Despite the dropping temperatures, the wintertime is ONE of the best seasons to be outside in Southern California, especially if you’re planning a trip just to escape the cold temperatures everywhere else! In case you’re unsure how to spend what remains of the winter months here in SoCal, we’ve got you covered with our top 10 winter activity suggestions!
1.What to Zoo, What to Zoo
Lions and tigers and panda bears, oh my! Pay a visit to some of your favorite zoo animals at the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. There’s all sorts of kid-friendly shows and activities, plus awesome VIP experiences to be had in honor of their 100th anniversary this year!
Big Bear Mountain is Snow Much Fun
Following the massive snowfall in the first weekend of 2016, Big Bear Mountain has proven to be a popular destination for snowboarders, skiers, and everyONE who just wanted to spend the day playing in the snow! ONE-day lift tickets start at $79 for adults (age 23 and older), with lift and lodging as well as family packages available.
We’re Going to Disneyland!
Aside from claiming the title as The Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland is also celebrating its 60th anniversary through the early September, which means Diamond Day passes for Southern California residents at a reduced price.
Observing the Observatory
The Griffith Observatory is SoCal’s premiere view of the stars (the ONEs up in the sky, although there could be some movie stars visiting, too). Bonus: Admission and parking is always free!
Dancin’ on the Edge of the Hollywood Sign
The famous hike to the Hollywood Sign has several different points of entry with each trail offering varying levels of difficulty, but they all lead to the same place: A stunning view of Los Angeles.
Ice, Ice, Baby
Winter is the most popular time of year to get the outdoor ice skating experience in Southern California; shopping centers and downtown areas all over SoCal are dedicated recreating a real winter ONEderland under the otherwise cloudless skies.
Parks and Recreation
Joshua Tree National Park is ONE of the most beautiful desert parks you’ll find in Southern California. Backpacking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and stargazing are just a few activities on the long list to do in Joshua Tree!
You Know, I Can Speak Whale
Whale Watching is a unique afternoon activity involving adorable animals, what more could you ask for? Maybe something like the Dana Point Festival of Whales beginning in March, just saying.
Let’s Taco ‘Bout Food
Southern California offers some of the best authentic Mexican cuisine around, and there’s no shortage of the homestyle dishes across the region. Chances are, you’ll encounter five or six close options from your current location.
Quite the Ex-pier-ience
The Santa Monica Pier has food, fun, and cinematic history in excess, accompanied by a long list of events to kick off the new year. The Ferris Wheel offers incredible aerial views from over the Pacific Ocean, just let that sink in (sorry, bad pun).
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