Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad


The Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad celebrates its 20th year when it opens the day after Thanksgiving. So why am I writing about it NOW? Because tickets are ALREADY on sale and some dates are ALREADY sold out.  I don't want you to miss out on the fun. Mapping Out the Festivities Every year, it seems they add more lights and the location becomes more … [Read more...]

Melinda Park in Mission Viejo

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Melinda Park in Mission Viejo sits right along Rancho Santa Margarita Parkway on the border of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. It has great views of Saddleback Mountain. Directions to Melinda Park: Sits at the corner of Melinda and Rancho Santa Margarita Parkway. Melinda is between Alicia Parkway and Marguerite Parkway. It's also reachable by taking Olympiad … [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...]