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Malibu Attractions

Venture just west of the concrete jungle of Los Angeles and you find Malibu, perched on rugged bluffs above the turquoise Pacific Ocean. Combine some of the most stunning coastal scenery to be found anywhere in southern California with a small-town feel, and it's no surprise that Hollywood movie stars flock to this laid-back beach city. From pristine surfing beaches and mountain hiking trails to acclaimed wineries and art museums, there are a variety of things to do in Malibu for those seeking to explore outside the LA metropolis. Whether you're craving outdoor activities or a glimpse of how the rich and famous live, the Malibu coast is well worth a visit.

Things to Do in Malibu with Kids

Malibu is a fantastic place for a family getaway. Bring the youngsters along and have a go at these family friendly experiences together:

Areas & Neighborhoods in Malibu

Malibu is best known for the golden beaches that sprawl along its 21 miles (34 km) of spectacular coastline. Head up into the hills, though, and you uncover more spots that showcase the area's stunning beauty.

Surfrider Beach

Surfers come from all over the world to ride the swells at the legendary Surfrider Beach. If surfing isn't your thing, stroll along the Malibu Pier, or delve into Malibu's heritage at the historic Adamson House.

Zuma Beach

If you're in the mood for an idyllic beach day, head to Zuma Beach to feel like a local. Perfect for peaceful swimming and sunbathing, this vast beach is the place to find ultimate relaxation.

El Matador State Beach

Marked by steep cliffs and unique rock formations, El Matador State Beach stands out with its rugged beauty. The steep staircase down to shore requires a bit of hiking, but the natural arch at the water's edge offers incredible photo ops.

Pepperdine University

Nestled in the Malibu hills, Pepperdine University is considered one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. As you stroll the grounds, the vistas overlooking the Pacific Ocean promise to astound.

Solstice Canyon

Malibu is a hiking paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, and Solstice Canyon boasts trails for all skill levels. While soaking up the grandeur of the Santa Monica Mountains, trek to the ruins of the Keller House, a 19th-century hunting lodge.

Things to See in Malibu

The Pacific Coast scenery takes center stage in Malibu, and there are plenty of ways to admire the spectacular mix of mountains, canyons, and ocean. Soar high above the landscape on a breathtaking helicopter tour, or opt for a guided tour of the luxury mansions inhabited by Hollywood's A-list stars. Or, for a slice of culture and the arts, immerse yourself in the collection of ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan masterpieces housed at the Getty Villa, the sister property to the Getty Center.

Sightseeing in Malibu

Whether you're looking for adventure or a chance to indulge your sophisticated tastes, Malibu offers activities to please all types of travelers. During a day on the beach, head out into the blue Pacific Ocean waters with surfing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding rentals, which you can snag from conveniently located spots such as the Malibu Surf Shack. If you're in need of retail therapy, make a trip to Malibu Country Mart, an outdoor shopping destination where stars come to browse an impressive offering of designer brands and upscale boutiques. Fewer travelers know that Malibu boasts a wealth of world-class wineries, whose grapes thrive in the warm Mediterranean climate. Consider a private wine tour to sip your way around several of the area's most prestigious cellars and vineyards. And when it comes to good eats, Malibu delivers—you'll find a wealth of fine dining and casual dining options known for delicious seafood and fresh California cuisine.

Free Things to Do in Malibu

They say the best things in life are free. Be sure to explore the following around Malibu:

La Piedra Beach - Skim rocks across the water, watch the sunset or simply enjoy the scenery from the foreshore.

Sostomo Trail - Bring your camera and let the natural surrounds spark your imagination.

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Eastern Malibu

If you're spending some time in Eastern Malibu, Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Topanga State Park are top sights worth seeing.

Central Malibu

If you're spending some time in Central Malibu, Paradise Cove and Zuma Beach are top sights worth seeing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Malibu on a sunny day?

What to do in Malibu on a rainy day?

There's no need to splish, splosh and splash your way through a wet day when there are plenty of awesome indoor activities like these on offer:

What should I not miss in Malibu?

Pepperdine University is one sight you shouldn't head home without exploring.

Are there cheap things to do in Malibu?

What can you do in Malibu for free?

You'll hardly have time to grab your wallet out of your backpack with so many free attractions:

  • Zuma Beach
  • Malibu Lagoon State Beach
  • Paradise Cove
  • Surfrider Beach