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Attractions

One of the largest aquariums in the U.S.; highlights include Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest and ethereal sea jellies. Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $24.95-$34.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100. aquariumofpacific.org

The zone is shrinking. Remaining rides include the Ferris wheel. Su-Th 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; F until 9 p.m., Sa until 10 p.m. Pay per ride. 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, 949.675.8915. ocfunzone.com

Bounce off the walls: indoor jumping surfaces include trampoline dodgeball courts; plus rock-climbing wall and mechanical bull. Open daily; call for hours8320 On the Mall, Buena Park, 844.550.5867. 23251 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949.305.9788. bigairusa.com

Slide, bounce, jump and run at indoor jungle- and bee-themed arena for kids and their families. M-Th 10 a.m.-7 p.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Suite 189, Anaheim, 657.207.4841. billybeezus.com

Family entertainment centers: bumper boats, batting cages, go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag. Open daily; call for hours. 16800 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley, 714.842.1111; 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.559.8341. boomersparks.com

Architect Philip Johnson’s glass cathedral, other buildings by Richard Neutra and Richard Meier. Tours M-Sa 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, 714.971.2141. christcathedralcalifornia.org

A bustling portside community, offering many amenities to both residents and guests. Dana Point Harbor is divided into the East and West Basin, both of which operate as a separate marina. Combined, they have a total of 2,500 slips for vessels of various sizes. Included in the harbor are 50 guest slips for boats transiting the coastline and yacht clubs, which makes weekend cruises from the harbor ever more popular and exciting. 34571 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.923.2255. danapointharbor.com

Whale-watching, deep-sea sport-fishing, fishing charters, boat rentals and entertainment cruises. Fishing trips and charters half day, full day, overnight and longer available. Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 949.673.1434. daveyslocker.com

Hands-on exhibits and live shows in the science center and Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $14.95-$19.95, under 3 free. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.542.2823. discoverycube.org

Mickey Mouse’s first theme park now includes Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge with the new Rise of the Resistance centerpiece. A mountain range of thrill rides include Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. Call for hours. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565. disneyland.disney.go.com

Park ups the thrill ante with Incredicoaster at new Pixar Pier area and Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout! Soarin’ Over California and World of Color water-and-light show still thrills. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $97-$124. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565. disneyland.disney.go.com

Twenty-acre pedestrian promenade adjacent to Disney parks offers dining, shopping and nightlife, including Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Disney Home, Salt & Straw ice cream and Ballast Point Brewing Co. Non-gated, free admission. 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565. disneyland.disney.go.com

Aerial dogfights use very realistic F-16 fighter jet cockpit simulators. No experience necessary. Minimum age 11, height 4 feet 11 inches. Starts at $59. M-F 2-9 p.m., Sa-Su noon-9 p.m.; open 24/7 for private events. Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Suite 196, Anaheim, 714.937.1511. flightdeck1.com

O.C.’s largest botanical garden; 4,000 plant species set amid ponds and streams. Four main collections: Mediterranean, woodland, desert and cultivated. 8 a.m-4:30 p.m. Free; $5 suggested donation. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407. fullertonarboretum.org

Indoor kart racing offers challenging track for speed enthusiasts. Call for hours. Arrangements for private parties or corporate events possible. $20. 17221 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.247.8737; 1000 N. Edward Court, Anaheim, 714.632.6999. k1speed.com

More than 165 rides and attractions. Premier coasters includes HangTime, Silver Bullet, GhostRider and Xcelerator. Camp Snoopy for younger children. Call for hours and prices; under 3 free. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200. knotts.com

Theme park features some 60 rides, shows and attractions. Call for hours. $85-$91, under 3 free. Sea Life Aquarium, add $18. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.LEGO. legoland.com

Dinner theater show with jousting knights, Spanish stallions, swordsmanship, falconry and a four-course feast. Plus Medieval Torture Museum. $36.95-$63.95. 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 866.543.9637. medievaltimes.com

Presentations aboard tall ship Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor; tide-pool sessions; marine-mammal exploration cruises; blue-whale safaris. M-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; behind-the-scenes tour Th-F 3:30 p.m. $5-$10, under 2 free. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274. ocean-institute.org

Since 1978, Old World has been delighting visitors with its world famous Oktoberfest celebration, award-winning German restaurant and Dachsund races, farmers markets and more. 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020. oldworld.ws

Home to the annual Orange County Fair, Centennial Farm, Heroes Hall, Imaginology and several other year-round events. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500. ocfair.com

Huge in-progress park. Tethered-balloon ride, $5-$10, under 18 free with accompanying adult. Carousel: $3, $10 all day. Farmers market, Su 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine, 949.724.6247. cityofirvine.org

Rustic zoo; animals of the Southwest. Audio tours available. M-F 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $2, under 3 free. Parking $3-$5. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.973.6847. ocparks.com

Swordplay, pyrotechnics, comedy and romance aboard Spanish galleon replica. Call for hours. $36.95-$82.95, under 3 free. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.690.1497. piratesdinneradventureca.com

Inter-connected, interactive miniature city for children from infant to 8 years old. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; M until 1 p.m. $12.50. 29 Hubble, Irvine, 949.428.3900. pretendcity.org

Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, dining, art deco lounge; Russian Foxtrot Submarine adjacent. Self-guided/guided tours, Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $14.95-$30.95, under 5 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511. 

Provocative exhibits at Nixon birthplace include replica of Nixon's Oval Office and one about his historic trip to China. Grounds include Nixon's birthplace and rose garden. M-Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $6-$16, under 5 free. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.983.9120. nixonlibrary.gov

Indoor climbing facility with instruction at all levels. M noon-10 pm; Tu-Th 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; F noon-10 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-$20. 1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.556.7625. rockreation-cm.com

Wildlife preserve with vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. $58; children 3-11 $48; kids 2 and under free. Cars $15. Open daily, call for hours. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702. sdzsafaripark.org

Renowned zoo has 4,000 rare and endangered animals in state-of-the-art environments. $58; ages 3-11 $48; 2 and under free. Free parking. Open daily, call for hours. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515. sandiegozoo.org

Modest, idyllic zoo. Attractions include the Crean Family Farm and Zoofari Express Train Ride. Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9-$12, under 3 free. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, 714.836.4000. santaanazoo.org

 

Home of Shamu. Marine-themed attractions include new Explorer’s Reef, thrill ride Journey to Atlantis and Blue Horizons show. Open daily. Call for hours. $82-$92, under 3 free. 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, 800.25.SHAMU. seaworldparks.com

Intimate botanical collection features 10 gardens; Café Jardin for dining. Library research center. Daily 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Research library open M-F 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $3-$5, under 12 free. Free on first Monday of the month. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261. thesherman.org

Cabaret experience for couples and groups; comedy, acrobatics, magic, singing, dancing and dining. Th-F 8 p.m., Sa 9 p.m., Su 8 p.m. $65.95-$85.95. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 844.249.7865. teatromartini.com

Indoor family-fun center features laser tag, rock climbing walls, ropes course and mechanical bull. Open M-Th 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; F-Sa 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange, 714.937.1600. thrillit.com

Dining and entertainment destination. Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl, Time nightclub, Starlight Triangle Cinemas plus La Vida Cantina, Cafe Sevilla and Black Knight Gastro Lounge. 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.0732. go2triangle.com

Skateboard mecca has Combi pool and open street course; Vans store is adjacent. M-Sa 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. 20 City Blvd. West No. 2, Orange, 714.769.3800. vans.com

One-stop shop on the boardwalk for a memorable day at the beach: Rent surfboards, bodyboards, beach cruisers, Surrey bikes, beach chairs and even a fire pit with a beach butler for s’mores. Surf lessons and kayak tours can also be arranged. 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.536.4863. waterfrontresort.com

Beaches

Steep shore creates powerful waves. All amenities and fire pits. Pay-and-display parking $1/hour. 31131 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.923.2280 Map I16

Pristine sunning and swimming beach. All amenities. Metered parking. Along Balboa Boulevard at Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, 949.673.3371 Map N14

Good for grunion hunting! All amenities and fire pits. Fee for parking. Along Pacific Coast Highway between Main Street and Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, 714.846.3460 Map N9

Wide, unblemished. All amenities. Pay-and-display parking $1/hour. 35005 Beach Road, Capo Beach, 949.923.2280 Map F6

Large, sandy beach—with volleyball—below beautiful homes. Lifeguards, all amenities, fire pits. Waveless cove adjacent. Fee for parking. At Ocean Boulevard and Marguerite Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151 Map M16

Hiking and mountain biking trails, sandy coves and steep cliffs. Historic district with beach cottages and Beachcomber café. Irvine Coast Marine Life Refuge offshore. Lifeguards, restrooms. Fee for parking. East Coast Highway between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar, 949.494.3539 Map E4

Popular swimming beach, interpretive center. All amenities, fire pits. Fee for parking. Dana Point Harbor, along Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.496.6172 Map K17

Wide, sandy beach; amenities include fire pits. Fee for parking. Along Pacific Coast Highway between Beach Boulevard and Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.536.5281 Map N9

Expansive, sandy beach; amenities include fire pits. Bolsa Chica Wetlands are across the highway. Fee for parking. Along Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Ana River and Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.536.1454 Map N10

Steep paved path to picturesque cove; tide pools filled with anemones and starfish are great for kids. Ocean Boulevard and Poppy Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151 Map M16

Large beach close to shops and restaurants offers great people-watching, basketball, volleyball, chess. All amenities. Metered parking. At Broadway and Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 714.834.2400 Map F5

Popular golden strand with many fine surfing spots. All amenities, including fire pits. Metered parking. Along Oceanfront at Newport Pier, Newport Beach, 949.673.3371 Map N13

Beach at RV park on the Back Bay has full-time lifeguards, giant inflatable in-water novelties (including teeter-totter and climbing apparatus) and various water vessels for rent. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.DUNE Map M14

Known for picnics and panoramas. Lifeguard and, picnic tables. Metered parking. Myrtle Street and Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6573 Map H15

Secluded beach with harbor views; few to no waves make it perfect for little ones. Bouldering spot for local climbers. Paid parking at Corona del Mar State Beach; free street parking. At Ocean Boulevard and Harbor Channel, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3309 Map F6

Small, sandy surfing beach. Free street parking. Camino Capistrano at Pacific Coast Highway, San Clemente, 949.361.8261 Map J17

Rocky surfing beach. Metered parking. At Myrtle Street and Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6573 Map H15

Long, pristine stretch below the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Beautiful, grassy Bluff Park with basketball court. All amenities. Pay-and-display parking $1/hour. Off Ritz-Carlton Drive, 33333 S. Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.923.2280 Map J16

San Clemente City Beach 1,200-foot pier (1920s), wide beach, good surf. All amenities. Metered parking. The train goes right by the beach. 620 Avenida del Mar, San Clemente, 949.361.8219 Map K17

Popular mile-long beach below sandstone bluffs offers all amenities, a nature trail and butterfly trail. Fee for parking. 225 Avenida Califia, San Clemente, 949.492.3156 Map K17

Popular surfing beach has a lifeguard and showers. Metered parking. Main Street and Seal Beach Pier, Seal Beach, 562.430.2613 Map C1

Picturesque cove has tide pools; popular diving destination. Metered parking. At Fairview Street and Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach Map H15

144 wooden steps lead to a dramatic cove with dangerous currents at the base of a cliff. Free street parking. First Avenue and South Coast Highway, South Laguna, 714.834.2400 Map I16

Two-hundred-something concrete steps lead to a small beach at the base of a cliff. Free street parking. Ninth Avenue and South Coast Highway, South Laguna, 714.834.2400 Map I16

Laguna’s prettiest beach has a tower fit for Rapunzel and a man-made, high-tide swimming pool circa 1920. Metered parking. Victoria Street off Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 714.834.2400 Map H15

The Wedge World-renowned bodysurfing and bodyboarding spot. The break is dangerous; watch unless you’re an expert. Free parking lot. West Jetty View Park, tip of Balboa Peninsula, end of Channel Road, Newport Beach, 949.644.3309 Map N16

Small cove beach; volleyball courts, bodyboarding. Metered parking. West Street and South Coast Highway, South Laguna, 714.834.2400 Map I16

 

Golfing

“The Hills.” Fine golf value, with 18 holes set amid vistas, valleys, streams, oaks and sycamores. M-Th $54, F $61, Sa-Su and holidays $72. Includes cart and GPS. Twilight rates available. 6501 E. Nohl Ranch Road, Anaheim, 714.998.3041. anaheimhillsgc.com

Upscale course on Ladera Open Space Reserve. M-Th $72, F $87, Sa-Su $101. 26772 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo, 949.305.5100. arroyotrabuco.com

Golf Club Challenges at oil-themed canyon course include elevation changes, blind tee shots. M-Th $87, F $99, Sa-Su $115. Includes cart and GPS system. 1 Black Gold Drive, Yorba Linda, 714.961.0060. blackgoldgolf.com

Mesa Linda course is shorter, more difficult than Los Lagos. Mesa Linda $26-$38; Los Lagos $33-$47. 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.540.7500. costamesacountryclub.com/

Course designed by Cal Olson and PGA Tour legend Payne Stewart. Lighted driving range, chipping and sand play area. Call for rates. Includes cart and GPS system. 1440 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, 714.672.6800. coyotehillsgc.com

Tiger Woods’ home course during high school; for beginning to intermediate golfers. M-Th $29, F $36, Sa-Su $41. 430 N. Gilbert St., Anaheim, 714.765.3481. dadmillergc.com

Two challenging 18-hole courses. M-Th $34-$38, F $39-$45, Sa-Su $48. 10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, 714.962.5541. milesquaregolfcourse.com

Ocean views abound at 18-hole course. M-Th $185, F-Su $210. Includes cart with GPS system. Twilight rates available. Monarch Beach Resort, 50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive North, Dana Point, 949.248.3002. monarchbeachgolf.com

Contoured executive course offers night play. $13-$27. 3100 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, 949.852.8681 

Tapered fairways, bull-nose carved bunkers and picturesque greens on Tom Fazio course. M-Th $135, F-Su $180. Includes cart. 1 Golf Club Drive, Irvine, 949.653.5300. oakcreekgolfclub.com

Two gorgeous courses reopened after a two-year renovation as part of the sumptuous Resort at Pelican Hill; there are spectacular coastal views from virtually every hole. $290 daily. 22800 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 844.878.0942. golfpelicanhill.com

Course offers big hilly greens with water on seven holes. Call for rates. 1 Ethel Coplen Way, Irvine, 949.786.5522. ranchosanjoaquin.com

Eighteen-hole course; rolling greens, picturesque canyon, wetland vistas, county’s longest hole. M-Th $125, F-Su $175. 11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine, 949.551.1811. sf-golf.com

Scenic canyons, marshes, Spanish Colonial-style clubhouse, 18-hole championship course with Augusta white-sand bunkers designed in part by Masters champion Fred Couples. M-Th $80, F $90, Sa-Su $100. 990 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.369.6226. talegagolfclub.com

Play through front “lake” nine; old-growth sycamores, oaks and native chaparral on back nine. Ted Robinson-designed. M-F $95, Sa-Su $120. 29082 Tijeras Creek Road, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.589.9793. tijerascreek.com

Resort-style course designed by Ted Robinson. Challenging greens, palm trees and lakes, remodeled clubhouse. Private caddie service. M-Th $145, F $165, Sa-Su and holidays $195. Additional cart fee. 12442 Tustin Ranch Road, Tustin, 714.730.1611. tustinranchgolf.com

Galleries

Sharing nature’s landscapes at the perfect moment in time. 3251 Laguna Canyon Road, Art Studio H5, Laguna Beach, 949.370.5643. cheynewalls.com

Located in Newport Beach, this gallery specializes in large-scale Abstract Expressionism, monumental steel and bronze sculpture, American Impressionism and art glass. Call first for VIP parking. 3405 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.791.8917. ethoscontemporaryart.com

Local artists display contemporary works at gallery housed in restored historic building. 195 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.997.8132. exchangefineartsgallery.com

An eclectic mix of media from photographs and pastels to watercolors, oils, acrylics and sculpture. All artists are award-winning, and their works have been shown and collected in museums and private collections in Southern California, around the country and internationally. 326 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.510.5481. joanneartmangallery.com

Showcases traditional antique and contemporary Native American art with special attention to Navajo rugs and blankets, baskets, beadwork, pottery, jewelry (both vintage and contemporary), kachinas and more. 36 Argonaut, Suite 120, Aliso Viejo, 949.497.5747. indianterritory.com

Premier fine-art gallery presents paintings, sculpture and limited-edition graphics by 20th-century masters including Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso, living artists such as Takashi Murakami and Philippe Bertho, and the best of emerging artists. The gallery has lent hundreds of works to the museums of the world for their exhibitions. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 949.759.0134. martinlawrence.com

Founded in 1980, this non-profit corporation operates as an affiliate-run, uncensored, community gallery. OCCCA presents exhibitions of contemporary art, along with concerts, performances, art classes, symposiums and publications. 117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana 714.667.1517. occca.org

Premier venue for work by established and emerging California contemporary artists. 435 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.376.9994. peterblakegallery.com

Specializes in American Impressionism with an emphasis on museum-quality paintings by the early California Plein Air Artists (1890-1940). 10 a.m.-5 p.m., available by appointment. 1540 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.3356. redferngallery.com

Salt Fine Art specializes in museum caliber Latin American Contemporary art. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday by appointment. 1043 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.5554. saltfineart.com

Stunningly designed special events in lush canyon venue features work by artists in residence. 891 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.376.1555. seven-degrees.com

The gallery represents more than 50 highly refined and distinctive emerging, mid-career and established artists from across the United States. Sculpture, paintings, mixed media. 330 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.0669. suegreenwoodfineart.com

Preeminent showcase for marine-life art offers works in a variety of media—originals and reproductions including oil and watercolor, abstracts, Sumi-E, Chinese brush paintings, photography and sculptures—but the subject is always the sea and its creatures. Wyland is well-known for his Whaling Wall murals; one is outside the gallery. 509 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.376.8000. wyland.com

Music + Dance

A versatile 1,700-seat facility, located adjacent to Angel Stadium. Known for legendary performances by Prince, Merle Haggard, Lewis Black, Ray Charles and Stevie Nicks, among many others. 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700. citynationalgroveofanaheim.com

Music venue located in South Orange County featuring national and international touring acts. Some noteworthy performances include B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos, Tom Jones and the Black Crowes. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930. thecoachhouse.com

The arena annually hosts top-name concerts, sporting events and family favorites such as the Harlem Globetrotters and Stars on Ice. Past world class acts include The Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake and more. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500. hondacenter.com

With 40,000 square feet of flexible space, House of Blues  offers four distinct areas to host corporate events, private concerts, social gatherings, weddings, receptions or private dinner. Conveniently located near the Anaheim Convention Center and the Disneyland Resort. Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.778.2583. houseofblues.com

Eclectic offerings at this cultural gem range from an annual flamenco festival to string quartets to hip-hop. The intimate hall wins loyal audiences for its intriguing programming it also hosts emerging local ensembles. UC Irvine, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646. thebarclay.org 

One of the West Coast's oldest continuously operating professional theaters presents works ranging from the profound to the hilarious. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787. lagunaplayhouse.com

Gorgeously designed and featuring acoustics by renowned Yasuhisa Toyota, Chapman University's hall combines concert hall, theater and dance venue. It boasts seating for 1,044 on three levels and a stage suitable for both spectacle and symphonic sound. 1 University Drive, Orange, 844.626.8726. muscocenter.org

June 1 Yngwie Malmsteen. June 2 Ballyhoo!. June 3 The M Machine. June 4 Vulfpeck. June 8 Skating Polly. June 9 Kevin Devine. June 10 JMSN. June 15 Big D and the Kids Table. June 16 Conflict. June 17 Marian Hill; (Sandy) Alex G. June 23 Tuxedo; The Black Seeds; Phora. June 24 Chron Gen. June 27 Heron Oblivion/Steve Gunn. June 30 Cat Power. July 11 Mutoid Man. Aug. 9 Petit Biscuit. Aug. 12 Betty Who. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.957.0600, observatoryoc.com

The county's premier performing-arts venue offers Broadway musicals and dance troupes such as American Ballet Theatre in Segerstrom Hall, concerts by Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale and touring orchestras in Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. More intimate events take place in the Founders Hall and Samueli Theater, outdoor events on the Argyros Plaza. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org 

Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed declared Soka's "the best concert hall of its size in Southern California.... It seems an exception to the laws of physics." The acoustically marvelous venue's season includes concerts by touring orchestras and the Pacific Symphony as well as a jazz series. Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949.480.4278. soka.edu

One of America's foremost producers of new plays, the Tony Award-winning SCR is in its second half-century. The venue has germinated a Pulitzer Prize winner and presents classics as well. The intimate Julianne Argyros State often hosts world or West Coast premieres. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555. scr.org 

Museums

Ethnic arts and culture for children near Bowers Museum. First Sunday celebrations. Sa-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6, under 2 free. 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.480.1520.v bowers.org

Cultural-arts venue hosts blockbuster exhibitions in partnership with museums around the world and houses art and artifacts of indigenous peoples. See the new virtual portal Bowers at Home here. Permanent exhibits: Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy, Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands and several that are California-themed. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-$15, under 12 free. Separate admission for some exhibits. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600. bowers.org

New. Chapman University venue near the train station features art in many genres focusing on California history and culture by 20th-century California artists. 167 N. Atchison St., Orange, hilbertmuseum.org Map C3

Board culture spotlights Duke Kahanamoku, classic surfboards, Endless Summer film. Su-M noon-5 pm; Tu until 9 pm; W-F until 7 pm; Sa 11 am-7 pm. Free. 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.960.3483 Map N8

California Impressionism within an office building. Tu-Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free. 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.476.0294 Map J14

With roots dating to 1918, this may be O.C.'s oldest cultural institution, but the eclectic museum attracts a younger and edgier set with exhibits that celebrate pop culture: video games, custom cars, comic books, surfing and tattoos. Plus California art of the late 19th century. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971. lagunaartmuseum.org

Some of the world's rarest operational 20th century aircraft, e.g., the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress," and other historical vehicles such as Adolf Hitler's 1939 Mercedes-Benz, are displayed on airport perimeter. Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6-$13, under 5 free. 19300 Ike Jones Drive, Santa Ana, 714.210.4585. lyonairmuseum.org

Exhibits at jewel of the California missions (1776). Swallows Walk and Talk Tour. Ongoing exhibits include Mission TreasuresNative American Museum, Plein Air Art Reproductions and South Wing of the Mission. Digital audio tour free with admission. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300. missionsjc.com

Intimate exhibition space on Center Street Promenade. Through June 25 The Art of Geoffrey MitchellOpening Aug. 5 Deconstructing Liberty: A Destiny ManifestedJuly 2-Aug. 27 Young Hoon Kim Asian Calligraphy; Yeda Crops of Love. Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. $6-$10. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.956.8936 Map H10

Interim quarters for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) until its spectacular new home is completed at nearby Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.780.2186. ocmaexpand.org

A glimpse into events and people shaped and shaped by the 37th president. Exhibits include a replica of President Nixon's Oval Office and one focusing on his China trip. Arrange to hear Nixon's infamous White House tapes. Grounds include Nixon's birthplace and rose garden. $6-$16, under 5 free. M-Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.933.5075. nixonlibrary.gov

Nightlife

Balboa Bay Resort unveils waterfront Anchors & Oceans, specializing in craft beers, specialty cocktails and gastropub fare. 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4285. balboabayresort.com

Waved ceiling, 360-degree bar, huge patio, street-food-inspired menu … and group cocktails! DJs Th-Su. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. fashionislandhotel.com

Irish pub and restaurant; live music Th-Sa. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2497 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.259.1562; 71 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.437.8300. thedubpubs.com

Spot relaunches as bar and grill with 60 wines by the glass, 12 flights and cigar patio. 6735 Quail Hill Parkway, Irvine, 949.502.4600. bacchusbarandbistro.com

Speakeasy with 1920s atmosphere hidden behind wall at Anaheim Packing House. Don’t like your drink? Your server will finish it! 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. theblindrabbit.com

Hip, state-of-the-art, glow-in-the-dark bowling lounge with sports bar and global cuisine. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2405 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.2695; Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.783.2810. bowlmor.com

Rotating fine wines and craft beers, and eclectic New American (spinach wontons, pork-belly burger, beignets) near Angel Stadium. 2410 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.939.7735. calivinowinepub.com

A neighborhood fine wine retailer that celebrates community, hand crafted wines, family owned vineyards and sustainable farming. Beautiful tasting room hosts events, pairing dinners, live music and more. Craft beer selection also available. 280 S. Lemon St., Anaheim, 657.208.1860. colonywinemerchant.com

Friendly watering hole in basement of 1925 building. Pool tables, 40 beers. Tu-Su 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 225 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714.543.3813. 

Small, independent brewery owned and operated by two friends. This is Green Cheek Beer Company's second location. 2957 Randolph Ave., Unit B, Costa Mesa, 714.760.4995. greencheekbeer.com

Top comedy. Two-item minimum, food or drink; food by Umami burgers. Irvine Spectrum Center, 572 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455. improv.com

Bar and kitchen in Artists Village; Drink the Damn Medicine paired shots (e.g., bourbon and pickle brine). Open until 2 a.m. M-Sa, Su until midnight. 211 W. Second St., Santa Ana, 714.972.1172. lolagaspar.com

Small plates and cocktails at hip and stylish lounge with retractable glass roof. Open Tu-Sa until 2 a.m. The Camp, 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700. mesacostamesa.com

Dublin Pub Cozy spot with courtyard; fun Irish-themed events in the Celtic Bar. 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.4110. muldoonspub.com

Live rock, alternative, jazz, blues and food. More acts in the Constellation room. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600. 

Focus on red varietals from Temecula and Lodi grapes. 3734 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.877.0336; 869 W. 16th St, Newport Beach, 949.645.0400. 

Tropical drinks outdoors at Hotel Ménage—with view of Disneyland fireworks! 1221 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.758.0900. 

Slick speakeasy tucked behind Pitfire Pizza offers innovative cocktails and snacks. 353 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.313.6335. 

Recreate paintings as you you swirl, sniff and sip wine! Open studio days, too. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2479 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.400.9016. 

New. Brightly colored spot with frosted orange bar top, menu by Jason Montelibano. 17900 Jamboree Road, 949.225.6757. 

Hot spot for sunset cocktails on wraparound patio with panoramic coastal views atop La Casa del Camino hotel, 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.2446.  rooftoplagunabeach.com

Convivial bar established in 1908 opposite Newport Pier gets kitchen in 2016. 121 McFadden Place, Newport Beach, 949.673.4470. 

Tropical, Nautical bar with Asian-inspired food and a small hidden room inspired by a 19th-century shipwreck. 270 S. Clementine St., Anaheim, 714.829.4060. strongwateranaheim.com

State-of-the-art bowling alley with 10 lanes and sports viewing. The Triangle, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.438.2320. tavernbowl.com

Club with cool decor, musical acts and big-name deejays. Open Th-Sa. The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103. timenightclub.com

Cocktails, seasonal beers, creative sausages and burgers amid hunt-lodge-saloon decor. 436 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.722.9453. goosebar.com

Wine/cheese tasting room and store at hip outdoors-themed center. Open Tu-Su. The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.905.9521. winelab.net

Historical landmark now hosts popular musical acts and deejays. Open daily. 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 888.862.9573. theyosttheater.com

Parks

Wild and rugged canyon terrain good for hiking and horseback riding. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, 714.973.3160 

Ideal for picnicking, fishing and tennis. Interpretive center houses fossils of local prehistoric plants and animals. 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park, 714.973.3170 

On land donated by James Irvine in 1897, California’s oldest regional park houses the Orange County Zoo and Irvine Park Railroad. Old-growth oak and sycamore trees. Families have picnicked at the park for more than 100 years. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.973.6835 

Wide selection of outdoor activities, including tennis, volleyball, jogging and bicycling in well-landscaped setting. There’s fishing on a 44-acre lake. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, 949.923.2240

Large grassy areas, picnic shelters, hundreds of acres of protected land with three miles of paved trails for hikers and bikers.Many native animal species; lake and lush shade trees. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, 949.923.2220 

Reservable sports fields, walking and biking paths and fishing on two ponds. Yes, it’s one mile square. 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, 714.973.6600 

Expansive 3,300-acre park is a distinctive spot for both day use and camping. Includes the Arroyo Trabuco area, 935 acres of relatively pristine land maintained as a wilderness preserve. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, 949.923.2256

Blend of native vegetation and scenic trails. Lush groves of willows and black cottonwoods intertwine with a rambling creek and encase a 50-acre lake. Variety of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, 714.973.6611 

Secluded 1,750-acre refuge has trails, native oak trees and historic dam. Nature Center open on weekends. Garden area is popular for small weekend weddings. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, 714.973.6620 

 

3,350-acre park is home to world-class mountain-biking terrain and superb hiking; its canyons have an idyllic feel unmatched in Orange County. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, 949.923.2200 

8,000 acres for day use, hiking and camping. Nature center; interpretive programs. 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2210 

1,200-acre reserve; public access during special events. Call for schedule. Rancho Mission Viejo, 28672 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.9778 

Sycamore-shaded canyons and high ridges offering spectacular ocean views and hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Nature center serves as a gateway to 7,000-acre natural habitat. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.923.2235

Docent-led hikes, bike rides and equestrian tours of 5,000 acres of forested canyons, rock formations, rolling hills, streams and trails. Natural history interpretive center. Portola Parkway and Market Place, Foothill Ranch, 949.923.2245 

At base of Santa Ana Mountains, bordered by Cleveland National Forest on three sides. Accessible only by ranger-led tours with advance reservations. Modjeska Canyon, 949.923.2245

Oak groves, grasslands and deer. Native plant garden attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto De Caza, 949.923.2265 

A variety of hiking and interpretive trails situated within an “ecological staircase” of a salt marsh, freshwater wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. 1298 Victoria Ave. at Santa Ana River, Costa Mesa, 949.923.2290 

At Newport Back Bay with vistas of the coastal wetlands. One of the finest birding sites in North America; several endangered species make this home. Interpretive center is open Tu-Su, 10 am-4 pm. overlooks the shimmering estuary, offering visitors a portage to bay life. 2301 University Drive (corner of University Drive and Irvine Avenue), Newport Beach, 949.923.2290 

 

Home of renowned 19th-century actress Madame Helena Modjeska. National historic landmark named for the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. By appointment through Heritage Hill Historical Park. 29042 Modjeska Canyon Road, Modjeska Canyon, 949.923.2230 

1898 building, botanical garden and citrus grove present a view of life in the early days of the county’s citrus farming. National Register of Historic Places. 625 W. Bastanchury Road, Placentia, 714.973.3190

Park preserves Orange County’s cultural heritage through four historic buildings representing distinct eras in the area’s development. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949.923.2230 

Once the heart of the Irvine agricultural empire, the park preserves the ranch operations headquarters, as well as the site of the original Irvine family home. O.C. Parks headquarters. 13042 Old Myford Road, Irvine, 714.973.6609

Site of the local governmental transactions and court proceedings that shaped the county’s early history. Restored in 1989; houses historical exhibits, archives, special events and a marriage license office. 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.973.6605 

One of the last remaining structures of the Peralta settlement, home to pioneering families in the 1800s. By reservation through George Key Ranch (listing above). 6398 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim, 714.973.3190 

Dates to 1858. Final resting place for many O.C. pioneers. Visits by reservation through George Key Ranch historic Ranch, 714.973.3190. 6749 Parkwood Court, Yorba Linda 

services

Hard-to-get and premium tickets for local and national events. 675 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.751.9800. 

Sporting events, shows and concerts, opposite Honda Center. Local delivery. 2620 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.842.5387. 714tickets.com

From pumpkin patches and an ice rink to a Christmas train and selfies with Santa, Irvine offers family-friendly activities and events October through December. Get into the holiday spirit with activities and events taking place throughout the city, including the OC Chill at the Irvine Spectrum Center, seasonal and Halloween fun at Tanaka Farms, holiday performances at the Irvine Barclay Theatre and children’s activities at Pretend City Children’s Museum. 949.660.9112. destinationirvine.com

The City of Arts is just minutes from top-rated beaches, and a short drive to major Southern California attractions. Enjoy Broadway productions and concerts at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, experience designer shopping at South Coast Plaza, boutique shopping at The OC Mix, and support "little American business" at The Lab and The Camp. 940 S. Coast Drive, Suite 265, Costa Mesa, 888.588.9417. travelcostamesa.com

Specializes in tickets for seats in the first 10 rows. 18685 Main St., No. 108, Huntington Beach, 714.848.1632. 5pointsplaza.com

The mission of Visit Anaheim is to develop, promote, market and sell Anaheim and Orange County as a premier visitor destination benefiting the economic vitality of our communities and the quality of life for our citizens. 2099 S. State College Blvd., Suite 600, Anaheim, 714.765.2800. visitanaheim.org

Also known as Surf City USA, Huntington Beach is a mecca for those seeking an endless summer. The iconic pier, ten miles of uninterrupted coastline and a slew of retail and dining destinations are just a part of what makes this seaside resort such a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. surfcityusa.com

Tickets to in-demand events throughout Southern California. 21600 W. Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, 310.207.1226. 

Shopping

Modern lines and sensuous forms showcase rare gemstones and precious metals in creations fusing fine jewelry and fine art. Specialties include custom design, appraisal and advanced goldsmithing. Adam Neeley developed Iris gold, a color gradient of gold. 352 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.0953. adamneeley.com

Retail, entertainment and dining destination near Disneyland. House of Blues Anaheim, Cali-style brands including O’Neill and Sketchers, Harley-Davidson, Grasslands Meat Market | BBQ & Churrasco, Roy’s Restaurant, Flightdeck, Mission Escape Games and Go VR Gaming. 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.635.7410.  anaheimgardenwalk.com

Elegant, simple and beautiful home decor and accessories. A style you can trust. Great gift wrapping service. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 207 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.376.0535. areohome.com

Boutique in South Orange County features women’s apparel, home decor and garden accessories. 384 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6919. beachouselb.com

Striking Italian-themed open-air center features Whole Foods Market, REI outdoor-sports specialist and 20-screen cinema. 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2534. bellaterra-hb.com

Stores offer the finest 100 percent Giza Egyptian cotton, bedding from Italy, Siberian down comforters, plush towels, distinctive home furnishings and beautiful bath accessories. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.9999; 377 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.640.9999. betweenthesheetsinc.com

Casual bohemian-chic boutique features 100 designer lines; denim, sweaters, silk tops, tees, dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories. 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.4646; Village at La Floresta, 3381 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, 714.983.7782; 32341 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.429.8180. shopblueeyedgirl.com

O.C.’s second-largest mall is home to Nordstrom and Macy’s and 174 other retailers including a Tesla store, Kidgets, Nature Republic and Pink. 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, 714.990.2733. simon.com/brea-mall

 

More than 1 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment near Knott’s Berry Farm. 8308 On the Mall, Buena Park, 714.828.7722. buenaparkdowntown.com

Green-oriented enclave for outdoors enthusiasts includes eco department store SEED People’s Market and intriguing dining options including Taco Asylum, Ecco and Old Vine Cafe. 2937 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661. thecampsite.com

Shopping and dining in historic downtown Anaheim. Highlights include The Statesman Grooming, a barbershop serving beer; House of Chimney Cakes and Hummus Bean. Center Street Promenade and Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. 

Boutiques reflecting the area's casual yet sophisticated coastal lifestyle include Diane’s Beachwear, Jack’s Surfboards, Marmi for footwear and Tommy Bahama. Other draws: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar and Sprinkles Ice Cream. 800-984 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 866.491.7864. shopirvinecompany.com

Boutiques and restaurants reflect the gorgeous coastal community. They include Coastal Cool and Piajeh boutiques, new Levik's Jewelers and fine-dining options Mastro’s Ocean Club, Marché Moderne for French and Bluefin for sushi. 7845-8085 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.759.8687. shopirvinecompany.com

Open-air lifestyle destination offers AMC Theaters, Whole Foods Market, dining (The Winery, The Halal Guys) and curated dining and retail at Union Market Tustin (The Kroft sandwiches, Portola Coffee, Central Bar, Stowaway). Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, Tustin, 714.259.9090. thedistricttl.com

Twenty-acre esplanade adjacent to theme parks is undergoing a transformation. Boutiques include the Disney Dress Shop, Disney home and Sanuk; Splitsville Luxury Lanes and virtual-reality venue The Void are new. Among dining options are Catal Restaurant and Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen. 1580 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800. downtowndisney.com

The sophisticated outdoor center has been Southern California's premier coastal shopping destination for 50 years. Draws include O.C.'s only Neiman Marcus, Hyde Park Jewelers, the West Coast's largest Anthropologie, Rodd & Gunn for men, Zadig & Voltaire for women and ViX Paula Hermanny swimwear. Dining options include Sushi Roku, Fig & Olive and Red O. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000. fashionisland.com

Surf City neighborhood center boasts Loft, Vans, CloudMover Day Spa, Hashigo Sushi, Lemon Thai Cuisine and Duck Donuts. The dog-friendly local favorite even has a barking lot! Main Street at Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, 714.848.1632. 5pointsplaza.com

Gorjana Reidel's jewelry is understated, lightweight and timeless. It does well layering (necklaces) or stacking (rings); top sellers include gold cuffs and rose-gold earrings. Irvine Spectrum Center, 864 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.585.9128; 190 Beach St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.8166; Fashion Island, 265 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.662.6101. gorjana.com

Modern collection of specialty separates designed to dress women who love quality, luxury and style. Each piece is designed with attention to detail, carefully fitted to ensure the most flattering silhouette. Fashion Island, 231 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0025. grayseofficial.com

Laguna Beach’s luxury hat shop featuring high end custom made women’s and men’s hats for every occasion. 550 S. Coast Hwy., 949.497.7335. thehatbox.com

Outdoor center has ornate walkways, courtyards, campaniles and fountains inspired by Moorish architecture. Nordstrom anchors about 150 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, including the nation's most popular cinemas and Imax theater. More than 30 stores and restaurants are new, part of a huge expansion. The Giant Wheel is visible from freeways. 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.790.4871. irvinespectrumcenter.com

Alternative indoor-outdoor retail center offers the youth-skewed boutiques and hip environment you might find on L.A.'s trendy Melrose Avenue: Urban Outfitters, Eye Society and Crew Station; dining includes Habana for Latin and Hana Re for sushi. Sibling destination (The Camp) is opposite. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661. thelab.com

The harbor-side pedestrian-friendly shopping village offers a fascinating mix: boutiques including Elyse Walker for contemporary, Sweaty Betty for athleisure, Le Labo for fragrance and Sugar Paper for luxe stationery, plus Alchemy Works for gallery and Nobu restaurant. Circle Hook and Malibu Farm eateries are new. 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 858.587.8888. lidomarinavillage.com

Indoor million-square-foot center offers 150 retailers, include Coach, Forever 21 and Disney Store. Among eateries are Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que and Cinnabon. 2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.547.7800. shopmainplacemall.com

Small center in posh neighborhood includes Jeanni Champagne Boutique, Zov’s Bistro, The Krave Kobe Burger Grill, OrangeTwist and Mustard Cafe. 21101-21185 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.2535. shopirvinecompany.com

Discover repurposed brand apparel and accessories at an affordable price. Find unique hand-selected items such as paintings, furniture, home décor and more. Fresh selections, new design themes and unique treasure arrive every day. M-Sa 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 18631 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.274.0120; 23740 El Toro Road, Ste. E, Lake Forest, 949.454.7711; 502 E. 1st St., Tustin, 714.716.2126. ocgoodwill.org

Orange County’s premier designer resale and consignment company offers a “walk-in closet” full of the hottest luxury designer apparel, handbags, shoes and accessories. 2900 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.717.7795. onquestyle.com

Huge shopping, dining and entertainment center at the confluence of the 5, 57 and 22 freeways. More than 120 value draws include DKNY, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. Also there: Lucky Strike Lane for bowling, Vans Skatepark for indoor boarding—and a very popular Krispy Kreme. 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, 714.769.4001. simon.com

Browsing meets ocean breezes off Interstate 5 at this sibling of L.A.'s Citadel Outlets. The beautiful Spanish-style village offers scores of retailers including Guess, Vans, Nike, Oshkosh B'Gosh, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, White House Black Market and MadaLuxe Vault. 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, Suite 190, San Clemente, 949.535.2323. outletsatsanclemente.com

Gorgeous open-air shopping, dining and entertainment center with stunning ocean views. Tenants include boutiques West of Camden and the Wearhouse; CherryHills Market; Heirlooms & Hardware; Bluegold and its hidden, acclaimed Vietnamese restaurant-within-a-restaurant LSXO; Lot 579 food hall; and the Bungalow lounge. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.930.2345. gopacificcity.com

Business is brisk at Rolex, presented by Baron & Leeds, which opened its first boutique in the United States at South Coast Plaza, never mind price tags venturing well into six figures. The boutique showcases one of the world’s largest selections of Rolex, more than 1,000 of the coveted timepieces. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.241.8088.

From Aveda to Z Gallerie: anchors Nordstrom and Macy’s plus Madewell, Sephora, Restoration Hardware and Blaze Pizza. 555 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, 949.364.1771. simon.com

Called SoCo for short. Twenty interior-design-skewed showrooms, such as Pirch and Lightopia, and creative studios. Centerpiece OC Mix features diverse vendors Miel boutique and the Mixing Glass for cocktail ware as well as nationally acclaimed Taco María restaurant. 3303-3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150. socoandtheocmix.com

The "ultimate shopping resort" is the highest-grossing planned retail venue in the U.S.; the state-designed tourist attraction also boasts the nation's highest concentration of elite retailers. Among hundred of tenants are a spectacular Louis Vuitton boutique, high-end department stores Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue, and more than 30 restaurants. It's within walking distance of major performing-arts venues. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888. southcoastplaza.com

spas

“Nourishing therapies artistically expressed.” Artistic Couples Ritual combines massage, color therapy. Surf & Sand Resort, 1555 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.376.2772. surfandsandresort.com

Southern Californian day spa/ massage center mini-chain. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd., Orange, 714.769.1360. 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, 949.367.9717. burkewilliams.com

Distinctive day spa. 1903 Craftsman bungalow with serene Japanese garden, Asian antiques opposite Bowers Museum. 120 W. 20th St., Santa Ana, 714.918.8888. montanya-spa.com

Luxury facial and chemical peel center with a variety of treatments and facials including the Detox Body Wrap, the Diamond Experience, the $1,000 Facial and more. 23702 El Toro Road, Lake Forest; 26421 Crowne Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo. 949.750.5970. ocfacialcarecenter.com

Like an elegant Spanish estate; seaside-inspired treatments. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.4900. hyatt.com

Treatments include Sea Creation Shell Therapy Massage and Kerstin Florian Decadent Caviar facial. Poolside cabanas available. Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.7900. purebluspa.com

Caviar facial; Ancient Volcano Ritual using volcanic ash and China clay mask. 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.645.5000. balboabayclub.com

New treatments include Volcanic Detoxifying Wrap and Island Boreh Remedy. 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.0808. fashionislandhotel.com

Softly lit, cozy spa with Chinese therapies. 200 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, Newport Beach, 949.644.6672; 30212 Tomas, Suite 150, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.858.9455. spagregories.com

Large facility at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort offers global holistic treatments such as the Thai-Su “lazy man’s yoga” massage. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 866.526.7772. marriott.com

Elegant craftsman-inspired venue. Outdoor showers, ocean-inspired bath therapies. Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6000. montagehotels.com

Located in South Coast Plaza's Nordstrom with full-service spa, express spa or Style Bar for body and facial treatments, manicures, pedicures and more. See website for services and pricing. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.850.2570. shop.nordstrom.com

Sports

June 1-4 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Minnesota Twins. June 12-14 Angels vs. New York Yankees. June 15-18 Angels vs. Kansas City Royals. June 28-30 Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. July 1-2 Angels vs. Seattle Mariners. July 14-16 Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays. July 18-19 Angels vs. Washington Nationals. July 21-23 Boston Red Sox. Aug. 1-3 Angels vs. Philadelphia Phillies. Aug. 4-6 Angels vs. Oakland Athletics. Aug. 7-9 Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles. Aug. 21-24 Angels vs. Texas Rangers. Aug. 25-27 Angels vs. Houston Astros. Aug. 28-30 Angels vs. Athletics. 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 714.940.2000 losangeles.angels.mlb.com Map I9

July 29 UFC. Aug. 17-20 P&G Gymnastics Championships. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com Map I11

tours

Dogfight training in actual high-performance small planes. Instructors handle takeoff and landing, riders have control in the air. Fullerton Municipal Airport, 3815 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 800.522.7590

Boat, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard rentals. Parasailing: panoramic views of Newport Beach and harbor with choice of altitudes (65-$75). 510 E. Edgewater, Balboa, 949.673.7200

Dolphin and whale-watching excursions aboard catamaran. Departures daily. $35-$59, under 1 free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828

Round trip to Catalina Island. Dana Wharf Sportfishing, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Harbor; 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, 800.481.3470

Triple-decker catamaran is fastest boat to Catalina Island: 75 minutes. Call for schedule. $53-$70, $6 children 2 and under. Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 800.830.7744

Schools include Endless Sun Surf, 949.533.1022; Newport Surf Camp, 866.787.3267; and Surf Newport Now, 949.505.5500.  newportbeachca.gov

Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservation recommended. Call for hours. San Pedro, Long Beach: $29.50-$37.25 one-way, $59-$74.50 round-trip; Dana Point: $30.50-$38.25 one-way, $61-$76.50 round-trip; under 2 $2.50 one-way, $5 round-trip. Ride free on your birthday. 800.481.3470. catalinaexpress.com

 

Includes discounted admission to Disneyland Resort theme parks and admission to others in L.A. and San Diego counties. Purchase online or at attractions. $269-$306, under 3 free. 888.330.5008, citypass.com

Longest running year-round, full-service surf & SUP lesson operator in Laguna Beach. Specializes in semi-private and private surf and SUP lessons. Lessons are typically one-hour long and all inclusive; soft surfboards, soft sup paddle boards and wetsuits are provided when needed. 695 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, 949.497.1423. casurfshop.com

Coastal or bay cruise aboard Movin’ On; ocean sail aboard vintage sailboat Spartan; sunset wine tasting aboard either. Depart from dock between Bluewater Grill and the Cannery, Newport Beach. 949.612.8767; 949.689.3935.

Guided horseback rides among massive coast live oaks and California sycamores. Tu-Su. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.538.5860.

Known as the Whale Capitol of the West, Dana Point Harbor invites you to enjoy fun, sun, ocean activities, delicious dining, shopping and more. Dana Point Harbor is home to many marine activities perfect for celebrating summer—Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, the Ocean Institute and Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari offer excursions daily. danapointharbor.com

Sportfishing, whale-watching expeditions and 82-foot schooner yacht for charters. Corporate parties, private fishing and twilight wine cruises. Dana Point Harbor, 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 800.979.3370, danawharf.com

Year-round whale-watching, deep-sea sportfishing, fishing charters and boat rentals at Balboa Pavilion. 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 949.673.1434, daveyslocker.com  daveyslocker.com

Romantic gondola cruises through Newport Harbor canals. 3101 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.646.2067; 888.446.6365.

Luxury party yachts. F-Sa dinner-dance cruises, Sa-Su Champagne brunch. Mariner’s Mile Marina, 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.646.0155  hornblower.com

Water-propelled-jet-pack adventure in (and over, of course!) Newport Harbor. $79-$699. 2600 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 888.553.6471.

Cruise the harbor under sail or power aboard a 27-foot Catalina sailboat; up to six people. Yachts in several sizes (for up to six, 12 or 86, respectively) also available. 3101 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 714.299.4006.

Aerobatics in biplanes. Receive instruction, assume control of the aircraft, execute maneuvers such as a loop, roll, spin or inverted pass over the coast—no experience necessary! Gentler flights in open-cockpit 1930s biplane. Includes recorded DVD. 230 Dale Place, Fullerton, 866.484.7455

Tour Bus with state-of-the-art audio/video explores celebrity haunts and scandal sites. $53-$63. Starline Tours, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 855.486.9868 tmz.com

Theater

Founded in 1999, Chance Theater is a modest, mid-size contemporary theater known for provocative productions. See website for schedule. Bette Aitken theater arts Center, 5522 E La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212. chancetheater.com

Orange County's newest large, open-air venue seats 12,000 and offers concession and hospitality services, as well as parking for 4,000 vehicles. See website for schedule. 14800 Chinon, Irvine, 949.988.6800. livenation.com

Eclectic offerings at this cultural gem range from an annual flamenco festival to string quartets to hip-hop. The intimate hall wins loyal audiences for its intriguing programming it also hosts emerging local ensembles. UC Irvine, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646. thebarclay.org

One of the West Coast's oldest continuously operating professional theaters presents works ranging from the profound to the hilarious. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787. lagunaplayhouse.com

Gorgeously designed and featuring acoustics by renowned Yasuhisa Toyota, Chapman University's hall combines concert hall, theater and dance venue. It boasts seating for 1,044 on three levels and a stage suitable for both spectacle and symphonic sound. 1 University Drive, Orange, 844.626.8726. muscocenter.org

The county's premier performing-arts venue offers Broadway musicals and dance troupes such as American Ballet Theatre in Segerstrom Hall, concerts by Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale and touring orchestras in Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. More intimate events take place in the Founders Hall and Samueli Theater, outdoor events on the Argyros Plaza. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org 

Transportation

Train service within Orange County and to destinations throughout California daily. There are stops in Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. 800.872.7245. amtrak.com

Spectacular hub for Metrolink and Amtrak trains, OCTA buses, Anaheim Resort Transportation, shuttles, taxis and charter buses. Restaurants and shops on upper levels. 1750 S. Douglass Road, Anaheim, 877.99.ARTIC. articinfo.com

Shuttles cover 19 routes with transfers to Disneyland, Anaheim GardenWalk and Anaheim Convention Center. Purchase passes online, at Amtrak station and select hotels. 888.364.2787. rideart.org

Boat, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard rentals. Parasailing: panoramic views of Newport Beach and harbor with choice of altitudes. 510 E. Edgewater, Balboa, 949.673.7200. boats4rent.com/newport

Chauffeured vehicles available in as little as two hours’ notice. 866.323.2378; 714.375.9128. best-vip.com

Transportation in sedans, town cars, minivans to/from airports, attractions, restaurants, nightlife, shopping. 877.935.5692. californiayellowcab.com

Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservation recommended. Call for hours. San Pedro, Long Beach: $29.50-$37.25 one-way, $59-$74.50 round-trip; Dana Point: $30.50-$38.25 one-way, $61-$76.50 round-trip; under 2 $2.50 one-way, $5 round-trip. Ride free on your birthday. 800.481.3470. catalinaexpress.com

 

Includes discounted admission to Disneyland Resort theme parks and admission to others in L.A. and San Diego counties. Purchase online or at attractions. $269-$306, under 3 free. 888.330.5008. citypass.com

Longest running year-round, full-service surf and SUP lesson operator in Laguna Beach. Specializes in semi-private and private surf and SUP lessons. Lessons are typically one-hour long and all inclusive; soft surfboards, soft sup paddle boards and wetsuits are provided when needed. 695 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.1423. casurfshop.com

Daily car rentals with some 25 locations throughout Orange County. Pickup service available. 888.484.4683. enterprise.com

Luxury service. Sedan and SUV, flat rates, special group services, frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines. 800.410.4444. execucar.com

Gateway to O.C., vastly superior to LAX in ambiance and ease of arrival and departure. Art exhibits; dining in Terminal C. Free Wi-Fi. Ticket counters open at 5 a.m. 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, 949.252.5200, ocair.com

Free service year-round along Coast Highway. F 4-11 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Su 11 a.m.-8 p.m. visitlagunabeach.com

Train system connects to San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles; stops in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim, Fullerton and Buena Park. $10 Metrolink Weekend Pass (F 7 p.m.-Su 11:59 p.m.) for Metrolink rails and Southern California public transportation. 800.371.5465. metrolinktrains.com

Orange County Transportation Authority buses. $2; day pass $5, 60 cents for 65 and older, under 5 free. Day pass for buses and Metrolink trains $7, $6 for seniors/disabled. Exact change. 714.560.6282. octa.net

Hub 40 miles from John Wayne Airport. 2500 E. Airport Drive, Ontario, 909.544.5300. flyontario.com

Electric bike rentals. $14 per hour with two-hour minimum or $50 per day. Tour three piers and Newport Harbor for $69. 301 Fifth St., Huntington Beach, 714.465.2782; 2515 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.612.7989; 4624 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, 949.274.7944. pedegoelectricbikes.com

Transportation to and from all Southern California airports around the clock. Groups and charters welcome. 310.222.5500; 800.258.3826. supershuttle.com

Family-owned and operated tour agency located in Huntington Beach. Tours and transportation to L.A., Hollywood, Universal Studios and O.C. coast. Hotel pickup. 714.960.6790. surfcityadventuretours.com

Comprised of State Routes 73, 133, 241 and 261, The Toll Roads make up 20 percent of Orange County’s highway system and are the fastest, easiest and most predictable way to get to and through Orange County. All tolls on The Toll Roads are collected electronically—there are no toll booths to stop and pay cash. thetollroads.com

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