Pack your trunk and head outdoors


Photo By Emily Manton

California beaches such as the Corona Del Mar pictured above are places students can view sunsets and enjoy time

With increasingly warm weather approaching, there are many opportunities for students to spend time exercising or just enjoying what nature has to offer.

The Turtle Rock Viewpoint Trail by Bonita Canyon Elementary School is full of thick green shrubs and sparse trees lining the dirt-paved road and transports its visitors to a moisture-deprived desert. Visitors can expect to see vibrant views from the top of the hill and can bring their furry companions along with them. The trail starts with over 100 stairs but transforms into a more traditional hiking experience toward the top.

Electric biking allows riders to pedal as much or little as they want so they can enjoy views while getting exercise. Rent electric bikes from Pedego Irvine Electric Bikes by the Woodbridge Dollar Theater or by any beach in Southern California. There are over 54 miles of paved off-street bike trails throughout the city, according to Destination Irvine

Some of Southern California’s greatest attractions are the beautiful beaches on the California coast. One of the most popular beaches near Irvine is Corona Del Mar State Beach because of several bonfire pits and the long stretch of sand. However, an iconic surfing destination is The Wedge in Newport Beach, famous for its high waves and bodyboarders.  At the beach you can host bonfire parties or just spend time swimming in the ocean.

 Tanaka Farms is a family-run property where you can take tours without a reservation and pick vegetables and fruit. Currently, visitors can pick vegetables such as kale, carrots, spinach and sugar snap peas that can be grilled after for a healthy lunch. The wagon ride to the field is free, but picked vegetables must be paid for.