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Lantern Bay Park - Dana Point, CA

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Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 109 feet
Elevation Gain 50 feet
Accumulated Gain 100 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.33
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Dana Point Whale Watching Trek - Feb2013
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Preferred   Apr, May, Nov, Feb
Sun  6:18am - 4:51pm
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Likely In-Season!
Lantern Bay Park offers amazing views of Dana Point Harbor, along with a playground, amphitheater, basketball court and plenty of picnic areas. Overall, it is a great place to take the kids, relax or hold family events.


The Smythe Bros. Amphitheater is regularly used for weddings as well as outdoor shows. Kids also love to play in the amphitheater when it is empty. They also enjoy the playground, which includes a yellow structure and ride-on sea lion that kids love to climb over. Kids can also play with tic-tac-toe blocks and a large clock, among other amusements.

Adults may prefer to just lie in the grass and enjoy the amazing views of Dana Point Harbor. They can also run or jog along the trails, join in a pickup game of basketball, or work out at the physical fitness cluster. Some fitness enthusiasts also use the long staircase that connects the park to the harbor as a great quad and butt workout.

There's also plenty of green space for picnics as well as picnic tables and barbeques.

One of the best features of Lantern Bay Park, besides its view and amphitheater, is the parking. It's free, though there is a slightly uphill climb to get to the park.

For a great place in Dana Point to take the kids or to surprise that special someone in your life with a romantic picnic, Lantern Bay Park is the place.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Follow Park Lantern Drive towards the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort. Lantern Bay Park surrounds the resort.
    page created by Randal_Schulhauser on Feb 02 2013 8:14 pm
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