Unusual Attractions to Visit in Malibu

Beyond the west of the concrete jungle of Los Angeles lies Malibu, a stunning coastal scenery with a small-town vibe but really upscale boutiques. This little slice of California has a reputation for being the best place to enjoy a lot of sunshine and beach related activities.  

It’s a classic holiday destination as well as a fantastic place to settle down that it’s no surprise that Hollywood celebrities settle down their homes to this iconic beach city, but there’s plenty more to see and do in Malibu beyond looking for stars strolling on the beach or diving into the Pacific Ocean.

If you’re seeking to explore outside the LA metropolis, this brief rundown will hopefully get you started on your visit to this iconic city.

The Malibu Lagoon Museum

The Malibu Lagoon Museum

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Exploring a piece of history is always a fantastic way to keep your vacation exciting. Monuments and landmarks hold a part of history that allows people to get a glimpse of the past, make you feel like you’re traveling through time. Its preservation is a gift and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

The national historic site set along the Pacific Coast Highway known as the Malibu Lagoon Museum is one of these places.

The museum adjoins the Adamson House which features the colorful history of Malibu. Visitors can find a unique assortment of collections ranging from artifacts, rare photographs, and documents from the early Chumash Indian era through the Spanish California culture.

The previous home of the married couple Rhoda Rindge Adamson and Merritt Huntley Adamson does not only depict the story of the family that lived in the house or the history of Malibu but also displays incredibly unique handicrafts such as hand-carved doors, hand-painted frescoes and beautifully crafted details in every room.

The docents who are only available for tours would be happy to share the history of the home and family that built it. Be warned that photography is not allowed inside the house, but anyone is allowed to take pictures while roaming the garden area which is well preserved in its appearance during the 1930s.


El Matador Beach

El Matador Beach

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You can’t visit the beach city without going to some beaches around the area. But as Malibu is known for its amazing beaches, you can expect most of them to be a tourist trap filled with people who are just as eager to enjoy their vacation under the sun. While this makes it less appealing to visit a beach, El Matador is unique in its own way with its picture-worthy view and the lack of a crowd.

While El Matador isn’t short of visitors, the state beach isn’t too crowded partly because water activities such as swimming and surfing are dangerously tricky to do due to the giant rocks that come up from the sand.

That said, the same rocks are what draws its visitors in. The beautiful sea stacks are among the favorite spot to take photographs of stunning sunsets, vacation photos or family photoshoots.

The beach doesn’t also run out of activities to enjoy yourself with. El Matador beach has a parking lot on the bluff far above the beach with picnic tables that look over the Pacific Ocean. You can also explore the beach to the caves and arches.

Be sure to pack a blanket and wear tennis shoes as the hike down the beach can be steep for some people but it’s definitely worth the trouble.

Malibu Country Mart

Photo Credit: Malibu Country Mart

There might come a day on your vacation when exploring can be exhausting, and you just want to slow down. The perfect way to spend a slow day out is at the heart of Malibu where the Country Mart is located. This unique six acres of market features roughly 67 unique and upscale boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and other recreational activities that you would surely enjoy.  

The Malibu Country Mart is a favorite retail and dining center of activity. It features unique and upscale boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and personal services set in an astoundingly beautiful atmosphere that removes the stress of a typical shopping experience.

It doesn’t just stop indoors. The beautiful grounds contain an outdoor playground and a sculpture collection that you can enjoy while shopping, playing, and dining. The outdoor playground is also spacious enough to have swings, sandboxes, and a jungle gym.  It’s big enough for the kids to have fun as well.

Malibu Wine Safari

Malibu Wine Safari

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Malibu Wine Safari is not an ordinary Californian vineyard. Malibu Wine Safari took wine tasting and turned it into a unique adventure all happening in an open-air vehicle where people can experience the beauty of Malibu’s largest operating vineyard, and see the amazing scenery and wildlife the city has to offer

Visit Saddlerock Ranch, a 1,000-acre estate that features a vineyard and home to an incredible assortment of friendly and exotic animals where the tour will begin. The tourists will also be taken through sprawling vineyards to a private tasting location.

While many may think Malibu is overrated, they couldn’t be farther from the truth. There’s no shortage of things to discover in Malibu, from hidden attractions to cool sights, and unusual things to do in the beach city.

No matter what you choose to do, enjoying your new adventures would make your trip memorable for years to come.

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