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47. LEARNING TO SAIL
It's the best season to bring out the sails and motor, and there are several places along Orange County's coastline that'll teach you the ropes. But the United States Sailing Center in Long Beach deserves special mention. It not only teaches adults how to sail, but it also offers a boatload of summer sailing camps for inner-city kids, as well as classes for disabled and blind people. The end goal for the center's high-school and kid sailing programs is to groom the next generation of U.S. Olympians, but the goal of the center's Disabled Sailing Association is more heartfelt: to give physically disabled people the chance to experience the ocean just like anyone else. A club in Long Beach, Access to Sailing (accesstosailing.org), and another in Newport Beach, Sailing Fascination (www.sailingfascination.org), offer similar programs for the disabled. 5689 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 433-7939; www.ussclb.org.

 

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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

19152 Santiago Canyon Rd
Coto De Caza, CA 92610

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Foothill Ranch

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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48.RANCHO MISSION VIEJO RODEO
You wouldn't know it from driving down Interstate 5, but the whole southern half of Orange County was unspoiled ranch land as recently as the 1950s. But there's a 23,000-acre chunk of land owned by one branch or other of the O'Neills, Moisos or Averys since 1882 that has kept alive the old cattle tradition. It's also the site of the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, a two-day extravaganza sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association that features everything from bareback and saddled bronc riding to steer wrestling and tie-down roping. Though it may drive PETA's true believers into a conniption, it's a real live, professional rodeo with a $200,000 purse, which, organizers claim, makes it the most lucrative two-day rodeo in the country. Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, corner of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway/La Pata, San Juan Capistrano; www.rmvrodeo.com. Aug. 27-28. $20.

 

49. HANGING WITH INJURED SEA MAMMALS
Got a hankering to get a closer look at a pinniped? How about a cetacean? You can do so at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC), a Laguna Beach institution that rescues, rehabilitates and releases stranded mammals. Depending on which animals are being housed at any given time, you might see northern elephant seals, Pacific harbor seals and California sea lions. And on a rare occasion, you might even see a small whale or dolphin, since the PMMC is the only temporary holding facility for those wounded or beached mammals between Santa Barbara and San Diego. The nonprofit organization is open to the public every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and even though saving injured and sick animals is its main cause, educating the public about the fragile interface between earth and sea is also a critical function. 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-3050; www.pacificmmc.org. Free.

 

50.FIRST THURSDAYS AT LAGUNA ARTWALK
There are many artwalks across Orange County, and even though it's a little whitewashed and the artwork features lots of palm trees and fruit bowls, you can't beat the setting and the vibrations that come with Laguna Beach's summer version. PCH-adjacent, the First Thursdays at Laguna Artwalk features more than 40 member galleries, some of which serve wine and finger foods while patrons ponder the meaning of early Impressionist landscapes of California and the mixed-media paintings of Vladimir Sokolov. Hey, the air is salty, the sun is warm, and the beachgoers are scantily clad. For more info, visit www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com.

 

51. GRAVE HUNTING AT FAIRHAVEN MEMORIAL PARK
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52. GETTING DRUNK ON MAIN STREET IN SEAL BEACH
Orange County beaches often have one of two things going for them: good breaks for surfing (think Newport's 56th Street) or beautiful scenery (Laguna, Corona del Mar). Compared to these, Seal Beach can be a little outclassed. But what it does have going for it is its downtown bar scene, which, thanks to spots such as 320 Main, is a far cry from the bro-heavy watering holes of Huntington Beach. Located within walking distance of the blue Pacific, 320 Main takes mixology to new heights with delightfully sweet gin concoctions such as the Yuzu Blossom or the refreshing lime-meets-vodka goodness of the Moscow Mule. Sipping one of these tasty concoctions is the perfect method for washing sand from your teeth or taking the edge off a morning spent digging stingray barbs from your feet. 320 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 799-6246; www.320mainsealbeach.com.

 

53. GETTING DRUNK IN DOWNTOWN FULLERTON
If you live in North County, we're sorry, but there are going to be some hot days ahead. Luckily, there is plenty of alcohol available to help one cope with boredom and dread thanks to downtown Fullerton. For an optimal sipping experience, check out Matador Cantina in the daytime, when bartenders can put a little more love into their mixology for one of their lovingly crafted cocktails. Matador is one of those rare watering holes that takes a little pride in what it makes—as opposed to dumping a bunch of tequila over a pile of sugar. We recommend an Old Fashioned made with rye whiskey, focusing on flavor, with aromatic bitters added to muddled sugar along with a cherry. And for the pièce de résistance, they'll use a match to gently roast the peel of an orange, releasing its citrusy essence. Sip slowly. Taste the love. 111 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 871-8226; www.thematador.com.

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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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