5 Things to Do This Summer in Orange County

July 13, 2017

Summer is in full swing! With the weather warming up, living in Orange County provides many opportunities to enjoy all summer has to offer. From exploring Irvine parks and recreation to visiting Orange County’s many beaches, check out the list below for a few of our favorite summer activities! 

Hit the Beach

When you live in Irvine, one of the best ways to spend the summer is at one of Orange County’s beaches! Coastal cities like Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach are just a short drive from Irvine and provide a variety of fun activities for the whole family. Located in Newport Beach, Balboa Island is a quaint historic community where visitors flock to enjoy dining, shopping and site-seeing. You can even take the Balboa Island Ferry to the Fun Zone, a festive spot with an arcade and Ferris wheel. Whether it’s taking a surf lesson, building sand castles or reading a good book, Orange County beaches offer endless amounts of summer fun.

Balboa Island
206 Marine Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92662 

Pack a Picnic

Is there anything better than enjoying a delicious picnic in one of Irvine’s scenic parks? Home to 19 community parks and over 40 neighborhood parks, Irvine is a destination for picnicking, hiking and more. Those who want a picturesque backdrop for picnic should make a trip to William R. Mason Regional Park, which features stunning hiking trails and an impressive 9-acre lake. Families might be interested in making a trip to kid-friendly parks in Irvine, like the Adventure Playground, which offers a highly interactive wooden treehouse for children to explore. With its famous cinderblock castle complete with lookout tower and bridge, Northwood Community Park is another go-to place for family fun in Irvine.

William R. Mason Regional Park

18712 University Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 923-2220 

Adventure Playground

1 Beech Tree Ln
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 724-6818 

Northwood Community Park

4531 Bryan Ave
Irvine, CA 92620
(949) 724-6728

Cool Off with Ice Cream

There’s no better way to escape the summer heat than a refreshing scoop of ice cream! Luckily, Irvine has some of the best ice cream spots around. Ice cream lovers visit Irvine for popular spots like Churned Creamery in Woodbury Town Center where visitors can purchase decadent treats like the Crocream, a fluffy croissant filled with freshly made ice cream. Those looking for a more traditional treat should stop by Stricklands Ice Cream. This historic ice cream spot features a different flavor each day, with exciting options like s’more, espresso bean and hazelnut chip. Afters Ice Cream is another place to quell your sweet tooth with one-of-a-kind frozen desserts like ice cream-filled donuts covered in the topping of your choice.

Churned Creamery

6376 Irvine Blvd
Irvine, CA 92620
(949) 333-2289

Stricklands Ice Cream

4523 Campus Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 387-9955 

Afters Ice Cream

2738 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606


1835 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 

Go for a Hike

When the sun is shining, getting outdoors is a must! With its rolling hills, diverse wildlife and abundance of greenery, Irvine has some of the most scenic hiking trails in Southern California. One of Irvine’s most famous hiking trails is in historic Bommer Canyon, a stunning outdoor destination that attracts visitors with its vast rock outcrops and tree groves. In addition to hiking, Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks hosts a variety of activities in Bommer Canyon, including Yoga in the Hills, nature walks and kid-friendly storytelling events. For a hike that is both educational and fun, traverse the Quail Hill Trailhead. Be sure to bring your cellphone and download the Guide by Cell app for an engaging, free self-guided tour. If you’re in the mood for a coastal hike, Laguna Beach’s El Moro Canyon Trail in Crystal Cove State Park provides panoramic views of the ocean.

Bommer Canyon

11 Bommer Canyon
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 724-6738 

Quail Hill Trailhead

34 Shady Canyon
Irvine, CA 92603
(714) 508-4757 

El Moro Canyon Trail

8471 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3539 

Try a Workout Class

Looking for a way to stay fit for the summer? Irvine has a wide range of workout spots that are sure to catch your attention! Those who want to tone and sculpt will love Pure Barre. This popular workout studio incorporates strengthening isometric exercise routines that target muscle groups while lengthening the body. Barry’s Bootcamp is another popular choice for strength training, as personal trainers deliver heart-pumping workouts assisted by free weights and resistance bands. For a workout that is more grounding and therapeutic, sign up for yoga classes in Irvine! CorePower Yoga at the Woodbridge Village Center specializes in a wide range of yoga practices, including hot yoga and yoga for beginners.

Pure Barre

6791 Quail Hill Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 500-5924


17245 17th St, Suite C
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 884-3120 

Barry’s Bootcamp

6260 Scholarship
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 932-0292 

CorePower Yoga

2646 Dupont Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 851-9642


4734 Barranca Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 551-9642 

Dine Al Fresco

With longer days, summer offers plenty of time to indulge in some amazing outdoor dining! Local Irvine restaurant North Italia has a sunny front patio where guests can enjoy fabulous pizzas and pastas with an amazing glass of wine. With locations in Irvine and Newport Beach, CUCINA enoteca is another beautiful al fresco dining destination that features a menu of refreshing Italian-inspired fare. If you feel like staying at home, check out our al fresco party to-do list here.

North Italia

2957 Michelson Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 629-7060 

CUCINA enoteca

532 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-2222


951 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 706-1416 

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