This summer, go beyond routine theme park attractions and explore Anaheim's tranquil natural landscape. Clear your mind with long walks on Orange County's scenic beaches and solitary, winding trails nearby. Find yourself relaxed, recharged, and rejuvenated to rejoin the stream of happiness in no time.
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10 Awesome Outdoor Destinations in Orange County to Enjoy with FamilyThe year-long sunshine is an excellent motivator for hiking and outdoor activities in Anaheim. Nestled between the picturesque Santa Ana Mountains and the great blue Pacific, serenade your Orange County getaway with extreme adventures, golfing, and summer fun by the beaches.
Claim Your Freedom to Roam on Top Hiking & Biking Trails
From easy to moderate, the entire family can enjoy Orange County's hiking adventures of varying difficulties. Find your peace of mind in quiet trails with wildlife and abundant natural elements.
Sycamore Park Trail Head: Lined with California's local Sycamore trees (hence the name), the trails leading from the famous 8-acre park lead to top hiking destinations in Weir Canyon and the Anaheim Hills. There is a playground for kids and a green lawn right before the uphill ascent.
Anaheim Wetlands Trail Head: The wetlands are a comparatively less ventured trail in Orange County and offer virgin hiking opportunities plush with natural wonders. Enjoy the summer breeze on your way to Santa Ana's 14-mile riverside trail with tall trees and riverside bushes. The well-maintained park has street parking.
Santa Ana Riverside Trail: Popular amongst bikers and joggers, this day-long trail leads to the many lakes along the Santa Ana riverside. The multi-use trail system covers hundreds of miles looping around the wilderness, canyons, and the best fishing spots in Orange County.
Weir Canyon Trail: Enjoy the sight of wildflowers along the 3.6-mile uphill climb to Weir Canyon. Apart from hiking, the trail is also suitable for family-friendly activities, including horseback riding, mountain biking, and bird-watching. Your furry friends can tag along as long as they are on a leash.
Take a Break from Urbanity on Visits to Nature Parks
The nature parks at the edge of Anaheim's city limits are beautiful connecting points between Southern California's posh urban and serene natural landscapes.
Oak Canyon Nature Center: Enjoy afternoon hikes on short, mile-long trails surrounded by oak groves and sage scrubs. The Nature Museum offers a curious showcase of wildlife for youngsters. Watch the city from atop the Rim Park Trail Head and the Weir Canyon Loop.
Carbon Canyon Park: A breath of fresh air within city limits! The famous nature park in Brea is your ideal destination for refreshing morning walks and an early morning catch of catfishes from the lake. It also has a secret trail leading up to the only grove of California's coastal Redwoods in Orange County.
Yorba Regional Park: Located on the north bank of Santa Ana River, the park is a recluse for families and couples trying to escape SoCal's sprawling urbanity. Complete with picnic tables, baseball fields, and lakes, it is also a gateway to the famous Santa Ana River Trail. Parking here is free.
Crystal Cove State Park: The best destination for families who want to have it all! Enjoy breathtaking views of the Orange County coastlines from the top of Moro Ridge, or take a beachside stroll alongside tide pools at the famous Laguna Beach. Take the family on hiking trips leading to scenic picnicking grounds in the woods.
Accentuate Tee Times with a Natural Twist
With acres and acres of green on undulating landscapes, the scenic golf courses in Anaheim are as good a place to grab refreshing bites of nature.
Anaheim Hills Golf Course: The fantastic hilltop course offers a breathtaking view of Anaheim Hills from the clubhouse and manicured grounds. Meandering brooks and gorgeous Sycamore trees cover the vast landscapes at this 71-par course near Anaheim's city limits.
Dad Miller Golf Course: The walkable 18-hole course centers around a beautiful lake. The classic golfing paradise from the sixties is also the training grounds of international golf champion Tiger Woods. There is a night-lit driving range for those in love with the game to put in a few hours of training.
Explore Our Summer Beach ParadiseJust a short trip from Anaheim's busy attractions can lead you to endless family fun and beachside relaxations. Experience blissful tans or long walks on scenic beaches along the southern Californian coastline. Follow the coastal trail to seaside hotspots like Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Huntington Beach during your day-long trips.
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