Spring Break is a time off from school that is meant for enjoying fun in the sun. Depending on the timing of Spring Break, there are many students that can enjoy great weather in Orange County. Orange County has a great amount of fun activities sure to please all but there are a few spots that out rank the rest.
Balboa is a great location located just south of Newport on the peninsula. The beach is not as crowded and offers great waves for surfing. There are many places for bike rentals as well as boogie boards and other fun beach toys. After you have had enough basking in the sun, head across Newport Boulevard to the Balboa Fun Zone. This is an old school amusement area complete with a Ferris wheel and all. Choose among fun activities such as bumper cars, arcade and paddle-boats. As the sun goes down, take the ferry over to Balboa Island and enjoy a great dinner at the many fine restaurants that line the main street. Be sure to try Dad’s Frozen Bananas shop that also serves the original Balboa bar.
Huntington Beach, California
Huntington Beach is one of the best beaches in California. It is highly rated by international surfers and if the timing is right, you may just catch a professional surfing competition. There are so many things to do right on the beach in Huntington. The beach has a snack stand that serves hamburgers and fries and if you prefer a nicer meal, Dukes on the beach is a great place to have an ocean view while enjoying a meal inside or on the patio. Huntington Beach has a great boardwalk for rollerblading and bike riding. There is an open air market that has many great artisans selling their work. If the international surfing scene is of interest there is the International Surfing Museum which has loads of display items from past remarkable surf legends. Main Street has the best shops in terms of beachwear. Restaurants and bars line Main Street and the place brings a great crowd. If an idea of lots of fun people is an exciting Spring Break, this is the place to be.
Dana Point, California
Dana Point offers a great family fun atmosphere and wonderful beaches. Some of California’s best views of the ocean come from scenes like Dana Point. For children, a must see in Dana Point is the Ocean Institute. They offer a complete educational facility for ocean life. They have Spring Break camps for kids from 6 years old to 12 years old. Some of their camps even take the kids out to the ocean and show them how to take samples and study them under a microscope. If you are lucky enough to see a school of dolphins it is amazing. This facility is by far the highlight of the area and in fact is education for the entire family.