National Parks / Natural World in San Juan Capistrano

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Orange
There's so much to do for all ages. Has an old-town feel. Nicely shaded. Stroller/wheel chair friendly. The park is huge and everything is nicely spread out. Friendly staff. This is a great place to take the family or just enjoy a quiet aftern...
Huntington Beach
Shipley Nature Center is an 18-acre natural area located in Huntington Beach, California. Situated within Huntington Central Park, the nature center is not only a sanctuary for the local wildlife, but it is also a haven for the residents and visitors...
Encinitas
Enormous series of globally themed gardens, plus 2 specific children's gardens which include interactive displays, several varying play options and a miniature railway.
Fontana
Here you can enjoy a walk along the nature trail winding around the pond, spot what is currently blooming in our native gardens, or venture inside and discover exhibits of local plants, animals, geology and history.
Zamora Park
(44 Miles)
El Monte
Five acre park area with adventure playground and a great wading pool to cool off in. There are scattered picnic tables and plenty of room for traditional outdoor games like frisbee, ball and tag. Not a full day's worth but a nice afternoon.
The Arboretum
(50 Miles)
Arcadia
A unique 127 acre botanical garden and historical site, they are home to impressive plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species, and their own waterfall!
Eaton Canyon
(53 Miles)
Pasadena
This 184-acre natural park is located at the base of Mt. Wilson. There are five miles of nature trails and also an equestrian trail. The canyon is very lush and has beautiful displays of local flora and fauna.
Santa Monica
This stunning beach is the city's greatest natural asset. Blessed with 3.5 miles of broad sandy coastline and more than 340 days of sunshine per year, families can enjoy swimming, volleyball, surfing and more, with proximity to the pier's amenities.
San Diego
Join San Diego Harbor Excursion and world famous Birch Aquarium at Scripps as we embark on a California Gray Whale watching adventure. Fully narrated, this three and one-half hour adventure allows close-up views of the mammoth California Gray Whale. ...
Indian Wells
An enlightening tour, botanical gardens, wilderness park, nature preserve with more features and angle than one would expect.
Thousand Oaks
Fascinating but definitely for the less boisterous child, this set of themed landscaped gardens representing six areas of the world is an easy half day of wonderment for most children, whether just as visitors or as budding artists and photographers....
Barstow
Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military...
Springville
Long Meadow Grove (341 acres) offers a spectacular hike at the Trail of 100 Giants, a mile-long fully accessible interpretive trail.
Lake Havasu
(200 Miles)
Lake Havasu City
More than 400 miles of stunning coastline will refresh you with exceptional watersports, including fishing, skiing, kayaking and houseboating. Or, if you prefer, explore the lake from the beautiful beaches, campsites and hiking trails.
Lake Havasu
The scenic shoreline of Lake Havasu State Park is an ideal place to enjoy beautiful beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and convenient campsites. This spot is truly a watersport haven located near the famous London Bridge of Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City
The beach, boat ramp, and 61 campsites at Cattail Cove State Park offer a broad spectrum of activities for all to enjoy. Whether you're interested in swimming, fishing or just lounging and relaxing, Cattail Cove State Park offers you and your family ...
Laughlin
Big Bend State Recreation Area is located five miles south of Laughlin on the Needles Highway. The park is within the town limits of Laughlin, one mile south of Casino Drive on South Needles Hwy.
Pismo Beach
Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo ...
Parker
Buckskin Mountain State Park commands one of the finest views along the Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and California sides, and the wildlife is as varied as the recr...
Sequoia National Park
These two parks testify to nature's size, beauty, and diversity: Immense mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the worlds largest trees!
Blue Diamond
Spring Mountain Ranch is located within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, beneath the colorful cliffs of the magnificent Wilson Range. The many springs in these mountains provided water for Paiute Indians and later brought mountain men...
Las Vegas
For more than 45 years, Pink Jeep Tours has been providing the most talked about off-road family adventures in the Southwest. Our award-winning excursions are known as the premier "must-do" tours in Sedona and Las Vegas. The spectacular Broken ...
Las Vegas
An impressive and visually stunning family ramble, past landscaping and water features to artful structures such as gazebos and bridges, significantly changed with every season. Live music every evening in gazebo.
Springs Preserve
(231 Miles)
Las Vegas
Explore the Springs Preserve, once home to ancient tribes and the resting place for weary Spanish explorers. Learn about the history of the Las Vegas Valley as well as methods to maintain a sustainable lifestyle in the desert.
North Las Vegas
Take off from Las Vegas Airport on an exhilarating helicopter flight to one of Mother Nature's greatest achievements - The Grand Canyon. Discover the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon as your helicopter flies to the West Rim, passing over Lake La...
Las Vegas
Old Vegas Mormon State Historic Park is located in downtown Las Vegas, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue. The park and Visitor Center is open all year from 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m. An entrance fee is charged to enter the f...
Boulder City
Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. It ...
Las Vegas
is an 8 km park centred around a series of small lakes that formed an oasis in this part of the Mojave Desert. Enjoy fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and an education centre with an insight into early ranch life, plus local Pleistocene paleontologic...
Wenden
offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. For nature lovers, spring rains bring an abundance of wild flowers and the lake environment attracts a variety of wildlife year round, including bald and golden eagles, waterfowl, foxes, ...
Friant
kids can view over a million fish in all stages of development, plus watch them jump and feed them as you go round.
Overton
Valley of Fire State Park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75. Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. The valley derives its name from the re...
Carmel
This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain, the trails ascend steeply.
Las Vegas
Just like an eagle is able to fly across the grand canyon this tour allows you take the same view. This glass bridge suspends more than 4000ft above the Colorado River and stretches out 70ft from the edge.
Phoenix
Take the kids to the desert with the Desert Botanical Garden - a living museum featuring more than 50,000 plants, where the can even encounter rare, threatened and endangered species.
Gidzich Ranch
(330 Miles)
?Watsonville
Take a self guided walking tour of this charming working farm and explore the berry fields and apple orchards.
Caliente
Kershaw-Ryan State Park is located two miles south of Caliente via U.S. 93 and State Route 317. It is situated in a colorful, scenic canyon at the northern limit of Rainbow Canyon. Steep canyon walls tower over a long, narrow valley. Early settlers h...
Scottsdale
Amazing indoor rainforest environment with walk through enclosures, freshwater aquariums, terrific ant farm and Honey Bee Extravaganza.
Dead Horse Ranch
(334 Miles)
Cottonwood
Despite its distinctive name, Dead Horse Ranch is situated amidst an abundance of life along the Verde River. A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway. Its unique ecosystem, the Cottonwood / Willow riparian gallery forest, ...
Capitola Beach
(341 Miles)
Capitola
offers swimming, surfing, volleyball, kite flying and organised beach activities on a generous sandy stretch set centrally in a coastal village with many shopping and dining options.
Santa Cruz
A long and simple sandy beach which stretches from the Boardwalk to the Santa Cruz Harbor. Good for sandcastling, shallow paddling and traditional beach days.
Sedona
The Red Rock State Park property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The park's 286 acres were originally part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye. Arizona's famous O...
Felton
Giant trees up to 285 feet tall and 16 feet wide, plus nature centre, hiking, biking, fishing and more.
Sedona
Discover one of our planet's most awesome spectacles with our seasoned nature guides. Spot for wildlife such as: Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Desert Pronghorn, Bald Eagles and the rare and endangered California Condor. Travel in total comfort as you...
Panaca
Slot canyons, cathedral-like spires, incredible sunrises and sunsets. Located just 2-1/2 hours north of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Come experience the majesty that is Cathedral Gorge!
Sedona
Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. Due to his pi...
Pioche
Echo Canyon State Park offers a 65-acre reservoir with a campground, picnic area, group use facilities and boat launch. The park is popular for camping, fishing, hiking and enjoying the beautiful scenery of eastern Nevada. Abundant wildlife, a wide v...
Pioche
Spring Valley State Park offers water oriented recreation at the 65 acre Eagle Valley Reservoir. Boat launching, picnicking and camping facilities are available. Visitors also enjoy hiking, exploring and touring the historic Ranch House museum. Sprin...
Glen Gardner
Facilities here include 7 multi use trails to explore by bike, hike or sled, plus an impressive observatory offering skywatching programs. Adventure playground also available.
Apache Junction
The park is located 5 mi. north of Apache Junction, off of AZ 88 (the old Apache Trail), at the base of the Superstition Mountains.
Grand Canyon
We offer fun and informative educational classes and tours for everyone, from thrill-seekers to chill-seekers. On day hikes, backpacks, and whitewater rafting trips, GCFI’s expert instructors share the must-see wonders of the Grand Canyon with park...

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