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7 Places to See Redwoods in Orange County

7 Places to See Redwoods in Orange County

Yes! There are 7 places to see redwoods in Orange County and a few other places in Southern California.

If you are planning your California redwoods vacation, this is NOT the post for you. I definitely recommend visiting Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California for the FULL redwoods experience! I’ve been and there really is no substitute for the real thing.

But if this is your only California trip, then these might be fun stops while you are visiting other tourist attractions in Orange County.

I’m writing it more as a “fun fact” story about how there are actually redwoods growing here. For the most part, you will need to pay attention to the days these places are open and you may need to pay to see them. Here is a little preview . . . play along if you want to try to guess where the list will take you!

Redwood Hints

  1. A county regional park with $3-$5 entry.
  2. An arboretum open Wed-Mon from 9am-4pm (closed to public on Tuesdays). Donations appreciated.
  3. A nature center only open on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Donations appreciated.
  4. An art installation in the vicinity of one of OC’s biggest retail centers. 2 hours free parking.
  5. On the grounds of another nature center only accessible to the public on weekends from 10am-3pm. Donations appreciated.
  6. Inside maybe the most notable Orange County landmark with a HIGH price tag.
  7. Bonus: Not in OC, but there are also some trees in a garden just outside the county line at a location with an admission fee.

Do I have you curious now? Can you guess any of them before you scroll down???

Also, I do need to add a disclaimer that I am not a botanist or horticulturist — so I’m not sure what kind of redwoods I’m sharing. Some may be Sequoia’s or some other related species. But to the casual observer, you will have your redwood dreams fulfilled!

Where can I see redwood trees in Orange County, CA?

You can see redwood trees at 7 places in Orange County ranging from parks with redwoods, to redwood hiking trails, to redwoods at gardens & arboretums, and even some redwoods at a popular theme park here!

How is that even possible? These giants are normally found on the fog drenched north coast of our state where they thrive on the cool, wet weather.

The redwoods in Orange County are not native or even the healthiest of specimens, but they are here and you can visit them for fun without putting the miles on your car.

Now, please let me know if you see redwoods elsewhere in Orange County (or nearby) and I will make sure to add them to the list!