Abounding recreation is a major highlight of life in Orange. The region is teeming with well-maintained and easily accessible neighborhood, county and regional parks equipped with playground equipment, picnic areas, athletic fields and courts, trails, fishing holes, activity centers and much more.
Irvine Regional Park Hailing as the state’s oldest county park, this 477-acre park encompasses the family friendly Orange County Zoo, a lagoon, a mini-railroad, pedal boats and picnic areas, along with miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, four ball fields, a volleyball court and eight horseshoe pits. The William Harding Nature Center affords patrons with a self-guided trail and interpretive center teeming with fossils, plants, animals and films on nature.
Peters Canyon Regional Park Stretching over 354 acres of native habitats, Peters Canyon Regional Park is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. Features include the 55-acre Upper Peters Canyon Reservoir, which stands as the home to an abundance of local wildlife, a lake, Peters Canyon Creek and winding trails.
Santiago Oaks Regional Park and Nature Center Five miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails that lead to an additional 10 miles of trails of the adjacent Anaheim Hills can be accessed through this 350-acre park. The Nature Center displays natural history exhibits and provides educational interpretive programs for visitors.
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary Ideal for bird-watchers, the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary has been the site of more than 150 species of birds, which include plenty of hummingbirds, California quail and scrub jays, among many others. The sanctuary is also home to a nature center where guests can view different rodents and reptiles.
Tustin Ranch Golf Club Golfers looking for a rewarding day on the greens head over to the beautiful Tustin Ranch Golf Club. The public club hosts a scenic, 6,800-yard, 18-hole, course designed by the late golf course architect Ted Robinson Sr. Carved into the championship course is a built-in short executive course, which is divided into two separate nine-hole courses. Accompanying the well-manicured grounds is a golf shop, first-class golf school, driving ranch and short game practice area.