After all the plans that you had for the Memorial Day weekend, it is time to officially kick-off the Summer season by reliving the soul-crushing stress that the first half of the year has brought to you. For today’s blog, we will give you a place where you can enjoy the blue sea, the splashing waves and the calming air that Catalina Island offers.
Santa Catalina is a rocky island that lies in the southwest of Los Angeles, California. The island offers you different dive sites, boat tours, paddle boarding and marine life that you just need if you want to unwind and relax. You will be able to see sea stars, eels, anemones, octopi, and Garibaldi fish and other creatures such as Dolphins and Sea lions.
We have reviewed Catalina Island’s wide array of activities and here are our favorites:
Island Spa Catalina
Pamper yourself with Catalina Island’s variety of thoughtfully selected treatments and rejuvenating therapies and this will surely be a vacation to remember. Aside from the spas, you can also enjoy shopping high quality products from women’s apparel to home accents, all available in the Spa Shoppe.
Harbor Reef Restaurant
Book your reservations ahead at this humble restaurant which offers sumptuous seafood and American regulars such as burgers and steaks. Imagine munching on all the finest seafood selections while enjoying the great atmosphere and good staff service?
You’ve seen it by land, you’ve dipped in the water. What’s missing? Experience breath-taking views by calling 1-800-2AVALON for reservations. IEX Helis are the fastest way to get to Avalon, but that 15-minute flight may be one of the best 15 minutes of your life as it will show you an aerial view of the beautiful coastline of Catalina Island.
Astronomy Experience in Catalina Tours
Got your kids with you? This will be perfect for the family. If you’re single, this is the perfect opportunity to explore an unobstructed view of the night sky while riding a boat – isn’t this perfect? After an amazing star watching, the second half of the activity includes viewing the planets through a large telescope that will surely leave you in awe. Activities should be booked in advance by calling the number in below link.
Being in New York City on Memorial Day gives you the easiest and cheapest ways of spending the unofficial kick-off to summer. NYC has something to give from skyline views, parks, art museums and memorials, so we’ll give you some of the free activities you can do on the three-day weekend.
Fleet Week at the Intrepid
Nothing beats spending Memorial Day than to indulge in the real meaning of the celebration. What happens in a Fleet Week in NYC? An active military ship (or two) recently deployed in overseas operations docks for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews visit the city. Sometimes, the public can take a guided tour of the ships. This is a free annual event that caters to honor US Military service men and women, with loads of presentations and activities.
Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
What can go better than free theater music, dance, film and art for the three-day weekend? The Theater for the New City gives you the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, which pays tribute to the artists of the Lower East Side and East Village with live performances, poetry reading, cabaret and others. In a generation full of Social Media and Smart Phones, this is one of the best ways to reconnect to art, through watching live performance on a non-working day, enjoying every minute of it.
Enjoy Central Park
Central Park is one of the best parks to spend Memorial Day in, with its 500 acres of grass, lakes and ponds, this will give you a breath of fresh air after a week of working too hard in the office. Kids will enjoy being able to fly kites, enjoying a picnic or just simply sight-seeing everyone who’s having fun under the sun. After spending the afternoon in Central Park, be sure to walk in NYC streets on the lookout for the best New York hotdog or pizza. Walking through NYC streets during Memorial weekend immerses you into NYC’s diverse culture and cuisine.
It is a three-day weekend, so your kids might want to utilize this as a bonding time. The best way to scan through the neighborhood is through biking together, as it is convenient and nature-friendly. If you do not have bicycles at home, there are a lot of NY Bike Rentals in Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and Harlem that you can contact for an experience your kids will surely love.
While there are many options to consider on Memorial Day planning, the most important thing is to remember what the day is really for, and to make sure that we pay homage to the people who served for our country.