Orange County, with its picturesque coastal communities and luxury shopping, is a premier travel destination and offers much in the way of diverse experiences. If you’d rather step off the beaten path, check out some of the most unique tours available in the OC.
Orange County Bird Tours
Are you a nature lover? Interested in learning all about the resident bird population in Orange County? Why not take a bird tour in one of four Orange County habitats which include Bolsa Chica, Upper Newport Bay, San Joaquin Marsh, and Central Park. Learn about the different species of birds native to the region, while basking in the OC’s beautiful weather and scenery. Weekend tours are available and charged by the hour. On the last Sunday of the month, you can participate in a free bird walk at Upper Newport Bay.
Get an inside look at how a real farm works through Tanaka Farms’ seasonal tours. This 30 acre organic working farm, which is owned and operated by Farmer Tanaka, his wife, and son, produces over 60 fruits and vegetables, including their popular and incredibly delicious strawberries. Beginning in early Spring, families can enjoy a cookout on the farm. This family-friendly venture begins with a walking tour, where guests harvest selected vegetables, then prepare and cook them in the farm’s barbeque pit. The tour ends on a sweet note with fresh picked strawberries.
Popular among children, the farm’s Strawberry Tours run early Spring through the Summer and include a guided wagon ride around the farm. Children will learn how fruits and vegetables grow, taste those that are in season, and pick and eat a 1 pound basket of strawberries. This tour is by reservation only. Additionally, families can take a guided Watermelon Tour which is similar to the Strawberry Tour, but concludes with the opportunity to pick your own watermelon (in place of strawberries).
OC Wildlife & Beach Tour
Discover some of the OC’s hidden coastal treasures on one of several Eco, Nature, or Beach Coastal Tours. Guests can select from one of two eco/nature tours which include a visit to the Tide Pools for a deep dive into sea life or a visit to a Nature Preserve for a birds-eye view of the OC’s most unique birds. Each tour includes transportation, an educational guide, a beverage, and a snack.
The company also offers a Laguna Canyon Artists Tour which includes the opportunity to meet with some of the festival’s artists and optional wine tasting.
Newport Landing Whale Watching
Unbeknownst to many, the Southern California Coastline sees its share of migrating whales, particularly prominent during winter and early spring. Newport Landing, located in Newport Beach, is an ideal viewing location and it’s possible to see hundreds of Grey Whales on the coastline within a few minutes of the Harbor. December through April comprise the Grey Whale’s migration period through the OC coast while those looking to view blue whales, finback whales, dolphin seals, killer whales, and sharks should consider taking a tour from May through November.
Vietnamese Culinary Tour of Little Saigon
Exploring their passion for food and photography, Todd and Diane started White On Rice as a way to document their stories of food, travel, gardening and more through words and photos. If you enjoy ethnic, gourmet food, be sure to check out the couple’s Vietnamese Culinary Tour of Little Saigon where foodies unite to explore the rich, diverse culinary history of Vietnamese cuisine. The four hour tours vary but include everything from a visit to a local farmer’s market to an Asian Cooking class.
DLS Helicopter Tours
Enjoy a spectacular “bird’s eye” view of Orange County, in all it’s coastal beauty on a 30 minute helicopter tour of the county’s coast line. Helicopter tours begin at John Wayne Airport and proceed to Newport Harbor, Corona Del Mar, Newport Coast, Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, South Laguna, Dana Point, and San Clemente.
Old Towne Orange Food Tasting Walking Tours
With a passion for food, tradition, and cooking, Italian sisters Deanna and Renee started their widely popular culinary walking tours. Their tours incorporate Orange County’s history and landmarks as they approach food from a local point of view. At present, four tours are offered, including a Christmas in Old Towne Tour which incorporates tastings with a holiday twist, shopping, and a brief history of Christmas in Old Towne Orange.
Another Side of Orange County Tours
Looking to explore the OC in luxury? Ready for a once-in-lifetime experience? Want to discover something new? Check out the unique tours offered by one of the most premiere touring companies in Southern California. Travel the OC by Segway, Kayak, ATV and more when you visit Another Side of Orange County Tours.