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Free Things to Do

Huntington Beach offers a number of things to do for those on a budget.  See the list below and start planning your budget-friendly Southern California beach vacation today.

  • The beach!  Beach access is free. Spend your day on the sand, soaking up the sun and splashing in the waves.
  • After a day in the water, an evening around a beach bonfire is the perfect way to end the day. Over 500 bonfire rings are available to the public free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis, along the Huntington Beach coastline.
  • Play beach volleyball at one of the many free courts located near the Huntington Beach Pier and along our ten miles of beach.
  • Take in the view of the beach, surfers and sunset from the Huntington Beach Pier. At 1,850 feet long, the Huntington Beach Pier offers the perfect vantage point for people- and surfer-watching.
  • Go fishing off the Huntington Beach Pier. No fishing license required!
  • See how many of the 200 species of birds you can find at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Five miles of public trails allow you to explore to your heart's content.
  • Sample local fresh fruit at the Certified Farmers Market on Friday afternoons next to the Huntington Beach Pier.
  • Take in the street performers during Surf City Nights, held every Tuesday evening on Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach.
  • On 4th of July and finals weekend of the US Open of Surfing, park for free at the Huntington Beach Civic Center and take the free downtown shuttle. The shuttle stops at Main Street and Orange Avenue.
  • Visit Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Central Park and learn about California native plants. The Nature Center holds regular educational seminars and kid-friendly events that are almost always free to the public.
  • See which of your favorite surfers have the same hand and shoe (or flip-flop) size as you at the Surfers' Hall of Fame in front of Huntington Surf and Sport in downtown Huntington Beach.
  • Take a walk down the 8.5 mile long paved beach path. Or bring your bike, skateboard, or roller blades down and challenge yourself to cover the entire trail.
  • Take advantage of the free bike valet at Pedego in downtown Huntington Beach. They provide a secure spot to leave your bicycle while exploring downtown on weekends and Tuesday evenings.
  • Learn about the ecology of the wetlands at the new Wetlands and Wildlife Care and Education Center at the Huntington Beach Wetlands.
  • Check out the latest exhibit at the Huntington Beach Art Center in downtown Huntington Beach.
  • Browse the art and explore downtown during the monthly Art Walk, held on the third Thursday of each month in downtown Huntington Beach. Be sure to stop at the International Surfing Museum to pick up a map of that evening's artist locations and get a wristband for discounts at participating restaurants and businesses.
  • Explore the Surfing Hall of Fame along the north side of Main Street, beginning in front of Jack's Surfboards.
  • Attend an event. Many of the events held in downtown Huntington Beach, on the beach next to the Huntington Beach Pier, and at Huntington Central Park are free to attend. Events like the US Open of Surfing, Duck-A-Thon, Huntington Beachcruiser Meet Classic Car Show, Pacific Islander Festival, Civil War Days, and 4th of July parade and fireworks are all free of charge.
  • Window shop the many boutique stores on Main Street and at The Strand.
  • Test out your skills at the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark.  Admission is free and the park is open daily. Rentals are also available for those who don't travel with their gear.
  • Visit the International Surfing Museum in downtown Huntington Beach.  They now ask for a $2 donation per person - but in this day and age, that's practically free.