and culture center that provides a space for creative expression such as art, music, and movement classes in its studios and dynamic exhibitions and event programming in its galleries.
Newland House Museum
The Newland House Museum was built in 1898 and is the city's oldest and best-preserved residence. It is now open to the public thanks to efforts of the City of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Historical Society.
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
The largest saltwater marsh between the Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach covers 1,400 acres of fresh and saltwater wetlands habitat, a boardwalk over the marsh, and five miles of easy trails through the lowlands and mesas. Right next to Bolsa Chica State Beach, this reserve has Over the years it’s become the happy place of birders, hikers, runners, and nature lovers alike, perfect for hiking, photography, bird watching, or just appreciating nature.
Shipley Nature Center
Comprising 18 acres of California wilderness, Shipley Nature Center is a perfect spot to explore 8 different habitats containing freshwater ponds, bright orange poppies, buzzing hummingbirds, and more. Its 4,000 feet of trails are perfect for the whole family and provide ample opportunities for nature walks and bird watching.
Other Popular California Attractions
Huntington Beach is the closest beach to Disneyland. Disneyland, the original Disney theme park created by Walt Disney himself, is arguably the most famous theme park in the world. Located just 20 minutes from Huntington Beach, Disneyland showcases more than 60 rides, 50 shops and 30 restaurants across eight themed lands. The Disneyland Resort includes Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the Downtown Disney entertainment district.
Knott’s Berry Farm
This former berry farm turned theme park is home to 160 acres of rides, entertainment and other attractions. Located 25 minutes from Huntington Beach, Knott's Berry Farm is famous for its jams and jellies and Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant's fried chicken dinner, traditionally served as it has been since 1934. Located outside the park, the restaurant was the inspiration for the creation of the theme park. Each October, Knott's presents Knott's Scary Farm, Southern California's most popular Halloween theme park attraction.
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