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Mission Viejo, in Orange County in southern California and about 30 minutes south of Anaheim along Interstate 5, is a planned community founded in 1965. The community was built on the site of a former Spanish mission that was later used as a cattle ranch. Today, both residents and visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of free activities throughout the city, which includes a number of outdoor sites that are ideal for enjoying the temperate southern California climate.

While Orange County in general is a very popular vacation destination, Mission Viejo is one of its cities that s often overlooked. But truth is, Mission Viejo is a hidden treasure waiting to be explored. Outside of the dozens of fabulous restaurants, here are a few cool things you can check out if you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday Afternoon.

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SHOPPING >

Keep calm and go shopping here at Mission Viejo. Whatever you long to buy, you can find it here.

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NIGHTLIFE >

Mission Viejo may be a peaceful place to settle in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have nights that will help you

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GOLF >

Mission Viejo residents have embraced the sport of golf for years.

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KIDS ENTERTAINMENT >

Southern California has a lot to offer when it comes to family recreational activities and holiday getaways.

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DEALS AND DISCOUNTS >

Hopping in Mission Viejo is one for the books. This city has shops that might have everything that you need.

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CONCERTS IN THE PARK

It’s great to relax and unwind after a stressful day at work. In Mission Viejo, the city may not have a lot

GUIDES >

Mission Viejo continuously grows as a vibrant community. Visitors remain to enjoy its fun activities

Oso Creek Trail

Do you feel the most alive when you are in the great outdoors? If so, this popular Mission Viejo trail is for you. This amazing trail started in 1997 as a way for the residents of Mission Viejo to come together and celebrate not only the Earth but the arts as well. This trail is 5.5 miles long and is filled with beautiful sites like the Butterfly Garden and the Wave Wall.

Oso Creek cuts through Mission Viejo as a tributary of the San Juan Creek, one of the largest waterways in Orange County. A community collaboration that started in 1997 led to the development of the Oso Creek Trail (cityofmissionviejo.org), which features 5 1/2 miles of hiking, walking and bicycling paths along the banks of the creek. It is designed as a walking garden, and the paths are lined with more than 130,000 different plants that have been cultivated by volunteers. A plant maze offers fun for kids, while the Peace Obelisk pays tribute to victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Mission Viejo Library

The Mission Viejo Library has grown from a small, county-run library to a large facility with almost 42,000 square feet of books, reading spaces and rooms for activities. Residents can also take advantage of the technology center, which provides access to 30 computers with filtered Internet access and Microsoft Office productivity tools. Children can use the multimedia learning station located in the children’s section. In addition, the children’s section features homework help and story times for younger children. The library walls host a rotating collection of paintings, photographs and other works from local artists.

Movies of Character

Parents looking for educational, enriching and uplifting movies to show their families can take them to see the monthly Movies of Character series (missionviejolife.org) at the Mission Viejo City Hall. Free screenings highlight films that show examples of outstanding moral character. Films previously shown include “Pinocchio,” “My Fair Lady” and “The Blind Side,” and screenwriter Robert Eisele was a guest during a screening of his film “The Great Debaters” in February 2011.

Parks and Recreation

The Mission Viejo Skateboard Facility is a free, 9,000-square-foot skate park at Beebe Park. The complex includes a concrete bowl, vert wall, boxes and a range of street obstacles. A city ordinance requires that skateboarders and in-line skaters wear proper safety equipment, including helmets and pads, before using the park. Families who want to beat the heat can hit the pool at the Sierra Fitness and Recreation Center, which offers free swimming, lap swimming and a children’s play area with a waterslide.

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