Posted Apr 01, 2022 | By Visit Oxnard

4 SoCal Spring Break Attractions that Won't Break the Bank

Looking for a little fun in the sun during spring break? What better place to slow down, relax and have some fun than Southern California?

While you might associate SoCal with a big-budget lifestyle there are plenty of affordable attractions that you can check out during spring break that won't break the bank.

Here are four unique ideas to add to your itinerary.

1. Lounge on an uncrowded beach in Oxnard

Forget the crowded beaches of SoCal, and take a trip to Oxnard. This quaint seaside city has several beautiful, quiet beaches to choose from including Oxnard Beach, Silver Strand Beach, and a beach along Channel Islands Harbor.

Bring a towel and some sun tan lotion and spend a day relaxing under the sun. Grab a few other beachgoers and get a game of beach volleyball going, have a picnic lunch or take a bike ride along one of the beachside scenic trails.

You can park your car for five bucks or less, and hanging out at the beach doesn't cost you a dime.

2. Kayak along Alamitos Bay in Long Beach

For just $10 an hour, you can rent a kayak and spend the afternoon paddling along the calm waters of Alamitos Bay. You can kayak to six different restaurants for a quick drink or bite to eat.

Hop back in your kayak to check out beautiful waterfront homes, or paddle to a special spot where moon jellies, a type of non-stinging jellyfish, live. You might even be lucky enough to spot a dolphin or two.

Many refer to Alamitos Bay as the best-kept secret between Los Angeles and Orange County, and by spending about $50 you can spend an afternoon touring around the waterway.

3. Visit Balboa Park, San Diego

Leave the salty air and the beach life and trade it in for the nation's largest urban park that has way more than walking paths and gardens. Balboa Park is home to many attractions including the famous San Diego Zoo, 17 museums, theatres, a carousel and a miniature railroad – just to name a few.

Stroll through sculpture gardens, snap pictures of exotic cacti or try your hand at lawn bowling.

Visiting the park is free and attractions vary by destination.

4. Visit the Birthplace of LA

Olvera Street, known as "The Birthplace of Los Angeles," boasts the sights and sounds of authentic Mexican and Aztec culture. The marketplace, which has free admission, recreates "Old Los Angeles" where street vendors, cafes and quaint shops line the streets. Listen to mariachi music, grab a taquito to eat along the way and take home an authentic piece of Mexican art handcrafted by a local artist.

Created in the 1930s to preserve the history of the area, many of the vendors are decedents of the original vendors.

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