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...]
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.
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...]
Heritage Park in Irvine comes highly recommended by a Fun Orange County Parks visitor because of its beautiful lake, community center, Fine Arts Center and Irvine Heritage Library. It's a great place for strolls and picnics. Location: From Interstate 5, take the Jeffrey Road off-ramp and turn towards the west. Turn right on Walnut and turn right into Heritage Park Circle … [Read more...]
You want to know the best toddler beaches with no waves in OC? And I'm going to provide you with my Top 3 plus two bonus beaches, but they come with a note of precaution. Still water beaches, meaning no waves or surf, have a general propensity for water quality issues and they can also be good stingray habitat - at least along the warm sandy edges. Check Heal the Bay Beach … [Read more...]
Our first trip to Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach turned out to be quite the summer adventure. The first day we went, there was a press conference in the interpretive center. There was no staff available to give us any direction on where to hike with kids. So I returned the next day with husband in tow. The interpretive center was closed when we arrived, but opened … [Read more...]