In Orange County, wildflowers tend to bloom starting in March. My husband and I accidentally stumbled upon a whole bunch when we took an impromptu wildflower hike in Aliso and Woods Canyons in March of 2016. In general, expect to see wildflower blooms from March-May. Not all spots are kid-friendly because some require long car rides, super steep or remote trails, or desert … [Read more...]
Nature Hikes for Families
Find the best nature hikes to take with families in Orange County. Many are more like nature walks and designed more for connecting your family to the outdoors. Families can relax together while exploring Orange County trails!
I found out about the Quail Hill Loop Trail in Irvine from my visit to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. I've often seen people walking the trail, but wasn't successful finding the trailhead. Turns out, it's one of the prettiest places around -- especially when the hills are green. How to Get to Quail Hill Loop Trail in Irvine Exit Interstate 405 at Sand … [Read more...]
San Onofre Beach Trail 4 is one of six trails leading down to the beach from the bluffs at San Onofre State Beach. Dogs are allowed on Trail 1 and Trail 6 (but not in between). This isn't the first time I've written about this California State Park. You can find my post on San Onofre State Beach Family Hikes at Trails which gives more general information about the park and … [Read more...]
The Dana Point Bluff Top Trail above Dana Point Harbor is less of a hike and more of a place to stroll. It takes less than 10 minutes to leisurely make it from one end to the other along the bluff between the streets of Violet Lantern and Amber Lantern in Dana Point. Location of Dana Point Bluff Top Trail: Going south to north above Dana Point Harbor, Santa Clara … [Read more...]
The Fullerton Arboretum was on my list of places to visit with the kids ever since I heard about it from a blogger friend. She said, "Oh, you'll love it!" and "Get on their email list!" We made it a family trip on the weekend and it was perfect! It wasn't crowded at all and the place has such a nice feel to it. How to Get to Fullerton Arboretum: It's right off the 57 … [Read more...]