Summertime in Los Angeles is all about hitting the beach, hanging by the pool, and soaking up the sun. But sometimes, you just need a break from the sand and surf. Here are 6 water activities for families that will keep everyone cool and entertained. From cruising down a river to exploring an aquarium, there’s something for everyone. So grab your swimsuit and hire a yacht charter and get ready to have some fun!
1) Cruise A River
This is the classic river cruise in L.A., where you’ll tool around in a big boat and learn about the history of the harbor. You can choose between the 45-minute non-alcoholic cruise or the 90-minute cocktail cruise with dancing and drinks (you must be 21+ to take this cruise). Cruises depart from Marina Del Rey every day from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM (90 min cruises), Easter through Thanksgiving.
2) Hire A Yacht For A Day
Calico Yacht Charter has been providing luxury yacht charters for over 10 years. They are based out of Marina Del Rey and serve the Los Angeles area. If you are interested, make sure to check out their los angeles yacht rentals page. Here you’ll get all the details on the types of yachts they offer, their prices, and the charters available. They do accept large groups depending on the size of the yacht you rent. But make sure to call ahead and let them know how many guests will be joining. So, whether you want to see a large whale or celebrate a birthday, a yacht rental in los angeles will certainly provide the ultimate setting.
3) Feed The Stingrays At Cabrillo Aquarium
Those marine mammals are called “stingrays” for a reason! But don’t worry, they’re totally safe… just use caution when reaching into their tank. The kids can also meet some other aquatic friends like sea stars and octopuses at this small but fun aquarium. It’s just $0.50 for kids 3 and up to feed the fish in the touch tank. Or you can simply hang out with the stingrays for free!
4) Go To A Water Park
There are lots of great parks across L.A. that will welcome families looking for an alternative to the beach. These splash-tacular amusement parks take full advantage of California’s year-round sunshine by offering tons of slides, flumes, and foam pools that’ll keep everyone cools all day long (plus their wave pool). Popular choices include Raging Waters, Knott’s Soak City, and Wet ‘n Wild.
5) Watch Whales At The Point Vicente Interpretive Center
On your way to Malibu, stop by this little museum in Rancho Palos Verdes that’s dedicated to teaching people about California’s marine life. They offer a variety of exhibits and fun events (like their annual Spring Whale Festival), but the best part is they’re located on one of L.A.’s prime whale-watching spots. So, you might get lucky and spot some big guys cruising past the coast! You can also take a scenic walk down their trails for an up-close view of the ocean.
6) Visit A Tide Pool
This might be L.A.’s most low-key water activity. If we had our way, we’d do it every day! Head to Malibu’s Montana Ave. and stop at the end of the street, where you’ll find stairs that lead down into a small tide pool (follow them to the bottom for an up-close view). The path will continue even further, with more pools and trails still off-limits to visitors. So make sure you bring shoes you don’t mind getting wet. You can also spot some local wildlife like an eel, lobster, sea urchin, crabs, snails, anemones & starfish… plus, it’s free!
As you can see, L.A. has plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Just make sure to plan ahead and know what your kids will be interested in. If they love marine life, then all five of these options are perfect! Then again, if not, that’s okay too since you don’t want to miss out on any fun (the beach isn’t exactly famous for its sea life… well, at least not anymore). But no matter what, visiting one or more spots during your trip is guaranteed to produce some great photos & memories. So JUST REMEMBER TO BRING A CAMERA!
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