Recreation and Parks

Arboretums, parks and nature centers. Most parks feature paved trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields and courts, plus unique features listed. Also see: “Playgrounds.” For additional resources, see our current issue.

Arboretums, Gardens and Wetlands

Nature-centered destinations that offer walking and self-guided tours, workshops, family and kids programs, and special events.

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Nature Centers

Nature centers located throughout Orange County and Long Beach Metro offer guided walks, kid- and family-friendly classes and workshops, exhibits and special events.

Parks in Long Beach Metro and Los Angeles

Regional, state and city parks in the Long Beach metro.

Parks in North Orange County

Regional, state and city parks in North OC.

Parks in South Orange County

Regional, state and city parks in South OC.

Sherman Library and Gardens

On Saturday, December 17, children will decorate a small living tree with festive lights, fruit, ribbon and a bird in a nest. 9:30 a.m. Friends, $30; non-members, $35; second child, $25. Sherman Library & Gardens offers families a place to explore horticulture, art and history. The 2.2 acre botanical garden features collections of orchids, palms, camellias, roses and begonias to name a few.