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Holiday Experiences

Experience Adventure

Set atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, Terranea Resort’s 102 acres provide guests with unparalleled access to explore its natural environment and breathtaking views. The resort’s Experience Center invites guests to book a wide range of activities and get up close and personal with local flora and fauna on the coastal preserve. Adventures include lessons in painting, the art of falconry, archery, guided nature hikes, tide pooling, paddle boarding, kayaking and more. Expert guides offer friendly and knowledgeable insight into Rancho Palos Verdes’ unique ecology and character. Regardless of age or skill level, Terranea has an array of activities that appeal to every guest.

Terra Adventures

TURKEY DAY HIKE

Work up a turkey day appetite by joining one of Terranea’s naturalists for a picturesque guided hike around the 102-acre resort on Thanksgiving Day. You’ll have no guilt digging into some pumpkin pie after this invigorating hike!

Thursday, November 28 | 3 – 5pm | $25 per person | Children 4 and under complimentary
Meet inside pointe discovery | Advanced reservations required

WINTER SOLSTICE HIKE

Celebrate the season with an energy-boosting guided nature hike along Terranea’s native plants trails. This active holiday offering will include a visit to the Pointe Vicente Interpretive Center.

Saturday, December 21 | 3 – 5pm | $25 per person | Children 4 and under complimentary
Meet inside pointe discovery | Advanced reservations required

TERRADVENTURE COASTAL & NATURE PRESERVE HIKING

Terranea is committed to an educational campaign that focuses the attention of our guests on environmental issues. This guided hike stops at a variety of nature viewing points. Walking amongst the coastal sage, guests may spot a California Gnat Catcher or an Allen’s Hummingbird, which are native to Southern California.
Activity Notes: We suggest wearing comfortable athletic clothing, closed toe shoes, and a hat or sunglasses. Don't forget your camera!

Thursdays – Sundays | 3pm | 2 hours $50/adult | $30/child
Children 4 and under complimentary

PRIVATE FALCONRY EXPERIENCE

Guests are taught the natural history of our beautiful birds of prey including falcons, Harris’s Hawks and Eurasian Eagle Owls. Learn from our falconer about these majestic birds and the important roles they play, not only at Terranea, but in the wider environment as well.

1 hour | Thursdays – Sundays | 9am | $125/person

Art Adventures

MANDALA ORNAMENT DECORATING

Reflect upon this past year while decorating your own unique mandala ornament. Guided by a wellness coach, you will learn the art of mandala, while enjoying a seasonal cocktail. Includes one cocktail or mocktail, chips, salsa and your very own ornament to take home! Additional food and beverage available for purchase.

Sunday, December 1 and Sunday, December 15 | 2 – 4pm

HOLIDAY CARD CRAFTING

This holiday season create your own authentic and unique cards to spread holiday cheer. This is a creative activity the whole family can enjoy. Includes all materials, instruction, and two cards to take home.

Sunday, November 24 and Sunday, December 22 | 2 - 4pm

CANDLE MAKING WORKSHOP

Create your own custom scented coconut wax blend candles plus your own custom label! Choose from scents inspired by the California Coast and the scents of Terranea. Each participant will make a 9 oz. candle and a 3.5 oz. candle.

Saturday, November 30 | 12 – 2pm

CAKE DECORATING

Join one of our activity leaders and explore the art of cake decorating. Show off your culinary creativity while using a variety of candies and fondants to personalize your own cake to enjoy with your friends and family. Perfect for children and adults of all ages. Also available by advanced request and for special events.

Thursdays at 12pm | 1 hour | $100/person | 1 cake per person

TENNIS WITH A VIEW

Terranea’s close-knit partnership with our local tennis club offers numerous tennis courts at our fingertips with panoramic views of Catalina Island and cool ocean breezes year-round. Whether you are a social player looking for a friendly game or an advanced player looking for serious competition, we have a program or activity for you.

Daily at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm | 90 min | $100/person | Accessible by resort shuttle

PLEIN AIR PAINTING

Throughout the halls of the resort, guests of Terranea are surrounded by a uniquely Californian style of Plein Air painting. The French translation is “in the open air,” the perfect setting to paint. With helpful tips provided by your instructor and using your own creative expression, we invite you to create your own original and beautiful work of art. This is a beginner level class; everyone is welcome. Please visit the Experience Center for more information on holiday plein air painting special events.

1½ - 2 hours | $100/person

ARCHERY

Experience the unique sport of archery on our beautiful range with sweeping views of Catalina Island. Our skilled archery instructors will provide you with bow and arrow instruction, followed by shooting practice and games. Archery dates back over 5,000 years and was the preferred hunting method used by the Tongva people, who use to inhabit the Palos Verdes Peninsula. You are sure to find this once in a lifetime opportunity a fun and educational experience. Archery is a perfect family activity.

Minimum Age: 10 years | 1 hour & 15 minutes | $135/person

Aqua Adventures

WHALE WATCHING

Set sail for a harbor tour, whale watching adventure, and more, while enjoying the local sea life and unparalleled views of the California coast.

Activity Notes: We suggest wearing comfortable athletic clothing including a jacket, closed toe shoes, and a hat or sunglasses. Suitable for all ages. Transportation from Terranea to the harbor can be booked at the Experience Center.

$50/adult, $30/child (under 11)

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

Paddle boarding along the Palos Verdes coast is an unforgettable experience! Guided by our skilled instructor, you will test your core strength while paddling through amazing kelp beds along the 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: We suggest wearing comfortable swimwear. This is a moderately physical activity and you must be a proficient swimmer. Participants must be 10 years or older. Conditions permitting. You will get wet!

Daily 8:30am | 1 hour | Terranea Beach Cove | $135/person

SURFING

Guests will experience the exhilaration of riding a wave with professional surf lessons provided year-round in Redondo Beach. One of the best ways to soak up the sun and enjoy the California experience is to explore this exciting area on a surfboard.

Activity Notes: We suggest wearing comfortable swimwear. This is a moderately physical activity and you must be a proficient swimmer. Participants must be 8 years or older. Wetsuits are provided.

1½ hour lesson | Off property. Transportation is included. | $150/person

TIDE POOLING

Explore our naturalists’ favorite coastline treasure: the tide pools. After a steep yet quick hike, the adventure continues in the tide pools as we take a close-up look at the water’s edge.

Activity Notes: We suggest wearing comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. This is a moderately physical activity. Trips are dependent on the low tide, which changes daily. Participants must be 4 years or older. Tide pooling is weather dependent and is scheduled during ideal low tides.

2 hours | $50/person

OCEAN KAYAKING

Paddle through the stunning kelp beds along the Terranea coastline. This underwater forest is home to the California marine state fish, the Garibaldi, bottlenose dolphins, seals, and sea lions. Experience the Catalina Channel’s famous underwater reserve on one of our stable, sit-on-top tandem kayaks. Highly experienced instructors offer a safe, fun, and informative tour, pointing out highlights as you paddle.

Activity Notes:All necessary equipment included. We suggest wearing comfortable swimwear. This is a moderately physical activity and you must be a proficient swimmer. Participants must be 8 years or older. Conditions permitting. You will get wet!

Daily at 10am & 1pm | 2 hours Terranea Beach Cove | $135/person