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Key Info

18002 Goldenwest St.

Price & Hours

Free
5 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Details

Free, Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

When you find yourself needing a change of scenery, head to Huntington Central Park. Featuring more than 350 acres of land, this green space is the largest city-owned park in Orange County. Here, you can pass the time picnicking, fishing, bird-watching, playing Frisbee golf or simply exploring various trails on foot, by bike or by horse. If you're traveling with children, you'll find multiple kids facilities on the park grounds, including four playgrounds and the largest children's library situated west of the Mississippi River. Other noteworthy amenities include three eateries, an equestrian center, a dog park and an 18-acre nature center.

Past travelers loved visiting Huntington Central Park, calling it an "oasis in the city" and a "bird-watcher's paradise." Many previous visitors were particularly impressed with the beautiful foliage and well-maintained paths, though a few cautioned that the presence of homeless residents can make the park feel unsafe at times. Try to visit during the day and with others to avoid feeling uneasy.

Huntington Central Park is located 3 miles north of Downtown Huntington Beach and 4 miles east of Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. It's open every day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is always free to visit. Most of the park's annual events, including a Family Fun Day and Revolutionary War and Civil War reenactments, are also free to attend. Complimentary and paid parking lots can be found throughout the park. Find out more by visiting the City of Huntington Beach's Huntington Central Park page.

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If you've seen a photo of Huntington Beach, chances are it's of its main beach and famous pier. The beach's 3 ½ miles of gorgeous sands is a haven for professional surfers and volleyball players, and draws locals and tourists eager to learn how to surf and stroll the 1,850-foot-long pier. The impressive pier, which is one of the longest on the West Coast, is an excellent place to fish and catch a sunset. Meanwhile, the beach itself features all kinds of amenities, including fire rings for beach bonfires, restrooms with outdoor showers, an information kiosk, water sports equipment rentals and beach volleyball courts. When you need a break from the sand and sea, cycle along the Huntington Beach Bike Trail or explore Downtown Huntington Beach. Both sit within walking distance of the beach and pier.

According to previous visitors, the city's main beach and pier are two of its can't-miss attractions. Not only will you enjoy incredible ocean views (especially at sunset), but you'll also discover a laid-back ambiance ideal for relaxing outside. In fact, many highly recommend coming here to simply watch the surfers and walk up and down the pier. If you're hoping to avoid large crowds, past beachgoers recommended visiting on a weekday and outside the busy summer season. The beach also tends to get crowded during its annual events, so consider planning around popular events like the AVP Huntington Beach Open (in May), the Vans US Open of Surfing (in August) and The Great Pacific Airshow (in September).

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