Huntington Central Park
Just five miles from the Huntington Beach Pier sprawls Huntington Beach Central Park, a lush 350-acre oasis lauded as the largest city-owned park in Orange County. Exploring the meandering trails and attractions during your visit is a must. Split into Central Park West and Central Park East, the park features paved paths—great for leisurely bike rides and dotted with exercise stations—and dirt trails to soak up every bit of nature, from open fields, trees, flowers, and birds, to two lakes, a butterfly haven, and a whole slew of amenities, including playgrounds and picnic areas.
In Central Park East, find the Huntington Beach Central Library, Windows Art Gallery, Children’s Library, Library Theater, Central Park Amphitheater, Central Park Bandstand, Secret Garden, Butterfly Garden, Huntington Beach Central Park Sports Complex, Adventure Playground, and Talbert Lake. For a bite, swing by Park Bench Cafe, one of Huntington Beach’s most dog-friendly restaurants.
In Central Park West, experience Shipley Nature Center, Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course, Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, Lake Huntington, and Huntington Dog Park. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Kathy May’s Lakeview Cafe awaits with a, you guessed it, stellar view of the lake.
The park is also home to various events throughout the year, including the Orange County Pacific Islander Festival, Huntington Beach Civil War Days, and the Cherry Blossom Festival—so keep your eyes on our event calendar.
UPDATED APRIL 19, 2023 With more than 70 parks, one of California’s largest saltwater marshes, and a bucolic nature center, Huntington Beach is not only Surf City USA ® —it’s also a nature lover’s paradise. Earth Day inspires leisurely walks, educational outings, and stunning photo ops for…