Laguna Beach Attractions: Top 5 Things to See When Short on Time

Laguna Beach offers dozens of attractions and sites that keep travelers on their toes. Water activities, cultural events, parks, museums — this SoCal city has it all. However, some vacationers just want to see a few things and relax, instead of packing the schedule full of things to do. For those who want the must-dos, we created this top 5 list of Laguna Beach attractions.

Top 5 Laguna Beach Attractions: See the Area and Relax

Art: Laguna Art Museum

An outgrowth of the Laguna Beach Art Association (which was formed by local artists in 1918), the Laguna Art Museum specializes in California artwork. Unlike most museums in California, Laguna Art Museum showcases only California artists and their work. The permanent collection includes over 3,500 pieces from the 19th century through present day. In addition to exhibits, the attraction offers classes for families and special community events that teach visitors about the area.

Exercise: 1,000 Steps Beach

Looking for a place to exercise and relax? Head to 1,000 Steps Beach, one of the city’s more secluded beach areas. Start with a workout and trek the beach’s 230 steps leading to the beach. Then enjoy surfing, swimming, walking, and exploring caves and cliffs. This beach ranks as one of the largest in the area and offers plenty of space to spread out on the sand.

Tour: Hortense Miller Garden

Established in 1959, Hortense Miller Garden encompasses 2.5 acres in the Boat Canyon area of Laguna. The garden is home to both native California plants and other varieties, which thrive in the climate of the central coast. Make a reservation to take a two-hour tour to see natural beauty. While walking, guests learn about the types of plants, garden tips and possibly see wildlife that live in the area.

Wine: Laguna Canyon Winery

A family-owned boutique winery nestled near the beach, Laguna Canyon Winery offers a selection of wines made from grapes grown in Napa and Sonoma. Visit their tasting room to sample a selection of handcrafted reds, whites and sparkling wines. The winery offers tours daily Tuesday through Sunday, where visitors sample wines while learning about the process.

Dining and Shopping: Main Beach

Main Beach ranks as one of the top Laguna Beach attractions for its spacious beaches, boardwalk, dining and shopping. Located in the middle of town, Main Beach is easily identified by its large white lifeguard tower. Visitors will find a place for relaxing, beach sports and people watching. When it’s time for a break, stroll the boardwalk and select from local restaurants and shops. Families also have access to volleyball courts, basketball courts and a children’s play area.

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