Huntington Beach, California is often referred to as the Surf City of the United States. With natural ocean swells enticing surfers from all over the world, it’s not difficult to understand why. There are other activities for locals and tourists, however. For beach lovers, dog owners, and even those itching for a European getaway, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the top things to do in Huntington Beach.
The iconic pier in Huntington Beach, featured in popular shows such as 90210 and The Real Housewives of Orange County, is a must visit. Prominent meeting space for surfers, sports fisherman, and surfing spectators, the open swells and scenic views are desirable for all parties along the pier. You can also grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants lining the pier and continue to take in the ocean view.
International Surfing Museum
A visit to Surf City USA wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Huntington Beach
International Surfing Museum. Founded by Canadian Natalie Kotsch several decades ago, she recognized the need to preserve many great surfboards and local history. Though she had never surfed, she loved watching the sport. Thanks to her efforts, locals and tourists can visit the museum and learn more about their favorite local surfers.
Old World Village
Want to visit a small German village but can’t make it to Germany? Take a trip to Old World Village. Lined with traditional buildings featuring paintings of German towns, cobblestone streets, and shops and eateries with traditional German fare, you will feel like you’re on a European vacation. In addition to German restaurants, the Old World Restaurant provides a selection of Austrian and Hungarian cuisines to satisfy a mix of palettes.
Huntington Dog Beach
For your furry friends, Huntington Dog Beach is dog heaven for pups and their owners. This segment of the beach is a long stretch of an area for dogs to run, swim, fetch, and play with their dog friends. If you want to bring your dog along for a beach trip, this is the perfect spot for them to roam leash-free.