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Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Dana Point, Hiking Trails, Nature Centers, Parks | 0 comments

  I love visiting nature center with my kids, and the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center is one of our favorites. We will often visit here during the peak of whale watching season seeing the whales from our binoculars from the Dana Point cliffs. The nature center is located at 34558 Scenic Drive in Dana Point. The center is FREE to visit with your family, and I would allow at least a couple of hours to spend at this center. When your family first arrives, there is plenty of parking in the parking lot or on the neighboring streets. Inside of the nature center are docents that love *love* children! They will spend hours talking to your children about the wildlife and plants if your family has the time. There are interactive exhibits, books and dioramas throughout the center...

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Hilltop Park in Dana Point

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Dana Point, Hiking Trails, Parks | 1 comment

  Looking for the perfect place to hike with your kids in Orange County? Our new favorite destination is Hilltop Park in Dana Point. The kids get a good workout, and they are close to nature while seeing killer views. The access to Hilltop Park in Dana Point is just a few feet away from PCH on Green Lantern Street. When your family first turns onto Green Lantern off of PCH you’ll see the entrance to the park marked by a large set of stairs. Once your family finds parking along Green Lantern, begin your journey up the giant set of stairs (this is a workout). At the top of the stairs is a series of trails that your family can explore. There are a lot of rare plants and animals along this trail, so it is recommended to...

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Veterans Memorial Park in Dana Point

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Dana Point, Parks | 0 comments

  As a parent, I found myself only talking to my children about all the great things the military are doing for our Country on the big holidays like Memorial Day. This past Memorial Day, I decided to make sure and find ways to talk to my children about the Men and Women who are fighting for our freedom on a regular basis. It is easier for my youngest to understand things when visiting a place of significance as with Veterans Memorial Park in Dana Point. Shortly after Memorial Day, we planned a family beach day at Strands Beach in Dana Point. We stopped at the park, before having fun together at the beach, to talk about the military and to admire the beautiful memorial set-up by the city of Dana Point. The beautiful park and memorial is located...

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Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Dana Point, Parks | 0 comments

 If you love a park with a view, then bring the family to Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point.  The park over looks Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach and has a something for everyone. The park is located off PCH at Park Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive, look for the Laguna Cliffs Marriott sign and drive up the hill. Lantern Bay Park features a large structure that sits on top of a cushy surface, so leave your sand toys at home. There are three slides (large, medium and small) to accommodate a range of ages. There is also a balance beam and plenty of room to draw your own hop-scotch if you bring your own sidewalk chalk. There is plenty of shade to host a family gathering or party, several picnic tables, trash cans and BBQ’s. In the mornings here...

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