Day Trips

disney california adventureDisneyland & Disney California Adventure / Anaheim, CA
Distance: 20 miles
"The Happiest Place On Earth" is only about a 30-minute drive from Huntington Beach. Experience the magic of Disney, and brave rides at neighboring Disney California Adventure like the always fun Radiator Springs Racers and the classic Soarin' Around the World. While you're in the area, stop by Anaheim Packing District for bites and brews at the landmark Packing House food hall and historic Packard Building—both connected by beautiful Farmers Park. Sports fan? Catch an Anaheim Ducks hockey game at the Honda Center or Los Angeles Angels ballgame at Angels Stadium.

Knott's Berry Farm
Distance: 15 miles
Head out for a day of family fun at Knott's Berry Farm, which opened in 1920 as a working farm owned by Walter and Cordelia Knott. Now a 160-acre amusement park, Knott's features rides like Xcelerator and Silver Bullet roller coasters, Timber Mountain Log Ride, and Interactive 4-D Voyage to the Iron Reef. The park is known for its boysenberries, so stay thirsty for a Boysenberry Punch. Retreat to Huntington Beach for dinner, or grab a bite at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

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Aquarium Of The Pacific / Long Beach, CA
Distance: 15 miles
Visit Southern California's largest aquarium, Aquarium of the Pacific, displaying more than 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits—all representing the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. You'll score opportunities for close-up encounters with sharks, stingrays, and lorikeets, as well as exhibits and visits with seals, otters, and jellyfish. Before or after, take a Harbor Breeze Cruise from the aquarium—especially enchanting during whale season.

Catalina Island
Distance: 22 miles
Set sail from Newport Beach or Long Beach on an hour-long boat ride to Catalina Island, the "mysterious" land mass off the coast of Huntington Beach. Known for its wild bison, glass bottom boats, and golf cart excursions, the island can be as adventurous or relaxing as you make it. Tip: You can ride for free on your birthday aboard the Catalina Express.

Beverly Hills, Hollywood, & Sunset Strip
Distance: 50 miles
Stargazing in Huntington Beach means looking up while relaxing around a beach bonfire, but if you'd like to catch a glimpse of the other kind of Southern California star, head north to L.A. Stroll Rodeo Drive, find your favorites along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, hike to the Hollywood Sign, and cruise the famous Sunset Strip. Keep your eyes open for celebrities every step of the way—and take a star tour for good measure.

Los Angeles & Santa Monica
Distance: 50 miles
There's more to explore north of Huntington Beach than just Tinseltown, like the world famous Original Farmers Market, La Brea Tar Pits, and, of course, Dodger Stadium. Catch a sunset from the Santa Monica Pier, home of the world's only solar-powered Ferris wheel. We promise not to tell our iconic pier where you've been.

Harry Potter

Universal Studios & Warner Bros.
Distance: 50 miles
Experience where the magic's made at Universal Studios Hollywood, featuring behind-the-scenes studio tours, cinematic theme rides, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Neighboring Warner Bros. boasts interactive movie exhibits and an actual cup of coffee at Central Perk Café—a working replica from “Friends.”


San Diego Zoo & SeaWorld / San Diego, CA
Distance: 100 miles
The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies. Get up close and personal with mammals, reptiles, birds, and arthropods; stroll through the zoo gardens; and take a ride on the Skyfari Aerial Tram. At nearby Sea World you’ll meet more marine life while experiencing shows, exhibits, rides, and up-close tours.

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