Pirate Fun in Southern California
Ahoy, Kidsguiders! You’ve found it, an entire treasure trove of pirate adventures in Southern California. Everything from spectacular events to piratey places that aarrgh sure to be a great time!
Moonlight Movies in Long Beach: Pirates of the Caribbean
Where: Long Beach City College (LAC)
When: Thursday, July 21, 2022
Catch a showing of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie on the quad of Long Beach City College, Liberal Arts Campus. Movie starts at sunset (around 8pm). Local food trucks and kettle corn will be onsite. Guests are welcome to bring their own food too. Parking is free!
Pirate Invasion Long Beach
Where: Harry Bridges Memorial Park, Long Beach
When: Saturday & Sunday, July 30-31, 2022
Ahoy! Brush up on your sea shanties and join the largest gathering of pirates and scallywags ever to come ashore, with revolving entertainment, black powder demos, magical mermaids, swag vendors, kids play area, and interactive encampments. See all-new stage acts and shows, along with family favorites, plus a fire show at night.See
Price: $10 (ages 13 and up), $5 (ages 6-12), $8-16 for weekend passes
Pirates of Penzance
Where: The Bandshell at Recreation Park, Long Beach
When: August 26-28, 2022
The Children’s Theatre of Long Beach presents a rollicking pirate band performing a modernized, 80s version of the classic operetta The Pirates of Penzance.
Boarded! A New Pirate Adventure
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego
When: Saturday, September 3 and November 26, 2022
This hilarious interactive show puts visitors right in the middle of the pirate action aboard San Salvador, a replica 1542 Spanish galleon. Participants will be sworn in as part of the ship crew, trained how to navigate, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, escape from the King’s Jail, swab the deck and other pirate skills.
Price: $60 for adults, $25 for children 12 and under
Ocean Institute Maritime Festival
Where: Ocean Institute, Dana Point
When: September 9-11, 2022
This festival celebrates California’s rich maritime history and our connection to the ocean! The fun-filled weekend features visiting tall ships, cannon battles, mermaid swim shows, pirate school, live music, re-enactors and sailor camp, vendors, food trucks, and more.
Pirate’s Cove Souvenir Shop
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
Pirate’s Cove has a great selection of pirate clothing including for kids, pirate hats, and lots of cool pirate stuff. Find souvenirs for every member of the family at this treasure house of pirate, nautical, Long Beach and California memorabilia, collectibles and film.
Explore California’s fascinating maritime history through fun, interactive tours and activities at Ocean Institute. The institute offers cruises and sails, weekend tours, special events, plus a summer Buccaneer Adventure Camp for kids ages 7-8.
The Pirate House
35th & Marcus, Newport Beach *LOCAL SPOT!*
It’s a real life pirate lair! Cruise by this fun house decked out in pirates descending from ropes, chilling in a hammock, or guarding the treasure. Didn’t get tickets to Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean? No worries, stop by this beloved local spot where there are no lines and it’s free!
Laguna Beach Pirate Tower
Another local hidden gem! The tower was originally built in 1926 as an enclosed staircase to the beach for William E. Brown, a senator from Los Angeles. In the 1940s, Brown sold his home to retired naval captain, Harold Kendrick. Kendrick was a lifelong pirate aficionado and would dress up as pirate and hide treasure in between the cracks and crevices of the tower for neighborhood kids to find.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
See a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarine, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The museum offers sailing adventures on the water and special events throughout the year.
Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
Pirates Dinner Adventure is one of the most popular attractions in Orange County, with live theater, food, and fun for the whole family. You’ll be entertained with an astonishing display of special effects, death-defying stunts, beautiful aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay, and a classic story of good vs. evil. Would-be pirates of all ages take part in an epic and interactive dinner show that is sure to leave ye hearties with a full belly and tales to tell!
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This post was written by Alina Na