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Things To Do in Orange County

Orange County Activities Overview

Orange County

Things to do in Orange County include renting a kayak to explorer one of several harbors & estuaries, enjoying a romantic gondola cruise in Newport Harbor, soaring 500 feet above the ground in a giant helium-filled balloon, watching the sunset on a dinner cruise, testing your skills at a game of badminton and more fun activities. Whether it be a scenic hike in the coastal foothills or thrilling biplane ride, there's plenty of fun things to do in Orange County.

Things To Do in Buena Park

Big Air Trampoline Park is located off the 91 freeway from Beach Boulevard. Big Air has several locations throughout California. The Buena Park location is conveniently situated at the Buena Park Mall near Knott's Berry Farm. This indoor trampoline park features 17,000 square feet of high-flying action with trampoline dodge ball courts, slam dunk courts, foam pits, launch pads, a rock climbing wall, battle beam and massive freestyle court. Big Air also offers reserved times for toddlers and private birthday parties. Big Air Tampoline Park is one of the fun things to do in Orange County with kids.

Big Air Trampoline Park
8308 On The Mall
Buena Park, CA 90620
(844) 550-5867

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Things To Do in Huntington Beach

OEX Sunset Beach is found on the inland side of PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) on the peninsula separating Huntington Harbor from the Pacific Ocean. Paddle your way through the canals of Huntington Harbor amidst multi-million dollar homes and yachts, or the estuary near the mouth of the harbor. Kayaking is one of many fun things to do in Orange County.

OEX Sunset Beach
16910 Pacific Coast Highway
Sunset Beach, California 90742
(562) 592-5537

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2-person surrey bike

Wheel Fun Rentals are available at several locations throughout Orange County. They rent unique bicycles including 2 to 6-person Surrey bikes, beach cruisers, road bikes, kids bikes and more. Look for them along bike paths in touristy locations. Orange County locations include the Strand in Huntington and Bolsa Chica State Beaches, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley and Dana Point Harbor.

Wheel Fun Rentals
Beach Blvd & Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 471-5015

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Things To Do in Newport Beach

Gondola Cruises are available at the end of the 55 Freeway in Newport Beach. Take a romantic gondola cruise through the canals of Newport Harbor amidst multi-million dollar homes and yachts. Your gondolier will sing Italian songs as you partake of wine and appetizers and fall in love with your partner. That's Amore! Gondola tours are among the more romantic things to do in Orange County.

Gondola Company of Newport
3431 Via Oporto
Suite D
Newport Beach, California 92663
(949) 675-1212

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photo courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events

Hornblower Cruises is located on Highway 1 (PCH) just south of the 55 Freeway. They offer dinner and Sunday brunch cruises aboard luxury vessels. Cruise the Newport Coast in style while sipping champagne. Menu choices may include Baked Atlantic Salmon, Mediterranean Orzo Salad, Grilled Ciabatta Crostini and much more. Hornblower Cruises is one of the fun things to do in Orange County.

TIP: The yacht used out of the Newport Beach location is the 'Wild Goose' and was formerly owned by John Wayne.

Hornblower Cruises & Events Newport Beach
2431 W Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(888) 467-6256

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Duffy Boat, Newport Beach

Duffy of Newport Beach offers the largest selection of Duffy Boats for cruising Newport Harbor. Duffy of Newport Beach provides Italian-style Duffy boats that have canvas canopies, radios, tables with drink holders and are powered by easy-to-use electric motors. Maps are provided for easy navigation of the Newport islands & channels. Bring your own appetizers or consider a catered meal from The Cannery or Bluewater Grill restaurants. Just pull up to their dock for dockside service. Duffy Boating is one of the relaxing and fun things to do in Orange County.

Duffy of Newport Beach
2001 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 645-6812

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Balboa Boat Rentals is found at the historic Balboa Fun Zone. Rent boats for the open sea or cruising Newport Harbor. Boat types include kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, paddle boats, pontoon party boats, sailboats, motorboats and more. Whether you're playing around in the bay or heading out into open water for fishing, diving or a trip to Catalina Island, they have the boat for you. Electric-motored Duffy boats are a great way to relax with friends and take in a beautiful sunset. Boating is one of many fun things to do in Orange County.

Balboa Boat Rentals
510 E Edgewater Avenue
Newport Beach, California 92661
(949) 673-7200

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Balboa Water Sports is located in the historic Balboa Fun Zone, Balboa Water Sports provides Sea-Doo Rentals and Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Rentals for any skill level. All rentals include full instruction and guided Sea-Doo tours of the harbor and local coastline are available. Boating is one of the fun things to do in Orange County.

Balboa Water Sports
600 E Edgewater Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 723-5387

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Balboa Fun Zone

Balboa Fun Zone is found on the Newport Peninsula off Balboa Boulevard. Situated in Newport Harbor, the Balboa Fun Zone features a ferris wheel, arcade games, boat rentals, restaurants, shops and the Balboa Ferry. Boat rentals include motor boats, Sea-Doos, Duffy boats and SUP (Stand-up Paddleboards). The Balboa Fun Zone is one of the fun things to do in Orange County with kids.

Balboa Fun Zone
600 E. Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661

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Marina Boat Rentals is located at the historic Balboa Fun Zone. Rent boats for cruising Newport Harbor. Boat types include kayaks, fishing boats, sailboats, motorboats, Duffy boats and more. Whether you're playing around in the bay or heading out into open water for fishing, diving or a trip to Catalina Island, they have the boat for you. Electric motored Duffy boats are a great way to relax with friends and take in a beautiful sunset. Boating is one of the fun things to do in Orange County.

Marina Boat Rentals
600 E. Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, California 92661
(949) 673-3372

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Newport Aquatic Center is found near the intersection of Dover and Westcliff Drives on the northern shore of the Newport Back Bay. This predominantly private water sports club offers some public amenities including kayak rentals & tours. Paddle the calm waters of the Newport Back Bay Estuary that is rich with wildlife. Expect to see fish jumping and several varieties of waterfowl including white egrets, blue herons, brown pelicans, red-tailed hawks and more. Take advantage of several tour options including full moon nighttime tours. Kayaking the Newport Back Bay is one of the relaxing things to do in Orange County.

Newport Aquatic Center
1 Whitecliffs Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 646-7725

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DLS Helicopter Tours is located off the 405 freeway at MacArthur Boulevard. Take off from John Wayne Airport (Orange County) fly along the California Riviera past Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach and beyond. See secluded beach coves, bustling harbors and plenty of Pacific coastline. Also available are tours to farther regions like Catalina Island, San Diego and Los Angeles. Helicopter tours is among the more adventurous things to do in Orange County.

DLS Helicopter Tours
27961 Cabot Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 716-9357

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Sea Life Discovery Newport

Sea Life Discovery is found on the Newport Peninsula off Balboa Boulevard. Situated near the Balboa Fun Zone and ferry, Sea Life Discovery offers tours of the mysterious undersea world in a semi-submersible submarine. Explore the fertile kelp beds just off the Newport coast. Spot sea bass, kelp fish, sea lions, dolphins and more. Submarine tours are fun things to do in Orange County with kids.

Sea Life Discovery
600 E. Edgewater Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661

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Harbor Boat Rentals operates out of Newport Harbor, Dana Point Harbor and Oceanside Harbor. They rent center-console fishing boats and large party boats. Head for open water on your own or hire a captain to do all the driving. Additional services available include a stocked cooler, live bait tank, Bluetooth speaker, custom seats and fishing tackle. Boating is one of the fun things to do in Orange County.

Harbor Boat Rentals
Newport Harbor
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 498-4285

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Balboa Parasail is located on the Newport Peninsula off Balboa Boulevard. Situated near the Balboa Fun Zone and ferry, Balboa Parasail offers panoramic flights from Newport Harbor. Soar up to 800 feet above the kelp beds and beaches along the California Riviera. You may even spot migrating whales. Parasailing is among the more adventurous things to do in Orange County.

Balboa Parasail
600 E. Bay Road
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 485-4665

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Laguna Coast Wilderness

The Laguna Coast Wilderness is situated off Highway 133 in Laguna Canyon. Join docent-led hikes through the Laguna Coast Wilderness and some of Orange County's most pristine park lands. Find ridge line trails with ocean views, ancient sea caves, lush canyons and more. Themed hikes including birding, bat spotting, tarantula sighting and more. Hiking the Laguna Coast is among the more popular things to do in Orange County for outdoor enthusiasts.

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 923-2235

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Newport Beach Sailing Charters is found in Newport Beach, south the 55 freeway on the Pacific Coast Highway. Newport Beach Sailing Charters has a fleet of vessels from 36 to 54 feet in length that can accommodate from 6 to 11 passengers. They offer chartered trips by the half-day to five-day trips that not only visit Catalina Island but other islands of the Channel Islands chain. All of their vessels feature amenities like an under cabin, full galley and restroom. Sailing tours are unique things to do in Orange County.

Newport Beach Sailing Charters
1600 Pacific Coast Highway
Suite E
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 209-9931

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Ray's Rentals is located at the Balboa Pavilion near the Balboa Pier and ferry. Ray's rents everything you need for fun in the sun. Rent surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), kayaks, bikes, surrey bikes, skateboards, beach chairs, sun umbrellas and more. Rent by the hour, half-day, full-day, 24-hour or weekly. Choose to reserve in advance or pick out that day. Ray's Rentals has the equipment for many fun things to do in Orange County.

Ray's Rentals
303 Main Street
Newport Beach CA, 92661
(949) 675-3575

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Things To Do in Dana Point

Capo Beach Watercraft Rentals is found off PCH (Pacific Coast Highway, Hwy 1) in Dana Point Harbor. They rent WaveRunners, SeaDoos, Jet Skis and Kayaks for use in the harbor and open water. Capo Beach Watercraft Rentals are one of the first Jet Ski rental shops in Dana Point Harbor and feature a knowledgeable staff and exceptional safety record. Spend the afternoon touring the beautiful Orange County coastline from your own personal watercraft. Jet skiing is one of many fun things to do in Orange County harbors.

Capo Beach Watercraft Rentals
34512 Embarcadero Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 661-1690

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Dana Point Jet Ski & Kayak Center is located off PCH (Pacific Coast Highway, Hwy 1) in Dana Point Harbor. They rent Jet Skis, kayaks, surfboards and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) by the hour. Kayaks include single, doubles and fishing kayaks. Surfboards can be use directly behind the shop at Doheny State Beach. Master your SUP skills within the protected waters of the harbor or spend the afternoon touring the beautiful Orange County coastline from your own Jet Ski. Jet skiing is one of many fun things to do in Orange County harbors.

Dana Point Jet Ski & Kayak Center
34671 Puerto Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 661-4947

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Harbor Boat Rentals operates out of Newport Beach, Dana Point and Oceanside Harbors. They rent center-console fishing boats and large party boats. Head for open water on your own or hire a captain to do all the driving. Additional services available include a stocked cooler, live bait tank, Bluetooth speaker, custom seats and fishing tackle. Boating is one of the fun things to do in Orange County harbors.

Harbor Boat Rentals
Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 498-4285

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Westwind Sailing is situated off PCH (Pacific Coast Highway, Hwy 1) in Dana Point Harbor. They feature instructional classes for sailing and stand-up paddling (SUP). Their club offers fun sails, regattas, holiday activities, kayaking, tall ship and keel boat sailing, and Mission Bay and Catalina trips. Stand-up paddleboards are rented during the summer which includes instruction. Sailing tours are unique things to do in Orange County.

Westwind Sailing
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92693
(949) 492-3035

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Aventura Sailing is located off PCH (Pacific Coast Highway, Hwy 1) in Dana Point Harbor. They offer a wide variety of rental options from Skippered Sailing Charters and Corporate Regattas to Dinghies, Kayaks and Stand-up Paddleboards for exploring the beautiful Dana Point Harbor. Their charter fleet ranges from 28-foot to 43-foot vessels that are all very seaworthy. Sailing tours are unique things to do in Orange County.

Aventura Sailing
24707 Dana Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 493-9493

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Things To Do in San Clemente

San Clemente Beach Trail

The San Clemente Beach Trail is a groomed trail that follows most of San Clemente's beachfront. It spans 2¼ miles and connects with several popular beach access points including the San Clemente Pier. The path parallels the Amtrak train tracks and crosses over them at two points. Dogs and bikes are also allowed on the trail but with some restrictions. Starting points for the trail are at North Beach and Calafia Beach.

San Clemente Beach Trail
San Clemente, CA 92672

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Things To Do in Inland OC

SkyThrills! is found at the Fullerton Airport off the 5 and 91 freeways. Enjoy an airborne tour in a biplane. Fly along the scenic California Riviera waterfront or head north for an above view of Long Beach, Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu, Hollywood and more. Head out to sea for a circumnavigation of Catalina Island and a glimpse of Mediterranean beaches and migrating whales. Biplane tours are adventurous things to do in Orange County.

SkyThrills!
3815 W. Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833
(714) 402-4888

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Orange County Badminton Club

Orange County Badminton Club is situated east of the 57 freeway off the Katella exit in Orange. A dozen professional badminton courts where future Olympians train are available for rent to the public. This is not the recreational badminton game you've played in your backyard. This is the real deal and some players take it very seriously. Equipment and court are rentable by the hour. Badminton can be a fun thing to do in Orange County with kids.

Orange County Badminton Club
1432-A N. Main Street
Orange, California 92867
(714) 639-6222

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K1 Speed is located in both Irvine and Anaheim. K1 Speed offers electric indoor kart racing in high speed go karts. The combination of tight, technical corners, a wide straight, smooth asphalt track and karts approaching speeds of 40 mph make this a thrilling adventure. The Anaheim location features two tunnels. K1 Speed can accommodate groups for special events and parties. Also offered are a snack bar and arcade games. Kart racing is one of many fun things to do in Orange County with kids.

K1 Speed Irvine
17221 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 250-0242

K1 Speed Anaheim
1000 N. Edward Court
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 632-6999

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Great Park Orange Balloon

The Great Park Balloon is found off Interstate 5 at the Sand Canyon Exit. Situated on the former El Toro Marine Base, the Great Park Balloon is operating as a promotion of the soon-to-be Orange County Great Park that will occupy much of the land that was formerly the Marine base. The big orange balloon is filled with helium and carries up to 30 visitors 500 feet into the air for terrific panoramic views. A high-strength cable is always connected to the balloon making it a very safe activity. The Great Park Balloon is one of the fun things to do in Orange County with kids.

Blog Check our Great Park Balloon blog for more details regarding our experience in the big orange balloon.

Great Park Balloon
Perimeter Road
Irvine, California 92618
(866) 829-3829

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Big Air Trampoline Park is located off Interstate 5 from Lake Forest Drive. Big Air has several locations throughout California. This indoor trampoline park features 17,000 square feet of high-flying action with trampoline dodge ball courts, slam dunk courts, foam pits, launch pads, a rock climbing wall, battle beam and massive freestyle court. Big Air also offers reserved times for toddlers and private birthday parties. Big Air Tampoline Park is one of many fun things to do in Orange County with kids.

Big Air Trampoline Park
23251 Avenida de la Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(844) 550-5867

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Newport Landing Whale Watching

Whale watching is a quickly growing activity as whale populations have significantly increased in recent years. Whale watching expeditions are offered from every harbor along the California coast. Catch a close-up glimpse of these majestic giants as they migrate between Alaska and Baja Mexico. Whale watching has become one of the popular things to do in Orange County. MORE DETAILS


Kayak rentals, kayak tours and kayak lessons are offered throughout Orange County from Sunset Beach to Dana Point. In addition to kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become a popular activity. We also provide info for stand-up paddleboard rentals, paddleboard tours and paddleboard lessons. Explore harbors, estuary and secluded coastline. Kayaking is among the fun things to do in Orange County. MORE DETAILS


Anaheim Hills Golf Course

Golf courses are abundant in Orange County from La Habra to San Clemente. Orange County offers everything from a #1 ranked executive course to several challenging championship courses. Golfing is among the challenging things to do in Orange County. MORE DETAILS


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