Things to Do in Laguna Beach: Calling All Nature Enthusiasts

Laguna Beach sits between Newport Beach and Dana Point in Orange County, California. The area attracts creative minds, beachgoers and nature enthusiasts — especially to its beaches. Laguna Beach offers a prime spot for surfing and skim boarding with some of the best waves in Southern California. There are also plenty of places to explore and connect with the outdoor world. Check out the top things to do in Laguna Beach and play outside.

Calling All Nature Lovers: Things to Do in Laguna Beach

Visit Laguna Beach Tide Pools

Explore Laguna Beach tide pools and observe marine life. The city’s protected tide pools are located in a State Marine Conservation Area in hopes to conserve these fragile ecosystems. Over 14 beaches offer tide pools, and please only visit during low tide for safety. In addition, it’s prohibited to remove anything from the tidepools, including fish, rocks, sand and shells. Before leaving, pick a spot and watch the sunset in Laguna Beach.

Take a Walk at Heisler

Heisler Park Reserve features paved paths and gardens ideal for a walk with loved ones. While strolling, see public statues throughout the park and admire the view. Bird Rock — one of the main attractions — houses sea cucumbers, red urchins and more. Visitors can also pack lunch and have a picnic in the park.

Hike Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove State Park, a must for any nature lover, is known for open space and beautiful views. The park offers over 3 miles of natural shoreline and ranks as a top place for hiking. Watch for dolphins and snorkelers, and admire the collection of historic beach homes that date from the 1930s and 1940s. Anglers should note Crystal Cove is the only place where fishing is allowed in Laguna Beach.

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