10 secret places in Southern California that only locals know
If you drive through Southern California or spend a long vacation here, you might be wondering where the hidden places are, which only locals know about.
Here is a list of 10 favorite Southern California hidden places that everyone should visit at least once.
1. Myrtle creek botanic gardens
This pearl is located in the quiet town of Fallbrook. Stroll along the paths and admire the landscapes of the garden in this fabulous setting teeming with the charm of wild birds.
Address: 2940 Reche Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028.
2. The lummis house
If you are not a local resident, most likely you did not know that there is a hidden castle in Southern California. Officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Lummis House dates back to 1800 years. This work of art, built entirely by hand, is a must-see.
Address: 200 E Avenue 43, Los Angeles, CA 90031
3. UCR Botanic Garden
Head to the University of California at Riverside and you can stroll through the lush UCR Botanical Garden, an area of 40 acres (16 ha), where more than 3500 different plant species bloom.
Address: 1 Botanic Gardens Drive, Riverside, CA 92507.
4. Keys Creek Lavender Farm
Keys Creek is more than just a lavender farm. Various events are held here throughout the year. We strongly recommend visiting a farm when lavender is in full bloom.
Address: 12460 Keys Creek Road, Valley Center, CA 92082.
5. Magic castle
This little-known castle is the home of the Academy of Magic Arts. Entrance here is by invitation only, so it’s worth a little effort to get inside.
Address: 7001 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA.
6. Trails cafe
Most visitors to Griffith Park do not even know that the park has a cool little cafe serving the most delicious sandwiches, pastries and coffee. Trails Cafe is what you need after a walk in the park.
Address: 2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.
7. The pirate tower
You may have heard about this legendary 60-foot pirate tower in Southern California, but you probably didn't know where to find it. To see this beauty, head to Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach.
Address: 2713 Victoria Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
8. Millard Canyon Falls Trail
Going on a day trip to the Angeles National Forest, you will see many wonderful surprises. Perhaps the best surprise for everyone is the discovery of this hidden waterfall.
Address: Sunridge Trail, Altadena, CA 91001.
9. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
There is something very attractive about Casa Romantica Cultural Gardens. This hidden gem filled with ocean views and blooming gardens is just a breath of fresh air.
Address: 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672.
10. Shipley nature center
Take a day trip to Huntington Beach and you will see many fun surprises. One of them is Shipley Nature Center. This is a great place to find nature trails filled with a variety of wildlife.
Address: 17851 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.
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