Address: 8000 Great Park Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92618 (Orange County)
General Hours: 8am to 10pm daily
Located in the suburbs of Irvine in Orange County this great park is approximately 1,300 acres. It has plenty of grassy areas and benches for a picnic as well as a hot air balloon ride, carousel, ice rink, free WiFi, fields for soccer etc., and walking trails.
Parking: Plenty of free parking in designated parking lots with marked spaces in numerous locations around the park. Please see the parking map.
Address: 375 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Orange County)
“Stretching along the bluffs on Cliff Drive from Aster Street to Diver’s Cove, this oceanfront park has walking trails, gardens, a marine refuge with tide pools, picnic tables, barbecues, lawn bowling greens.”
Parking: Metered parking in marked spots off Cliff Drive, no far walking required. Have a car picnic! Back your car into a nearby parking space to overlook the ocean and the beautiful view.
Address: Crescent Bay Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Orange County)
A very small park in a residential area of North Laguna Beach with a panoramic view of the ocean. Sit on the grassy area and lookout at the shoreline and ocean. You may not be able to sit under a tree but you can take in the beautiful view of a sunset.
Parking: No designated parking lot. Free parking in residential neighborhood – please read signs off Crescent Bay Drive (circular street with about 14 spaces to possibly park along the curb). Parking may be difficult when crowded. You may have to walk some distance carrying picnic materials.
Lake Hollywood Park
Address: 3160 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Los Angeles)
Grassy areas with view of the Hollywood sign.
Parking: Free parking on street – Canyon Lake Drive. Parallel parking at a decline (incline on opposite side of street).
Botanical Garden Address in Balboa Park : 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101(San Diego)
1,200-acre urban cultural park with open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths. Also visit nearby museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo
Parking: Numerous options. See Website
Huntington Beach Central Park
Address: 18381 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (Orange County)
350 acre spacious locale offering paved trails, a “secret garden”, as well as summertime shows. Bring your own picnic and find a grassy spot under numerous trees, sit at a picnic table or go to the different cafes.
Parking: Free parking in designated parking lots