Take the FREE Balboa Peninsula Summer Trolley to Balboa Pier to enjoy your day at the beach rather than hassle with traffic and parking. I know there are trolleys in many Orange County beach cities: Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. We haven't taken advantage of them as we should, but I'm sold now that we accidentally stumbled upon the Balboa … [Read more...]
Central Orange County Playgrounds
Central OC playgrounds are in the cities of: Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach/Corona Del Mar, Orange, Santa Ana, and Tustin.
Sincere thanks to the City of Irvine for sponsoring this post about the playground at Quail Hill Community Center. The Quail Hill Community Center playground in Irvine is open to the public during community center hours. There's already an existing Quail Hill Trailhead and Quail Hill Community Park, but the playground came after the Community Center opened in March 2017. I … [Read more...]
Readers want to know about fenced parks and parks without sand -- but this is the first time a reader requested to get a list of parks WITHOUT recycled rubber playground surfaces in Orange County. I could just as well have named this "parks WITH wood chips" or "sand-only parks." But I suspect parents aren't typing in those search terms. (I've found those who say they dislike … [Read more...]
Shipley Nature Center is absolutely one of my favorite spots in Orange County. Location: You would never know there's a huge park just from driving by. When I go, I take Interstate 405 to Beach Boulevard and head toward the beach. Turn right on Slater and left on Goldenwest. Half of the park is on your left (restaurant, lake, library) and the parking for Shipley is on … [Read more...]
Serendipity led us to Santiago Park across Main Street from the Discovery Science Center. My daughter spotted it when we turned into the parking lot. I've been to the center countless times, yet never noticed the playground nearby. Not open everyday, check out the Santiago Park Nature Preserve and Santiago Creek Trail. Location: From Interstate 5, take the Main Street … [Read more...]