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What to Do in Orange County?

What to Do in Orange County?

I wanted to spotlight websites and blogs designed to answer the “What to do in Orange County?” question. Just as each writer and blogger has a different style of presenting information, each reader has a different preference for how to receive and process the information.

Readers come to me for free or low cost outdoor activities, such as:

Here are more Orange County blogs, in no particular order, with a few details about what sets them apart:

  • is my go-to “spot” for everything family-friendly in Orange County. It has lists galore and a very comprehensive weekly calendar! I love the easy navigation buttons in the right margin.
  •  writes in real time with blog posts highlighting the calendar as it happens. Find out about secret or little known tours, general destinations, or stage shows.
  • Orange County Mom Blog covers “Hot Happenings in OC.” And I’ll tell you from personal experience that the blogger, Shelby, knows all. I very rarely attend PR events, but Shelby’s at every one and reports it all back to her readers.
  • Sandy Toes & Popsicles writes a Weekly OC Activities post with tons of links. I can tell you it takes 3+ hours to create a calendar like this! Take advantage of it.
  • Toddler Trails is written more as a directory and has a map similar to mine. She also spends quite a lot of time on her Events Calendar.
  • is a new site on the scene. She created a form where you can enter the date, the distance, and how many in your family to spit out activity idea results complete with how much it will cost.

These are bigger sites with multiple bloggers or writers, some of which incorporate email subscriptions.

What sites did I miss?

Disclosure: I know most of these bloggers and websites from either meeting them in person, email exchanges, or even blogging or writing for them.

Jill Parkin

Thursday 9th of August 2012

Thanks for including us in your line up! What a treat. Fun Orange County Parks is our favorite go to site for park play in the OC! - Maruska

Saturday 4th of August 2012

Michele, thank you so much for including PlanADayOut! It really means a lot to me.

Shelby Barone

Saturday 4th of August 2012

Thank you so much for including us! We are so honored!!

Traci Lehman

Friday 3rd of August 2012

Michele, thanks so much for mentioning Walk Simply as a resource! It is such a compliment coming from you. Thanks for all the information you provide to the southern California community! Now if only my site was as organized as yours. :)

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