Things to do in Southern California in the Summer

Things to do in Southern California in the Summer

I feel like California is the epitome of summer. The sun is always shining and there’s palm trees everywhere. The beach is, of course, a must during the summer but the cool thing about SoCal is that there’s so much to do. Here’s some things that I want to do and you can definitely check out!

US Open of Surfing

If you’re looking to go to the beach in a completely different way, check out the US Open of Surfing. Trust me, even if you don’t know much about surfing you’ll love it. It takes place in Huntington Beach every year late July and it’s so fun. You can watch the competitions for free and there’s even a festival area where they have booths and food. Last year the Vans owner made hot dogs every day. Seriously one of my favorite ways to enjoy the beach in the summer. 

Botanical Gardens & Views

I like to look at pretty things and flowers so this is the perfect time to visit. One of the places I’ve been dying to go is the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens down in San Marino, CA. It’s basically all my favorite things in one. You can look at all the gardens and go inside to cool down and still explore and look at some history. Museums and small gems like this can get overlooked so it’s a perfect time to check them out.

Movies at Random Places

So many good movies are out this summer (looking at you Spider-Man) and we all know how packed movie theaters get. I’ve noticed lately that a lot of cities are making movie nights in different areas. There’s some at the beach, parks, even cemeteries. Seriously, it’s interesting to see where some of these take place. Make sure to look up your city and see what kind of community movies they are having!


What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer?

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  • so fun! I was just in that area a few months ago and loved it!

  • It’s funny to hear you agree that CA is the epitome of summer, because I have always thought that even though I don’t live there. Sounds so ideal and lovely 🙂 Georgia summers are so, so humid and buggy. When I lived in the Midwest, everyone stayed inside during the winter, and it was very gloomy. Here, I’d equate the summers to that as weird as it sounds! I get so gloomy about GA in the summer. BUT my favorite thing to do in the summer anywhere, is go swimming and boating – that’s how I grew up 🙂