When it’s winter in San Clemente, instead of huddling indoors to stay warm you can get out and play. Have friends over to enjoy the outdoors in your own backyard or head out to experience special things that only winter can bring to Southern California.
The breeze in your hair, sea spray on your face and a magnificent whale right in front of you. Sharp-eyed whale watchers might spot some whales from the shore in January, but it’s better if you get on a boat! During the winter, Gray whale migration is on, so you’re likely to sight at least one of the more than a thousand of these impressive animals on their way south to their calving grounds. You might even spot dolphins, sea lions, sea faring birds and sharks. Up to two children under 12 are free with a full price adult ticket.
Take to the Trails. Walk. Run. Bike. Rake.
Sea Summit offers four miles of trails on the bluffs above the ocean. Enjoy the gifts of nature on a walk, run, or ride. Breathe the scent of sage. Hear the shorebirds overhead and the rustle of the songbirds in the brush.
Want to give back to nature? Volunteer to get your hands dirty at a park restoration maintenance day or become a certified hiking guide in an Orange County park. Learn more about volunteering in the outdoors in the OC. Remove invasive plants and clean up the trails when you Keep It Wild at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Their next volunteer event is January 21, 2017.
The Winter Judged Show runs January 8 through February 23, 2017. The San Clemente Art Association (SCAA) was founded in 1953 to appreciate arts and crafts and establish an eclectic art community. Exhibits have been hosted since 1954. The ACAA is run by volunteers and cosponsored by the City of San Clemente. The Gallery is open weekdays noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Great Playgrounds in San Clemente
Whether the kids or grandkids need some outside playtime, or you’re just feeling like a kid yourself, San Clemente offers many popular playgrounds.
Close to home, head to Canyon View Park , a new park in Sea Summit. Small but mighty, the park is proving to be a hit with younger kids and features easy access to the Sea Summit Trail.
Linda Lane Park , is one of the few playgrounds with beach access and ocean views.
Forster Ranch Community Park also gets high marks. The park, also known as Pirate Park for its nautical themed play equipment, is large and includes plenty of parking and sports fields.
Sea Canyon Park is good for climbers. It features a large structure with slides and ladders for older kids and boulders and swings for the younger ones.