Laguna Beach Travel Tips?

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My family of 4 (DH, and DD ages 8 and 14, plus me!) is traveling to the Laguna Beach/Irvine area in California in October of this year. We plan on visiting DisneyLand, the Nixon Library, the San Diego Zoo, Hollywood and Balboa Island.


I would like to hear what other attractions we should take in. I am also interested in touring plans for DisneyLand--there is plenty of info on the web for WDW but I have not been able to locate any for DL.

Thank you!
Diana from Prospect, KY

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By Jeannine from CA (Guest Post)
April 11, 20060 found this helpful

Hi Diana,

Out in that area of California, there is so much to do & see! If you get a chance to get out to Catalina Island (you can see it from Laguna clear down to San Clemente on a clear day), it's just beautiful with lots of outdoor activities to do -- snorkeling, biking, hiking, etc. You get there by ferry.

There's also the Ronald Reagan Library near his ranch just a little north of LA. If you or your kids are into surfing -- watching or participating, I'd recommend Dana Point & San Clemente, both have great surf spots & there's a really good surf school in San Clemente.


The Gas Light district in San Diego is really great for historical architecture & shopping (better for the adults than the kids). Sea World San Diego is also great & not far from the Zoo.

Near Disney Land there's also Knott's Berry Farm and there is a Six Flags just north of LA off I-5. Universal Studios Theme Park is close to Hollywood.

There are also just a ton of great beaches south of Laguna Beach; not too crowded & great sand and surf. I don't usually go to any north of Dana Point just because of the crowds. With all of the state parks around, there's also great hiking & biking all over the area. October's a great time to visit because it won't be too hot or too cool.

Hope you have fun!

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By A.R. (Guest Post)
April 11, 20060 found this helpful

Another fun thing to do is to have dinner at Midevil Times across from Knott's Berry Farm. It is a fun night of entertainment and fun to eat your food with no fork, knife or spoon for a change.

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April 13, 20060 found this helpful

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By Linda (Guest Post)
April 14, 20060 found this helpful

I used to live near D-land and now live near San Diego. You might consider Sea World, and the Wild Animal Park down here, also the Birch Aquarium. You can get a 3-fer ticket for the zoo, WAP and Sea World, I believe.


As far as Orange County goes, the Nixon Library is a snore, but there is the Discovery Science Center and Bowers Kidszeum (Children's Museum) that are both child oriented and excellent.

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