Play in the Park!
Find the best family friendly parks and play places that Orange County has to offer.
Irvine Regional Park features close to 500 acres of picnic areas, sport fields, hiking and equestrian trails. Other attractions include Orange County Zoo, Irvine Park Railroad and pony rides, bike and paddle boat rentals and plenty of playgrounds. The park’s train guides passengers through the historic park, which sits in the foothills of Orange. The petting zoo is nestled among the park’s live oak and sycamore groves, where families can feed goats and sheep.
ocparks.com/irvinepark | Orange
Families can go fishing, ride paddle boats or even play games at this urban park. The high-activity park encompasses two fishing lakes, an archery range and plenty of picnic space. There are also three regulation golf courses, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and tennis courts. Mile Square Regional Park regularly hosts fishing and archery tournaments, cross-country track meets, and baseball and soccer games. Reservations are required at some facilities — please check with the park.
www.ocparks.com/parks/mile | Irvine
This gem of a park features 1.5 miles of trail space and numerous sports amenities. All amenities and attractions at the Great Park — including the Great Park Gallery, Farm + Food Lab, Sports Complex, The Carousel, Balloon and Visitors Center — The Artist Studios and Hangar 244 are. The Great Park Certified Farmers Market.
cityofmissionviejo.org | Mission Viejo
This pioneer-themed park features a splash pad, walking trail and cabin-style picnicking areas. Pioneer Road Park offers two play, age-appropriate playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, and grilling stations. In keeping with the theme, the playground features three covered, Western-style wagons. Picnic shelters are available for reservations.
www.tustinca.org | Tustin
Take a stroll around a serene lake or frolic through a pirate-themed play area at Heritage Park. Visitors can also work up a sweat at the park’s many sports courts or play catch in the park’s open space. If all that activity works up an appetite, break for a picnic. There are numerous shaded picnic tables and 22 grills at the park. Smaller picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The park is available for rental or drop-in use.
www.cityofirvine.org | Irvine