356-acre Huntington Central Park is the city's top outdoor recreation destination beyond the beach. The urban oasis of trees, broad lawns, and lakes is central to the lives of local residents. And with such amenities as Shipley Nature Center, Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, Sports Complex, Disc Golf Course and the Huntington Central Library, it's no wonder that many residents find themselves here regularly throughout the year.
Shipley Nature Center consists of 18 acres of restored California natural habitat. Education programs and 4,000 feet of trails winding through five natural habitats are free and open to the public.
Saddle up for lessons or head out on guided trails with Horseplay Rentals at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center. The center connects to a trail network on 185 acres overlooking Central Park and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
Designed by "Steady" Ed Headrick, the father of disc golf, the Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course challenges players with its 5,600-yard layout. One of the world's earliest disc golf courses, it's also considered among the most beautiful in Southern California. If you don't have your own gear, you can rent discs at the course's pro shop.
With batting cages and eight softball/baseball fields that can also be used for soccer, the 45-acre Sports Complex earned honors as California's best-designed recreational facility.
The Urban Forest is a tranquil area of Central Park filled with native California plants and trees. The park offers a natural retreat where you can walk on wide trails and look for birds, butterflies and other local wildlife.
Adventure Playground is where kids go to have some good, dirty fun. Open from mid-June to mid-August each year, the park allows children 5-12 years old to raft on a small pond, navigate a rope bridge, go down a mudslide and build forts.
Bring your four-legged best friend to roam free in Dog Park. With two areas, one for smaller dogs and another for larger dogs, Dog Park also offers snacks, seating for dog owners, and a dog-of-walk-fame.
Next to the Huntington Central Library, the Central Park Amphitheater plays host to a wide variety of events throughout the year, many of which are free to the public. From Sunday Concerts in the Park to the annual Easter Hunt to the Pacific Islander Festival, events take place on a regular basis that are open to residents and visitors alike. Ticketed events at the amphitheater also include the Concours d'Elegance Classic Car Show and BB Jazz Festival.
While at the park, stop for breakfast or lunch at Park Bench Café or Kathy May's Lakeview Café. Park Bench Café even offers a menu for your canine best friend.