7 Things to do with kids in Orange County
Traveling with children can be a fun and rewarding experience. Weather your visiting somewhere new or exploring your local surroundings it’s a great way to create lasting memories and expose kids to different cultures, environments and ways of life. Here are some Orange County attractions that we’re sure you will have a fantastic time exploring with your kids.
Visit an Amusement Park
Orange County is home to many amusement parks and attractions making it a destination unlike many others. A one of a kind tourist destination with an amusement park to fit different families wants and needs. Disneyland and California Adventure are the most visited Orange County amusement parks with families coming from all over the world planning their vacations right here in the heart of Orange County. Amusement parks like Knotts Berry Farm home of Snoopy and the Peanuts gang is a fun way to spend the day. Wild Rivers and Knotts Soak city provides a splash every summer with fun for the whole family. Create some memories and have a blast at one of the many Orange County family fun parks.
Hit the Beach
Explore the beach. Orange County is home to many beautiful beaches, such as Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente. With 42 miles of coastline in Orange County don’t miss the beach. Kids can build sandcastles, play in the waves, hunt for seashells, rent bikes and peddle down the boardwalk or pack a picnic. There are also whale watching and boat tours if you want to see the beautiful beaches from the water.
Visit the Santa Ana Zoo
The Santa Ana Zoo is packed with knowledge, things to do and fun for the family. The zoo is 20 acres and has a focus on animals from Central and South America. Take a train ride, find your way through a maze, learn about the animals, visit an exhibit. Ride the carrousel or see the zoo from the top of the Ferris wheel. Stop by the conservation education theatre to see how we can all do our part to protect the animals of the world.
Discovery Science Center
Visit the Discovery Cube! The Discovery Science Center is an interactive museum full of hands-on exhibits that teach kids about science and technology. Pushing forward to teach and support, the Discovery Cube knows kids are the future and they have spent more than 25 years helping to grow and inspire young minds.
Get outside and soak up some sunshine. Orange County is home to many beautiful hiking trails for all skill levels. Ever hiked to the top of a trail with an Ocean View? Orange County is home to some breath taking hiking trails. Crystal Cove State Park, the West ridge trail to the Top of the World viewpoint, the Red Rock Canyon trail at Whiting Ranch, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands are just a few the whole family can enjoy. These trails offer beautiful views and an opportunity for kids to explore nature. Want some more information about Orange County hiking trails? You might like our article Best Hiking Trails in Orange County
Go to the park
Hiking not your thing? Orange County has some pretty amazing parks and playgrounds where kids can run, play, and explore. Some popular options include Irvine Regional Park in Orange. Home to the Irvine Park Railroad where you can hop on a train ride, rent bikes to cruise around on, ride horses or even visit the Orange County Zoo. The Orange County Great Park In Irvine is more than 500 acres of beautiful park in the heart of Irvine. Ride in the hot air balloon or take a spin on the carousel. Watch the Orange County Soccer Team score at the Championship Stadium, go Ice skating at Great Park Ice. Great Park is filled with attractions for everyone. Craig Regional Park in Fullerton is 124 acres of hiking, biking and picnicking with a gorgeous lake and rose garden. There are so many parks to explore in Orange County, take a day to seek out and enjoy one near you.
Balboa Fun Zone
Ever been to an Ocean side Fun Zone? Welcome to Balboa Island, the best of both worlds where beach meets fun zone. Since 1936 this fun zone has been a family favorite. Play some arcade games, ride the Ferris wheel, get a Balboa Bar. Some things just never get old. Classics are classics for a reason.
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