Lake Forest, California offers a variety of things to do for both visitors and locals alike, ranging from outdoor recreational activities and historic buildings to wineries and delicious restaurants. For history enthusiasts, some of the history of Lake Forest and the surrounding area can be found at places like the Heritage Hill Historic Park and the Arden Helena Modjeska Historic House. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Heritage Hill Historic Park

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Heritage Hill Historic Park encompasses a little over four acres and consists of four furnished and fully restored historic buildings. These buildings span across the history of the early El Toro area and Saddleback Valley, from the era of the Mexican Rancho to the town of El Toro being founded and up through the days of citrus farming in the beginning of the twentieth century. Guided tours are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to offer visitors with more in depth information. These tours provide an interpretation of the history of the Saddleback area through people, events, and artifacts.

25151 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630, Phone: 949-923-2230

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2.Arden Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens

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The Arden Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens is tucked away within an oak grove along the banks of the Santiago Creek in the Modjeska Canyon. The historic house is more than one hundred years old and was once the home of Madame Helena Modjeska, a world-renowned actress. It is named after a forest in “As You Like It.” Tours are available by advance reservation at 10:00am on Wednesday and Saturday. The docent-led tours last around one hour and thirty minutes in duration. Visitors can do a self-guided tour of the historic house and gardens from 11:00am until 2:00pm on Saturdays.

25151 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630, Phone: 949-923-2230

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3.Serrano Creek Community Park

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The Serrano Creek Park is a community Park in Lake Forest, California located next to the Heritage Hill Historic Park. This park stretches across quite a bit of land to Bake Parkway, with the creek lined by willow and eucalyptus. Serrano Creek Community Park is somewhat unique, featuring a rustic western environment near the horse stables set amongst the grove of eucalyptus trees. The park contains simulated sandstone rocks that are great for adventurous rock climbing, a pretend car for children, a walking trail that runs along entire length of Serrano Creek, a playground, and horses.

25101 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630, Phone: 949-461-3450

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4.Lake Forest Sports Park, Lake Forest, CA

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The Lake Forest Sports Park is an 86-acre park and recreation center that first opened in 2014. It is one of Orange County’s largest sports parks with a multi-functional recreational center and 57 acres of sports fields. Among the featured amenities at the Lake Forest Sports Park are five diamonds for softball and baseball, two basketball courts outdoors, two soccer fields with seating areas for spectators, outdoor exercise equipment, three acres of common lawns, thirty-eight lights for sports fields, two playgrounds, and eight gazebo picnic shelters. The Gymnasium/Recreation Center at the Lake Forest Sports Park measures 27,000-square-feet.

28000 Rancho Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630, Phone: 949-273-6960

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5.Modjeska Playhouse

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The Modjeska Playhouse is a not-for-profit organization that started out as just an idea of some students at the Trabuco Hills High School in 1990 in Mission Viejo, California. A love for theater is what brought Christopher Sullivan, Joshua Stecker, and Joe Alanes together. All three of them started professional performing arts careers after graduation as educators, writers, directors, and actors. In 2007, they decided it was time to put the idea of opening a theater into action and founded the Modjeska Playhouse, named after the Shakespearean actress Helena Modjeska, as well as the Modjeska Peak of the Saddleback Valley.

21084 Bake Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630, Phone: 949-445-3674

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6.Frisby Cellars Winery, Lake Forest, CA

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The Frisby Cellars Winery was founded in the year 2008 and has since been making award-winning wines from grapes sourced from the nearby distinguished vineyards of Paso Robles in California. Frisby Cellars produces wines in the Paso Robles area and then transports them to Orange County where their Tasting Room and Urban Winery is located in Lake Forest, California. The Tasting Room of Frisby Cellars Winery is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The handcrafted wines produced by Frisby are barrel-aged, blended, and then bottled at the Urban Winery in their Orange County location.

20331 Lake Forest Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92630, Phone: 949-243-6691

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7.Lake Forest Golf and Practice Center

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The Lake Forest Golf and Practice Center is conveniently situated at the intersection of the 405 and 5 freeways in the town of Lake Forest. The golf facility includes a nine-hole, par 29 executive golf course that is located amongst groves of orange trees just to the west of the region’s Saddleback Mountains. The course is walkable and is an ideal layout for any beginner level golfers looking for an introduction to golfing. Thanks to two lakes on the course, soft sand bunkers, and many mature trees, however, the golf course still offers a challenge to more seasoned golfers.

23308 Cherry Ave, Lake Forest, CA 92630, Phone: 949-859-1455

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8.Avila's El Ranchito, Lake Forest, CA

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Avila’s El Ranchito is a Mexican restaurant that first opened in the town of Huntington Park back in the year 1966. For more than five decades, the restaurants of Avila’s El Ranchito have remained a family-run restaurant business focused on share the home recipes of Mama Avila with everyone in the world. The success of the restaurant is thanks to providing customers with authentic, fresh, high quality Mexican cuisine within a fun setting. Each locations has its own drink specials and specialty dishes. Avila’s El Ranchito is especially known for serving delicious grande burritos, as well as refreshing margaritas.

24406 Muirlands Blvd, Lake Forest, CA, Phone: 949-855-4989

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9.Urban Grill and Wine Bar, Lake Forest, CA

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The Urban Grill and Wine Bar is an upscale and unique eatery that offers boutique wines and gourmet comfort food served by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Founded in 2012, the restaurant was opened to provide the local community with an eatery that is more unique, upscale, and family operated. The owners behind the Urban Grill and Wine Bar have been in the restaurant industry for much of their adult lives. The menu at the grill features an array of dishes that range from some of the best seafood and steak around to simple, but still delicious sandwiches.

27412 Portola Pkwy, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610, Phone: 949-340-2055

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10.Bagels & Brew

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Bagels and Brew began with a simple idea, offer delicious food at a great value at a place that customers could call home. With that goal set in mind, the owners set out to establish the ultimate cafe, serving cream cheese spreads and bagels made from scratch, along with some of the tastiest breakfast options and lunch dishes in town. The savory choices on the menu were designed with customers in mind, striving to offer a fresh food selection that guests could enjoy everyday at an affordable price. Only high quality and the freshest ingredients are used in the dishes.

21771 Lake Forest Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92630, Phone: 949-951-8985

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