In honor of Kids to Parks Day coming up on May 20th, 2017 -- I'm celebrating with a special post about over 15 playgrounds with nearby walking trails in Orange County to inspire you to get outdoors and go exploring. Whenever we go to playgrounds, I'm always looking for somewhere to stroll. The playgrounds I picked for this post have walking trails RIGHT off the playground. You … [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!
Family-friendly nature centers are home to my favorite rangers and resource specialists. Our family loves our visits to these hubs of wilderness displays and outdoor enrichment. We can't wait to put our hands on the interactive displays and Eagle Scout projects. We can stamp out animal tracks in the sand, pan for gold, see historical and archaeological artifacts, learn about … [Read more...]
When I think of Newport Beach, I think of sailing and the ocean. Even their city seal sports sails, fish, and the ocean. So that's why it makes sense that the architecture of the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park (NBCC) should match that vision. The roofline looks like waves and when I walk into the park the paths wind and turn in a natural rolling motion. I can see … [Read more...]
Brian & Ashley ran a local hiking blog until 2016. They recorded their adventures on the trails -- in much the same style as I record our visits to parks and playgrounds. The young married couple share detailed directions to trailheads, photos, and maps of their hikes on their blog. In 2011, they put together this list of Top 5 Family Friendly Hikes in Orange … [Read more...]
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...]