100 Reasons to Be Ecstatic About Summer In OC!

Summer here is bliss, better than anyplace else in the States

 

6. PILLAGING THE COUNTY'S SUPPLY OF ALOE VERA
Summer! Outdoor activities! And for those who aren't lucky enough to have an olive complexion, sunburn! Fortunately for the melanin-deficient, aloe vera grows wild just about everywhere in Orange County. Cut off a branch, split it in half, then rub it on the sunburn—ahhhh, sweet relief.

 

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Orange County Fair & Exposition Center

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Costa Mesa

Mo Ran Gak Restaurant

9651 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Garden Grove

Bowers Museum

2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Category: Museums

Region: Santa Ana

Fullerton Farmers' Market

801 W. Valencia Drive
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Restaurant > Street Food

Region: Fullerton

Irvine Lake Cafe

4621 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Silverado

Villa Romano Green Farms

200 Avenida La Pata
San Clemente, CA 92673

Category: Restaurant > Street Food

Region: San Clemente

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

12827 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Category: Retail

Region: Garden Grove

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

2200 S. Ritchey St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Category: Retail

Region: Santa Ana

Knott's Berry Farm

8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Buena Park

Aliso Beach

31131 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Laguna Beach

Mutt Lynchs

2300 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Newport Beach

The Fisherman's Restaurant

611 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Clemente

Costa Mesa Speedway

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Sports and Recreation

Region: Costa Mesa

Mugs Away Saloon

27324 Camino Capistrano
Laguna Beach, CA 92677

Category: Music Venues

Region: Laguna Niguel

Anaheim Convention Center

800 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Category: Services

Region: Anaheim

Fullerton Sports Complex

560 E. Silver Pine St.
Fullerton, CA 92835

Category: Sports and Recreation

Region: Fullerton

The Festival Amphitheatre

12762 Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: Garden Grove

Ocean Institute, Dana Point

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Dana Point

Angels Stadium Of Anaheim

2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Music Venues

Region: Anaheim

Irvine Meadows Fairgrounds

8800 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Irvine

Art-A-Fair

777 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Community Venues

Region: Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Laguna Beach

Sawdust Art Festival

935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Laguna Beach

El Centro Lions Park

201 N. Cypress St.
La Habra, CA 90631

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: La Habra

Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center

6200 Atherton St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

Category: Music Venues

Region: Long Beach

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive Dana Point
Dana Point, CA 92629

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Dana Point

United States Sailing Center

5689 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803

Category: Services

Region: Long Beach

Oaks Blenheim Riding Park

Via la Plata
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: San Juan Capistrano

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Services

Region: Laguna Beach

320 Main

320 Main St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Seal Beach

Matador Cantina

111 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fullerton

Pacific Amphitheatre

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Music Venues

Region: Costa Mesa

AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Long Beach

Dockside Boat & Bed

316 E. Shoreline Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: Long Beach

Orange County Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Orange

Cook's Corner

19122 Live Oak Canyon Road
Coto De Caza, CA 92679

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Coto de Caza

The Bruery

715 Dunn Way
Placentia, CA 92870

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Placentia

Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Pacific Coast Highway and Warner
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Huntington Beach

Lantern Bay Park

25111 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Dana Point

Pearson Park

401 N. Lemon St.
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Anaheim

Hi-Time Wine Cellars

250 Ogle St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Restaurant > Wine Bar

Region: Costa Mesa

Centennial Farms

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Services

Region: Costa Mesa

Newport Cruisers

2233 W. Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Retail

Region: Newport Beach

Catholic Worker

316 Cypress Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Services

Region: Santa Ana

Wild Rivers Waterpark

8770 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Irvine

Doheny State Beach

25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Dana Point

The Rinks- Anaheim Ice

300 W. Lincoln Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Sports and Recreation

Region: Anaheim

Oak Canyon Ranch

5305 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Orange

Creme Tangerine

2930 Bristol St., Kiosk 2
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Retail

Region: Costa Mesa

Las Brisas

361 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Laguna Beach

Tanaka Farms

5380 3/4 University Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Category: Restaurant > Raw Food

Region: Irvine

Portfolio Coffee House

2300 Fourth St.
Long Beach, CA 90814

Category: Coffee Shops

Region: Long Beach

Art Theatre of Long Beach

2025 E. 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Long Beach

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Styling: Devon Nuzer
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7. ATTEMPTING AND FAILING TO PARK IN LAGUNA BEACH
It seems like tourists and visitors to Laguna Beach in the summer follow a defined route. First, they head slowly down Coast Highway, necks craned, praying for a meter spot to open. Then, they pull hopefully into the lots that line Forest Avenue, only to be met by stern-faced security guards or unambiguous no-parking signs. Next, they cruise through the residential neighborhoods, long since lined with cars, and end up heading inland on Laguna Canyon Road before giving up altogether. Laguna Beach has done a good job in recent years of providing inland parking and free shuttles, but even that fills up on the more popular days at Pageant of the Masters and Art-A-Fair. Free tip: Bicycle parking is everywhere, and there are enough people biking Laguna Canyon and PCH that there's strength in numbers.

 

8.SUMMER EXHIBITS AT THE BOWERS
Orange County's august Bowers Museum always trots out the fascinating and odd during the summer months, and it has a beaut this time around. Anyone who had the misfortune of wading through Herman Melville's yarn Moby-Dick knows there are about 50 pages of profundity and about 50,000 more detailing the intricate details of life aboard a whaling vessel. A far-more-engaging exposure to at least one aspect of the whaler's life should be had in "Scrimshaw: The Art and Craft of the American Whaler." Scrimshaw is American folk art consisting of artifacts and implements created through the carving of whale teeth. Some 100 objects are included in this exhibit, ranging from tools fashioned from whale teeth used for mending clothes and ship sails to amazingly rendered images of pirates, ladies and whalers at work. There is also a selection of carved bone and ivory art produced by French prisoners of war confined to prison ships in the 18th and 19th centuries. One of these small wonders actually includes a working guillotine used to lop the heads from miniature figures. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Through Sept. 30.

 

9. VIETNAMESE ICED COFFEE
Vietnam's a famously hot and humid place, so they've adapted their caffeine intake to allow for a refreshing pause. Ca phe sua da, Vietnamese iced coffee with milk, is strong coffee (sometimes espresso) mixed in nearly equal parts with condensed milk, then poured over ice. Drink one, and the king-hell rush of sugar and caffeine will give you enough pep for hours. Drink two, and sit and jitter uncontrollably for an hour. The best places serve this cold concoction over chipped ice, which prolongs the consumption—and the caffeine high. Absolutely any Vietnamese café, sandwich shop or restaurant will serve it, and the going rate in Little Saigon is about two bucks a glass, with or without the near-naked flesh that gives the city fathers of Garden Grove such pause.

 

10. BUYING YOUR FISH FOR THE DAY FROM THE DORY FLEET
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11. FULLERTON FARMERS' MARKET/BEER GARDEN/CONCERTS
Fullerton has a year-round farmers' market, renowned for its variety of Asian produce, near the DMV every Wednesday. But every Thursday night in summer, there's a smaller market downtown with a festival. Surf bands set the musical scene, street food pops up in tents in the plaza, and families wander through to buy strawberries, cherries and dinner. While there are fewer produce stalls, this is also OC's only farmers' market with a beer garden, located on the patio of the Fullerton Museum Center. Wilshire Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue, Fullerton. Every Thurs., 4-8:30 p.m. Through Oct. 27.

 

12. ADMIRING REAL HOUSEWIVES IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT
Want to meet the real Real Housewives? Head for Pavilions (22451 Antonio Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita, 949-858-0164), where the trophy wives from tony Coto like to shop in their workout gear. Still not enough orange flesh? Head for the jogging track around Lago Santa Margarita and watch the silicone jiggle and broil in the sun.

 

13. FISHING IN IRVINE LAKE
OC has plenty of deep-sea fishing boats for hire, but fresh water for fishing is in short supply, which is why anglers who don't fancy trying for tuna head far, far inland to Irvine Lake. Because it's a private body of water, a California fishing license isn't needed, though there's a $22 admission fee and catch limits. Boats (motor and pontoon) and fishing equipment are available for rent, and kids get special prices. The water of the reservoir is clean enough for you to consider eating the catch, particularly if it's the prized extra-large sturgeons or catfish. (If you catch a fish larger than 20 pounds and get it verified, you get a free entry the next time.) Didn't catch anything? Drown those sorrows at the café—which you'd think would serve fish—in a pitcher of beer and a double cheeseburger. 4621 Santiago Canyon Rd., Silverado, (714) 649-9111.

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2 comments
Eric Brightwell
Eric Brightwell

*Reasons 45, 58, 67, 87 and 99... because LA County is next door.

Cathie
Cathie

Break of Dawn is in Laguna Hills, not Laguna Niguel. So I guess the only thing Laguna Niguel has going for it is the bare-assed folks at Mugs Away. Big whoop.

 
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