Parks in South Orange County

Aliso and Wood Canyons Park (949) 923-2200
Ranger-led family programs. Parking: $3. 28373 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Niguel. www.ocparks.com/parks/aliso

 

Caspers Wilderness Park (949) 923-2210
Camping, showers and interpretive center, plus, ranger-led family programs. Parking: $3-5. 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. www.ocparks.com/parks/ronald

 

Crystal Cove State Park (949) 494-3539
Tide pools, guided hikes and a wildlife gallery. Vehicle entry fee, $15 (annual pass $185). Camping is available at Moro and three miles inland, reservations required. After-school program offered September – November. 8471 PCH, Laguna Beach. www.crystalcovestatepark.org

 

Fossil Reef Park (949) 707-2600
A preserved portion of fossil reef is 17 million years old and has 48 species of marine fossil vertebrates, including shark teeth and Desmostylus. 25555 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills. www.tinyurl.com/fossilreef

 

Laguna Niguel Regional Park (949) 923-2240
Horseshoe pits, pickleball courts, radio-controlled glider area, fishing lake and interpretive programs. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. Parking, $3-5. www.ocparks.com/parks/lagunan

 

O’Neill Regional Park (949) 923-2260
Camping, horseshoe pits, interpretive center, and ranger-led family-friendly programs. Camping reservations are required. Parking: $3-5. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon. www.ocparks.com/parks/oneill

 

Riley Wilderness Park (949) 923-2265
Butterfly garden, interpretive center and guided walks. Parking: $3. 30952 Oso Pkwy., Coto De Caza. www.ocparks.com/parks/thomas