Active Fun Around Orange County: A Newcomer’s Guide

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If you live an active lifestyle, you probably already have your favorite place to work up a sweat. Maybe it’s the local hiking trails or the cool new fitness complex that opened up. When you move to a new place, it’s an adjustment in every area of your life, including your personal fitness. Backstage SoCal shares these Orange County activities to keep your heart pumping. 

Active Fun in the Sun

Exercising doesn’t have to be boring, but sometimes it feels that way when you’ve done the same workout day after day. Getting outside is one way to beat that boredom. Now that you call 

Orange County home, you can find plenty of activities to do under the sun that will give you a good workout. Here are some of the best ways to get outside and get your body moving.

Surfing and Paddleboarding

Huntington Beach offers lovely beaches where you can fish and learn to paddleboard. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try new things. For instance, if you’ve never been surfing or kitesurfing before, consider taking surfing lessons here. Several beaches in the Orange County area also offer classes for all ages, and it’s a great workout for the entire body.

Horseback Riding

Riding on horseback works your entire core, so it’s a wonderful workout for your back, pelvic area, and abs. It’s also something you can do with the entire family, making it a perfect activity for the weekend that will allow you to have fun while getting in shape. 

Dog Walking

It can be difficult for new arrivals to the city to find time to workout amid crazy work schedules, so combining exercise with daily activities is ideal. Dogs need lots of exercise, so you can use your time wisely and find activities for both of you to do daily. This can include hiking, running along the beach, or walking through one of the many dog-friendly parks in Orange County.

Sites like not only list outdoor and indoor locations that welcome dogs, they also recommend adoption locations. If you are new to the city and don’t have a furry friend, why not adopt and learn about your new home together. After that workout, you can even grab a bite to eat at one of Orange County’s many dog friendly restaurants.

Take in Some History

There are plenty of historic locations in Orange County, and these are great places to get in some activity while learning about the amazing past of the place you now call home. Heritage Hill Historical Park and Founder’s Park offer several historical sites, such as the area’s oldest homes and churches and authentic adobes. Put on some comfortable shoes and get ready for an education while you put in your steps for the day.


Orange County is famous for its gorgeous beaches with hiking trails, and there are several with different levels of difficulty. If you’re an experienced hiker, try Whiting Ranch, Santiago Canyon, and Ortega Highway. For easier trails, try Crystal Cove State Park, San Clemente, or of course, Huntington Beach.

With so much to do outdoors, you are sure to find ways to keep in shape. Not only that, you may make some new friends along the way. Orange County is not only a great place to stay active, but have tons of fun as well. You don’t have to wait until you are done unpacking. Get out there, explore, and have fun in your new home.


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