South OC parks and playgrounds represent about half of my blog posts. They’re featured heavily on this site, because I’m lucky to have so many recommendations. If you live in south Orange County, please recommend your favorite parks so I can build on your insider information!
I’ve also provided links to south OC regional parks and city park pages at the bottom of the page.
South Orange County Playgrounds
You can visit South Orange County playgrounds and parks to see an archive list of ALL the parks, but it’s a pretty lengthy list.
OCParks.com Regional Parks
Our regional parks require a $3-$5 entrance fee – but they are worth every penny!
Buy your annual pass online. I recommend the $55 County Regional and Wilderness Parks Parking Pass unless you are a regular at the Salt Creek Beach Park in Dana Point. In my humble opinion, that would be the only reason to spring for the $80 All County Parks and Beaches Parking Pass.
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park (Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach)
Ronald W. Caspers Regional Park (San Juan Capistrano)
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park (Laguna Canyon)
O’Neill Regional Park (Trabuco Canyon)
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park (Coto de Caza)
South Orange County City Park Links
- Aliso Viejo (park guide with photos)
- Dana Point (parks gallery and amenities, 1-2 photos, links to maps)
- Laguna Beach (list on the visitor website)
- Laguna Hills (text park listing)
- Laguna Niguel (table linking to photos and amenities list)
- Lake Forest (text list of city parks with drop down info)
- Mission Viejo (text list of city parks with links to a park page)
- Rancho Santa Margarita (SAMLARC park info – click on pdf for playground map)
- San Clemente (list of parks and amenities with links to aerial photos and maps)
- San Juan Capistrano (no current official park directory, but a facility rental info page)
Or check my other indexes or playground map for:
- Central OC Parks and Playgrounds
- North OC Parks and Playgrounds
- Park Map of Orange County (markers link to blog posts)