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Things To Do in Huntington Beach, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Updated on July 4, 2013

Things To Do in Huntington Beach, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Huntington Beach, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Huntington Beach, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Huntington Beach, the official “Surf City U.S.A”, was incorporated into Orange County on February 17, 1909. The city of Huntington Beach has an estimated population of 189,707 residents (according to the 2010 US Census). This makes Huntington Beach the 23rd most populous city in California. With over 8 miles of uninterrupted beaches, Huntington Beach is scenically beautiful. Huntington Beach offers a variety of attractions and activities to both tourists and locals alike. Here are the top 5 things to do in Huntington Beach, California:

1. International Surfing Museum
Established in 1987 by Ann Beasley and Natalie Kotsch as a tribute to the Olympic athlete Duke Kahanamoku, who turned the sport of surfing into a mainstream activity, the International Surfing Museum is a non-profit entity that preserves the legacy of surfing. Classic surfboards and surfers have been glorified by means of exhibitions and films, which depict the art of surfing.

2. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Established in 1979, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is the effort of the California Department of Fish and Game to preserve the endangered and rare species found in the adjoining lands. It can be accessed from the entrance opposite the Bolsa Chica Beach. It is the home of exotic wildlife, including red-tailed hawk, California gnatcatcher, western diamondback and the grey smooth-hound shark. The reserve also offers hiking trails to challenge oneself while also allowing hikers to take truly splendid photographic moments.

3. Huntington Central Park
The Huntington Central Park is a place to go to escape the busy life and rejoice taking a stroll or sitting on the lush green grass. There are also local talent shows and performances conducted at the park, usually on the weekends. Whether it’s the thump of the music or the pure silence, the Central Park is the spot to let go of everything and spend some quality time with family and friends. In addition, the park offers visitors with local food stands, which is an added bonus, making it more convenient for families.

Things To Do in Huntington Beach, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Huntington Beach, California (TOP 5 LIST)

4. Orange County Coast
The Orange County Coast is considered to be one of the best coasts all over California. It is truly a place for everyone - be it someone looking for a refreshing stroll, the energetic cyclist or the family. The coastline is packed with visitors relaxing and enjoying the sun. The cycling route is great for cycling and getting in exercise while taking in the beautiful Californian shoreline. The orange County Coast is a must-visit destination to complete your tour to Surf City.

5. Huntington Beach Pier
Located towards the end of Main Street, the Huntington Beach Pier is one of the iconic spots in the city. It is packed with surfers, fishing-enthusiasts and people looking for peace and calm in the waves. It gives a clear view of the sea and is a great place to relax and watch the surfers go ride the waves. It is also an ideal point to watch the famous Californian sunset.

Enjoy Huntington Beach!
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    • CharronsChatter profile image

      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      Manomanoman!! I have some of the greatest memories of this beach...riding my bike up the boardwalk past the smokestacks...partying at Pieros...hey! You missed Pieros! ;) Shared to FB and went medieval on all the thumb thingeez...and i always will, just so you know, when I likee--

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      Mike Robbers 

      5 years ago from London

      Nice hub and presentation of the Huntington beach.

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      carolina muscle 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Nicely done... I love the view from the pier!

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      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      The coast and ecological reserve especially interest me. We're going to be in San Francisco this fall...who knows, maybe we'll have time to hop on over to Huntington. Thanks for the ideas!

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      Brian Leekley 

      5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, and Interesting. Sounds like an enjoyable city to visit.

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      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      Interesting hub

      Voted up

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I have never been to Huntington Beach but your description and suggestions sound great. Right about now, I'd take a few feet of beach, let alone 8 miles! Thank you for this vicarious pleasure!

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      Poetic Fool 

      5 years ago

      Great list and I'm glad to say I've done all the items on your list. They're all certainly a great way to spend a day in Surf City! Thanks for sharing all this great info!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      5 years ago from Great Britain

      8 Miles of uninterrupted beach sounds good to me.

      Great hub.

      The Central Park sound like a refreshing change from the beach.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for this presentation on Huntington Beach. It does seem enjoyable--all five sites. Good job!


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