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Top Free Things to Do

Top Free Things to Do

While traveling may involve paying bucks for sightseeing and amusement purposes, being able to enjoy things for free is not a question at Mission Viejo.

From watching plays down to scenic greeneries, this town has it for you! These are some of the best free things to do in Mission Viejo.

Enjoy the shows by Shakespeare by the Sea

Mission Viejo: Potocki Center for the Arts 27301 La Paz Rd., Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Operating Hours:
Friday, August 3 at 7pm: The Winter’s Tale

Shakespeare by the Sea is an organization of artists that aim to offer excellent plays to everyone for free. Mission Viejo is lucky to have one of their shows this year. They’ll conduct their Free Summer Festival regardless of race, age, economic stability because their audience is known to be a melting pot of Americans. This festival is their core program. Southern Californian families have been enjoying their shows for the past years.

All performances are held outside, so if you’re attending this event, make sure to bring the following:

  • Warm clothing for chilly coastal venues
  • Blanket or chair for comfortable sitting
  • Snacks, since the only concessions are hot chocolates, coffee, and sweets.

You may also prepare your donations if you’d like.

Bond with your friends at the O’Neill Regional Park

30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

Operating Hours:
Day Use: Open year-round from 7 am. to sunset.

Trails: Closed for three days following rain.

Camping: Year-round
Check-in at 2 p.m.
Check-out at 12 p.m.
The camping registration is from 7am to 8pm

If you’re down for overnight camping or a picnic during the daytime, you may try O’Neill Regional Park.

The picnic areas have various sizes. If you’re planning a day under the sun and by the greeneries, know that these facilities are on a first come, first serve basis. There are picnic tables and barbecues available.

As this park leaves its visitors with 23 miles of picturesque trails, you may enjoy exploring them on foot, by horseback or by bicycle. You may check for the schedules of their horseshoe pits, two large community turf areas. You may also bring your children and let them enjoy their playground in the area.

Camping Reservations

Call the park management for reservations. On busy seasons, the reservations for the campsites fall on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s recommended that you make reservations for a minimum of 4 weeks in advance.

Stroll with your pet at the La Paws Dog Park

25100 Felipe Rd, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, USA

Operating Hours:
Sunday: 7AM–8PM

Monday: 7AM–8PM

Tuesday: 7AM–8PM

Wednesday: 7AM–8PM

Thursday: 1–8PM

Friday: 7AM–8PM

Saturday: 7AM–8PM

The park restricted during poor weather.

This park has three enclosures. There’s an area for large, small and single dog areas. The surrounding pens are for walking. There are also seating areas nearby. When bringing your furry friends in this park, you need to take note of the following:

  • No food allowed within the fenced areas.
  • No dog shall be left unattended at any time.
  • Dog owners shall clean up their dog poop.
  • Owners must always supervise their dogs.
  • Dogs must be on a leash upon entrance and exit from the fences. They must also be leashed while walking the trail and in the event plaza.

Go nature tripping at the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

26701 Portola Parkway, Foothill Ranch, CA 9261

Operating Hours:
7 a.m. to sunset, year-round, except after rain.

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park is approximately 2,500 acres of oak and riparian woodland canyons and slopes of coastal sage scrub. It’s a 15-minute drive from the heart of Mission Viejo. Various scenic rock formations sit in the area of this park including the famous Red Rock Canyon.

Three alternate streams flow through the park. Borrego, Serrano and Aliso Creek each hold the majesty of wildlife in the park.


The park boasts its 17 miles of graded roads and single tracked rails. Visitors may enjoy mountain biking on the 23 trails available for outdoor enjoyment. Hikers and equestrians may also take part of the fun under the sun in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.

Know that Billy Goat trails and the Red Rock Canyon are reserved for hikers only. If you’re up for more trail experiences, you may also enjoy the connecting paths leading to the OC Parks Regional Trails system. Have your way to Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail, Edison riding and hiking trail, and Aliso-Serrano Riding and Hiking Trail.

Whiting Ranch is open to the public except after rain. You may call the park office to know more about the trail closure schedules.

Enjoying the beauty of Mission Viejo may not always mean spending dollars. Choose among these free things to do in Mission Viejo and have your way to tons of fun without spending loads of bucks.

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