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Laguna Koi Ponds – Free

Maruska —  January 18, 2018

Laguna Koi PondIf your kids love fish, this is a fun, quick trip. The Laguna Koi Ponds are located on Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach.  It’s free!  Its small size is great for toddlers and preschoolers.  There are so many types of koi- from large to small and in a variety of colors.  The fish are pretty “interactive” when  you come near their tank, swimming up to you and making “feed me!” faces.  There are also a few ponds with cool aquatic plants and some big turtles.  Afterward, you can head down the road to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and check out the seals and sea lions.

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  • Koi fish in all colors and sizes.  A few of them were definitely bigger than our pet cat at home!
  • Kids can view the fish close up.  There are many low tanks that are the perfect height for little ones.
  • The trickling fountains and the shady location make it a relaxing place to go on a warm day.
  • Turtles love to bask in the sun on a warm rock.

Know Before You Go

  • The Laguna Koi Ponds is not a nature center, but a business with fish for sale.  
  • The Laguna Koi Ponds is about a half mile after you turn onto Laguna Canyon Road.  It’s easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled.  There are a few spaces directly out front, but parking may be tough during the busier summer months.
  • Don’t expect to stay more than 20 minutes, unless your kids are really interested in fish.
  • Keep a close eye on your kids. There are a lot of ponds and open tanks that are low to the ground.  Please don’t touch the fish.
  • Traffic can be heavy during the summer, especially on Laguna Canyon Road.  Plan for extra time and take care backing out of your parking spot onto the busy road.


Click here for the address and hours of operation.

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Amy Dilling
Blog Contributor

About the Author
Amy and her husband have two boys 2 and 5.  She loves to find fun places to keep her active guys busy!  Parks, beaches and special events are on her top list of things to do with her family.  

Community Day At Back Bay Science CenterBring the kids to the Back Bay Science Center and learn more about our ocean. During their community day you can enjoy a tour of their facility, and fun hands-on activities including several amazing touch tanks with all kinds of animals that kids can touch. They also have a shark tank and we were even able to pet the sharks! Afterwards you can borrow binoculars and go bird watching around the bay. A really great way to spend a couple of hours with the kiddos and the best part, this fun family outing is completely free!

For hours and address, click here.






Discovery Days

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Do you know that Centennial farm has discovery days open to the public once or twice a month? These are completely free events.

During your visit the kids can see a milking demonstration (9:30am only), pet a chick, plant and take home a radish and of course explore the farm which is home to pigs, chickens, cattle, goats, and fruit/vegetable gardens. You can also stop at the many educational stations located around the farm. Fantastic!

Almost forgot, you are welcome to take any of the freshly picked produce in their produce bin. It is free but they ask that you place a donation in the box next to it. Last time we took 4 delicious carrots and they were in our bellies by the time we got home.

So that you know, the Discovery Days take place during the week in the morning, from 9am to 12pm. If you can’t make it to one of these events, you can always visit the Centennial farm Mon-Fri 1pm-4pm, and Sat/Sun 9am-4pm. You won’t get to see the milking demonstrations, pet a chick, plant a radish  or check out the educational stations, but all the animals will still be there and kids just love it.

Next event:

Friday, January 19th, 2018Click here for more information and to see all the dates on which this event takes place. Reservations are only required for groups of 6+ children.