Orange County's Great Park is a popular venue for concerts, plays and other events. It's also known for its giant orange tethered balloon, which visitors can ride for a fee. Soaring 400 feet in the air, on a clear day you can see 40 miles out. Other park attractions include a beautiful carousel, a playground, and a visitor center where you can rent sports equipment for free. Great Park is also home to the Orange County FC.
While in Laguna Beach, be sure to visit the oceanfront gallery of Wyland, an artist well-known for his paintings of marine life. Nicknamed the "Marine Michelangelo," the first thing you'll be amazed by is the variety of mediums used in his art. Murals are seen on the exterior walls while bronze sculptures loom over the front entrance. The inside overflows with even more: Lucite sculptures, acrylic sculptures, oil paintings, abstract art, brush art, photographs, bronze tables, portholes and mirrors.
Constructed from more than 10,000 plates of glass, The Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral) is packed with more than 2700 seated worshipers every Sunday for service. It can accommodate hundreds more who experience drive-in worship in the parking lot via nine-story tall sliding glass doors that allow them to view the service. This cathedral is also most famous as the filming place of Dr. Robert H. Schuller's Hour of Power television show. Because of the popularity of the cathedral tours and Sunday service, you should arrive at least a half hour early. Come Christmas season, don't miss their Glory of Christmas presentation packed with stirring music and drama.
Don't be surprised if a group of sixteen, large white rabbits greets you at the Civic Center Drive in Downtown Newport Beach. This cute and wonderful arrangement is the newest addition to the Civic Center Park that surrounds the Civic Center Building. The huge fluffy white bunnies sitting in a circle, is often called Bunnyhenge, owing to its arrangement which sort of mirrors the prehistoric Stonehenge in Amesbury. Designed by Peter Walker Partners (PWP), Rabbit Sculptures at Civic Center are designed as like the native species, the desert cotton tail rabbits, that call the Orange County home. Installed in 2014, these rabbits are a joy for the kids living in the nearby areas while they also make for superb models for the shutterbugs.
The First Presbyterian Church of Orange was formed on February 8, 1874. Since then, it has established itself as a spiritual backbone of the community in Orange. The building itself is impressive, with grand columns and stained glass windows from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The church plays host to many events such as community dinners, movie nights and other fun get-togethers. The church runs the Hope School that caters to needs of under-privileged children. The program "Closet," also run by the church, aims at providing gently used clothing to the poor.
Marconi Automotive Museum, a part of the Marconi Foundation for Kids, houses a vast array of cars that will delight not only children but also automobile connoisseurs. Visitors can view Foxfire Firetrucks, unusual Ferraris and Jaguars. Do not miss Frank Williams' FX Ferrari and the Top Fuel Dragster designed by Kenny Bernstein. This venue can be hired for weddings, business functions and fundraisers.
Located in Newport Beach this Church hosts a lot of memorials and events. They have separate ministries for children and adults and the vision of the church is to grow like Christ. Apart from Holy Mass on a daily basis, they also have praise and worship concerts and meetings. The pastors at the church also conduct missions regularly.
Bayside Drive Park is a pleasant surprise to those who spend time exploring Corona del Mar. This green island along Bayside Drive is found in an area once known as Pacific Gulch. With no parking, visitors need to be creative on routing in order to see it. The easiest way: drive on the scenic Bayside Drive from Newport Bay. The locals' favorite way is to bike along the line of million-dollar homes on Goldenrod Avenue. Right above the gulch, the two sections of Goldenrod Avenue are connected by the historic Goldenrod Footbridge. Built in 1928 for $10,884, the bridge was meant to provide easy access to the beach. Today, the 243-feet flower-adorned bridge symbolizes the quaint beauty of Corona del Mar.
Tucked away at the center of a rather banal group of office buildings, lies the fascinating landscape of the California Scenario. Brainchild of the famed sculptor Isamu Noguchi, this sculpture garden is often also referred to as Noguchi Garden. Since its completion in 1982, the garden has come to be reputed as one California's foremost public-access art works and has attracted much praise from critics. California Scenario is centered around a magnificent installation titled "The Spirit of the Lima Bean", and includes six more pieces that have been spread across the garden, creating a space that is tranquil, yet whimsical, arousing curiosity and intrigue in the minds of all those who visit. While the garden attracts visitors from all walks of life, it is usually frequented by photographers, art enthusiasts and those who work at the nearby offices during lunch hours.
Initially established for the sole reason of convenience, Saint Paul's Greek Orthodox Church has come a long way since 1978. With programs like women's bible study and quarterly book clubs, Greek schools for children and adults as well or workshops for alcoholics, this parish aims at community development. Besides it also organizes annual Greek Festival and Golf tournaments. Spreading the word of God and enjoying in the process is what this church believes.