Heisler Park aka Paradise on Earth
There is a reason that Heisler Park is ranked the #1 thing to do in Laguna Beach by TripAdvisor! With its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from the bluffs, picture-perfect landscape, palm trees and unique gazebos that serve as lookout points along the winding walking paths, Heisler Park has been described as Paradise on Earth.
The seashore in Heisler Park is framed by cliffs with stairways and ramps providing access to the beaches. Monument Point, a rocky outcrop in the center of the park that extends into the sea, divides the beaches into two sections: Picnic Beach and Rock Pile.
Picnic Beach lies below the cliffs and the narrow sandy beach is used for sunbathing and swimming.
Rock Pile (pictured) is a small semi-circular bay and is one of the three official surf areas of Laguna Beach.
Crystal Cove State Park
Thousand Steps Beach
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
The exposed rock and fossils in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park tell the ever-changing story of a land once covered by water. It also reveals a long human history as archaeologists have discovered evidence of villages that are thousands of years old.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park offers bike and equestrian trails, hiking trails, a scenic overlook and interpretive programs. Artists, photographers and writers will find plenty of inspiration on the trails.
Barbara's Lake is a 12-acre lake located in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and is the largest of the three Laguna Lakes in Orange County, California. Multiple trails lead to the lake and it is about a 2 mile round trip from the Nix Nature Center.
Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Laguna Niguel Regional Park's acres of turf surround a 44 acre lake, which is regularly stocked with catfish, bass, blue gill, and trout during the winter months. A large assortment of trees dot the park's 227 acreage providing beauty and shade.
Laguna Niguel Regional Park is dedicated to a wide variety of recreational uses. Two pedestrian bridges provide access to remote picnic shelters and hiking trails. Lake fishing for trout, (winter only) and bass and bluegill, (year round) is available for all park visitors. Bait and boat rentals are available at the concession boathouse. Picnic areas are equipped with shelters, sinks, picnic tables and barbecue stoves electrical outlets.
An amphitheater is provided for youth and community organization activities. These facilities may be reserved through the park office. Turf areas, horseshoe pits, a par course along the parks two mile jogging trail, two sand volleyball courts and four lighted tennis courts are available for public enjoyment. Kite Hill offers excellent conditions for remote control glider operations. Bicycle trails meander throughout the park.
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