My 10 best Orange County playgrounds list by feature + choices for best slides, best bank of swings, best spiderwebs. Printable checklist!
Finding Orange County Parks
Family Activities in Orange County
A list of petting zoos and animal playgrounds in Orange County for fun places to bring your animal loving children.
There are 58 public libraries in Orange County, CA with so many FREE resources for families, including the CA State Parks Library Pass.
Best family friendly beach restaurants in Orange County includes San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach & Huntington Beach.
Beach playgrounds in Orange County list on our coast from Seal Beach in north to San Clemente in south. 10 places for kids beach play.
Splash parks and water play locations for Orange County, CA updated every summer! Splash pads open for Summer 2023.
Here are 5 of the best toddler beaches with no waves in OC — because sometimes you want it to be extra mellow for your toddler!
OC playgrounds with shade covers – mostly in central and south Orange County. With recommendations on how to keep cool on hot days.
More than 17 family-friendly nature centers and interpretive centers around Orange County, CA that add meaning to park visits.
List of kid friendly things to do in Dana Point crafted from family exploring with kids during the past decade!
Laguna Beach day trip ideas for families wondering about where to take their kids for outdoor fun & places to eat. Includes beaches & parks.
Things to Do Outdoors in Orange County
Sand free parks in Orange County for families who prefer parks without sand in OC.
List of fenced parks in Orange County for families planning easier play dates for multiples or those with a tendency to wander.
List of all the best California State Parks in Orange County for families with kids plus activity ideas for what to do when you visit.
A list of 15 Pirate Parks in Orange County ranging from playgrounds with pirate ships to overall pirate themes.
Parks with big slides in Orange County, California. Long list includes tunnel, tube, corkscrew, and spiral slides for lots of playground fun.
List of parks with “Mommy and Me” baby swings or what I call “Swing with Me” swings for Orange County, CA. Swing face-to-face with your baby.
List of 20+ parks with workout equipment in Orange County featuring outdoor fitness areas for when you want exercise outdoors.
Spiderweb parks in Orange County! This is the master list you’ve always wanted! These rope or rubber-coated climbers are especially popular with older kids. Remember playing on those playground domes when …
Kid-friendly garden and farm outings for families. Nature preserves, botanic gardens, farms, and more in OC, LA, and San Diego counties.
Make a day out of these 5 family walks all over Orange County, CA.
The Adventure Playground in Irvine at University Park allows children unstructured free play opportunities. Perfect for creativity & pretend!
Bluebird Park in Laguna Beach is a playground entirely fenced with a big blue rocketship, a gem-studded turtle sculpture, and trike track.
Huntington Beach Central Park boasts an amazing playground on the west side and is an awesome 350-acre park for kids and families to explore.
Main Beach Park in Laguna Beach offers a playground that helps kids learn ocean lessons at the playful lifeguard tower.
Pavion Park in Mission Viejo is a colorful universally accessible playground with flat play surfaces, spinners, and ramps for wheelchairs.
Northwood Community Park in Irvine is also known as Castle Park. I think of it as a fortress fit for knights and princesses.
Courtney’s SandCastle Universal Playground & Sensory Garden in San Clemente provides inclusive play features in a contained setting.
Find out what OC Great Park playgrounds have to offer families with fun play features and also links to the public Bosque playground.
Box Canyon Park in Yorba Linda provides all sorts of play possibilities with fully accessible equipment. Ramps and wide pathways.
Marina Park in Newport Beach on the Balboa Peninsula is bayside with harbor views and a nautical lighthouse theme. Near the Balboa Fun Zone.
We go to Catalina Island every summer. We’ve been visiting Catalina ever since I was in high school – so that’s 20+ years. I’m surprised how many of my friends …
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I’m a self-described “boat kid.” With over 30 years of boating experience with people who each have a different …
Two Harbors is the other ferry drop-off I described in Friday’s post about how to get to Catalina Island. The photo above shows Isthmus Cove which makes up half of Two …
Avalon is the more bustling tourist destination of Catalina Island.