With Spring here and Summer right around the corner, being outside and enjoying Orange County’s beautiful parks is something for the whole family to enjoy. From abstract play equipment and mud pits to railroads and balloon rides here are a few spots creating a buzz.
Irvine Regional Park – Orange
Irvine Regional Park is nestled among a grove of heritage Oak and Sycamore trees in Orange, CA. The rolling foothills surrounding the park are filled with a variety of wildlife. Trees and shaded turf areas provide a serene setting for leisure activities like picnics with friends and family or an afternoon renting water bikes on the lake. Irvine Regional Park is also home of the OC Zoo and the Irvine Park Railroad. Visit this Easter and join them for their Easter Eggstravanganza until April 16th for a day of fun for the whole family.
Adventure Playground – Huntington Beach
Since the 1970s, Adventure Playground has been stealing the hearts and inspiring imagination in children. Designed similar to parks trending in and around Europe, Adventure Playground opened in Huntington Beach in 1974. A child’s wonderland like no other, it was, basically, a big mud pit at the bottom of an abandoned sand quarry. It is a wonderful and unique playing experience for children 5-12 years old. Kids can raft on a small pond, go down a mudslide, and build forts. Adventure Playground will be opening back up this summer since closing from the Corona Virus Pandemic in 2020. Check out their website for details on opening!
Box Canyon Park – Yorba Linda
23400 Foxtail Drive, Yorba Linda CA 92887
Designed with children of all ages in mind, Box Canyon Park in Yorba Linda has two different areas, one a pirate ship for young kids and toddlers and the other a castle for older children. Originally, the park was made with wood, but the park was destroyed in a wildfire in 2008. Soon after, the park was rebuilt by the community going above and beyond with new play areas and a picnic shelter with BBQs. Box Canyon Park is the only wheel chair accessible park in North Orange County!
Great Park – Irvine
8000 Great Park Blvd, Irvine CA
The Great Park is a public park located in Irvine, California, with a focus on sports, agriculture, and the arts. It is a non-aviation reuse of the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. A completely unique and innovative park, there is something for the whole family here. The Great Park Balloon is the park’s signature attraction. Take a ride on the orange balloon for a scenic overview of how the park was designed and of Orange County. The park also includes many different sports complexes from volleyball courts, soccer fields, softball and baseball fields, and tennis courts. An ice skating rink, soccer stadium, and Five Point Amphitheater also sit on the 472 acres of land.