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The 36.5-acre Heritage Park is a place for everyone to have a good time. Sports enthusiasts can happily lose themselves among any of the twelve tennis courts, three pools, three basketball courts, three lighted soccer fields, two racquetball courts, and the volleyball court. The lively ducks welcome nature-lovers to join them in a peaceful time by the pond. Families and friends with children, be sure not to miss the two children's playgrounds and the verdant picnic area with 22 barbecues and 29 tables. If you're a fan of culture, pleasantly explore the library and the park's amphitheater. Heritage Park also hosts popular annual events, such as the Studio Arts Festival in June, and Target Symphony in the Cities in August.
For some fun and excitement within the city, the Newport Aquatic Center provides multiple choices. Kayaking, rowing, outrigger and dragon boat teams compete at this center's bayside location. Training sessions and lessons are available for those interested in the various kinds of water sports on offer here. For the more experienced, kayak and paddle board rentals are also available at an hourly rate.
Balboa Parasail is an exciting experience that comes most recommended for families, couples and solo travelers alike. Managed by a group of highly experienced and amicable guides, your parasail tour starts at the beach. You and your partner, are geared aboard a speed boat. Once the boat accelerates, the parasail wing is elevated into the sky, pumping adrenaline into your system. Within a few minutes, you will find yourself flying above the Pacific Ocean enjoying the city's panoramic views and forgetting qualms of your city life. It's a ten minute sail that's sure to last in your memory for a long, long time.
Whether you are looking for a leisurely trail ride or you want riding lessons, this is the place to go. Choose from a variety of lessons in all styles of riding, English, western, dressage, jumpers and more. Patrons will learn about horse grooming and other subjects necessary to be a well-informed, intelligent rider. The hour-long trail rides take riders through the flower-filled hills of the park for more than two miles. The views are spectacular from atop the hills.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is a locals' favorite for hiking and biking, particularly during spring when a spectrum of wild flowers bloom. Two entrances are available. One is at the junction of El Toro Road and Aliso Creek Road where limited street parking is available for free. Despite its isolation from the majority of the park, this area features Barbara's Lake, Orange County's only natural lake. The other entrance is across Laguna Canyon, by the junction of Laguna Canyon Road and El Toro Road. Although there is no free parking, you can head straight to Crystal Cove from here. With "wilderness" in its name, no pets are allowed in the park. Some residents you may have the pleasure of seeing are deer, mountain lions, and snakes.
Since 1963, Laguna Sea Sports has trained, certified, and served many local and visiting divers. The shop is small but fully equipped with all kinds of gears for rent or purchase, and a private swimming pool for training. Within walking distance, there are a few excellent diving sites: Shaws Cove, Fishermans Cove and Divers Cove, and more are just short distances up and down the coast. Diving trips to more remote sites and foreign sites are also scheduled year around.
Whether you have prior experience of flying a plane or you are an amateur, SkyThrills! welcomes you with open arms. The company has six stunt planes that take you on an adrenaline-filled ride. Before you board your flight, you are taken through basic safety briefing. Post the briefing, you suit up and take the co-pilots seat in a WACO YMF-5, Beech 18A, Pitts S-2C, Extra 300 or the Marchetti SF-260 depending on the package you choose. After reaching the desired height, you perform various aerobatic maneuvers with your pilot's assistance. The 45-minute flight is recorded on a Go-Pro camera thus giving you tangible memories of the exhilarating time you spent in California's skies.