The Best Fall Family Getaways in Orange County

November 2, 2012 6:00 AM

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starr ranch header The Best Fall Family Getaways in Orange County

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Orange County offers great getaway opportunities for families seeking fun in the fall. With its unique range of enjoyable, educational opportunities, autumn in Orange County typically provides special possibilities for adults and kids alike to get away from it all. Outdoors activities, entertaining educational endeavors and “Family Fun Zone Fridays,” all form a truly diverse spectrum of activities from which to choose. Here are five of the area’s best family fun fall getaways.

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Family Fun Zone Fridays
Balboa Fun Zone (event provided by ExplorOcean)
600 E. Bay Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-8915
Price: $7 for child as non-member/chaperone not charged/reservation required

A series of fun family fall getaways events occur, including the four November and December “Sea Tales” events, the Nov. 9 Family Fun Zone Fridays, and the Dec. 1 Christmas at the Beach. In what promises to be a special community experience, live entertainment, arts, galleries and food are all part of the action. The Sea Tales are unique each time, bringing special story times for fun ocean facts the whole family will take home.

Related: Best Volunteer Opportunities For Kids In Orange County

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Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course
3116 Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 499-2271
Click here to book a tee time/Click here for reservations

In an ideal environment for families, an effort is made for comfort and relaxation. The on-site golf course is known for providing a brilliant visual perspective of Orange County. With an emphasis on recreation, the gorgeous area combines the seasonal sense of being away from it all with the luxury and family comfort of feeling right at home. These are among the reasons that more than 100,000 visitors come each year to this inn.

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Dinosaur Dash
The Market Place
2771 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 832-3060
Price: $20 youth 2K, 5K and 10K
Dinosaur Dash On Facebook

The race is on to raise money on Tustin Public School Foundation’s annual special day of fun racing. If you missed online registration, you can still register in person at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Friday, Nov. 2 from 1 p.m to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m or on Sunday before the event at 6:15 a.m. The fall family fun continues with food, games and general merriment for the whole family. The Dinosaur Dash provides a delightful event full of activities that support education.

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Ice Rink at the Spectrum
Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 748-8280
Price: $14 adults and children daily/$12 toddler/$3 skate rental/season pass is also available

Orange County’s sole outdoor ice rink brings in the whole family for fall fun. This opening, containing both substance and spectacle, is located in Giant Wheel Court. Session times vary. The ice is resurfaced between each session. Open skating is available Monday through Thursday.

Related: Best Spots For Back to School Shopping In Orange County

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Audubon Starr Ranch
Starr Ranch Sanctuary
100 Bell Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92670
(949) 858-0309
Click here for program reservation

Weed Warrior Volunteers is a volunteer activity preventing negative wildlife effects. November to March is the time for the Monitoring Avian Winter Survival program, which is done non-chemically (with no pesticides), by hand. As autumn readies for winter, Dec. 15 brings the Christmas Bird Count. Starr Ranch is another example of why Orange County makes it easy to enjoy an all-star collection of the most fantastic family fall getaways anyone could hope for.

Will Engel is a musician and music journalist with eight years of experience. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Will is a singer, keyboardist/pianist, and songwriter who released a well-received album and frequently performs around Southern California. He lives in the Los Angeles area. His work can be found at

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