Nature Hikes

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!

Cheat Sheet to Park and Beach Passes for OC Families

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Which park passes should you buy if you are a family living in Orange County, CA? It's a question that plagues parents who wants to play outside more, but don't have the time to research every possible outing or admission price. I will try to make it easy for you. Your choices range from: Spend $0 - see FREE PLAY. Spend $55/year - County Regional and … [Read more...]

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wildflower Hike in Aliso Viejo

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We ventured out on an Aliso Wood Canyons wildflower hike not really expecting to see this incredible variety of blooms. Most people think of wildflowers in Southern California as fields of golden poppies or yellow mustard plants (non-native invasive species). True wildflower spotting takes a little patience and looking VERY closely at your surroundings. I've hiked this route … [Read more...]

Reata Park in San Juan Capistrano

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Reata Park in San Juan Capistrano features native gardens and an arboretum with mighty oaks and shady sycamores. It's nice to have some protected open space in the middle of all the development around Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway. Directions to Reata Park and Event Center: Take Ortega Highway east from Interstate 405. Reata Park will be on your right just before … [Read more...]

Mile Square Park Nature Area


Mile Square Regional Park’s Nature Area is a special 15 acre natural park area with native plants tucked away in the upper half of Mile Square Regional Park, nestled between the golf course and the regular park area.  You wouldn't even know it's there if you're passing by on Euclid or Edinger. Location: The nature area entrance is in Parking Lot “F” which is closest to … [Read more...]