Air Combat USA
Dogfight training in actual high-performance small planes. Instructors handle takeoff and landing, riders have control in the air. Fullerton Municipal Airport, 3815 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 800.522.7590.
Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific One of the largest aquariums in the U.S.; highlights include Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest and ethereal sea jellies. Daily 9 am-6 pm. $14.95-$25.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100. aquariumofpacific.org
Balboa Boat Rentals and Parasail
Panoramic views of Newport Beach and harbor while you’re aloft; choice of altitudes. Boat, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, too. Parasailing $65-$75. 510 E. Edgewater, Balboa, 949.673.7200 Map N15
CA Surf ‘N’ Paddle
Surf and paddleboard lessons, rentals of beach chairs, surfboards and other beach and water equipment. 689 and 695 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.1423 Map I16
Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari
Dolphin and whale-watching excursions. Departures daily. $35-$55, under 3 free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828
China Cove Kayak Adventures
Customized kayak tours around Newport Bay. Bicycle adventures, too. Hidden beach Jeep and kayak tour is new.
Clint Carroll Surf School
Son of surf great Corky Carroll offers instruction at all levels. Beach transport and equipment provided. Newport Cruisers Bike Rental Shop, 111 23rd St., Newport Beach, 949.355.7285 Map N15
Country Trails and Riding School
Guided horseback rides among massive coast live oaks and California sycamores. Tu-Su. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.538.5860, ctriding.com
The renowned church boasts three architectural treasures: Philip Johnson’s spectacular glass cathedral, Richard Neutra’s Tower of Hope and Richard Meier’s International Center for Positive Thinking. Tours M–Sa 9 am–3:30 pm. Free. 12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove, 714.971.4000.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Year-round fishing and whale-watching trips from south Orange County. Dana Point Harbor, 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.496.5794. danawharf.com
120 hands-on exhibits, live shows, laser theater. Boeing Rocket Lab offers exhibits inside the tilting cube. Opening June 8, Da Vinci—The Genius and Da Vinci Jr. Continuing, LEGO Castle Adventure. Daily 10 am-5 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. $12.95-$15.95, under 3 free. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.542.2823. discoverycube.org
Mickey Mouse’s first theme park includes 55 attractions in eight lands, from Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln on Main Street, U.S.A., to Innoventions and Star Tours—the Adventure continues in Tomorrowland. The Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries and the Mickey’s Magical Map show in Fantasyland are new. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $81-$87, under 3 free. 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565. disneyland.disney.go.com
Disney California Adventure
Spectacular Pixar-inspired Cars Land and Buena Vista Street are new. Classics include spectacular nighttime water show World of Color; Soarin’ Over California; California Screamin’; Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $81-$87. 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565. disneyland.disney.go.com
Twenty-acre pedestrian promenade adjacent to Disney parks offers dining, shopping, cinema and nightlife, including House of Blues, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and ESPN Zone. Non-gated, free admission. 1510-1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 .
FLIGHTDECK air combat center
Civilians turn into dogfighting machines using very realistic F-16 fighter jet cockpit simulators. No experience necessary. Minimum age 11, height 4’ 11”. Starts at $59. Tu-Su 11:30 am-8:30 pm. 1650 S. Sinclair, Anaheim, 714.937.1511. flightdeck1.com
County’s largest botanical garden, with 26 lush acres and more than 4,000 unusual plant species set amid ponds and streams. June, M-Th 8 am-8 pm; F-Su and July-Aug., 8 am-4:30 pm Free; $3 suggested donation. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407.
New water-propelled-jet-pack adventure in (and over, of course!) Newport Harbor. $159-$549. 2600 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 888.553.6471 Map N13
Indoor kart racing offers challenging track for speed enthusiasts. Arrangements for private parties or corporate events possible. $20. 17221 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.250.0242; 1000 N. Edward Ct., Anaheim, 714.632.6999.
Knott’s Berry Farm
More than 165 rides and attractions. Premier collection of coasters includes Silver Bullet, GhostRider, Xcelerator and WindSeeker. Call for hours and prices; under 3 free. Knott’s Soak City Water Park adjacent (separate admission). 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.
Dinner theater show featuring jousting knights, Lipizzaner stallions, swordsmanship and falconry, four-course feast. Medieval Torture Museum. $35.95-$57.95. 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 866.543.9637.
Live presentations aboard tall ship Pilgrim, docked in Dana Point Harbor; tide-pool sessions; marine-mammal exploration cruises; blue-whale safaris. Sa-Su 10 am-3 pm; behind-the-scenes tour Th-F 3:30 pm. $4.50-$6.50, under 3 free. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274.
Huge in-progress park is bigger than New York’s Central Park. Tethered-balloon rides, $5-$10, under 6 free. Carousel, $2. Farmers market, Su 10 am-2 pm. Interstate 5, Sand Canyon Avenue and Irvine Boulevard. Great Park Balloon and Preview Park, Perimeter Road, Irvine, 866.829.3829. ocgp.org
Orange County Zoo
New lion cubs! Charming, rustic zoo features plants and animals from Southwestern U.S. Audio tours are new. M-F 10 am-3:30 pm, Sa-Su until 4:30 pm. $2, under 2 free. Parking $3-$5. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.973.6847.
Pedego Electric Bikes
Electric bike rentals $14 per hour with two-hour minimum or $50 per day. Tour three piers and Newport Harbor for $69. 301 Fifth St., Huntington Beach, 714.465.2782; 2515 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.612.7989; 34155 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.488.0696; 1065 Pacific Coast Hwy., Seal Beach, 562.296.5782 Map N9, M16, J16, C1
Swashbuckling swordplay, aerial artistry, cannon blasts, pyrotechnics, comedy, romance aboard Spanish galleon replica in lagoon. Call for hours. $39.95-$58.95, under 3 free. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.690.1497. piratesdinneradventure.com
PRETEND CITY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Interconnected, interactive miniature city for children from infant to 8 years old. Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm; M until 1 pm. $12.50. 29 Hubble, Irvine, 949.428.3900.
Queen Mary Ship and Seaport
Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, dining, art deco lounge. Continuing: Diana: Legacy of a Princess. Shops, dining, art deco lounge; Russian Foxtrot Submarine adjacent. Self-guided and guided tours, M-Th 10 am-6 pm, F-Su 10 am-7 pm. $14.95-$24.95, under 5 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511. queenmary.com
Provocative exhibits include the presidential helicopter, the presidential tapes and a permanent Watergate gallery. Continuing Richard Nixon Centennial Exhibit. Garden tours on Saturdays. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. $4.75-$11.95, under 6 free. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.993.5075. nixonfoundation.org
Indoor climbing facility with instruction at all levels. M-Th noon-10 pm, F until 9 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm. $11-$16. 1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.556.7625.
1,800-acre wildlife preserve with vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. $44; children 3-11 $34; kids 2 and under free; seniors 60 and over $39.60. Cars $10-15. Open daily, Through June 28 9 am-5 pm, June 29-Aug. 18 9 am-7 pm, Aug. 19-Sept. 6 9 am-6 pm. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702. sdzsafaripark.org
Renowned zoo has some 4,000 rare and endangered animals in state-of-the-art environments. $44; kids 3-11 $34; kids 2 and under free; seniors 60+ $39.60. Free parking. Open daily, call for hours. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515. sandiegozoo.org
Santa Ana Zoo
Modest, idyllic zoo. Tierra de las Pampas exhibit features giant anteaters and greater rheas. Daily, 10 am-4 pm. $7-$10, under 3 free. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, 714.835.7484
Home of Shamu. Marine-themed attractions include new Turtle Reef, thrill ride Journey to Atlantis and Blue Horizons show. Open daily. Call for hours, combo rates. $70-$78, under 3 free. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 800.25.SHAMU.
Sherman Library & Gardens
Ten gardens showcase intimate botanical collection. Library research center. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. Library open T-Th 9 am-4:30 pm. $1-$3, under 12 free. Free on Mondays. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261.
Sky High Sports
Fun center features 360 degrees of trampoline walls; free-bounce, dodgeball and AIRobics. $12 per hour. Call for hours. 2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.437.5867.
Aerobatics in biplanes. Receive instruction, assume control of the aircraft, execute maneuvers such as a loop, roll, spin or inverted pass over the coast—no experience necessary! Or gentler flights in open-cockpit 1930s biplane. Rides videotaped and include DVD. 230 Dale Place, Fullerton, 866.484.7455
Paddleboard on the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Lessons and rentals—and even paddleboard yoga classes—are available. Daily 9 am-8 pm. $30-$69. 1103 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9730 Map I16
New indoor family-fun center features laser tag, rock climbing walls, high ropes course and mechanical bull. Open M-Th 1 pm-9 pm, F 1 pm-11 pm, Sa 10 am-11 pm, Su 11 am-9 pm. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd., West, Orange, 714.937.1600. thrillit.com
Universal Studios Hollywood
World’s biggest motion picture/TV studio. Rides include Jurassic Park, Simpsons Ride, Special Effects Stage, King Kong 360 3-D. Tram studio tour includes War of the Worlds and Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane. VIP Experience is private guided tour through prop warehouse, working movie sets, soundstages. Call for hours. $76-$84, under 3 free. VIP Experience $259. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800. universalstudioshollywood.com
Skateboard mecca has combi pool, open street course and mini-ramps; Vans store is adjacent. Daily 10 am-10 pm. $12/session (2 hrs.) weekdays; $15/session weekends. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, 714.769.3800.