There’s no cooler way to spend a sun-soaked family day in Los Angeles than hanging at the pool. Pack up the family and swim gear and drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to the Annenberg Beach House for a full day of water play.
Built as a lavish private estate in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst, this beach house served as a hot spot to Hollywood’s original stars, such as Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable. These days, the beachfront pool caters to a different kind of wild crowd, namely families looking for fun.
Start your visit with a swim in the pristine pool. After your arms get tired of paddling around, slather your kids in some more sunscreen and head over to the splash pad. Take a seat under the umbrellas and enjoy a moment of relaxation as your kids run through the jets of cool water shooting up from the ground. Though this popular attraction reaps plenty of thrilled shrieks and giggles, those of your kids always seem to be the loudest.
Dry off and recharge with a light lunch and ocean view at the Back on the Beach Café. You are happy to find that the menu features a perfect blend of kid-friendly selections such as hot dogs and burgers, and parent-pleasers, such as fresh salads, seafood and, of course, beer and wine.
After lunch, steer your gang to the sand in front of the Annenberg Beach House. Stop at the playground for some climbing and sliding before you head down to the waterline and dip your toes into the blue Pacific. Splash, swim, and build a sandcastle worthy of kings until the sun begins its colorful descent into the ocean.
At the end of the day, enjoy the peaceful sound of silence as your thoroughly entertained kids fall fast asleep on the drive back home.
Photo by Sher Warkentin