The O.C, as it became known due to the popular TV show of the early 2000’s, has quickly become one of our favorite regions in California.
Rumor has it if a local hears you calling it the O.C. drinks are on you!
There’s no denying those beautiful location shots from the O.C. put this part of Southern California on the radar of many travelers chasing the California beach lifestyle.
And as you’ll discover down below, there are plenty of places to go in Orange County Ca and things to do in Orange County with kids!
The O.C., I mean Orange County, sure gave us a lot of great memories on our Kidifornia Adventures with Visit California.
Our 10 day road trip incorporated San Diego, Orange County and Ventura County.
And what a base it was!
Here are our top things to do in Orange County with kids to experience nature and culture.
Huntington Beach (HB)
Surf City USA is where the laid back surfie culture meets a little bit of beach sophistication.
If you’re a Beach Boys fan (waving hand madly), HB is the beach lifestyle they sold you on so well in their groovy beach tunes.
Huntington Beach’s transformation over the years has been quite dramatic.
40 years ago, it was identified by the rows of oil derricks along the shore line. Now it’s boutique stores, classic cafes, fine-dining options and luxury hotels create a vibrantly fun atmosphere.
HB in the OC is the place to be seen.
Just look at whose handsome smiling face can be seen luring you in from the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).
(Btw, did you see what I did back there? PCH in the H.B. in the O.C. lol. I promise I will not do it anymore Orange County!)
Huntington is one of the best beaches in Orange County and the most exciting beach destination we’ve been to in the US.
It’s on the edge of discovery and will soon become a destination that sizzles like a Raleigh summer in three ways only – hot, hotter and hottest.
Huntington Beach’s location makes it an ideal place to stay when exploring Orange County and even most of Southern California.
It’s 35 minutes to Anaheim, an hour to Hollywood and 90 minutes to San Diego.
We’ll be visiting Anaheim in September with Craig’s family and have started our Disneyland planning. I think we’ve convinced them to at least fit a day trip into Huntington Beach.
15 Things to do in Orange County with kids
Table of Contents:
1. Huntington Beach Pier
2. Explore Downtown Huntington Beach
3. Shop at Pacific City
4. Stay at Kimpton Shorebreak Resort
5. Eat at Pacific Hideaway
6. Visit Ocean Institute Dana Point
7. Mission San Juan Capistrano
8. Los Rios Historic District
9. Pick fresh strawberries at Tanaka Farms
10. OC Night Markets
11. Duffy Boat Tour
12. Fun Zone at Balboa Village
13. Laguna Beach
14. Fete De LA Musique
15. Eat at Las Brisas
9. Tanaka Farms Strawberry Tour in Irvine
Looking for fun places to eat in Orange County?
Did you know that California produces 80% of America’s strawberries?
We loved learning this and more on a strawberry farm tour at Tanaka Farms, Irvine, which is about 30 minutes from Huntington Beach.
Tanaka have been running tours of their farm here for 20 years.
The one-hour wagon ride tour goes around the 30-acre farm where you’ll learn about the farm’s history and farming methods and you’ll see what is growing.
Everything is organic so feel free to taste away.
Have you ever tasted corn straight from the ground?
I didn’t even know you could eat it raw and it was the most delicious thing I tasted on the farm. It was sweet and creamy and so fresh.
We also tasted carrots, onions (pass), bok choy, and coriander.
We then jumped off at the end to run through the strawberry fields and pick a container full of them. Of course, we ate a few as we went.
Strawberry picking was one of the girl’s favorite things to do in Orange County California.
Besides farm tours, Tanaka Farms also sell their produce in a small market out front.