Adventures of all kinds await within the sprawling 350 acres in the heart of Huntington Beach. 

Let Your Kid be a Kid

Adventure Playground

During the summer months, Adventure Playground provides children, ages 5 to 12, with old-fashioned fun: build forts, play in the mud, raft in a small pond, hang out in a treehouse. Fun fact: This is one of only two Adventure Playgrounds in Orange County. 

Let Your Dog be a Dog

Huntington Beach Pet Friendly Hotels

Central Park's Dog Park is something to bark about: two separate areas for big and small dogs, toys, water, snacks, and benches for owners. Fun Fact: This bark park has a Dog Walk of Fame. 

Get Physical 

Central Park's World Trail exercise course provides a challenging workout with 18 exercise stations spaced over a 1.2-mile loop. Each station provides suggested exercises to improve strength and cardiovascular fitness. Fun Fact: The loop begins and ends at the Park Bench Cafe-the perfect pure-or post-workout meal. 

Get Back to Nature

Central Park

The 18-acre Shipley Nature Center provides a natural oasis within Central Park: walking trails, butterfly and hummingbirds gardens, redwood trees, meadows, a freshwater wetland, and a lot more. Fun Fact: More than 20 animal species have been spotted at the center. 

Take a Stroll by the Lake

Huntington Central Park

Central Park's two main bodies of water-Huntington and Talbert lakes-are encircled by exercise trails and benches at water's edge. Take the helm of a model boat or go fishing (license needed if 16 years of age or older). Fun Fact: The lakes are stocked with catfish in the summer and rainbow trout in the winter.    

Throw Out a Disc

Central Park offers the Pebble Beach of disc golf courses with an 18-hole layout designed in 1977. It's fun for the whole family in a picturesque setting. Rentals and lessons are available. Fun Fact: Bring your best friend on the dog-friendly course. 

Fuel Up 

Park Bench Cafe

Central Park boasts three restaurants that are local favorites: Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe (breakfast and lunch spot on the shore of Huntington Lake), Park Bench Cafe (breakfast and lunch, mostly outdoor seating), and HB Outdoor BBQ & Snacks. Fun Fact: Park Bench Cafe is pet-friendly and offers 'canine cuisine'- a special menu for pets.  

Check Out a Book (or Two)

Central Park Library

The hundreds of thousands of books at Huntington Beach Central Library are only the start. Among other things, the library hosts authors' festivals, children storytime, and a genealogy collection. Fun Fact: Cardholders can pick up three free packets of seeds each month.