Parks in North Orange County

Carbon Canyon Regional Park    (714) 973-3160
Horseshoe pits, lake with two fishing piers, plus a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwoods. Parking: $3-5. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea. www.ocparks.com/parks/carbon
 
 
Craig Regional Park    (714) 973-3180
Handicapped-accessible playground, horseshoe pits, and a lake for model sail boating (electrical only). Parking: $3-5. 3300 North State College Blvd., Fullerton. www.ocparks.com/parks/ted
 
 
Huntington Beach Central Park    (714) 536-5486
Disc-golf course, fishing, equestrian center, public library and the Shipley Nature Center. Goldenwest St. and Talbert Ave. www.huntingtonbeachca.gov
 
 
Irvine Regional Park    (714) 973-6835
Features the Orange County Zoo, train rides, equestrian center and pony rides, nature center, and paddle boat and tandem bike rentals. Parking: $3-5. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. www.ocparks.com/irvinepark
 
 
Mason Regional Park    (949) 923-2220
Model sail boating, horseshoe pits, a physical fitness vita course, amphitheater and a nine-acre lake, plus a butterfly habitat. Parking: $3-5. 18712 University Drive, Irvine. www.ocparks.com/parks/william
 
 
Mile Square Regional Park    (714) 973-6600
Archery range and two fishing lakes. Parking: $3-5. 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley. www.ocparks.com/parks/mile
 
 
Orange County Great Park    (949) 724-6247
Great Park balloon and carousel rides, art gallery, special events, kids’ and family programs, movie nights, and a farmers market. Plus, a 2,600-foot Walkable Historical Timeline, Kids Rock Playground with tunnels and misters, reflecting ponds, and Farm + Food Lab. Park entrance, Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine. www.cityofirvine.org/orange-county-great-park
 
 
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park and Interpretive Center    (714) 973-3170
Horseshoe pits, a stocked lake for fishing and a lake for model sail boating, plus a paleontology museum. Free Family Fossil Day features a three-hour journey through fossil history conducted by the park’s on-site paleontologist (December 2). Parking: $3-5. 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park. www.ocparks.com/parks/ralph
 
 
Santiago Regional Park    (714) 973-6620
Amphitheater, horseshoe pits and interpretive center plus orange groves. Parking: $3-5. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange. www.ocparks.com/parks/santiago
 
 
Talbert Regional Park    (949) 923-2250
The trail system allows linkage to other parks up and down a stream along the Santa Ana River. 1298 Victoria Ave., Costa Mesa. www.ocparks.com/parks/talbert
 
 
Tri-City Regional Park    (714) 973-3180
Fishing and model sail boating (no motors). Parking: $3. 2301 Kraemer Blvd., Placentia. www.ocparks.com/parks/tri_city_park