We headed out to Citrus Ranch Park in Tustin to hang out the other day. This park turned out to be one of our favorites. We had visited before when we went to take pictures for Claire’s big sister announcement, but we were on a schedule and could not stay around long enough to explore.
This time, we came back with tons of time, we explored beyond the walking trail and the lemon grove and made our way over to the playground area. There are two sections, one for big kids and one for smaller kids.
If you want to check out the park, you’ll find Citrus Ranch Park at this address: 2910 Portola Parkway, Tustin, CA 92780
The park is also well suited to host picnics or gatherings, there is a covered area where you could host a kids party. Some people have used the park for wedding receptions even!
Probably one of my favorite aspects of the park is that you can do a lot of different outdoor actiities all in one park. There is a nice long walking trail that starts by the parking lot and weaves through the lemon groves. You can host a party, a bbq, and of course there is a huge playground for the kids.
This is open to the public every day so you can go there to enjoy any time you want to take the kids to exercise and let them burn off some steam.
I like this park because it is close to two fairly sizable roads, (Jamboree and Portola), but they aren’t very easy to reach once you’re inside the park so kids can safely play away from the main roads. This is the opposite from other parks like David Sills where the road is really close; I get a little stressed about that!
Citrus Ranch Park Video
One of Claire’s favorite features was this little house with a table. She wanted to eat there and hang out there a lot of the time. It’s designed for her size so if you have toddlers, this will probably be a big attraction for them too. Make sure you bring snacks or lunch and let them eat in there. It’s fun!
Citrus Park Ranch Video Slideshow
Normally I would just make one video of the park, but I felt a bit inspired and made a second video that is just a slideshow of all the pictures and some that I didn’t include in the post. Hope you like it too.
The playground area is separated into two sections and these are in two different levels. The larger section is designed for older kids, maybe starting around 3 and up to 11 or so. There is a long bridge that connects the picnic area to the main playground tower and then you can climb down to the ground using one of the escape ladders. Claire has really good coordination so I was fine with her playing on there, but you may want to keep an eye out if your little one is under two years old.
The covering is rubber and sand, but a fall from that height could still cause a minor injury. Just keep an eye on your kids and they should be fine.
One of my favorite things was this cool circular monkey bar system. If I could stay on longer than a minute, I’d be all over that. It goes around and around so it breaks the norm from those boring straight-through monkey bars.
The park is huge and I created some panoramic photos to show you, I hope it does the park justice.