Reef Point at Crystal Cove State Park is one of four entrances that provide beach access to this state park. Find out family activities!
Crystal Cove State Park offers space for tidepooling, beach trips, nature rambles, and whale watching from the shore in Newport Beach.
My cheat sheet to park and beach passes for OC families will help you figure out how to choose the best parking options for your family.
Salt Creek Trail in Dana Point provides a long nature walk to the beach for active families. Maps to trail start in Laguna Niguel, too.
The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine is home to Sea & Sage Audubon House. Walk wide dirt trails & see the wildlife in the ponds.
A fairy trail hike at Oso Creek in Mission Viejo appeared along the trail (Summer 2018). It’s at Kaleidoscope for Summer 2021!
Guide to wildflowers and the kid-friendly spots to see them during SoCal spring. California wildflower guide for identification + safety tips.
San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is perfect for a family day trip near kid-friendly beaches, parks, and restaurants.
California Botanic Garden (formerly Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens) in Claremont offers acres of lovely grounds for connecting to nature.