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National Parks / Natural World in SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, San Juan Capistrano has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around San Juan Capistrano, California offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of San Juan Capistrano itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Irvine Regional Park

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    (21 miles) 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 ...

  • Shipley Nature Center

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    (24 miles) 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, ...

  • El Dorado Regional Park

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    (32 miles) Long Beach

    Outdoor fun in nature in Long Beach! With fishing lakes, archery, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a nature center!

  • San Diego Botanic Gardens

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    (38 miles) 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.

  • The Mary Vagle Nature Center

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    (39 miles) Fontana

    Enjoy a walk along the nature trail, explore wildlife, or discover exhibits of local plants, animals, geology and history.

  • Zamora Park

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    (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. ...

  • The Arboretum

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    (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

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    (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 ...

  • Santa Monica State Beach

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    (59 miles) Santa Monica

    Beach fun blessed with 3.5 miles of broad sandy coastline and more than 340 days of sunshine per year, with swimming, volleyball, surfing and more!

  • Whale Watching Excursions

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    (61 miles) San Diego

    Flagship Cruise & Events offer two types of whale watching experiences in San Diego that will give you an experience of a lifetime!

  • The Living Desert

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    (74 miles) Indian Wells

    An enlightening tour, botanical gardens, wilderness park, nature preserve with more features and angle than one would expect.

  • Gardens of the World

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    (82 miles) 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 ...

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  • Pretend City Childrens Museum

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    (11 miles) Irvine

    Superbly equipped role playing facility. Through interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn through purposeful play and develop key skills. Oh ...

  • ExplorOcean

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    (15 miles) Newport Beach

    ExplorOcean is proud to introduce the nation’s premiere ocean literacy center. Our Center has been designed to educate our visitors to the essential principles of ocean literacy through exciting ...

  • Marconi Automotive Museum

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    (18 miles) Newport Beach

    First opened in 1994 by Founder Dick Marconi, this Non-Profit Museum and Special Event Venue has an impressive 30 million-dollar collection of historical, exotic, and classic cars. Discover the ...

  • Bowers Kidseum

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    (21 miles) Santa Ana

    Bowers' Kidseum is both an interactive children's museum and a learning center that serves as an extension of the main Bowers Museum and offers multi-faceted art and cultural experiences specifically ...

  • Orange Empire Railway Museum

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    (30 miles) Perris

    The Orange Empire Railway Museum (OERM) is a railroad museum founded in 1956 in Perris, California as the "Orange Empire Trolley Museum." The museum also operates a heritage railroad on the museum ...

  • The Childrens Museum At La Habra

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    (34 miles) La Habra

    The Children's Museum at La Habra shows how important play is to learning. Through play, children develop skills, express creativity, discover the larger world and learn to work with others.

  • Long Beach Museum of Art

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    (34 miles) Long Beach

    It's an art filled day to encourage creativity and inspire the whole family in Long Beach!

  • Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

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    (36 miles) West Side

    The Intrepid's permanent flight deck exhibits include an A-12 Blackbird, an F-14 Super Tomcat, a British Scimitar, a French Entendard and a Polish MiG-21 among other many other fixed-wing aircraft ...

  • American Museum of Ceramic Art

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    (39 miles) Pomona

    Explore a working ceramics studio, learn about clay and enjoy exhibits about ceramics.

  • Catalina Island Life Museum

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    (40 miles) Avalon

    The Catalina Island Museum celebrates the Island\\\'s rich cultural heritage. Current exhibits include an award-winning exhibit featuring the romantic era of Catalina\\\'s steamships, Native ...

  • March Field Air Museum

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    (41 miles) Moreno Valley

    Home to over 70 historic aircraft, a dedicated in-house theatre, and thousands of artefacts from 1918 to present day. There are plenty of daily take offs and landings from the site for the little ...

  • Escondido Childrens Museum

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    (42 miles) Escondido

    Pack a lot of fun into 4,500 square feet in Downtown Escondido! We're all about lifelong learning, and not just for the kids! Great idea if you're looking for fun places for kids in California

  • San Diego Childrens Discovery Musum

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    (42 miles) Escondido

    Kids can explore, experiment, imagine, learn and play in this fun children's discovery museum in San Diego! Family fun filled with hands-on exhibits for all ages.

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