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Cowabunga in Dana Point


Looking for a fun FREE way to entertain your kids?  With summer coming to an end and my summer bucket list drying up, I thought it be fun for my kids to get out and search for something more than a Pokémon. I had heard that Dana Yarger, a Dana Point resident and an ambassador to the Elephant Parade from a few years back, had begun looking for a new project to bring to the city. This time the project was in the shape of cows known as Cowabunga.

The statues will be auctioned off at the end of the summer with proceeds going to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. The camp is a program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California which hosts children diagnosed with cancer and their families.  My kids and I started at 9 in the morning and by 11:30 we were done.  I recommend going earlier in the day to avoid the heat and sun, also make sure to lather up with sunblock, grab your waters and don’t forget your phones for pictures!

Now you can probably walk and find all the cows except for two which I recommend driving to in about a 2 hour span.  We parked on the street off PCH and Golden Lantern and headed south to the base of Del Prado and walked North on PCH towards the entrance of Del Prado (archway to the Lantern District) and looped back to the base. Along the way we found 10 of the 16 cows and also bumped into an elephant from years past.

Afterwards we walked down Golden Lantern towards Dana Point Harbor and found 4 more cows.  The walk up was brutal so my recommendation is driving down to the harbor after you find the ones off PCH and Del Prado.  After the Harbor we drove two the last two locations.  Below is your cheat sheet on all the locations of the cows.  Hope you get a chance to see these beautiful pieces of art before they are auctioned off in early September.  The kids had a blast running around town looking for the cows, they also logged over 10,000 steps.  For more information on Cowabunga visit their website at

I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on
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