Mission Viejo is a city in the Saddleback Valley in Orange County, renowned for its beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods. It boasts an array of attractions and things to see and do, including excellent shopping opportunities the Shops at Mission Viejo, watersports and paddle yoga on Lake Mission Viejo, golfing at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, and hiking along the Oso Creek Trail.
1.Mission Viejo Lake
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Lake Mission Viejo is a human-made reservoir of approximately 124 surface acres of water and 50 acres of land that was created for recreational purposes. Formed by damming the canyon of Oso Creek, Lake Mission Viejo features a variety of recreational facilities, including two beaches - Playa del Norte (North Beach) and Playa del Este (East Beach), a full-service marina and boat launching facility, picnic areas, and a shoreline fishing area. Other amenities include boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, lakeside movie nights and summer concerts and the lake is surrounded by private residential communities just south of Santiago Peak in the Santa Ana Mountains.
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
2.The Shops at Mission Viejo
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The Shops at Mission Viejo is a shopping mall that was established in 1979 and features over 160 stores, including brand names like Macy's, Nordstrom, and Forever 21. The southernmost mall in Orange County, The Shops at Mission Viejo also houses an array of restaurants and cafés, and service stores, including H&M, Apple, Microsoft, Sephora, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and The Cheesecake Factory. Conveniently located at the intersection of the I-5 and Crown Valley Parkway, the Shops at Mission Viejo serves many nearby communities such as Coto de Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, and the city of Mission Viejo.
555 The, Shops At Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
3.Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
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The Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club is a Tom Lehman-designed 18-hole championship-length golf course that offers a challenging and unforgettable golf experience. Built by famous golf course architect, Casey O’Callaghan, the 240-acre course is surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Ladera Open Space Reserve and the Trabuco Creek and boasts spectacular views from every tee and hole. The club hosts several important tournaments through the year, has a casual restaurant and grill that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere with outdoor patio seating, and can be rented for special occasions and celebrations such as weddings and receptions.
26772 Avery Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, Phone: 949-305-5100
4.SoCal Paddle Yoga
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SoCal Paddle Yoga offers unique opportunities to learn and practice paddle yoga. Based on Lake Mission Viejo, which provide the ideal conditions for yoga and fitness on water and a beautiful place to practice on the water, SoCal Paddle Yoga offers small classes of up to seven students of all skill levels and provides premier Starboard paddle equipment specifically designed for yoga on the water to balance and stretch. Classes are designed to cater for all skill levels from beginners to more experienced paddlers and regular yoga practitioners, with the only prerequisite being that students can swim. Instructors are fully qualified and ensure safety first.
22555 Olympiad Rd, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, Phone: 949-945-9891
5.Oso Creek Trail
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The Oso Creek Trail is a 3.2-mile paved hiking and biking trail that runs along the Oso Creek below the Oso Viejo Park playground and connects the Jeronimo Open Space Park and Oso Viejo Community Park. The moderately trafficked loop trail features lovely views of the surrounding countryside that is packed with native plants and seasonal wildflowers, along with a variety of community artwork. Other features along the dog-friendly trail include an Oak Grove, a Peace Obelisk to commemorate the victims of the September 11th attacks, a Garden Maze and Butterfly Garden and a Recycled Walkway with artworks from local artists.
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, Phone: 949-470-3061
6.CircusTrix Extreme Air Sports
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CircusTrix Extreme Air Sports is an indoor trampoline park in Mission Viejo that offers a variety of trampoline-based fun and extreme air sports. The family-friendly park provides a range of fun activities from walking on walls and performing air tricks to balancing on slacklines over foam pits or swinging on silk swings from the ceiling. Activities at CircusTrix Extreme Air Sports include Open Jump where visitors can take to the air on the trampoline grid, which features over 60 trampolines, launching decks and angled wall trampolines; Ninja Obstacle Courses, Extreme Dodgeball, AirDun, SlackLine, Trapeze, Aerial Silks, and Foam Pits. The center also caters for younger visitors with specially dedicated times and hosts birthday parties and other celebrations with a variety of all-inclusive packages.
25222 El Paseo Road, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, Phone: 949-445-1340
7.Rancho Santa Margarita Lake
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Rancho Lago Santa Margarita or Rancho Santa Margarita Lake is an 11.5-acre lake in the shadow of Mount Modjeska and Mount Santiago that offers a variety of year-round recreational activities. Only one foot deep in some places, the beautiful lake offers year-round swimming, fishing, boating, and other water sports, as well as hiking and mountain biking around the 1.1-mile shoreline walking trail. The lake is stocked with bass, bluegill, and catfish every spring and hosts the annual Fishing Derby every May, as well as other events such as Fourth of July celebrations.
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8.Bellante Family Winery
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Bellante Family Winery is a family-owned and operated winery that has been producing small batch, hand-crafted wines for more than 18 years. Named in honor of founder Charles Bellante, Bellante Family Winery produces a range of red varietals, including Pinot Noir, Viognier, and Rhone Reds, which can be tasted in the winery’s modern tasting room. The winery also hosts wine-related private events and functions throughout the year.
23854 Vía Fabricante D-2, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, Phone: 949-716-6677
9.Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant
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Located in the Market on the Lake Shopping Center, Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant is a local family-owned chain of restaurants that serves classic Italian fare in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Established in 1994, the family-friendly restaurant serves a menu of authentic Italian cuisine such as wood-fired pizzas with a variety of toppings, handmade pasta with delicious sauces, fresh seafood, and prime meat dishes, crisp salads and sides, and an array of decadent desserts. In addition to serving mouthwatering Italian cuisine for dining in, Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and celebrations. Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant is open for dinner every night of the week and lunch on the weekends.
27782 Vista Del Lago #26, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, Phone: 949-859-9556
10.Stacks Pancake House
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Located in the Crown Valley Retail Center, Stacks Pancake House is a casual breakfast spot that serves a variety of mouthwatering specialty pancakes with various toppings along with light lunch fare such as burgers and fries, sandwiches, salads and more. Specialty pancakes include Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes topped with coconut syrup, Oreo Cookie Pancakes, Strawberry Pancakes, and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Globally-inspired breakfast dishes range from omelets and egg dishes to Hawaiian Loco Moco, French Crepes, Japanese Fried Rice Omelets, and American Eggs Benedict. Stacks Pancake House is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
27680 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, Phone: 949-218-4600
11.Dublin 4 Gastropub
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Dublin 4 Gastropub is a classic Irish pub-style eatery that offers a menu of traditional Irish and New American fare along with a range of craft beers and brews in a casual and unpretentious setting. Opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 2012, Dublin 4 Gastropub offers a memorable drinking and dining experience with a curated menu of chef-driven flavorful cuisine featuring the best of fresh, farm-to-table ingredients and a continuous rotation of local draught beers, craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, whiskeys, spirits, liqueurs, and global wines. Dublin 4 Gastropub is the perfect spot for celebrations in a casual, relaxed and welcoming ambiance and is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
26342 Oso Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, Phone: 949-582-0026
12.Piccolino Ristorante Pizzeria Bar
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Located on Los Alisos Boulevard in the heart of Mission Viejo, Piccolino Ristorante Pizzeria Bar is an upmarket restaurant that boasts vintage décor and candlelit white cloth tables and serves regional Italian cuisine including artisanal pasta, fresh seafood, prime meats, and wood-fired pizza. Hailed as one of the top spots for refined Italian cuisine in the county, Piccolino Ristorante uses only the freshest locally sourced ingredients to prepare delectable dishes such as Souffle Di Melanzane, Pappardelle Ragu D’Agnello, Capellini Scampi Scampi, Vitello Alla Marsala and Funghi Porcini, and Cioppino Alla Genovese. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive list of fine wines from Italy and around the world, craft beers and draft brews, imported spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. Piccolino Ristorante Pizzeria Bar is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday and dinner only on Monday evenings.
28719 Los Alisos Boulevard, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, Phone: 949-380-7261
12 Best Things to Do in Mission Viejo, California
- Mission Viejo Lake, Photo: Courtesy of James - Fotolia.com
- The Shops at Mission Viejo, Photo: The Shops at Mission Viejo
- Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Photo: Courtesy of trattieritratti - Fotolia.com
- SoCal Paddle Yoga, Photo: Courtesy of Andreas - Fotolia.com
- Oso Creek Trail, Photo: Courtesy of Janice - Fotolia.com
- CircusTrix Extreme Air Sports, Photo: CircusTrix Extreme Air Sports
- Rancho Santa Margarita Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Victor - Fotolia.com
- Bellante Family Winery, Photo: Bellante Family Winery
- Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant, Photo: Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant
- Stacks Pancake House, Photo: Stacks Pancake House
- Dublin 4 Gastropub, Photo: Dublin 4 Gastropub
- Piccolino Ristorante Pizzeria Bar, Photo: Piccolino Ristorante Pizzeria Bar
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