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Aqua, Terra & Art Adventures

Perched atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Terranea Resort’s 102 acres provide you with unparalleled access to explore its natural environment and breathtaking views. We invite you to immerse yourself in extraordinary bucket list adventures and activities, each one inspired by nature.

Guided Coastal Hike

Terranea Resort is committed to an educational campaign focused on the environment. Our family friendly guided hike stops at a variety of spectacular viewing points including the Point Vicente lighthouse and the Terranea Sea Salt Conservatory. As you walk along our coastal trails, our naturalist will point out local flora and fauna. You may spot a California Gnat Catcher, an El Segundo Blue Butterfly, or an Allen’s Hummingbird, all native to Southern California. Must be at least 4 years old.
Photography: Have a professional photographer join you for one-on-one instruction to capture your beautiful surroundings.
2 hours


Experience the unique sport of archery on our beautiful cliff-top range with sweeping views of Catalina Island. Our skilled Archers will provide you with bow and arrow instruction, followed by shooting practice and games. Archery dates back over 5,000 years. You are sure to find this once in a lifetime opportunity a fun and educational experience.
Activity Notes: Participants must be ages 8 or older.
1 hour and 15 minutes

Private Falconry Experience

Guests of our Southern California resort are introduced, up close and personal, to the beauty and natural history of our working birds of prey including falcons, Harris Hawks, and Eurasian Eagle Owls. Our falconer will show you how to identify these birds in the wild and discuss the important roles they play, not only at Terranea, but in the wider environment as well.
Activity Notes: Suitable for all ages.
1 hour | Available Wednesdays - Sundays at 9am

An Adventure on Horseback

Sit deep in the saddle and let your faithful mount take you through the trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. You will be guided by an experienced trainer, while you take in the surrounding beauty and serenity of nature. This is a family fun activity suitable for all levels of experience. You are sure to create memories to last a lifetime.
Activity Notes: Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Participants must be at least 6 years old. Riding lessons are also available. Off-property activity.

Helicopter Tours

Fly high above the breathtaking vistas of Catalina Island, the Southern California coastline, and Los Angeles County. Highly experienced pilots offer a safe, fun, and informative tour narrating highlights as you fly over local attractions.
Activity Notes: Allow for a 45-minute drive time to the heliport. Please check in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
15 - 30 minutes in air, depending on tour selection.

Beach Biking Along the Strand

Explore the famous South Bay beaches by beach cruiser. View oceanfront properties and hang with the locals, while soaking in the Southern California sunshine and experiencing the best people-watching it has to offer. An easy to moderate activity - great for families.

Tennis with a View

Terranea’s partnership with the Peninsula Racquet Club offers you the chance to play on courts with spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Cool ocean breezes and balmy California weather make this the perfect year-round activity. Whether you are a social player looking for a friendly game or an advanced player looking for serious competition, we can reserve a complimentary court for you.
Activity Notes: Courts are located 1 mile from the resort and are accessible by complimentary resort shuttle. Court times and clinics are subject to availability. Racquets are provided. Balls and private lessons are available at an additional cost.


Immerse yourself in the wonders of the night sky! Guided by your own star dial, discover Orion, Pegasus and the classic Big Dipper. You may even have the chance to see a passing planet. Before the sun sets, visit the Experience Center to pick up your Stargazing kit. A fun experience the whole family can enjoy.

Tide Pooling

Explore one of our favorite coastline treasures: the tide pools. On this guided local hike led by our Resort Naturalist, you will take a close-up look at the tide pools at one of our local beaches. Find sea life, up close and personal, and capture wonderful photographic memories to take home. Activity availability is dependent on low tides.
Activity Notes: Participants must be at least 4 years old. Closed-toe shoes are essential.
2 hours

Ocean Kayaking

Home to the California marine state fish, the Garibaldi, bottlenose dolphins, seals & sea lions. If you’re lucky you may even see a whale. Experience the Catalina Channel’s famous underwater reserve on one of our sit-on-top tandem kayaks. Highly skilled guides offer a safe, fun, and informative tour, pointing out highlights as you paddle.
Activity Notes: Participants must be at least 8 years old. Life jackets provided.
2 hours

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Paddle boarding along the Palos Verdes coast is an unforgettable adventure. Led by our skilled guide, you will test your core strength while paddling through amazing kelp beds along our shoreline. Gliding above the kelp forest, an endless eco-system often referred to as an underwater rainforest, you will have a unique view of the ever changing ocean landscape. You’ll have the best seat in the house.
Activity Notes: Participants must be at least 10 years old. Wetsuits available and life jackets provided.
1 hour

Surfing the South Bay

Soak up the sun and experience the exhilaration of riding a wave with professional surf lessons provided year-round in this quintessential Southern California experience. Located off-property.
Activity Notes: We suggest wearing comfortable swim suits/trunks. This is a moderately physical activity and you must be a proficient swimmer. You will get wet! Participants must be ages 8 or older.
2 hours

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Whale Watching Tour

Tour our local harbor and the Pacific Coastline while searching for whales and other sea life. Experienced captains offer comprehensive narration and information about whale migration. Whale watching season for Gray whales spans from December to May. Humpback and Blue whales migrate during the summer months from June to late September.
Activity Notes: Drive time to the dock is approximately 45 minutes. Please arrive at the dock 30 minutes prior to your boat's scheduled departure time. Suitable for all ages. Private charters available on request.
2 hours and 30 minutes - 3 hours

The Beach Cove at Terranea

The Beach Cove at Terranea is both a marine and geological masterpiece. Carved by nature, the cove is an ideal place to watch dolphins play, sculpt a sand castle or simply stick your toes in the sand and soak in the sun. In addition to being the home of ocean activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding, the Beach Cove also offers lounge chairs, umbrellas and outdoor games. Located a short distance from cielo point along the coastal trails.

Sea Salt Workshops

Explore Terranea by land and sea with an experience highlighting the resort’s Farm-to-Terranea philosophy. During an intimate salt pairing and wine activity, you will learn about the sea salt harvesting process with our award-winning chefs. Using local sea water the Sea Salt Conservatory acts as a greenhouse, a natural evaporation chamber. Visit sea beans to purchase our sea salts.
Activity Notes: Must be age 21 or older
First Saturday of each month

Cake Decorating

Explore the art of cake decorating for all occasions. Decorate your own 6-inch cake using fondant, cookie cutters and various candies. This family friendly activity is perfect for children and adults. Also available by advanced request for private parties and special events.
1 hour


Stir up some fun and enjoy a unique twist on Happy Hour. Indulge in the art of mixology with fresh, local ingredients and discover innovative techniques from our cocktail experts. Learn to create the ultimate cocktail while you taste a variety of handcrafted creations. The perfect way to celebrate with friends, family or colleagues. Make two cocktails – old classics or new blends - perfect for entertaining at home.
Activity Notes: The art of Mixology includes, 2 cocktails per person along with a private lesson from one of our Terranea mixologists.
1 hour

Plein Air Painting

Throughout the halls of the resort, guests of Terranea are surrounded by a unique California style of Plein Air painting. Borrowed from the French and meaning “in the open air” this style of painting embraces the beauty of our natural surroundings. Guided by your instructor, we invite you to explore your inner artist and create your own original work of art to take home – the perfect souvenir.
Activity Notes: Participants must be ages 6 or older. All materials provided.
1 hour and 30 minutes

Artisan Crafting

Join us on weekends and holidays for crafts inspired by Terranea Resort’s scenic coastline, rich cultural history and natural ingredients.
Activity Notes: Please check our calendar of events or visit our Experience Center to make a reservation for your next Terranea Art Adventure.
1 hour and 30 minutes

Mandalas & Margaritas

Reflect upon your life journey while painting your own unique mandala stone. Guided by a spiritual wellness coach, you will learn the art of mandala, while enjoying a refreshing ocean side margarita. Includes one margarita, chips and salsa. Additional food and beverages available for purchase.
Activity Notes: Participants must be ages 8 or older. You must 21 to drink. Mocktails will be provided to those under 21.
2 hours