An iconic part of California, located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Orange County is one of the most visited and most culturally significant locations in the Golden State. It's home to over 3 million people, making it one of the most populous counties in California and giving it a high population than over 20 U.S. states. Some of the major cities in Orange County include Anaheim and Santa Ana, and some of the major attractions and landmarks in this California county include the hugely popular Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm theme parks, as well as many iconic beaches spread out along over 40 miles of coastline. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Orangeland RV Park
3.Anaheim RV Park
4.Waterfront RV Park
3 Best Orange County RV Parks
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Attraction Spotlight: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a coastal wetland reserve in Huntington Beach, California that is home to a wide range of bird and animal species. It is a beautiful place to spend a quiet outing surrounded by beautiful landscape. In fact, the entire area is so stunningly gorgeous and is sure to capture every visitor’s heart. A large part of reserve is also one of the most biodiverse regions in California and as such, it should come as no surprise that is also home to a plethora of marine life. Naturally, nature lovers will feel right at home here, with the chance to see some of the wildlife that is unique to this reserve.
The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve has been an important area since pre-Columbian times and it holds an extremely important significance to the culture of the Native Americans living here. The reserve is also an extremely important archeological site for the study of numerous types of flora and fauna that no longer exist and was developed as a site for education and research focusing primarily on the wildlife with a special emphasis on the natural resources that surrounded this beautiful area.
Programs and Activities
Home to such a wide range of animals and marine life, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve has a lot to offer when it comes to visitor activities and with such an expansive area, there is something for everyone. The reserve is the perfect place a fun and engaging adventure amidst a breathtaking landscape as well as a great location to take some stellar pictures of parts of nature that are stunning. For those who fancy an exquisite and awe-inspiring background to showcase their Instagram pictures, this is one of the best photography destinations.
There are numerous trails at the reserve that are provided by people who are experienced in this field and who have a good idea about the environment around the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. These offer a pleasurable and anxiety-free hiking experience without having to fret over which direction you are going in and whether you are going to get lost.
The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve also offers some brilliant bird watching sites for visitors who like to spend their time in the midst of many beautiful species of animals while gazing at their magnificence as they fly about. Those who prefer some quiet time fishing by the sea can also do so in the numerous fishing spots situated in and around the areas of the reserve.
There are numerous tours offered for almost every activity that takes place in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve; these are conducted throughout the day and can be for a group or privately.
Furthermore, if you’ve always dreamed of working at a reserve amongst beautiful scenery and spectacular landscapes, they have special provisions for college students. Not only do they have educational courses that teach college-goers about the wildlife, nature, and the flora and fauna present in the reserve, they also offer real internships to people yearning to dive right into the field and get some hands-on experience. Definitely something worth checking out!
When deciding to visit the reserve, it is important to know what you want to do. Check out the different programs and tours that are conducted on a regular basis, and going onto the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve website is a good way to decide what exactly you can pick to make the most out of your visit. If you live close by or plan to visit this beautiful place time and again, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve offers a membership plan where you can sign up and revisit the reserve as often as you like at a lowered cost.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648, Phone: 714-846-1114
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Attraction Spotlight: Orange County Zoo
The Orange County Zoo is small but mighty. Featuring animals local to the area, visitors can come away with a deeper understanding of what exists around them… as well as having tons of fun doing it. The 8-acre zoo (formerly known as Irvine Park Zoo) sits among the 477 acres of wildness that makes up Irvine Regional Park in Orange, California. It opened in 1985 and is owned as well as staffed and operated by Orange County.
However, the history of the zoo can be traced back to 1905 and J.A. Turner’s red fox breeding program. A large collection of animals was initiated in the 1920 by Sam Nau, a rancher from Tustin, with a few mule deer that turned into a larger enclosure. That eventually grew into an alligator and bird exhibits (1935).
There is a small admission fee for entrance to the zoo, as well as a fee for all vehicles entering into the park (slightly more on weekends and major holidays). They are open weekdays from 10:00am to 3:30pm and on weekends from 10:00am to 4:30pm.
The zoo focuses on the animals and plants that are native to the southwestern region of the United States. A few of the favorites are the black beans, island foxes, coyotes, and coati. The majority of the zoo animals actually come to the zoo as abandoned, confiscated, injured, or orphaned and are used to help teach guests about the animals they may actually encounter in their own backyards.
There is also a barnyard at the zoo where guests can come in and get hands on with some of the more domesticated animals like goats, sheep, pigs, and more. Visitors can purchase feed and hand feed some of the animals as well. There are also doves and pheasants, although these are off limits for interaction.
Audio Tours - A newer feature at the zoo is the ability for guests to take a guided audio tour of the grounds. Guests can call (714) 481-0355 with their cell phone while at the zoo to start the audio tour. Using the guide provided both at the zoo or on the website, guests will enter in the number for the animal exhibit they are currently viewing followed by the pound (#) sign. The audio tour will then give interesting facts about the animal from their veterinarian, zoo keepers, the education coordinator, the zoo curator, and the zoo manager! The tour is free for all guests.
Story Time - A favorite of the younger visits to the zoo is the story time, offered free of charge. Come sit under the oak trees and listen to a staff member read stories related to some of the animals they will later encounter while at the zoo!
Discovery Cart - Visitors to the zoo should keep an eye out for the discovery cart, which is located inside the zoo grounds whenever there are volunteers available to staff them! The cart has plenty of educational and fun hands on items for visitors to see as well as touch to help them learn about the zoo in an even more hands-on way!
At a small cost per student, the zoo offers field trips and educational opportunities. Tours typically last around an hour and a half and are led by one of the knowledgeable zoo tour guides. The subjects covered include adaptations, habitat information, feeding habits, and other general information. They also include a short animal presentation and a visit to the nature center. They can also include plant information if requested. Students should make sure to dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Field trips must be reserved in advance and payment will be expected at that time. Field trips can also include a train ride at the railroad for an additional fee per student.
Contact the education coordinator in advance for more information or to schedule a field trip. Be aware that tours are not available on Mondays. One adult chaperone is required for every ten students.
Toddler programs are also available.
Although there are no restaurants available on zoo grounds, guests who visit the zoo are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy! Picnic areas are located just adjacent to the zoo in the park area. Visitors will need to leave their food in their vehicles, however, as no food is allowed on zoo grounds for the safety of the animals.
Orange County Zoo, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869, Phone: 714-973-6847
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