With summer approaching its final stretch, embrace the chance to craft the best moments with your loved ones during an extraordinary getaway in the enchanting Golden State. California beckons with many family-friendly activities celebrating the great outdoors, sun-soaked beaches, and rich historical experiences. California is the one-stop destination for all age groups. So get ready to create lasting memories! Here are seven destinations in California to enjoy a wholesome time with your family before summer ends.
DEL NORTE COUNTY
Adventure awaits in the state’s far northwest corner in Del Norte County. Experience a guided flat-water kayaking or whitewater rafting trip on the stunning blue Smith River, or opt for a more low-key redwood canoe tour led by a Yurok tribe member. Take the kids to the Trees of Mystery theme park, featuring the SkyTrail Gondola and Redwood Canopy Tour. If you are looking for an accommodation around, the Best Western Plus Northwoods Inn offers families complimentary breakfast and is situated near the breathtaking Redwood National Forest and Crescent City Beach.
Venture south to Morgan Hill for a refreshing escape into the embrace of nature. Plan a hike to view wildlife at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve or Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. For golf enthusiasts, enjoy a round at the renowned Coyote Creek Golf Club, while those seeking a lighter version of the sport can enjoy a delightful game of putt-putt at the Aquatics Center. Book a family suite at the newly remodeled Courtyard San Jose South/Morgan Hill and enjoy roasting S’mores by the firepit at night.
Explore the wonders of the Greater Palm Springs region as you embark on an exhilarating jeep tour through the renowned Joshua Tree National Park. Engage in an unforgettable family adventure with a horseback ride that caters to all ages, or take to the skies in a hot air balloon to marvel at the breathtaking desert landscapes. Enjoy the cooler evening temperatures with a guided stargazing experience and amenities like bowling, pickleball, tennis, golf, and a big pool with slides for the kids at The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa.
On the central coast, the free museums of Camarillo offer something for everyone. Delve into aviation at the Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing, igniting the passion for flight in visitors of all ages. For budding birders in the family, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology provides an ideal haven to immerse yourself in the enchanting realm of birds. The pet-friendly hotel Residence Inn Camarillo is a beautiful base to explore the history of the Central Coast, featuring complimentary breakfast, a swimming pool, and a patio with fire pits.
Buena Park, California, is more than just the thrilling rides of Knott’s Berry Farm. This vibrant city showcases its version of Philadelphia’s iconic Independence Hall, offering a glimpse into American history. Additionally, the Ralph B. Clark Interpretive Center in Buena Park unveils fascinating insights into the prehistoric era, focusing on the historical significance and remarkable fossils of Orange County. The kids adore Doubletree Buena Park as their home base, for their delightful complimentary cookies.
Santa Monica’s famous pier is a must-see attraction for an idyllic day filled with amusement rides, shopping, and making memories to last a lifetime. Set a fun adventure by reserving surf lessons at Aqua Surf School for the entire family, or unlock your culinary prowess with captivating pasta or sushi-making classes at The Gourmandise School. For accommodation, the Pierside Santa Monica is conveniently located near the pier. Guests can easily access the hotel’s Boardshop to rent surfboards, beach supplies, and board games.
Belmont Park has served up family summer fun, since 1925. Along the beachfront boardwalk, this nostalgic amusement park transports visitors in time with its iconic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster built in 1925 and the renowned historical landmark, The Plunge Pool. Alongside these timeless attractions, modern delights like zip lining and rock climbing provide thrilling experiences. Kids can play carnival games throughout the park and get a sugar high from funnel cakes, cotton candy, and more. Close to Belmont Park is the Bahia Resort Hotel, voted one of the best value hotels in America by Trip Advisor. With lush beachside acres on a peninsula in Mission Bay, it’s an ideal family escape.
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