In Orange County, wildflowers tend to bloom starting in March. My husband and I accidentally stumbled upon a whole bunch when we took an impromptu wildflower hike in Aliso and Woods Canyons in March of 2016. In general, expect to see wildflower blooms from March-May. Not all spots are kid-friendly because some require long car rides, super steep or remote trails, or desert … [Read more...]
Find the best nature hikes to take with families in Orange County. Many are more like nature walks and designed more for connecting your family to the outdoors. Families can relax together!
I could walk for miles -- with friends, with kids, with pets. Family walks are a gift of time. It's time for the little ones to get their wiggles out. It's time when we are all together without distractions. The kids share and ask questions. The parents pay attention to every word. We don't have to rush, for once. We always see something new or learn something about each … [Read more...]
Having lived in places where this season is marked by the color brown, I just love California's green winters. But the weather is heating up for spring and we'll be losing our green hills to the brown of summer. So I wanted to put together a little list of places to go in OC with green hills for family hikes. The disclaimer is that this list is only good after the rain has come … [Read more...]
The City of Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center opened in April 2010. It's open 10-4 everyday (except closed on Mondays). I'm one of those who is very sad to see the Dana Point headlands disappear to development. However, the part that is still protected as open space provides a scenic glimpse of the beauty which previously encompassed this whole point of … [Read more...]
The Fullerton Arboretum was on my list of places to visit with the kids ever since I heard about it from a blogger friend. She said, "Oh, you'll love it!" and "Get on their email list!" We made it a family trip on the weekend and it was perfect! It wasn't crowded at all and the place has such a nice feel to it. Directions to Fullerton Arboretum: It's right off the 57 … [Read more...]