Fun and Free Orange County Activities for the Family

For most us, June signals the start of summer fun activities in Orange County. What better way to get things started for 2015, than with a list of five activities that are either free or as close to it as you can get.

Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach 

Those of us who are not surfers will still enjoy a walk along Main Street, the pier and the beach in Huntington Beach Main. The International Surfing Museum with its Surfers’ Hall of Fame is free, and it’s only a short walk to the beach to watch surfers or beach volleyball matches as you wait to catch the perfect sunset.

Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

Santa Ana is the home of the Bowers Museum. There is no better place to introduce children to art than the 11,000-square foot children’s museum located two blocks from the main building. The Bowers Museum caters to a broad spectrum of art forms and cultures, so there is truly something here for everyone.

Best of all, it’s free or at least it is on one day each month. Thanks to corporate sponsorship, the museum waives the admission fees for adults and children to both the main building and to the children’s museum on the first Sunday of each month.

County-wide Farmer’s Markets

County Wide Farmer's Market in Orange CountyWe all enjoy fresh produce, and there is no better place to get it than at the many farmer’s markets scattered throughout Orange County. California’s Certified Farmer’s Market program allows consumers access to a variety of products including:

• Fruits
• Vegetables
• Nuts and homey
• Cut flowers and plants
• Eggs and dairy products

Locations of markets vary from day to day. The best place to find out about a market is through the county’s public works website.

Balboa Island Ferry

Most of us spend too much time in our cars. Driving to scenic Balboa Island is one way of getting there, but adults can leave their cars behind by taking the ferry for only $1 from the Balboa Peninsula to Balboa Island. Children from ages 5 through 11 pay half the adult price while those under five ride for free.

A Botanical Garden Awaits

Fullerton Arboretum offers 26 acres containing more than 4,000 plant species in a setting that includes streams and ponds to help us forget the hustle and bustle associated with an urban lifestyle. As part of the California State University at Fullerton, admission to this Orange County oasis is free, but a $3 donation is suggested.


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