Parks and More
Mission Viejo is minutes away from some beautiful state parks, such as the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park. You will find everything from playgrounds to athletic courts. The city is also 20 minutes away from Laguna Beach, so spending a day enjoying rich blue waters and sunny swimming and surfing is another option. Wild Rivers Waterpark in nearby Irvine offers plenty of water slides and pools for children and adults to enjoy. If you have always wanted to whale watch, visit Davey's Locker Sport Fishing & Whale Watching in Newport Beach to book an expedition.
Arts Come Alive
The Cultural Arts Committee promotes art throughout the community and hosts concerts, art exhibits, children's programs, and community festivals. This love of the arts culminates every year with the annual Arts Alive Festival. This energetic festival boasts street painting, vendors, live entertainment, and workshops. Laguna Beach is home to the Simard Bilodeau Galerie, which is one of the largest art galleries in southern California. Christmas magic awaits with the South Coast Repertory’s annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” during the holidays. Other annual events to watch for include the KSBR Birthday bash and annual Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular.
Old and New
Although Mission Viejo is largely residential, there is no need to cross shopping off your activities list. The most popular shopping destination is the Shops at Mission Viejo. There are more than 150 stores and restaurants at this mall, including Macy’s, Apple, Sephora, and The Cheesecake Factory. If you feel like traveling outside the city, Old World Village at Huntington Beach offers nostalgic cobblestone streets and specialty stores in an enchanting replica of a Bavarian town. They also host an Oktoberfest celebration from September through the end of October, and an International Christmas celebration with Christmas stollen and other tasty holiday treats.