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 - OCParks.com County Regional and … [Read more...]
Beaches in OC
Find the best beaches for nature walks, whale viewing, sunsets, and family outings. I also give lessons on how to spot dolphins from shore and share tidepooling tips. Playgrounds near the beach are also included in this category. Just keep clicking the "Next Page" link at the bottom of the page. You'll even find out how to pack a bag for the beach and where to see trains while you play by the shore.
Outdoor play activities can be challenging when it's chilly. California "cold" weather isn't really that cold. Still, it's tough to convince my friends with kids to get outside and play when rain threatens or there's a blustery wind. I guess we're spoiled by great beach and park play day weather? Outdoor time is still important any time of year. Remember how good it feels to … [Read more...]
The Pelican Point Entrance is where Newport Coast Drive dead ends into Crystal Cove State Park. Parking is on the beach side of PCH. My family enjoys this entrance because of the boardwalk that goes through the coastal sage scrub and the path that winds around to the viewpoint path over Little Treasure Cove. Driving Directions to Pelican Point and Treasure Cove Parking … [Read more...]
The Crystal Cove Historic District & Cottages at Newport Coast are what most people associate with this state park. It's popular for its cottages which are available for rental through ReserveAmerica.com, the Beachcomber cafe, interpretive programs and public events, and Ruby's Shake Shack up on the bluff. It's also a really fun place to take out-of-town … [Read more...]
Reef Point is the start of the bluff area that stretches north above Moro Beach. You can stick to the bluff trails and boardwalks or you can take the stairs and ramps down to the ocean. Driving Directions to Reef Point: Take Pacific Coast Highway to south of the shops at Crystal Cove. The entrance to this Crystal Cove State Beach parking area is on the beach side. Turn … [Read more...]