The 10 Best Things to Do in Huntington Beach, United States

March 7, 2018 Esmeralda Fenner

Discover the best of Southern California culture. Offering the authentic surf lifestyle, coupled with 10 miles of uninterrupted coastline, Huntington Beach can truly be called Surf City USA. Warm weather and year-round sun offer the perfect setting for outdoor activities such as beach bonfires, volleyball by the Pier, biking along the Ocean Strand, stand-up paddle boarding in Huntington Harbour, hiking through the Bolsa Chica Wetlands or strolling down Main Street.
Restaurants in Huntington Beach

1. Huntington Dog Beach

E Pacific Coast Hwy and Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 606 reviews

Huntington Dog Beach

Reviewed By jeffcS4865GB - Huntington Beach

Nice palace to take your dog for a few hours they will have a blast but remember they will get sandy and salty so bring lots of stuff to keep the car clean and MOST OF ALL please pick up your dog poop!!! This beach was originally owned by surfers and they were not happy with the dog invasion but we have learned to share but keep it clean cause they are watching!!!!

2. Orange County Coast

Sunset Beach off Pacific Coast Hwy. and Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 197 reviews

Orange County Coast

Reviewed By delacy498 - El Paso, Texas

This is the best place to take dogs. Huntington Beach has a dog beach. Dogs can also walk along the sidewalk that runs along the beach. If you travel further south, there's Newport Beach and Fashion Island--dogs are welcome. Even further south, there's Laguna Beach, that allows dogs on the beach off season. But dogs are welcome around town and in the park overlooking the ocean all year round

3. San Clemente Pier

Del Mar Street, San Clemente, CA
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 960 reviews

San Clemente Pier

Reviewed By JOregon_11 - Hood River, Oregon, USA

Piers that go out in the ocean are so interesting and beautiful to me. In the three weeks that we recently spent in California, the San Clemente pier was the only one we were able to visit. The walk out to the end on the sunny, windy day was exhilarating!

4. The Reptile Zoo

18822 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708-7304 +1 714-500-0591
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

The Reptile Zoo

Reviewed By William S - california

We took our grandson to the zoo because he likes everything reptilian. He was not disappointed. The collection is very extensive to view and sells various species and supplies.
You can schedule a group visit for birthdays or other kid's events. Bring your own food and they provide a lecture room and dining room.
The premises are a little tacky and run down, but the kids are so enthralled they don't notice.

5. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Entrance at Warner Ave. and PCH, (opposite Bolsa Chica State Beach), Huntington Beach, CA +1 714-846-1114
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Reviewed By Hal72 - Olympia, Washington

We come here to bird and photograph, as do many. Wonderful wide, well maintained trails and bridges. Much to see and signage is pretty good, too. A great birding spot, check e-bird for most recent signings. The area is somewhat multi-use so there are some runners and walkers out, too. Plenty of room for all. It is a very exposed and open walk. Bring water, sun protection, etc. The parking area is small and accessible only from the south.

6. Huntington Beach Pier

315 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648-5161
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Huntington Beach Pier

Reviewed By foreste1 - Destin, Florida

This area is a good bet for family and having a nice clean beach to enjoy. We stayed in area, and it had lots of good food etc to enjoy.

7. Huntington Beach State Park

21601 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92646-7600 +1 714-536-1454
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 342 reviews

Huntington Beach State Park

Reviewed By 66Funtimes2014 - Raleigh, North Carolina

The beach was beautiful but our time spent was visiting the Atalaya Castle. Atalaya means watchtower. It was the home of Archer and Anna Huntington. Location was chosen for a milder winter retreat due to Anna's health condition. Truly just a shell but the 30 rooms were ever so huge - you could actually imagine what it looked like if the walls were there & how it was furnished. Truly enjoyed our time venturing through the castle. Give it 5 stars!

8. Downtown Huntington Beach

Main St, Huntington Beach, CA +1 714-968-0777
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 624 reviews

Downtown Huntington Beach

Reviewed By jeffcS4865GB - Huntington Beach

Tuesday night street fair is always fun great to check out all the happy hour specials. Lots of restaurants/bars competing for business take a stroll and see what you like! Kind of like shopping for the best deal or that and your preference of food

9. Huntington Central Park

18381 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648-1107 +1 714-848-6565
Excellent
66%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Huntington Central Park

Reviewed By J-Chizzle - Huntington Beach, CA

Going to the Central Park in Huntington Beach has been great. The Central Library and the park is a great place to visit and the scenery is good. During Labor Weekend, there is a Civil War reenactment and it was so much fun touring each tent and actors are very informative about the unit they represent.

10. Huntington Beach Central Library

7111 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648-1232 +1 714-842-4481
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Huntington Beach Central Library

Reviewed By dbbarker - Huntington Beach, California

Plethura of offerings. Storytime for children, Displays of literary themes, and artifacts from HB Sister Cities around the globe. A theatre, literacy classes, books, media to borrow and a place to chill in the summer, warm up in the winter. Circular fountain, Gift shop. Zillions of books. Huge city, county, resource. One of the best genealogy sections in California. Volunteers are there 10 -2 week days.

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