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5 Fun Summer Activities in Southern California

August 3, 2018

When you live in Southern California, the beach is always an option for an activity. However, the beach is something Southern Californians can do year-round! This summer, try some of these fun summer activities that you can enjoy while living in beautiful California.

5 Fun Summer Activities in Southern California

The OC Fair

The OC Fair is the biggest event in Costa Mesa each year! Ride the rides, try the food, see the exhibits, and enjoy a fun day (or night) with your friends. There is something for everyone at this event, and it is a great way to connect with other OC residents and learn more about the community. Don’t spend a summer in the U.S. without attending a traditional fair!

5 Fun Summer Activities in Southern California


Camping is a traditional summertime activity, and there are plenty of places in California to camp. Venture to beautiful Yosemite or Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to see the redwood trees, or camp on the beach in places like Malibu. This list of campsites within one hour of Los Angeles provides many local campsites and is a great place to begin your planning.

Catalina Island

Catalina Island is southwest of Los Angeles and is accessible by ferry. Ride the ferry and enjoy the island’s beaches, shopping, and art (the island is known as being an artist community and has art galleries and museums). If you’re a diver, you can dive around the island; nature lovers can hike and see some of the wildlife the island is also famous for.

5 Fun Summer Activities in Southern California

Los Angeles Angels’ Baseball Game

What’s more American than a baseball game? This summer, go see the Los Angeles Angels play! Try some baseball food (hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, and beer are traditional ballgame foods) and make friends with the people sitting in the seats around you. Learn all about the traditions of attending a baseball game, like singing during the 7th inning stretch.

5 Fun Summer Activities in Southern California

Road Trip!

Sometimes it’s hard to leave Orange County (it is so beautiful and there is so much to do)! However, the rest of California is waiting for you. Rent a car and drive down to San Diego, which is less than two hours away, and stay for the weekend. Head east and go to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Or head North and see Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Monterey. Read our post on California Road Trips for more information.

5 Fun Summer Activities in Southern California

Happy summer!


Further learning

Discuss these questions with a friend, classmate, or teacher.

  1. What is your favorite season? Why?
  2. What are some traditional summer activities in your hometown?
  3. What are some traditional summer foods in your hometown?
  4. What is one thing you miss about summer in your country?
  5. What is one new thing you’ve experienced during summer in the United States?
  6. What is your favorite summertime activity?
  7. Where is a place you would not visit in the summer? Why?
  8. Do you think deserts are beautiful? Why or why not?
  9. What’s your favorite way to cool down on a hot day?
  10. What’s better: sunsets over the ocean, or sunrises over the ocean?


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