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Old 07-03-2016, 10:33 PM   #1
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Which beach?

So, it looks like we may be planning a SoCal trip for September. Probably going to have a non-park day and I was thinking we need a day at the beach. We will be staying near Universal Studios, so what will be a good beach to visit that is family friendly. And for those who are familiar with LA, what might be some other attractions to visit within the vicinity? Not looking to drive to Legoland or another theme park like Six Flags.
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I'll be at DLR in September, too! When are you going?

The great news is the PassPorter DLR guide will be coming out as an e-book later this month! It has pages and pages dedicated to SoCal attractions, so be sure to look for it. The hard copy will be out later in in the year.

From my personal experience, here's what I'd recommend:

If you're looking for fun stuff as well as surf & sand, Venice Beach is where you'll find the famous boardwalk, with artists, street entertainers, and muscle beach, where body builders work out.

I took an evening bus tour with my son to see the major sights in LA a couple years ago when he had an internship there, and I recommend it. It's a nice way to see the major sights without having to do much driving. Our tour started in Hollywood, near the Chinese Theatre, so we saw the hand- and footprints and stars in the sidewalk before leaving. It then went past Rodeo Drive and through Beverly Hills, with the guide pointing out stars' homes, and had dinner at the Famers' Market (really more of an open-air shopping mall), before heading up to Griffiths Observatory to see the night skyline.

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Oooh, will definitely keep an eye out for the e-book!

I think we are going to do a couple of days at Universal, solely to check out the new HP land. My girls, who are 6-8, have been making their way through the movies and are enjoying them. Hubby likes to poke fun at me about all the Harry Potter stuff, he's more into Marvel and Star Wars. But, since watching the movies (and a little encouragement from Mommy), the girls have been asking to go to Universal and Daddy has a hard time saying no. I won't press to include Disneyland into the trip. We are planning our big return to WDW in the Spring, so I'm content to wait until then . But, Venice Beach sounds just like something I had in mind. Thanks for the suggestion!
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We have been to Venice Beach a couple of times, and while fun for adults, there are some "interesting" folk there that were dressed in costumes or clothing that might not be kid appropriate. Last time we visited we were repeatedly approached by folks who claimed to be representing several "medical marijuana clinics" that are in the area, and also by many would-be musicians aggressively hauking their CDs. There is some amazing sights there, and great canival vibe, but I wanted to give you a heads up in case it may be an area you would want to reconcider with smaller kids in tow.
Santa Monica Pier is as close to Universal as Venice Beach (21 miles vs 23) and offers an aquarium, a vintage carousel, and lots of other family friendly sights. http://santamonicapier.org/fun/
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We have been to Venice Beach a couple of times, and while fun for adults, there are some "interesting" folk there that were dressed in costumes or clothing that might not be kid appropriate. Last time we visited we were repeatedly approached by folks who claimed to be representing several "medical marijuana clinics" that are in the area, and also by many would-be musicians aggressively hauking their CDs. There is some amazing sights there, and great canival vibe, but I wanted to give you a heads up in case it may be an area you would want to reconcider with smaller kids in tow.
Santa Monica Pier is as close to Universal as Venice Beach (21 miles vs 23) and offers an aquarium, a vintage carousel, and lots of other family friendly sights. http://santamonicapier.org/fun/
It's been many years since I was there, so your info is newer than mine--Santa Monica may be better for a family these days!
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We went to both Huntington Beach "surf city USA" and Newport Beach. Sadly we struck a rainy cold day. That being said, Newport is an upscale more classy and family-friendly area. Public washrooms were clean and decent, right off the beach. Huntington washrooms were deplorable, felt like we were in a prison cell. Not a family-friendly atmosphere there. With young kids, I'd definitely go with Newport.
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Our family has been to Venice Beach and we're still planning on going back to this September 23. I'm just waiting for my truck wheels I ordered from 4WheelOnline to arrived.
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So, it looks like we may be planning a SoCal trip for September. Probably going to have a non-park day and I was thinking we need a day at the beach. We will be staying near Universal Studios, so what will be a good beach to visit that is family friendly. And for those who are familiar with LA, what might be some other attractions to visit within the vicinity? Not looking to drive to Legoland or another theme park like Six Flags.
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Newport and Huntington are a bit of a trek from Universal, especially in SoCal traffic. I’d say Santa Monica or Venice. Santa Monica has a pier with a Ferris wheel, carnival games, etc. Venice definitely has more ‘characters’.
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