Sea Bridge Park a.k.a. Mother’s Beach
When my kids were little, new experiences were a must. Taking them to the beach was something I wanted to do, but when I was little, a wave knocked me over and I ended up with a mouth full of sand. With this memory, I didn’t want the same thing to happen to my little ones, so a calm beach was exactly what we needed. My friends suggested Mother’s Beach in Huntington Beach.
What I liked about the park – it’s small, and not very well known. While it does get crowded in the summer, it’s still not as bad as the local beaches. Mothers can relax knowing they don’t have to worry about the waves. The beach is very shallow so the kids can wade out farther than you’d think. But always keep your eyes on the little ones! You can never be too safe when around water.
It’s kind of hard to find, unless you’re actually looking for Sea Bridge Park. Take Valley View/Bolsa Chica south, make a right onto Edinger, heading west. Right before you cross the bridge into Huntington Harbor, make a left onto Countess Ave, and the park will be on your left side. Once you’re there, you’ll see the park first with a nice playground structure for the kids to climb on.
Be sure to bring the beach necessities:
- Blanket, towels
- Umbrella for shade (there are a few trees on the outskirts of the beach/park
- Snacks and drinks
- Beach Chairs
- Extra towel for wiping your hands and feet when getting back in the car
- Baby powder – fastest way to get the sand off – apply baby powder and rub off with towel
- Sand toys – write names on toys, the will get mixed up with someone else’s
- Water shoes – the sand also has gravel, which makes it harder to walk on for some.
- Life vests or floaties if your little one doesn’t know how to swim.
In the past we have noticed a little bit of oil in the sand – this is right next to the harbor, so proceed with caution. I’d recommend washing the kids off at the shower that is located right next to the restrooms at the park.
*Post originally published 3/1/2010, updated 7/24/2017