Which park passes should you buy if you are a family living in Orange County, CA? It's a question that plagues parents who wants to play outside more, but don't have the time to research every possible outing or admission price. I will try to make it easy for you. Your choices range from: Spend $0 - see FREE PLAY.Spend $55/year - OCParks.com County Regional and … [Read more...]
Beaches in OC
Find the best Orange County beaches for nature walks, whale viewing, sunsets, and family outings. I also give lessons on how to spot dolphins from shore and share tidepooling tips. Playgrounds near the beach are also included in this category.
Just keep clicking the "Next Page" link at the bottom of the page. You'll even find out how to pack a bag for the beach and where to see trains while you play by the shore.
Salt Creek Trail which runs from inland in Laguna Niguel to the beach in Dana Point is one of my favorite walks with the kids. I've done it with them in a stroller and this time they were old enough to walk on their own. The ocean breeze, and sometimes fog, make for a cool excursion when temperatures heat up inland. It's also great because you can choose to do … [Read more...]
Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor is near The Ocean Institute. Google Maps calls this area "Dana Cove Park." How to Get to Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor I get to Dana Point Harbor from all sorts of directions (Moulton to Golden Lantern, Crown Valley Parkway to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), I-5 to PCH). Look at the map to see what makes the most sense … [Read more...]
There's a whole science to figuring out the best times to tidepool. What is the tidal range (difference between high and low tides)? Is it a minus tide (super-duper low in comparison to the rest of the year)? Is it happening during daylight hours? December and January tend to be the best times to tidepool with the highest range of tidal difference. You … [Read more...]
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 have never taken the trip over to the island. It's a whole other world out there! You feel like you've traveled back in time to wide open California spaces. Where is Catalina? Catalina Island sits offshore … [Read more...]