Summer is officially here – begin the countdown until your kids utter the dreaded phrase: “I’m bored.”
Be prepared with a list of family-friendly outdoor summer activities in the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. From the mountains to the sea, opportunities abound for both daily-access trails and docent-led programs. The variety of activity will help avoid another summer of video games, and better still, offers outdoor experiences that create lasting family memories.
For busy families who find it hard to fit one more activity on the schedule, many wilderness and open space parks are open daily for self-guided access. Crystal Cove State Park has many diverse trails leading to a beach with an “underwater park.” In Irvine, Quail Hill offers an easy loop trail, and Bommer Canyon features a variety of trails with spectacular views. OC Parks offers many wilderness parks with trails open daily, and the newly-renovated Buck Gully Trail in Newport Beach is a perfect balance to a day at the beach.
Information on all locations mentioned can be found at www.LetsGoOutside.org – click on the interactive map for details. Some programs are in areas with parking or usage fees, and have varying minimum age requirements. Also, docent-led programs require pre-registration. For full details on all of the programs mentioned, please visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities.