Free (and Almost Free) Activities
You can embark on a behind the scenes tour of normally restricted areas of “The Big A.” For just $7 ($5 for kids ages 3-18, free for kids under 3), you will get to visit the Angels dugout, Visitors clubhouse, the Angel Stadium press box, dugout suites and more!
One of the best ways to appreciate art in Orange County on the cheap is at a local Art Walk. This is a sort of 'open house' for the novice and long-time art lover and gives you an opportunity to explore at your own pace and be introduced to a variety of art forms and art techniques.
First Sundays are free at Bowers! Visitors to the Bowers can enjoy free access to the museum, Kidseum, and all activities on the first Sunday of every month, thanks to the Target Corporation. Regular admission prices are listed below. Museum Hours Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Kidseum Hours Tuesday- Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Fullerton Arboretum is an oasis in the heart of Orange County. Serving the community since 1979, the arboretum is the premier resource for ecological, horticultural and historical education.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching offers fun (and free!) activities for kids every weekend and two-for-one Tuesdays all year long on whale watching and fishing trips. Free Fishing Clinic for Kids Hours: Every Sunday, 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
With nearly 40,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space, the Orange County Park system features endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Visit the OC Parks website for information on all the parks and trails in OC.
One of the premier spots to catch the perfect Southern California sunset, Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street are iconic Orange County destinations. Thankfully, enjoying this famous OC city doesn't have to be expensive.
The Great Park Balloon is the Orange County Great Park’s first major attraction. With the ability to hold up to 25 to 30 passengers at once, and soar up to 400 feet above the surrounding landscape, it also serves as a public observation deck for the Great Park’s development.
Shop for fresh, locally grown produce, support local artists, sample delish food of all kinds and listen to great live music. Farmer's markets are a great way to have fun in the OC sun with the whole family.
The Balboa Island Ferry has been transporting passengers between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula since 1919. This historic and scenic trip is a great way to quickly get across the harbor and enjoy the beautiful scenery at the same time. You can ride the ferry on foot, bicycle or in your vehicle.