Summer is arguably the best time of year, and Memorial Day kicks off this season with a three-day weekend that’s perfect for a short getaway. Laguna Beach makes the ideal destination for your trip, thanks to eye-catching beaches, marvelous nature, and one of the most delightful downtown areas you can imagine. So what are the best things to do in Laguna Beach when you’re in town for Memorial Day? We’ve put together a list to help guests of Art Hotel design the perfect itinerary.

 

Check Out the Niguel Botanical Preserve

 

A lush green space affording beautiful views over the landscape, this preserve is tucked into a residential area in Laguna Niguel, not far from Laguna Beach. It boasts four miles of walking trails on 18 acres of land, where 2,000 plant species compete for visitors’ attention. It’s a prime spot any day of the week to decompress amid stunning surroundings. 

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to visit, as it falls well before the season’s hottest, driest days. If you’ve got little ones in tow, check out adjacent Crown Valley Park, where a playground, a splash area, and even a pool await.  

 

Splash and Play in Our Swimming Pool

 

Thanks to the town’s beautiful coastal location and year-round sunny skies, swimming is one of the most popular Laguna Beach activities. At Art Hotel, taking a quick dip is always easy, thanks to our on-site swimming pool. Snag a sun lounger and enjoy the colorful mural wrapped around the barrier wall. This is a low-key, relaxing space to soak up the sunshine and cool off a bit, whether you’re ready to turn in for the day or you’re just getting going in the morning.  

 

Go on a Whale-Watching Tour

 

If you’ve never been on a whale-watching tour before, you’re in for a treat. These giant creatures can be found roaming Pacific waters during various times of the year (winter for gray whales and summer for blue whales). If you’re looking for fun things to do in Laguna Beach during your Memorial Day getaway, this is the perfect activity. Most tours depart from marinas in nearby cities such as Newport Beach and Dana Point. For example, Newport Landing Whale Watching offers an array of tours, including luxury whale-watching trips and small-group trips for better access and maneuvering. 

 

Take Your Furry Friend to Laguna Beach Dog Park

 

Finding dog-friendly Laguna Beach activities is a must if you’re bringing Fido along for the trip. In general, this seaside community is a canine-loving place, with outdoor patios and public spaces welcoming your furry friends. Make some room on your Memorial Day itinerary for some activities your dog will love. 

At Laguna Beach Dog Park, your dog can run, play, and sniff to their heart’s content. Occupying a green space adjacent to Crystal Cove State Park, this was one of the first dog parks to open in all of Orange County. It’s open every day from 6 a.m. to dusk, with the exception of Wednesday, when the park is closed. 

 

Treat Yourself to Some Ice Cream

 

Memorial Day is the official start of the summer season, and what better way to celebrate summer than with a cold, creamy treat? From fresh gelato to frozen yogurt, Laguna Beach offers a wide array of desserts to please your palate. Gelato Paradiso, tucked into an alley storefront, is a paradise indeed, with creative gelato flavors ensuring a steady stream of regulars. For classic ice cream flavors, head to Chantilly Ice Cream, where you can get cones, sundaes, banana splits, smoothies, and more.   


 

For a pet-friendly Laguna Beach hotel with an excellent location and a breezy vibe, look no further than Art Hotel. Comfortable rooms, a heated swimming pool, and free parking make this hotel a top choice for family vacations, weekend trips, and solo getaways.