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Location: 35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
The gorgeous, sandy beach at Leo Carrillo State Beach has tidepools, a cave, trails, picnic areas, and a playground to make it a favorite family beach. Showers, lifeguard, restrooms, and a smal...
Location: 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Baldwin Park, CA
Operated by LA County Parks, Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area has a 70-acre lake for sailing, swimming, and fishing and a popular children's water play area open during summer months. Other feature...
Location: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA
Here's something a little different - tell the kids you're taking them to a hotel, and then bring them to a ship instead!
The Queen Mary has been docked since 1967, but her long and vi...
Location: 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The Viceroy is a well-kept Santa Monica secret. Anyone driving by the Ocean Avenue address might not even give the place a second look. But walk inside the doors, and one is suddenly immersed i...
Location: 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa can best be summed up in the words of a six-year-old we know who recently stayed there: "Wow, mom! This is paradise!"
That kid was...
Location: 7675 Crescent Avenue, Buena Park, CA
Best hotel in the area, possibly even the universe, according to our intrepid hotel-weary team of testers. Food (from Cucina! Cucina! or Citrus, the two in-house restaurants) is good, v...
Location: 1311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura, CA
The Lake Casitas Water Adventure is a water park and recreation area offering several distinct water playgrounds for families, as well as a fully-loaded campground adjacent.
Location: 1102 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA
Hopkins Wilderness Park was developed in 1977 as a center for camping, nature study, and conservation. It is a large, shady wilderness park with self-guided nature walks and two large ponds wit...
Location: Los Angeles, CA
You won't find much charm or a local touch here. In fact, all Embassy Suites tend to look alike, which is part of its success. If you're the type who doesn't like surprises, this chain is as...
Location: 2896 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu, CA
Former Boy Scout Camp Circle X Ranch is hidden away in the canyons above Malibu, below Boney Mountain. The area offers several hikes, including one to Sandstone Peak, the highest point in the S...
Location: 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA
This hotel is welcoming from the greeting at the front desk until the moment of departure, and almost as comfortable as home - but with a nicer pool.
Renaissance Agoura Hills' accommod...
Location: 9000 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
Point Mugu State Park is in the Santa Monica Mountains and features five miles of ocean shoreline, rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills, river canyons, and wide grassy valleys....
Location: 20825 Entrada Road, Topanga, CA
Situated in the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through fields and forests, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.
Considered the world's la...