Huntington Beach Things to Do

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    Experience Euro Charm at Old World Village

    by marinarena Written Dec 17, 2004

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    Old World Village building, Huntington Beach/Calif

    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!

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    4th July Parade!

    by Scandic Written Dec 3, 2004

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    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.

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    International Surfing Museum

    by Scandic Written Dec 4, 2004

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    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.

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    Movies

    by Scandic Written Mar 28, 2005

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    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.

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    Well, visit the beach of course!

    by marinarena Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    awesome sky, Huntington Beach , California
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    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.

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    Be "Stranded"

    by marinarena Written Aug 9, 2011
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    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

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    Have Calendar open for the Surfing Open

    by marinarena Written Aug 9, 2011
    Huntington Beach, home of US Open (Surfing)
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    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.

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    Come to Bella Terra for dining, shopping & movies

    by marinarena Written Sep 7, 2011
    Bella Terra, Huntington Beach mall, CA, USA
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    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.

    Main stores/attractions:
    Burlington Coat Factoy
    Kohls
    Barnes and Noble
    dozens of boutiques
    Century 20 Cinema

    Dining Options:
    Islands
    Whole Food market (lovely cafeteria inside)

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  • Awesome sailing adventure!!

    by hbgirl84 Updated May 10, 2010

    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!

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    Take the Kids to Vans Skate Park

    by marinarena Written Mar 25, 2014

    March 2014 saw the opening of Vans Off the Wall Skatepark. This new family friendly locale makes H.B the place to be for all that's cool and adventurous- at least for a typical 12 year old kid who will be stoked at the elongated ramps. Older kids are also welcomed too to show off their moves. The 42,000+ facility is a safe and fun haven for kids to hang out locally. Best thing- it's free for all watching and hitting the rail!

    See article here to find out more!

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    Disneyland

    by kenstan Updated Jul 26, 2008

    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.

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    Knotts Berry Farm

    by kenstan Updated Jul 26, 2008

    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.

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    Head South

    by kenstan Written Jul 26, 2008
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    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

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    BBJazz Festival Sept. 8, 2007

    by GracesTrips Updated Sep 13, 2007
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    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.

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    Celebrate America's day by the beach (seasonal)

    by marinarena Updated Sep 7, 2011

    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.

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