Nature & Parks

Santa Ana, CA, and our neighboring communities offer an outdoor paradise brimming with adventure at every turn. Home to numerous parks, dozens of California’s top beaches, and mild weather year-round, Orange County is perfect for anyone craving adventure and connection with like-minded souls under the California sun. 

Whether you're a thrill-seeking surfer, a curious golfer, or an avid wildlife explorer, our city and county have something in store. So, grab some sunscreen, put on your shades, and join us outside!

Parks in Santa Ana, CA

Each of the 47 public parks in Santa Ana, CA, offers a unique experience to get outside. 

Santiago Park is one of our most popular attractions in Santa Ana. This lush area spans over 34 acres and offers a range of outdoor amenities, including hiking trails, tennis courts, an archery range, and a wildlife education center.

Centennial Regional Park is another local favorite featuring playing fields, picnic areas, lakeside fishing, and Santa Ana River Trail access.

Find a balanced mix of sports facilities, playgrounds, and outdoor recreation at Memorial Park, Jerome Park, and Carl Thornton Park.  

Santa Ana Golf Courses

Our sunny city also boasts plenty of options for golf enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned pro or still learning the ropes, grab your clubs and take on Santa Ana's golf scene.

One of our most popular destinations is the Riverview Golf Course. This 18-hole course features wide fairways, challenging greens, and a unique layout that crosses the Santa Ana River. The course is open year-round and offers affordable rates, making it a top choice for golfers of all skill levels.

Another option in Santa Ana is the 18-hole Willowick Golf Course. Open to the public since 1928, this historic course offers golfers plenty of exciting play and boasts some of Orange County's most accessible green fees.

Beaches Near Santa Ana

Find some of the most beloved beaches in California near Santa Ana! Orange County is home to 42 miles of coastline, after all.
Relish in the vibrant coastal lifestyle unique to Orange County by spending the day exploring Newport Beach, only 11 miles from Santa Ana, featuring a scenic boardwalk, a family-friendly fun zone, and so much more.

Other nearby beaches include Huntington Beach, known for its prime surfing and family-friendly activities. If you're an angler, the Huntington Pier is a great place to cast a line and enjoy pristine ocean views. Laguna Beach is nestled under the San Joaquin Hills and is the ideal beachside destination for adventure seekers. 

Orange County, CA, Parks

Orange County takes its parks seriously, with 25 regional wilderness destinations and 230 miles of hiking and riding trails.

Discover scenic views, fascinating flora and fauna, and plenty of recreational activities, including hiking, throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a 1,200-acre coastal wetland in Huntington Beach. This protected area is home to more than 200 bird species, making it a bird watcher's paradise. You can explore trails on foot or by bicycle and enjoy fishing and kayaking along the Bolsa Chica Channel.

Crystal Cove State Park is a 3.2-mile stretch of coastline that includes tide pools, sandy beaches, and breathtaking bluffs. The park offers miles of hiking and horseback riding trails with spectacular views of the Pacific. After a long day of exploring, cool off with a swim and revel in a classic SoCal sunset.

The Newport Bay Nature Preserve is a 1,000-acre wetland and one of the region's most important areas for wildlife conservation. Explore this lush coastal area on foot, bike, or paddleboard!