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Balboa Fun Zone 
 
 
"The Balboa Fun Zone is one of Southern California's oldest and last great coastal amusement areas.... Located on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach.... There's the Balboa Pier, built on the site of Glen Martin's historic the first water-to-water flight, from Balboa to Catalina Island in 1912, and is one of the few piers to survive undamaged by Southern California's destructive coastal storms of the '80s. There's the Catalina Flyer, one hour to Catalina Island. The Balboa Island Ferry, only 50 cents. The harbor cruises, whale watching cruises, sport fishing, quaint shops and great restaurants. And, of course, there's the Balboa Fun Zone. Since 1936, the Fun Zone's ferris wheel has been a day and night landmark on the Newport Harbor scene, beckoning all to join in the fun.... Completely rebuilt from the ground up in 1986, the Fun Zone's ferris wheel, merry-go-round, bumper cars scary dark ride, arcades, fun food, and shops still make it the highlight of every visit to Balboa."  Balboa
Disneyland 
 
 
The first. The original. History lives there. According to the 2008 Attraction Attendance Report by an industry trade association, Disneyland has the second highest attendence of all amusement and theme parks, worldwide. Disneyland Park and California Adventure 714-781-4565 / Downtown Disney 714-300-7800 / Annual Passports 714-781-4567 / Business Office 714-781-4000 / Dining Reservations 714-781-3463 / Fairy Tale Weddings 714-956-6527 / Group Sales 714-956-6510. See also: The Disney Store, Disney's Character Warehouse Outlet, Disney on Ice. And, for a little fun online, check out this unofficial site that documents Disneyland as it used to be: Yesterland

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Irvine Regional Park 
 
 
NO - THIS IS NOT IN IRVINE! It's in the hills over Orange. It is named after James Irvine, who donated the park in 1897. One of our favorite haunts, it boasts miles of paved & unpaved road, sidewalk & trail, pony rides, miniature railroad rides, paddleboat rentals, and a slew of playgrounds. Trails take you up into the hills, by the resevoir, and eventually all the way to Santiago Oaks Regional Park. Take the family. Picnic, play, relax. "Located in the scenic foothills of East Orange County, Californiaís oldest County park (donated by James Irvine in 1897) has a rustic, early Californian atmosphere and offers such unique features as the Orange County Zoo and Irvine Park Railroad. Itís also an ideal setting for observing wildlife, visible along the nature trail and on the surrounding hillsides.... Irvine Regional Park is nestled among a grove of heritage Oak and Sycamore trees. The rolling foothills surrounding the park are filled with a variety of wildlife. Trees, shaded turf areas provide a serene setting for leisure activities. Santiago Creek bisects the park and a pond with stone-work waterfall and foot bridge is located in the center of the park. The variety of landscape greatly enhances the park's beauty. "  Orange
Mission San Juan Capistrano 
 
 
"Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago. Today it is a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Indians, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion. Visitors will discover many areas of interest within the Mission walls. You can hear the tolling of century old bells and walk down its time worn paths. The serenity and peace amid the 10 acres of lush gardens and cool fountains, cloistered by old adobe walls, offers visitors seclusion from the sights and sounds of a busy world. Visit the Serra Chapel, Padres Quarters, Industrial Area, Soldiers Barracks, Cemetery and The Great Stone Church." Events include: Art Exhibitions, Benefit Gala Concert & Dinner, Christmas at the Mission, Flower & Garden Festival, Founders Day, Kids Day at the Mission, Lecture Series, Lincoln Celebration, Living History Day, Mariachi Festival, Member Appreciation Day, Music Under the Stars, Return of the Swallows, Sunday Symphony Series, Two for One Resident Day, Mission San Juan Capistrano Summer Camps.  San Juan Capistrano
Moreno's Restaurant 
 
 
"A hundred years ago the table land called El Modena was covered with sagebrush and cactus webbed with sheep and cattle trails. Early in 1886 a town was laid out in the brush country and named Modena, but to eliminate confusion with another town an El was added to the name. The town was soon settled by colonists from the middle west who belonged to a "Society of Friends", more commonly called Quakers. A meeting house was needed and in June 1887 work was started on a building located on a two and one-half acre plot on Chapman Avenue donated by four members of the congregation. The whole community co-operated in the project and on August 15, 1887 a meeting house was dedicated. David Hewes, though not a Quaker, donated a large church bell. The building stood high and conspicuous in a land that had few trees or houses. The friends were newcomers to California and were not acquainted with its unusual weather. Their new building was only one month old when a desert wind called a Santa Ana roared across the open country and pushed the building from its foundation. The building collapsed and the heavy bell crashed to the ground and completely wrecked the structure. When the wind died down the friends surveyed the wreckage and with no hesitation cleared the debris and started building again. The second church was built on the lines of the first but was fortified against the weather. For ninety years it stood as a monument in the heart of El Modena. Over the years new voices were heard in the community. Spanish became the common language. The friends outgrew their venerable home and in 1967 moved to another meeting place a half-mile away. For nine years their old home stood abandoned until Javier and Nora Moreno rescued the landmark. They were natives of the community and with nostalgia and long experience in serving tasty food, they purchased the property and added a touch of Mexico. The old church building was not changed but was blended into surroundings where the food and hospitality of early California can be enjoyed."  Orange
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