For those who are enjoying Spring Break at home, here are some fun places to visit in the South Bay area and beyond.
Local Family Friendly Farms to Visit:
Valmonte Farm and Garden, Palos Verdes
This local farm is located in Palos Verdes, the farm and garden is where the adult special needs students of PVPUSD get job skills. The second Saturday of the month from 10-2pm is open garden day. The farm also hosts a young kids co-op playgroup for kids 18 months to 6 years-old designed to give kids the opportunity to engaging in messy, sensory play.
Tanaka Farm, Irvine
Tanaka Farms is located in Orange County and best known for their long-running interactive farm with a market stand, U-pick fruit, seasonal pumpkin patch & animals, and various farm tour experiences depending on the season! Bring the whole family along for an entertaining and instructive tour of a real functioning farm! An informed and amiable tour guide conducts each and every farm trip. This kid friendly fun farm is well known for their Strawberry Tours (February-June).
The majority of their trips include a wagon ride around their picturesque thirty-acre farm with a guide, stopping frequently to pick fruits and vegetables from the fields along the way.
Local Family Friendly Hikes
The South Bay has lots of great options when it comes to Wilderness Parks and Easy Trails for Kids.
Hopkins Wilderness Park
Nature park & campground featuring forest, meadows & a pond, with an amphitheater & picnic areas.
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center
The Madrona Marsh Preserve is thought to be one of the last remaining vernal freshwater marshes in Los Angeles County. In the years since California’s discovery by the Europeans, development has removed virtually all of our wetlands. Migratory water fowl populations are less than 50% of what they were in 1900. Many species are now designated as threatened or endangered. The Preserve is a mix of several micro-habitats including back dune, coastal prairie, alkali margin, vernal pool and vernal marsh area and is situated within the greater El Segundo Sand Dune System. The fine sand particles of this ancient dune system have been carried from the coastal dunes by winds for thousands of years. Each of the Preserve’s habitats houses its own specifically adapted native plant species.
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
Expansive park by the ocean featuring 2 beaches plus trails, caves & picnic areas.
South Coast Botanic Garden
The South Coast Botanic Garden is a 35 hectare garden in the Palos Verdes Hills, in Palos Verdes.
Forrestal Nature Reserve
155-acre, beachfront nature reserve offering hiking trails, picturesque lookouts & native animals.
Forrestal Trail Map
Point Vicente Lighthouse and Interpretive Center
Natural & local culture exhibits in the visitor center of a waterfront park with whale-watching.
Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve
This 399-acre preserve with rolling hills & canyons offers multi-use trails & wildlife viewing.
Portuguese Bend Trail Map
Del Cerro Park
Del Cerro Park is a public park located in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California. The park is situated high atop a bluff at the southernmost end of Crenshaw Boulevard. Del Cerro Park is noted for its sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island.
Shipwreck Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palos Verdes Peninsula that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
Three Sisters Reserve
This 99-acre parcel has spectacular ocean views and wonderful hiking trails that can be accessed from the end of Ocean Terrace Drive. It is home to several rare wildflower and bird species and the location of a 2009 21-acre habitat restoration project.
Three Sisters Trail Map