Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial day weekend is the start of summer in Southern California even though the official first day of summer is not until mid-June. We have put together a list of the fun and exciting things to do over Memorial day weekend. Our picks are in no particular order and not ranked. We have included the most popular things to do plus a few hidden gems. If you don’t find an activity on this page there are hundreds more on this site for both Northern and Southern California. Your trip starts here.
Catalina offers plenty of fun outdoor activities for a fun day. Rent a kayak, ride in a glass bottom boat, enjoy a sightseeing tour, or relax on the beach. Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens is another good place to start your day on Catalina Island. If you plan on spending the weekend there are five campgrounds on the island. The most popular way to travel to the island is via Catalina Express that operates From Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point.
Knott’s Berry Farm is way cheaper than Disneyland or Universal Studios. Just as much fun and half the price with our exclusive discount tickets. Knott’s offers every member of your family something to see and do. Knott’s Soak City will be open Memorial Day weekend and is a great place to start off the summer season. Save $30.00 per ticket when you purchase a family pack.
Go Southern California Beach camping for less than $50.00 a day. If you want a campsite on the beach for Memorial Day Weekend don’t delay. Reservations are a must. You can always visit the beach for the day, but camping on the beach is so much fun. Popular camping spots include San Clement State Beach, Doheny State Beach and Refugio State Beach.
Palm Springs, it doesn’t get any hotter than this. Palm Springs and the surrounding vicinity offer an almost endless list of things to do and see for Memorial Day. Soak in a hot spring, hike to a hidden plan oasis, go shopping along Palm Canyon, or take the kids to the Living Desert Zoo.
Weekend Activities Guide
Huntington Beach one of the most popular Memorial Day destinations in Southern California. Huntington Beach has the longest stretch of uninterrupted beachfront anywhere on the West Coast. Adjacent to the beach and running from Newport Beach to Seal Beach, is the beach trail. A pathway that offers an ongoing parade of visitors. Fire rings are available here, however, they will be snapped up fast. So arrive early if you want an evening beach fire.
Southern California’s most affordable attraction is the Long Beach Aquarium. Kids and adults will love the aquarium’s touch tanks and be amazed by Shark Lagoon and the Penguin Habitat. Nearby attractions include the Queen Mary and Rainbow Harbor restaurants, and Shoreline Village. For history buffs, the USS Iowa Museum is only a few miles away in San Pedro.
The Kern River and Lake Isabella are wonderful places to visit over the Memorial Day weekend. The Kern River Valley is nestled between two sections of the Sequoia National Forest. Only three hours north of Los Angeles or one hour northeast of Bakersfield. We recommend visiting Lake Isabella or the upper Kern. The lower Kern gets the most visitors due to its close proximity to Bakersfield.
Sothern Californias largest water park is a cool place to kick off the summer season. Popular rides at Raging Waters are Tunnel of Terror: a forty foot drop in the dark with 360-degree turns, Amazon Adventure: lazy river ride, Dragon’s Den: a two-person bowl ride and Wave Cove with three-foot waves in a million gallon wave pool.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll be immersed in the theme that can only be the spectacle of Venice. The best way to experience the waterfront scene is via a three-quarter-mile boardwalk. It’s really more of a simple concrete strip than a classic boardwalk, but you will never see a wilder, more vibrant assortment of creativity and craziness congregated as densely in one place.
Santa Barbara and the surrounding area offers plenty of things to do for Memorial Day weekend. First-time visitors head to Stearns Wharf. On the historic pier, there are several restaurants plus you can take in some really stunning views of Santa Barbara and the mountains beyond. Nearby attractions include Solvang Danish Village, Santa Barbara Wine Country, and camping at Lake Cachuma or Jalama Beach.
Theme Park, Water Park, and Aquarium. Legoland offers loads of fun for the whole family. With over 60 rides and attractions geared for smaller children, LEGOLAND is one of the best places in California to take children for a fun day of play.
Get off the beaten path this Memorial Day. We have put together a list of interesting places to visit that may be a little less crowded. Locals like to keep these places secret but, these days nothing no destination is secret. So check out our top picks for Southern California hidden gems.
Get your heart pumping with these thrilling adventures. Southern California adventures and outdoor activities for the more adventurous day-trippers. Soar above the tree tops on a zip line, explore sea caves by kayak or discover off the beaten path natural wonders.
Visit a theme park and save with exclusive discounts. Southern California has some of the best amusement parks in the nation. Yes, there will be lines, but we have really good deals on both theme parks and water parks. So if your ready fro some fun this Memorial Day head to a theme park and save.
Along with arts & crafts, visitors enjoy live music on two stages featuring live music. The main pier stage features tribute bands performing the classic rock of bands such as Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac. the second stage in the beer and wine garden features country-western and rhythm and blues music.