Southern California has numerous fun attractions and experiences that are family friendly. Come a few days earlier or stay a few days later than the conference (at the same special lodging rate) and bring the whole family. Below are some highlights that are worth considering when visiting Southern California.
Pacific City, located steps from the LEARNMEM2018 conference hotel houses 191,000 square feet of unique shops, an exciting collection of first-to-market restaurants and unique eateries with the most progressive menus and stunning interiors, and Lot 579, a unique artisanal market and California culinary experience with multiple food purveyors offering everything from gourmet sandwiches to the freshest sea-to-table fish, beach fare elevated to creative culinary status across categories from tacos to meat pies, fresh greens to the artistry of the perfect cup of coffee, to a simple, cold beer with the perfect burger.
Main Street Surf City
With blocks of shops and plenty of eateries offering a break from browsing, Main Street and Fifth Street blend convenience, selection, and Downtown's always-vibrant atmosphere. There's something for everyone, including charming souvenir stores, family-run surf shops, trendy women's boutiques, enchanting vintage collections, as well as bicycle and motorcycle supplies. Main Street is located less than a mile from the LEARNMEM2018 conference hotel.
Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. The park is enjoyed by adults and children alike. Discount tickets are available for So Cal residents or for Park Hopper (with California Adventure).
Disney's California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure is a theme park located in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. The 72-acre park is themed after the history and culture of California. Explore 7 exciting lands that bring to life Disney and Pixar stories and characters through attractions, entertainment and dining PLUS the exclusive World of Color nighttime spectacular!
Knott's Berry Farm
Take into account all that Knott’s Berry Farm has to offer: Ghost Town. The one minute, 30 seconds of head-over-heels fun of Boomerang. For the kids, there’s always Camp Snoopy. Take a ride on the Calico Railroad. For water fun, there’s Bigfoot Rapids. And let’s not forget the Boysenberry Pie and famous chicken dinner!
Aquarium of the Pacific
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species of Pacific Ocean life. Exhibits introduce the inhabitants and seascapes of the Pacific, while also focusing on specific conservation messages associated with each region.
Santa Ana Zoo
This charming Zoo features over 80 species of animals, including the smallest monkeys in the world, the Pygmy Marmosets. The Zoo is a place to play, a place to learn and a place to spend time with your family. Spend time learning about animals, plants and the environment. There is also a children's farm, train ride and carrousel featuring endangered species.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use. Woody Woodpecker is the official mascot for Universal Studios Hollywood. A new exhibit, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now open at Universal!