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Must Do highlights day trips, fun activities, and entertainment and recreation options every tourist and local of Southern California should check out. SoCal’s hidden gems, local secrets, unique finds and off-the beaten path venues will also be uncovered and explored.

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Summer Solstice Smoothies

By Maria del Cisne Vital   The most refreshing— and the healthiest— thing to drink on a hot summer’s day is hands-down a smoothie. Of course, National Smoothie Day lands on June 21st, the official first day of summer. The dynamic duo of summertime and a smoothie only gets better when it’s incorporated into SoCal. The best places for smoothies to quench your summer thirst are listed below. Order up!   LIV Juice Bar and Smoothies This small San Diego smoothie joint is inconspicuous, but on the inside its friendly staff and colorful chalkboard menu tells you that this isn’t like any other place. With a bunch of fruit-filled options, the menu makes your mouth water. The LIV signature smoothie includes orange, strawberry, melon, apple, pineapple, mango, kale and spinach. One sip of that and you’ll feel cleansed for the day. They also serve up juices, acai and pitaya bowls, and sandwiches if you need some carbs to fill you up. (619) 688-3997 1251 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103   Kreation Juice A branch of Kreation Kafe, this juicery’s mission is to create beverages that are designed to invigorate the body and mind. All Kreation juices are made from Farmer’s…

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Celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month in SoCal

By Maria del Cisne Vital   June means summer break, time with family and friends, and the chance to have some fun in the sun. Ring in the summer with a visit to Southern California’s zoos and aquariums to celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month!   Santa Monica Pier Aquarium The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has over 100 local species on exhibit. You can see baby sharks, seahorses, moon jellyfish and many more ocean friends. You can look, and you can touch! The aquarium’s touch tanks are filled with colorful starfish, hermit crabs and sea urchins. And don’t forget to get a look at the rotating weekly catch— the dive team goes out and collects local critters from right near the pier. Once you’ve indulged in the beauty of marine life, enjoy the rest of what the pier has to offer with everything from Dippin’ Dots to roller coaster rides. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 393-6149 www.healthebay.org/aquarium/   The Ocean Institute  The Ocean Institute is located in the Dana Point Harbor, and is open seven days a week for family fun with an educational twist. Over 250,000 guests visit each year, and they leave with a…

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Father’s Day Fun

By Jessi Soporito   Father’s Day is coming up soon on June 17, and now is the perfect time to start planning a weekend of fun with Dad. Thankfully, Southern California is packed with activities to help you celebrate just how wonderful your dad is. Whether your dad is sporty, outdoorsy or a music aficionado, there is something for every dad in SoCal.   Baseball Fun Dodgers With Dad On Father’s Day, the Los Angeles Dodgers are facing their rival, the San Francisco Giants, at home. The Boys in Blue will be giving away a Father’s Day Money Clip to the first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance. Get there early to secure your clip and catch some batting practice. Ticket prices range from $37 to $500+. mlb.com/dodgers/tickets Take a Tour The Anaheim Angels are playing in Oakland on June 17, but you and Dad can play catch in the outfield, hit in the batting cages, and even check out the behind-the-scenes workings of the stadium. Tickets are $75 for adults and $20 for kids (6-12). mlb.com/angels/tickets/specials/fathers-day   Car Heaven Visit a Museum For the auto-enthusiast, Dad is sure to love the Petersen Automotive Museum. Located in Miracle Mile, the museum…

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Make a Wave on World Oceans Day

By Maria Del Cisne Vital   Southern California is nothing without its beaches. But the most essential part of a beach (the beautiful ocean) often goes unrecognized and unappreciated. Help organizations across SoCal preserve and draw attention to the importance of our world’s oceans for World Oceans Day. Dive into the fun and educational opportunities below!   4Ocean Santa Monica Beach Cleanup June 8 @ 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Approximately 16 billion pounds of plastic enter the ocean each year, according to sciencemag.org. This year, 4Ocean is holding a beach cleanup to help lessen the amount of plastic our oceans have endured this year. All participants will receive a blue 4Ocean t-shirt and Limited Edition 4Ocean Bracelet. All volunteers will be provided with a reusable burlap bag and gloves. Bring a reusable water bottle if you have one, a great step towards reducing plastic use! Santa Monica State Beach (south of Santa Monica Pier) 16 Arcadia Terrace, Los Angeles County, Santa Monica, California 90401 4ocean.com/   Aquarium of the Pacific’s World Oceans Day June 8 With the cost of admission on June 8th, visitors of the aquarium will get the chance to learn about the issues affecting our oceans, such as…

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The So Cal Celebrity Homes Tour

Grab your camera and get ready to go where other tour buses are forbidden to go!   The movie star mansions you may see are not just chosen at random. Each year, Starline Tours, Hollywood’s leading celebrity tour company, asks passengers what’s hot and what’s not in planning their itineraries.   Last year, Ellen DeGeneres’ home was at the top of the list and the Holmby Hills mansion Michael Jackson occupied at the time of his death was back on. Also hot were Katy Perry in the number No. 2 spot with the Playboy Mansion moving back to third and Simon Cowell in fifth. Beloved celebs like Elvis Presley (No. 7) and Lucille Ball (No. 8) remain fan favorites long after they’re gone. A relative newcomer to the list in the No. 9 spot was Justin Bieber whose antics kept him, his rental home and neighbors in the news for months.   While aboard one of Starline Tours’ buses, visitors get all the latest celebrity news and stories from skilled, experienced guides who know what’s been bought and sold, who is dating whom and who’s splitting from whom. In addition to celebrity mansions in Beverly Hills and Hollywood Hills, the…

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National Hamburger Month

By Nicole Merino   Hamburger month in May has got us thinking, where did the first hamburger come from? There are many stories that talk about the tales of where the first burger was introduced. Some stories even go as far as the time of Genghis Khan discovering the idea of ground beef that eventually led to the hamburger we all know and love. So with that being said, how does one properly celebrate such an event? So in honor of National Hamburger Month in May, here are some wacky burgers with toppings that aren’t your usual mustard and ketchup. These restaurants are changing the game for the burger world and have caught the attention of many with their interesting twist. These aren’t your typical cheeseburgers from the grill, these are for burger lovers to explore all the possibilities for this American classic.   Crazee Burger 3993 30th St. San Diego, CA 92104 crazeeburger.com (619) 282-6044 The Crazee Burger joint located in San Diego is a place to hit for National Burger Month because these burger options are unlike any other. For all the Nutella lovers, their Muddy Pig burger comes with Nutella spread, crispy bacon and caramelized plantains. Now…

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