Come here especially on weekends and during Oktoberfest for a good ol' time here here. Old World Village is in a kind of hideaway location in Huntington Beach off of Beach Blvd.
The village is a nice alternative to the typical America strip mall. It is not even worthy to be called a mall in the modern sense. It's more of a cluster of specialty stores and restaurants in a picturesque Bavarian setting. There is not just German culture represented here but also Russian, Italian, Jewish and more.
Here , it may be best to try the meats and baked goods at Euro Market, Bakery and Deli outside of visiting here for beer tasting. . Check out events on the webpage!
This was a big deal at HB. Preparations started weeks before and people 'reserved' their spots along the way. Too bad that I was in San Diego during 4th July. But it was a blast there too.
Independence Day parade west of the Mississippi River features more than 300 entries including bands, floats, film and television celebrities, local dignitaries, equestrians and community groups. The parade heads south to Main Street, proceeds up Main Street through the downtown, ending at Yorktown and Main.
The International Surfing Museum preserves an important part of Huntington Beach's image as "Surf City, USA."
There are many interesting collection and themes like 'women who surf'. Stuff too about skateboarding and 'skin diving' exhibit plus 'a walk of fame'. I really like how this culture has been preserved here in a cool way. Definitely a must if you are visiting HB.
There is always surf films going on and a permanent exhibition to Duke Kahanamoku.
If you are staying @ HB, you are probably not that much a party animal. HB is not full of nightclubs so for the evening fun, you might like to go to movies. Pierside Pavillion is a good basic movie theater just right 'there', around the corner. Almost next to the pier.
I must say that the beach area is not looking so great, due to construction off the sand area but the street construction is coming along fine and it is getting better. Overall, H.B. is a very active beach so it's very recommendable to come here. Often, you will see a good, hard fought volleyball game going on, featuring some hot tanned bodies! Of course, there are surfers all the time here. This is the premier place to see surf tournaments in the greater L.A. area, as well as those of volleyball.
Huntington Beach is in Orange County or now The OC .Most people come to see the beaches and go to Disneyland. Disneyland is about a 30 minute drive from HB but if you hav'nt been there it a must do. Disneyland and California Adventures. Get the 3 day pass because it cheaper and it will take 3 days to go through the two parks.
About 30 minutes from HB on Beach Blvd is Knotts Berry Farm. Started selling berries then fried chicken now its a theme park with roller coasters rides etc. Still the best Fried Chicken dinners anywhere.
Drive south on PCH into Newport Beach Corona Del Mar San Juan where the Mission is and old town Laguna Beach has the arts festival in the summer San Clemente. You can take the train down and it stops along the way to San Diego
For your upscale shopping and dining pleasure, go to the Strand, an outdoor plaza area just steps from the H.B. shore. Featured here is the luxurious-hip Shorebreak Hotel with the well-acclaimed Zimzala restaurant. Along with the fashion staple Forever 21, smaller trendy fashion boutiques like Varga and Angl (geared for 20 something gals) and a few number of other shops and eateries are more affordable options here. This is a rather cozy spot to take a break and is away from the noise on Main St with the busy, bustling bars and hangouts.
General Hours (subject to change):
Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
A major tourist draw during the Orange county summer is the U.S. Open of Surfing, held here in H.B for the duration of one fun-packed week. Tens of thousands crowd the sand and turf for the annual event, held in early August.
If surfing is just not your major thing, there is still much reason to come to the open. There is much spectacle during the surfing competitions, including concerts and fashion shows and various sideline entertainment. Media is all over the Open. You can easily find the cameras and be on air.
All events are free. Just pay for your parking or bus ticket, arrive and enjoy! Come early for the best options for parking.
One of the most beautifully done outdoor malls in Orange county is Bella Terra- a favorite meeting place away from the shore. Sure, it's quite the commercial center and surely there are plenty in O.C but BT's sophisticated architectural charm with a cheery palette is worth seeing and sure to please. Enjoy regular live entertainment here on Fridays and Saturdays.
Burlington Coat Factoy
Barnes and Noble
dozens of boutiques
Century 20 Cinema
Whole Food market (lovely cafeteria inside)
From Huntington Beach we drove up the coast about 15 minutes to Alamitos Bay to go sailing on a 34' boat. It was right next to a fun little town named Seal Beach. We drove by the Bolsa Chica Wetlands which is very pretty. We had so much fun and the boat was really plush I loved how you could just push a button and the toilet flushes. I must say Captain Doug was fun and really knowledgeable. We sailed right next to the Queen Mary, saw seals and kite surfers. Then we sailed down the coast, it was fun and peaceful at the same time. Our charter even included free snacks and drinks. I had no Idea sailing was so cool. Check it out. Captain Doug suggested a restaurant that we walked to after we returned that had a firepit overlooking the harbor it was a great way to start the evening. What a great day!
Huntigton beach has a long beach, the water is not so clear but it is still enjoyable, it's also a beach of surfers, even if you are not one, you can enjoy wathing them, it's exciting!
you can also enjoy playing volley, a big space is arranged for that.
So, this past weekend we attended for the first time this all day jazz festival. The weather was great! Very much like you would expect Fall weather to be. The Central Park was perfect, lots of trees. So, we were able to pick a nice spot that I knew would get the afternoon shade. You're allowed to bring low lawn chairs, blankets and pack your own picnic! That's a plus because the food at some of the jazz festivals is not that great and can be expensive. No beverages or coolers and a water bottle is okay. However, we saw several coolers brought in. So, it's not like they enforced the rules they posted. General admission tickets are $45 to see 9 musical artists all day long! What a deal! Gates open at 10:30am.
HB boasts having the biggest 4th of July parade west of the Mississippi (river)- and why not when it's right by the beach! This annual event has grown bigger and crowded. This ia a perfect occasion to people watch. Everyone's happy to spend a free day by the shore -hell, just to have the day off. There is the official parade plus several attractions. Much food's a sizzling at several spots at the Pier Plaza, as well as good shopping and buzz from musical entertainment.
See website for many pictures and info.