Photography By: Hunter Cole
Photography By: Hunter Cole

The Guide to the 7 Best Picnic Spots in Orange County According to This Picnic Pro

Plan Your Perfect Picnic at These Amazing Orange County Locations 

Photographed By: Hunter Cole Orange County Picnic Spots

Expert: Lauren Rivard
Credentials: Owner, The Picnic Collective

1 | For the Lover of the Barefoot Lifestyle  Orange County Picnic Spots

Lantern Bay Park


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This true OC gem is a must for your picnic priority list. Between the harbor, park and ocean views, Lantern Bay Park gives you a little taste of everything Dana Point has to offer.

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2 | For the Entire Family Orange County Picnic Spots

Pines Park

Pines Park in Capistrano Beach sits on a bluff directly above the ocean. It’s a great place to roll out a picnic blanket while taking in bright blue ocean views and listening for the echoing sound of waves crashing below.

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3 | For the Staycation Seeker Orange County Picnic Spots

Treasure Island Park

Located near Montage Resort, you can find some of the prettiest views along Orange County’s coast. Sunset picnics at Treasure Island Park in Laguna Beach can’t be beat. You may even catch whale sightings at this grassy park above the surf!

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4 | For the Sunset-Chaser Orange County Picnic Spots

Picnic Park

“Picnic Park” is actually in the name of this beach park located on the northern side of Laguna Beach’s Heisler Park. The park above the beach offers grassy areas to spread out on as well as many picnic tables.

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5 | For the Nature Lover

Tewinkle Park

A tranquil park tucked behind the OC Fairgrounds, Tewinkle Park hosts a large pond, which is home to ducks, turtles and geese. The well-kept grounds offer beautiful walking trails and an abundance of mature trees for shade.

6 | For the Laid-Back, Local Experience

San Onofre State Beach

Bring on the beach days! This iconic surf spot is off the beaten path. San Onofre State Beach is one of [my] favorite hangouts because you can drive right up to the sand and enjoy a laid-back gathering under straw-thatched beach huts.

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7 | For the Zen-Seeker

Huntington Central Park

Explore Huntington Beach’s peaceful, nature-filled Central Park where there’s always a cool breeze blowing, courtesy of the Pacific Ocean. The quintessential space for families and friends to enjoy a day amongst acres of nature.

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