8 Ways to Have a Totally Rad, Retro Summer

It’s Time for a Blast to the Past

Summer is all about backyard barbecues, beach days and bonfires. Everyone remembers that familiar fuzzy feeling growing up when the final school bell of the year rings and it’s officially summertime. Especially given the past year, we are looking forward to SoCal’s signature season with a funky fresh itinerary inspired by our favorite decade—the ‘90s. Rewind with us so you can press play on an epic summer! Think we’d ever steer you wrong? As if! We Tamagotchu covered. 90s-Inspired Summer


Saved By the (Bike) Bell 90s-Inspired Summer

Grab your retro Igloo Retro cooler and get ready to cruise the coast on two tires with your favorite throwback treats. Go all out and opt for the Retro Fanny Pack and Retro Duffel Bag Cooler to be the coolest cat on the beach. Even though Board & Brew is a modern-day sandwich delight, their throwback logo will fit right in with your Dunkaroos and Capri Suns packed in your summer cooler. You can use your Fruit by the Foot to make sure you are properly socially distancing, and don’t forget to spritz a little Sun In on those luscious locks for that perfect frosted tip. This weekend you are really Schwinn it to win it, Double Dare-style.

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Good Vibrations 90s-Inspired Summer

Channel your inner Team Pup N’ Suds and dust off those rollerblades that are buried under a pile of “Now That’s What I Call Music!” CDs in your garage. You are on the Brink! of greatness. Take to the boardwalk in your bedazzled best; just don’t forget your Walkman, so you can blast “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on repeat. That fanny pack will come in handy when you need to dig out your ID for an Apres Sea at Dory Deli.

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Baywatch 90s-Inspired Summer

Time to throw on your favorite boy-band songs, bust out that neon windbreaker and take to the Hi-C, er, seas. Plan a ‘90s-themed bay cruise with Lido Electric Boats filled with denim, Doc Martens…and more denim. Go ahead and re-enact that scene from Titanic, girl. You may not have room to pull off The Running Man, so when Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” comes on, the good old-fashioned cabbage patch will have to do. Swing by Billy’s for a Mai Tai to go and you’ll be feeling like the Fresh Prince of Bay Air in no time.


Steal My Sunshine Memorial Day Weekend Itinerary

Soak up the sun at one of Orange County’s pristine parks like Irvine Terrace or Cliff Drive Park. Grab a kite and some old-school frozen treats to keep you cool while you overlook the California coast. We’re talkin’ Flintstones Push Ups, Dippin’ Dots and some patriotic Firecracker popsicles. Have your boombox handy and bump your favorite mixed tape. I don’t think you’re ready for these jellies.


Ice, Ice (Cream) Baby

Kelis might’ve brought her milkshake to the yard in the 2000s but beachgoers have been able to get this diner delicacy at Ruby’s Diner on the pier for decades. These milkshakes are nostalgia in a straw. Get ready to get milk drunk and prank call your middle school crush from your parents’ landline. Want to really experience a blast from the past? Walk across the street to the Balboa Fun Zone for a little post-frappe fun.


Hey Now, You’re a Mall Star

Get in, loser—we’re going shopping! Summertime means major sales and savings, so it’s time to hit the mall. LFO might’ve liked girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch but there’s way more out there now beyond the likes of Limited Too and Wet Seal. From casual tees paired with high-rise jeans and retro Keds to neon track shorts, find what suits your ‘90s vibe.  


Dazed And Confused

Flaming Dr. Pepper shots anyone? It’s time to get down, get down and get your crawl on with a ‘90s-inspired bar hop. Lace up those Reebok pumps, slick back that pony with a scrunchie and check your mood ring, which will read “READY TO DRINK!” Boy meets world? More like boy meets bar. The Balboa Peninsula has plenty of watering holes that are a hop, Skip-it and a jump away from each other like Malarky’s, Helmsman, Mutt Lynch’s, Chihuahua Cerveza and Blue Beet.


Gonna Make You Sweat

After that bar crawl, you’ll probably need to sweat, baby, sweat—Richard Simmons-style! Good thing bike shorts and spandex made a comeback because an outdoor spin class at MOXI3 is just what the doctor ordered. Their silent disco-style classes allow you to rock out like Romy and Michele at their high school reunion. You can even match your Conair quick wrap to your leggings when you buy them from funky-fresh workout brand Goldsheep.

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