Southern California May 01, 2016
15 Things You Really Have To Do In Southern California This Summer
There’s nothing like summer in Southern California. Even though we have beautiful weather year-round, there’s something about summertime that makes us want to explore and linger a little longer everywhere we go. Capture the summer spirit in SoCal by adding some new (and old favorites) to your summer bucket list and get out there and embrace the season. Which one will you do first?
1. See a concert at Hollywood Bowl. There's something special about listening to live music out in the open air on a hot summer night. Bliss!
2. Why drive across the bridge when you can take the Coronado Ferry? Hop aboard and take the ferry from downtown San Diego to the heart of Coronado. Spend the day in Coronado shopping, dining, sightseeing and biking along the waterfront. Once you get there you may never want to leave.
3. Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Concert Series runs every summer and the crowd is spectacular. Pack some snacks and a blanket and get there early to snag a space close to the stage.
4. Wine tasting anyone? Santa Barbara is a great spot to sip and simple a little vino in the summer.
5. And while we're on the subject of wine tasting...Temecula's DePortola wine trail is a grand SoCal wine tasting experience so don't forget to add that one to your summer must-do list.
6. Summer simply isn't summer until you've gone on a camping trip, as pictured here in Joshua Tree.
7. Take a day trip to Catalina Island. Even better, take a long weekend!
8. A sunset cruise on the Double Dolphin in Santa Barbara will make you believe in magic again. Seriously, it's that amazing.
9. The Manhattan Beach summer concert series at Polliwog Park is a great way for locals to celebrate summer. Pack a picnic and dine under the blue sky.
10. One Thousand Steps Beach! It's not exactly 1,000 steps, but it sounds really cool when you tell people where you've been. Plus, it's a beautiful beach with epic sunsets so you should definitely add it to your summer bucket list.
11. Whether you're a resident or just visiting, a whale watching tour is a must in San Diego.
12. See a game at Dodger Stadium. While you're there, have a hot dog and an ice cold Coke and your summer will be complete.
13. Time your visit right and you can watch the fireworks show from Dodger Stadium on 4th of July. The view from the stadium is stunning and may be the best spot in the city to view the fireworks.
14. Kayaking at La Jolla Cove. Or, if you're not up for a day in the water, watching other people kayak counts too!
15. A Farm to Table outdoor dining experience is an unforgettable way to spend a summer night. It will set you back a few bucks, but the experience is out of this world. Pictured here is a farm-to-table dinner hosted by Oustanding in the Field.
Are you ready to do some SoCal exploring? Even if you’re a long-time resident here, it’s okay to play tourist for a day. Actually, I highly recommend it. Treat yourself to a day, or an entire weekend, of seeing Southern California with fresh eyes. There’s no time like the summer to get out and explore. Don’t you just love living here?!