The Ocean Institute is located in beautiful Dana Point Harbor and offers ocean science and maritime history programs perfect for kids and adults alike. See hundreds of marine animals in aquariums, watch animal feedings, experience ocean-themed exhibits, and have fun with hands-on activities. For an extra charge, take a tall ship or a whale watching cruise. The Dana Point Marine Protected Area is steps away from the Institute.
Once known as the "Tin Can Beach", Bolsa Chica State Beach is now a popular beach which attracts visitors all year-round. It is an ideal place to go sunbathing, play volleyball, have a family day out and try other water sports. Surf fishing of fishes like croaker and corbina are among the other activities you can partake in here. Also, on this three-mile long sandy stretch is a designated place where you can camp in your RV vans. Bolsa Chica is a great spot to sit back and enjoy everything that the beach has to offer.
The area is 900 acres (364 hectares) of estuary, marsh, and coastal sage scrub habit, and it is home to several endangered bird species. Seventy species of fish use the bay and during winter migration thousands of shorebirds and ducks either visit or spend the winter here. Kayak, canoe, walking and electric boat tours are offered and a state of the art Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Dr., Newport Beach.
For those who can make only one stop in Corona del Mar, make it the Corona del Mar State Beach. This area alone can make everyone fall in love with CdM, a laid-back multi-million-dollar neighborhood accented by the Pacific, with streets lined by palm trees and flower beds. On the bluff, three signs mark beach access: Lookout Point, Main Beach and Inspiration Point. Each point has a different view, but all share Catalina Island in the background, and Newport Bay and Balboa Island in the foreground. A few steps towards the south end of Ocean Boulevard is a secluded cove near the Robert E. Badham Marine Life Refuge, and some of the most extravagant mansions follow.
A paradise for surfers, the Wedge is the name given to a particular location off the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. The spot is called so owing to the huge wedge-like waves that occur here due to the outstretched Newport Beach Jetty that lies in the path of the incoming tides from the North Pacific Ocean. With waves reaching as high as 30 feet (nine meters) at times, the Wedge occupies a very special place on the bucket list of most surfers and adventure seekers.
The Environmental Nature Center is a must-visit for every nature lovers touring Newport Beach. It’s a beautiful attraction lined with native plants and trees where several bird species dwell. A getaway for birding enthusiasts as well as those who love hiking, the center is a perfect break from city noises. It is dedicated to teaching children as well as adults about sustainable development and waste management, in addition to other subjects that aid in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
This small zoo has a lot to offer its visitors. There is a recreation of an Amazon rainforest that will awe and inspire both young and old alike. In the Children's Zoo youngsters can pet everything from a sheep to pot-bellied pigs. The Zoofari Express train offers a few thrills. Monkey Row is home to all kinds of primates, from lemurs to apes to Dusky Titi monkeys. The Australian Yard features wallabies and emus while the Endangered Species area features bald eagles and Diana Guenon monkeys. There is something to delight and educate just about anybody with a sense of curiosity about the wonderful world of animals.
Get your adrenaline fix here at K1 Speed! For those new to indoor karting, all it takes is one lap and you'll be hooked! These European electric karts are environmentally friendly and produce zero emissions! K1 Speed is also a perfect place to host parties such as birthdays or corporate events. K1 Speed Irvine offers two unique tracks. For those booking a private party, ask about the super track which combines both tracks one and two!
Peppertree Park is a popular park in the city, not so because of its amenities but for the many events that take place throughout the year. Kids can run around or swing in the playground. Horseshoe pits and a softball field will keep you engaged. Picnic spots with barbecue pits are a hit among families in the area. Annual programs such as summer concerts, Lobsterfest and musicals keep it always buzzing.
Located in Downtown Santa Ana, Birch Park is one of thirty-five different parks scattered around this landlocked Southern California city. Its location right next to Santa Ana's Artists' Village makes it a nice spot to visit after dining in one of the many restaurants or window-peeking through the art galleries. Birch is small, but its well-manicured tree lined pathways and fitness area designed for seniors who reside in the nearby center, transform it into a place of tranquility in DTSA.
Named in honor of former mayor in 2013, Mike Ward Community Park was earlier known as Woodbridge Community Park. This 22-acre (8.90 hectares) park is besides the South Lake and by the San Diego Creek. This scenic spot features basketball courts, a volleyball court, picnic areas and barbecue pits. Its amphitheater is used for concerts and musicals regularly.