Looking for a fun outdoor adventure in the heart of Orange County? Look no further than Thornton Park. This 32.83-acre neighborhood park, located near the intersection of Segerstrom Ave. and Bear St. of Santa Ana, CA, offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing picnic with friends and family, a challenging hike, or a full-body workout, Thornton Park has it all.

One of the most unique features of Thornton Park is its man-made river bed with rocks and pond, which attracts a variety of birds and other wildlife. Kids will love the playground, which features a roller slide, pretend play window, log tunnel, wobbly wood balance beam, triceratops, large boulder, spinner, dragonfly seesaw, and rockwall. And for sports enthusiasts, there are ball diamonds, a multi-purpose field, and a fitness court.

But the real gem of Thornton Park is its beautiful lake, which provides a serene backdrop for a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike on the park’s many hiking and exercise trails. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even rent a paddle boat and explore the lake from a different perspective.

But Thornton Park isn’t just a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s also a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic with friends and family. With plenty of picnic areas and a large grassy field, you can spend the whole day soaking up the sun and enjoying the beautiful California weather.

And if you’re looking for something to do after your visit to Thornton Park, there are plenty of nearby attractions to explore. Just a short drive away, you’ll find the world-famous South Coast Plaza shopping center, as well as the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which hosts a variety of concerts, plays, and other cultural events throughout the year.

So whether you’re looking for a challenging hike, a relaxing picnic, or just a fun day out with the family, Thornton Park is the perfect destination for your next outdoor adventure. Don’t miss out on this hidden gem in the heart of Orange County.

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