OC Things to Do – A Summary
If you’re planning on visiting Orange County (located south of Los Angeles in southern California) or if you’re a resident hoping to find OC things to do, here are some of my favorite spots. I love theatre and live performances, and have found that every production at The Orange County Performance Arts Center has never failed to entertain with its full schedule of orchestral performances, Broadway shows, and stunning ballets. If you’re a dog owner, bring your pup to The Huntington Dog Beach to frolic in the waves and enjoy the company of other canines.
Of course, you can always kill time shopping for a new frock, and if this is on your list of fun vacation activities, I highly recommend Fashion Island in Irvine. You can stroll in the sun with views of the Pacific Ocean and visit all of your favorite department stores and retail chains. If smelling the salt air is on your agenda, consider Balboa Island, a manmade oasis accessible by road or ferry with shopping and many restaurants to pass the time. Or if you’re looking for pure beach time as number one on your vacation to do list, one of my favorite municipal beaches with great sand and sparkling views is Newport Beach, open 6am-10pm, located west of Balboa Avenue and south of 61st and North Island Avenue.
Movie Mondays, Laguna Art Walk & More!
Orange County is located 35 miles south of Los Angeles which boasts many cities including Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Laguna, Huntington Beach and more. All in all, there are about 40 cities in the OC with it’s homebase to the world famous amusement park, Disneyland, as well as California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm. But what do the locals like to do in the OC? For starters, there are plenty of beach cities and summer events in the OC. Some specific OC things to do this summer include the OC Fair, Vans US Open of Surfing, the Laguna Art Walk, Argyros Plaza Events with Free Movie Mondays, SoCo’s Farmer’s Market and classic hang outs at the beach. The locals in Southern California love their share of fun in the sun. Enjoying the beach only has one obstacle: where to park for free around the beach. Plan or budget ahead when visiting any beach in Socal during the summer. Once that’s over, bring your blanket, picnic basket and sunscreen and enjoy the water. If you’re not really into the beach scene in the OC, find a restaurant with a view and watch those pacific ocean surfers go head to head with mother nature.