Top things to do in Laguna Beach

Top Choice American in Laguna Beach

Driftwood Kitchen

Ocean views and ridiculous sunsets alone ought to be enough to bring folks in, but gourmet Driftwood steps up the food with seasonal menus centered around fresh, sustainable seafood, plus options for landlubbers. In…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Laguna Beach

Pageant of the Masters

Hey, did that painting just move? Welcome to the Pageant of the Masters, in which elaborately costumed humans step into painstaking re-creations of famous paintings on an outdoor stage. The pageant began in 1933 as …
Art in Laguna Beach

Festival of Arts

A two-month celebration of original artwork in almost all its forms. About 140 exhibitors display works ranging from paintings and hand-crafted furniture to scrimshaw. Plus there are kid-friendly art workshops and l…
African in Laguna Beach


Macaws and toucans welcome you to this trendy, sophisticated, three-level ode to exotically spiced dishes from southern Africa – peri-peri prawns, chicken pops, grilled pineapple to soaring steaks and seafood, in sm…
Sports & Outdoors in Laguna Beach

Hobie Surf Shop

Hobart ‘Hobie’ Alter started his internationally known surf line in his parents’ Laguna Beach garage in 1950. Today, this is one of only a handful of logo retail shops where you can stock up on surfboards and beachw…
Viewpoint in Laguna Beach

Heisler Park

The grassy, bluff-top Heisler Park offers vistas of craggy coves and deep-blue sea. Bring your camera – with its palm trees and bougainvillea-dotted bluffs, the scene is definitely one for posterity.
Nature Center in Laguna Beach

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

A nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating injured or ill marine mammals, this center northeast of town has a small staff and many volunteers who help nurse Orange County's rescued pinnipeds –…
Beach in Laguna Beach

Aliso Beach County Park

South of downtown Laguna Beach, the locals’ favorite Aliso Beach County Park is popular with surfers, boogie boarders and skimboarders. With picnic tables, fire pits and a play area, it’s also good for families. Pay…
Diner in Laguna Beach

Orange Inn

Birthplace of the smoothie (in the Guinness World Records), this little shop from 1931 continues to pack in surfers fueling up before hitting the waves. It also serves date shakes, big omelets and breakfast burritos…
American in Laguna Beach


At this stylish purveyor of New American cuisine, the small-plates menu ($8 to $15) ranges from filet mignon pot pie to sizzling garlic shrimp and New Zealand green lip mussels. In fact, appetizers are so good, and …