Top things to do in the OC

What are the top things to do in the OC? Locals cast your votes and if your new to the area take a look at the votes, as we explore in details.  Feel free to add comments and or suggestions, or simply ask question.

There are enjoyable factors to do in Newport Beach when it comes to attractions focused on families, couples, or travels of solitude. Exterior enthusiasts will certainly love miles of hiking and cycling trails, surfing, and cruising.

When it comes to the largest leisure harbor on the west coastline, Newport Beach activities are bountiful. Site visitors could choose water experiences from sunset boat trips to stand-up paddle boarding. Art walks, wine samplings, trips, live home entertainment and social venues will certainly load your schedule.

Produce lasting memories on picturesque California seasides, panoramic seaside high cliffs, harbor-front boardwalks and also entrust the desire to return.

Visitors could enjoy unlimited things to do in Newport Beach. Enjoy luxury purchasing, medical spa procedures, championship golf, and example a little bit of the innovative and also aspirational way of life discovered right here.

Newport Beach is the home to Ensenada Yacht Race, Newport Beach Film Festival, Restaurant Week, Newport Beach Independence Day on the Bay, Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Series, and the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

Must-Sees Per Our Very own Orange County Government Employees

Beach side cliffs and tide pools of Laguna Beach are where my wife and I shot our engagement photos. I just think it’s cool to see natural artwork via wind and water erosion. Couple that with the sandy beach and waves and you’ve got the perfect backdrop for photos. You’ll often find people taking engagement/wedding/family photos there. Juan Flores, Communications Manager, with the Bureau 3 years

See the Disneyland Fireworks for free. Right in front of the Disneyland entrance, in the main promenade, is one of my favorite places to view the fireworks without entering the park. I like to pack light a dinner in my cooler, lay down a blanket, and plant myself in the middle of the promenade to view the show! Tessa Kranz, Tourism E-marketing Coordinator, with the Bureau under a year

Life’s a beach. Crystal Cove State Beach is my favorite – no T-shirt shops or anything: just beach and beach and beach! If you’re lucky you’ll see dolphins. Harriet Porter, Sales Director, Convention Sales, with the Bureau 4 years

Old time OC. My small town roots bring to Old Towne Orange often where I like to visit the antique shops and Watsons Drug Store. I’m a sucker for small town friendliness and this community has that and more.  I love the college town atmosphere mixed with the eclectic feeling of pubs and coffee houses. It is fun to stroll and shop along the streets near the circle where you can usually find a unique gift for yourself or someone else. Tony Toth, Convention Sales Director, with the Bureau 18 years

The simple things. San Clemente Pier is a romantic spot to watch the sunset…spectacular!  Must do: enjoy their restaurant’s New England Clam Chowder at the same time. Christina Dawson, VP Partnership Development, with the Bureau 10 years

Once in a lifetime. One of the most amazing experiences in Southern California is to see thousands of dolphins in the wild, just doing what they do. I had one of the most memorable experiences of my life onboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale-Watching boats last November!  I saw over 1500 Common dolphins swimming in a pod.  They were jumping out of the water and porpoising in the path of the boat!  I have never seen so many dolphins in my life!  It was AMAZING!!!!! Luanne Miracle, Manager, Tourism Development, with the Bureau 3 years

Dachshund Crossing! The Weiner Races at Old Towne Huntington Beach are probably one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen for a dollar. These people are so into it, it’s awesome. The best part is the races can be enjoyed along with a fine German beer. Great people watching AND dog watching! Shayna Marks, Communications Coordinator, with the Bureau under a year

Christmas cheer. The candle-lighting ceremony at Disneyland Park is a once in a lifetime spectacle. The park is aglow with the holiday trimmings and over a thousand voices sing in unity to all the holiday favorites while the story of Christmas is told. My favorite was Jane Seymour! Daniel Carr, Convention Housing Manager, with the Bureau 6 years

Million dollar views. Pacific Edge for breathtaking, on the water romantic stays or vacation memories with your children, this is a hidden gem! My family has stayed there for years and it has become one of our family favorite trips! Julie Freund, Account Sales Manager, Partnership, with the Bureau 19 years

Snowy backdrop. The best view of snow on the mountains after a good storm is at the intersection of State College & Bastanchury in Fullerton near Summit House Restaurant. It actually takes your breath away as you see the mountains; they look so close and so beautiful framed against a bright blue sky!  It’s especially fun if you have just come from a fun day at the BEACH and can see snow-capped mountains on your way home! Brenda Weber, Convention Services Manager, with the Bureau 2 years

Very crafty. Art Supply Warehouse is like a giant candy store for artists. They literally have everything. From pens, to paints, to hundreds of sketchbooks and any supply that any artist would want. I can’t walk into this place without buying something. All art stores should be this epic… Mark Lukas, Graphic Designer, with the Bureau 2 years

Dog days. I love going to the Huntington Beach Dog Beach on the weekends. It warms my heart as I watch all the varieties, colors, sizes and personalities of the dogs playing with each other in the sand and the water.  What is amazing on how well they all get along!  Cats could never do that… this is part of nature at the beach! Carolyn Pesenti Green, Convention Services Director, with the Bureau 19 years

Take a hike. Carbon Canyon Regional Park I like this park because there is a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwoods tucked away in the back of the park.  You have to hike (moderate difficulty) to get to them and it is totally worth the effort. Bobby Taylor, Web & Emerging Media Manager, with the Bureau 2 years

Steal a kiss. La Casa Del Camino’s Rooftop Bar at sunset is the most romantic spot I can think of! Gina McQuade, Convention & Meeting Sales Director, with the Bureau 8 years

Fore! Look to the left from the tee box at the13th Hole South Course at Pelican Hill Golf Club to the majestic Pacific Ocean. Pods of Dolphins, whales, pelicans, and other sea creatures can be spotted, all the while trying to make that elusive birdie or hole on one!  To the right is Pelican Point and some of the most expensive homes in Newport Beach- Kobe Bryant lives there! Daniel Carr, Convention Housing Manager, with the Bureau 6 years

A walk to remember. I love walking down the meandering pathways in Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, past the dramatic cliffs and crashing waves of the Pacific. The most spectacular view here is from the gazebo in the park –it is a view that never disappoints. Elaine Cali, VP Communications, with the Bureau 26 years

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Upcoming Events in the OC

Fashion Island


The complimentary event will be held in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard at 6:00pm on November 14 and 15 with exclusive performances which will culminate in the lighting of our stunning 90-foot Christmas tree.In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, watch Fashion Island’s towering tree twinkle to life with custom Disney holiday music and glittering lights every night at 5 p.m. from November 16, 2014 to January 4, 2015.



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