Awesome Weekend Adventures
ACA provides you with unbeatable adventures all summer long, transporting you in comfort and style to a host of vibrant destinations. This distinctive part of ACA provides uniquely enriching, exciting opportunities for growth, learning and entertainment. ACA weekend adventures create a truly rewarding summer experience.
Our summer programs include visits to the superstar city of San Diego and Santa Barbara at the peak of its summertime excitement. As if that weren’t enough, we turn the volume up a notch with a trip to Universal Studios. Plus, there’ll be plenty of time to explore the surrounding cities of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Malibu that make Southern California spectacular. As always, the cost for these adventures is already included in your tuition!
Santa Barbara and Universal Studios Weekend
Serious Shopping in Santa Barbara– Get a Mediterranean experience on the fabled “American Riviera.” This is one of Cali’s favorite shopping areas. Wander the cobblestone walkways of State Street and sunny expanses of open-air plazas and promenades in search of “must-have” fashions. Take a break for a gourmet treat, then get right back in the hunt!
Universal Studios– One of LA’s favorite tourist attractions and a must for film fans, you’ll tour famous sets and check out incredible special effects and movie-themed rides. Exciting attractions include:
- Ride the Movie– Don’t just see the movie, ride it! Experience the thrill of the 84-foot plunge of Jurassic Park, the terror of Revenge of the Mummy and the virtual reality experience of The Simpsons.
- King Kong 360 3-D– The monstrous classic comes alive in the world’s largest 3-D experience.
- Special Effects Stage– An eye-popping new feature that reveals the secrets behind the making of your favorite movies.
San Diego Weekend Adventure
San Diego Zoo– This animal sanctuary is actually the world’s leading zoo. Admire more than 800 species and 4,000 animals, including the mighty giant panda.
Sea World– Part amusement park, part aquarium, part outdoor marine zoo, this theme park has everything from shark encounters to orca shows. Ride the aerial tram over the bay and soar in the gently rotating sky tower. Of course, you have to say hello to Shamu.
La Jolla– Surrounded by the sea and the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla has a real Mediterranean feel set amongst West Coast splendor. The bustling business district offers chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, with a mix of turn-of-the-century Spanish architecture and eccentric modern designs.
Mission and Pacific Beaches– Miles of coastline offer the best sand and surf on the Pacific. Take a break from the waves and sip a smoothie while checking out the surf shops. Looking for a thrill? See if you can handle the Giant Dipper roller-coaster!
Seaport Village– This huge outdoor waterfront property has over 70 trendy stores. Right on the coast and overflowing with summertime excitement, Seaport Village makes the perfect shopping destination.
Balboa Park– The largest urban cultural park in America, home to major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the world famous San Diego Zoo.
Southern California Seaside Weekend
Santa Monica Pier– A favorite for Hollywood movie scenes, this California icon comes alive at night. Take a ride on the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel or stop by the famed aquarium to get nose-to-nose with the ocean’s most fearsome predators!
Third Street Promenade– The world-famous strip features designer boutiques and award-winning restaurants, all in the heart of Santa Monica. The outdoor mall is full of colorful street entertainers and dancers enjoying perfect California weather.
Palisades Park– Stunning ocean views makes this the perfect place to savor nature. If the fast pace of LA living and Hollywood glamour get to be a bit much, this is an ideal spot to chill out.
The Grove– For shopping, dining and simply living life, you can’t do better than the Grove. Make sure to sample some of the freshest fruits and veggies next door at the original Farmers’ Market, an LA landmark.
Venice Beach– Stroll the shops and eateries on Venice Beach’s beautiful Boardwalk. It features plenty of far-out attractions and some of the best people-watching on the planet.
Hollywood Walk of Fame– This entertainment icon immortalizes more than 2,400 stars along a two-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard. Take a stroll and spot your favorite TV and movie stars.
Mann Chinese Theater– The most sought-after theater for Hollywood premieres, this famed theater has witnessed the debut of silver screen favorites like Avatar, Titanic and Due Date.
Zuma Beach– Stunning views along the Pacific Coast Highway lead to three miles of pristine beach that has been a favorite for movie producers. Feeling active? Grab a volleyball and try your skill on the same beach the pros have competed on for decades.
Universal City Walk– LA comes to life at the City Walk. Grab a bite at one of the famous restaurants and then hit the trendy shops before bracing yourself for thrilling activities, all set under the beautiful California stars.
Marina del Rey– One of LA’s most beautiful marinas lets you stroll down the docks while enjoying a California sunset.