Southern California was an exceptional place to Babymoon. There was so much to do without feeling like I was surrounded temptations to sip wine or cut into a juicy medium-rare steak.
My husband and I flew into Burbank in December before our first born’s March due date.
Key Ingredients of a Memorable Babymoon
There are 5 things you need to ensure you get out of your Babymoon:
- The chance to connect with your partner exploring shared interests, new places, and new experiences
- Indulgence in your favorite foods and desserts
- Relaxation and vitamin D
- Physical activity
- Bump photos
Perfect 4-Day Babymoon in Southern California
Start off your Babymoon in Hollywood, California
We flew into Burbank to avoid the crowds and traffic of LAX and were pleasantly surprised by the affordable flight options into this small airport.
Take the Warner Bros Studio Tour for a behind the scenes glimpse into Hollywood Magic. I had such a great time getting nerdy with my husband and posing for photo ops with various sets and props. We got to walk onto the sets of Friends, Lucifer, Shameless, and countless movies. Ellen DeGeneres and the Big Bang Theory are also filmed here, but their sets were in use while we were touring. Tickets for these shows are booked MONTHS in advance, so apply way ahead of time if you want a shot at tickets for a taping.
Hollywood Sign Hike
We found approximately a four mile version of the hike. This was plenty for me as I’m 6 months pregnant and it was extremely hot the day we went! We didn’t get up close and personal with the sign, but felt we had a great view of the both sign and Los Angeles’ skyline. Bring lots of water.
The theater where many of Hollywood’s most famous blockbusters host their movie premieres. Imprinted in the concrete in front of the main entrance are approximately 200 celebrity signatures, hand prints, and footprints.
A hidden gem in Hollywood – Montalban Theatre (Rooftop Movies)
We were so glad we found this hidden gem! They have a rooftop movie series right after sunset. We were there in December so we went to watch the Muppet’s Christmas Movie, complete with artificial snow, hot chocolate and mulled wine, we loved the ambiance of this place! Perfect escape from the bustle on the street below.
Parking is hard to come by, but be patient and you’ll find a 2 hour street parking spot so you don’t have to pay and arm and leg for one of the garages.
Spend a Sunny Day in Santa Monica on your Babymoon
Palisades Park, Santa Monica Pier – We walked several miles along the beautiful coastline, starting at Palisades Park working our way south past the Santa Monica Pier.
The Promenade – Great for window shopping or for splurging. Beautifully decorated street.
Sidecar Doughnuts and Cafe – INCREDIBLE doughnuts, made fresh throughout the day so stop for a taste anytime!
Abbot Kinney Boulevard made the trip down to Venice well worth it. Lots of fun shops and tasty food stops. We had lunch at Gjelina (expect to wait for a table). Even the most basic menu options are something special.
Salt and Straw is a small chain, but you can’t go wrong with their unique ice cream flavors.
You can’t miss the numerous Murals in this area.
Near the Boulevard are the Venice Canals. We enjoyed our walk along the canals and over the many bridges, but is mainly residential. You won’t find restaurants or shops on the water.