You can't enjoy what Orange has to offer if you're busy doing yard work all weekend. Instead, hire someone else to do that yard work for you so you can go out and enjoy the city with your family. When you're away from home, you create memories. If you want to create memories without having to go very far, below are some of the top things to do in Orange.
Irvine Regional Park
One of the most popular attractions at Irvine Regional Park is the paddle-boats. This is an activity anyone can do, which is what makes it so appealing. Other fun activities anyone can do include the hay maze (seasonal), Irvine Park Railroad, and the OC Zoo. The latter costs just $2 per person, and children under two are free. At the zoo, you might find iguanas, snakes, bears, buffalo, ocelot, mountain lines, and more.
If none of that sounds like it's your speed, you can rent bikes, hike trails, horseback ride, go bird watching, or simply enjoy a picnic at one of the many available picnic tables while your kids play on the playground.
The Outlets at Orange
One you read the word 'Outlets,' you probably think this isn't for the entire family, but that's what makes The Outlets at Orange different. Yes, there are 120 outlet stores, which is a lot, especially since it's the only outlet area in Orange County. At the same time, unlike many outlet areas, there is a lot to do for the whole family.
If you have skaters in your family, they might enjoy the Vans Skate Park while you're shopping. If you have kids that enjoy arcade games, check out Dave and Buster's. If that's not the case, take the family bowling at Lucky Strike Bowling after you're done shopping. If they remain patient, you can use that as a reward for the entire family. Or, you can use the AMC Theatre w/IMAX as a reward. Going shopping at the outlets and following it up with a movie is going to be a full day, which means it won't be a dull day with everyone sitting around the house not knowing what to do, or everyone sitting around the house using their own technology and not interacting with one another. You might not interact at a movie, but it gives the family something to talk about. And if you go bowling, you're interacting the entire time, while also enjoying friendly competition.
Regardless of how you play it, The Outlets at Orange is also home to 25 eateries. This includes everything from restaurants to ice cream and plenty in-between. If you happen to mention the ice cream part to your kids, they're very likely to hop on board with your plan to visit the outlets.
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
This is a great place to go if you're seeking to get away from the hustle and bustle. You can hike, bike, go horseback riding, and enjoy the scenic views. On a clear day, you can see Catalina Island. There are a couple of warnings as well, though. One, the trails are steep.
Two, this is also home to rattlesnakes, mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats. Stay on the trail and only visit during the day.
Peters Canyon Regional Park
This park offers pretty much everything Santiago Oaks Regional Park does. There are two differences. The first difference is that while there are views, they're not quite as scenic because you can see many homes while on the trails. The second difference is that since the trails here are more open, you have more visibility and can detect wildlife easier. That said, wildlife is less likely to be in the area because there isn't as much brush, which means easier detection. It comes down to whether or not you want to trade views for peace of mind. However, if you visit either park during the day and stay on the trail, the likelihood of running into any problems with wildlife is next to nil.
If you live in Orange and you're looking for something to do, you can visit different kinds of parks or the outlets. If you want to take full advantage, hire the experienced professionals at Lawn Love to take care of your yard work so you can enjoy a day out with your family.