Fun Things to Do in Southern California

There are so many Fun Things to Do in Southern California and we’ve compiled the things we’ve already done plus some that we wish to do in the near future. Let us know how many you’ve done or if there are a few you’re eager to visit. If you’re coming from another state or another country, do explore beyond the theme parks. Happy Exploring!

Fun Things to do in Southern California:

Upcoming Events:

January – February

SoCal Lunar New Year Celebration: Mall Events, Parade, Street Festivals, etc.

Knott’s Fire and Law Tribute Days: Free Tickets

San Diego Travel Show: COMP – Discount Tickets

Los Angeles Travel Show: COMP – Discount Tickets

Circus Vargas – 1/20 to 2/9 in Burbank

Visit Amusement Parks:

Disneyland & Disney California Adventure

Universal Studios Hollywood

Knott’s Berry Farm

Legoland California – Stay in a Lego Themed Hotel

Sea World

Castle Park Riverside

Pacific Park Santa Monica

Cool off at these Southern California Water Parks:

Raging Waters San Dimas – Visit California’s Largest Water Park

Splash Kingdom Redlands

Wet N’ Wild Palm Springs – currently closed for 2019

Free Things to do in Southern California:

Kids Free October – Kids enjoy free admission to 100+ San Diego Attractions

Free Museum Days – Enjoy LA museums for FREE on various days of the week

Go to the Beach

The Grove Trolley Ride – Watch dancing fountains and ride a double deck trolley for FREE

Fun Things to do in Southern California with Kids:

Kidspace Children’s Museum – Spend a day at one of the best kids’ museums in LA

Skirball Noah’s Ark – Play, build, climb, explore, make music and even make a storm at this famous flood story inspired structure.

Rocketship Park – Go up a rocket ship and see LA and the beach from the top

American Girl Doll Store – Go to the biggest doll store in Los Angeles

American Girl Afternoon Tea – Go an on Afternoon Tea with your Kids and their Dolls

South Coast Botanic Garden – Visit the garden inspired by nursery rhymes

Discovery Science Center – Spend a Day at this Science filled Kids Museum

Firestation Tour

Western Museum of Flight


Stay at Legoland Hotel

Stay at Legoland Castle Hotel

Add to your Southern California Bucket List:

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Ride the World’s Largest Rotating Tram Car

Borrego Springs Metal Sculptures – See 130+ Giant Metal Sculptures in the Desert

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library – Go inside the Air Force One

Good Year Blimp – Get up close the Good Year Blimp and watch it Take Off

Southern California Lighthouses – Visit one or all

Battleship USS Iowa – Go on a self-guided tour of a battleship known as the “Battleship of Presidents”

Whale Watching Cruise

Go on a Cruise

Angel’s Flight – Ride a 118 year old (as of 2019) Fenicular

Touristy Things to do in Southern California:

Warner Brothers Studio Tour Hollywood

Madame Tussauds Hollywood – Meet celebrities in the wax (not in the flesh)

Bradbury Building – Marvel at these stairs featured in a lot of Movies

Visit Instagram-Worthy Museums in Southern California:

Museum of Dream Space in Los Angeles

Foodie Adventures:

Busy Bee’s – Try this Hole in the Wall joint for the Best Pastrami Sandwich

Chado Tea Room Afternoon Tea

Southern California Zoo, Museums, and Exhibits:

Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach

LA Zoo

San Diego Zoo Safari Park – Go on a Safari and see a Cheetah run at 70 miles per hour

Sea Life Aquarium

Go on a Weekend Getaway in & near SoCal:

Dana Point Weekend Getaway

Oceanside Weekend Getaway

Conejo Valley Weekend Getaway

Palm Springs Weekend Getaway

Torrance Weekend Getaway

Adults Only:

Wine Tasting in Temecula


Del Amo Mall – Visit one of the Biggest Mall in America

Shop at Southern California Outlet Malls – See the complete list and shop for designer brands for less.

Watch a Show:

Segerstrom Center for the Arts – one of the best places to see a musical

Experience a Dinner Show:

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure – Watch a Pirate Themed Dinner Show*

Attend an Expo or Convention:

Star Wars Celebration

Los Angeles Travel Expo

Attend County Fairs:

LA County Fair

OC County Fair

Outdoor Fun:

Street Food Cinema – outdoor movie, live music, & food trucks

Eat, See, Hear – outdoor movie, live music, & food trucks

Sports and Adventures:

Escape Rooms – Solve challenging clues and puzzles and escape a themed-room before time runs out.



Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Tanaka Farms Strawberry Tour – Go on a U-pick Strawberry Farm Tour

Strawberry Farms near Los Angeles – Visit any of these U-pick Strawberry farms in SoCal

Irvine Park Railroad – Easter Eggstravaganza


California Strawberry Festival

Armed Forces Day Military Exhibit


Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse – 10 movies for $5 during the summertime

Regal Summer Movie Express – $1 movies for 14 weeks


Scare LA – attend a Halloween convention in the summer

Labor Day Weekend

Fiesta Hermosa


Long Beach Lobster Festival


Kids Free Admission to San Diego Attractions in October


Best Pumpkin Patches in Los Angeles

Apple Picking in Oak Glen

Hello Kitty-themed Pumpkin Patch

Southern California Halloween Events:

Knott’s Scary Farm

Queen Mary Dark Harbor

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park

Legoland Brick or Treat Party Nights

Jack O’ Lanterns – See beautifully lit pumpkins of every design

Southern California Holiday Events:

LA Zoo Lights – Enjoy a glowing zoo every winter

LA Arboretum Moonlight Forest

Queen Mary Christmas

Descanso Gardens Enchanted Forest of Light

Pomona Chinese Lantern Festival

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Winter Fest Orange County

Living Desert Zoo Wildlights

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