The Santa Ana Zoo playgrounds and rides are available to zoo visitors traveling to Prentice Park located right off I-5 in Santa Ana.
Finding Orange County Parks
Places to Go During Summer
Find out all the things to do at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. It’s perfect for family picnics and finding nature in an urban setting.
2022 OC summer camps list with outdoor themes for kids to play & learn outside. Summer nature camps for kids (science, animals, engineering).
List of all the best California State Parks in Orange County for kids and families with activity ideas for what to do when you visit.
Splash parks and water play locations for Orange County, CA updated every summer! Splash pads open for Summer 2022.
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.
Kid friendly things to do outdoors in San Clemente, California. Playgrounds, beaches, walks, outings, & restaurants.
OC playgrounds with shade covers – mostly in central and south Orange County. With recommendations on how to keep cool on hot days.
Things to Do Outdoors in Orange County
A list of 15 Pirate Parks in Orange County ranging from playgrounds with pirate ships to overall pirate themes.
Beach playgrounds in Orange County list on our coast from Seal Beach in the north to San Clemente in the south. 7 places for kids beach play.
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.
Orange County workout parks with outdoor fitness equipment for exercise, and usually walking trails when you want exercise outdoors.
It’s easy to find parks without sand or “Sand Free Parks in Orange County” with this list. Thanks to the reader who wrote in requesting the information. “I am looking for …
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.
Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach lead the count for most fenced parks in Orange County. The list started out with only 7 parks, but has grown to over 10! Some …
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 new 2022 playground 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.
Parks with Zip Tracks
Ronald Reagan Park in Anaheim Hills (formerly known as Toyon Park). Kids will love the zip track, swings, climbing and spinning opportunities.
Veterans Sports Park at Tustin Legacy is a huge central park with a playground & splash pad near The District and former El Toro MCAS.
Cherry Park in Lake Forest features fun and universally accessible playgrounds for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds as of February 2021.
O’Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon is the perfect spot for hiking & camping. It doubles as campground + nature-rich playground area.
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.