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  • TooMuch2Do
    Laguna Niguel, CA461 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We wanted to see the redwoods in Orange County, so we headed to Carbon Canyon Regional Park in April. Get a map or scan the QR code at the entrance. The parking lot nearest the redwood grove was still closed due to heavy rains in the previous few weeks. The shortest trail was also closed; the other trails were longer. We walked past Carbon Canyon dam and saw people walking on top. At the grove, there are information plaques with detailed information, along with a water fountain. Over 200 redwoods were planted in 1975 from seeds left over from a bank promotion. They are shorter and less robust than those in Northern CA but still worth seeing. The trails are wide and flat with a few wildflowers. We did see a rattlesnake slithering into the brush, but it was easily avoided. We entered from Bell’s Vireo Trail and returned on the Redwood Trail, about 3 miles total. Carbon Canyon Creek runs through the park and there are only three places to cross, so plan accordingly (Coyote Pass was closed when we visited). There is also a fishing lake, playgrounds, and tennis courts. Restrooms are in the main area of the park. Thursday was lawn mowing day and it was very loud. If you have time, go across the street and up the hill to the Olinda Oil Museum and Trail for more history about the town that was in what now is the park. There’s a historic operating oil well and other artifacts. The museum is open only limited hours, but there are information plaques.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • Bim S.
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was at the Brea Mall 8/12/22. There was a lady with a little girl going around food court tables asking for money. That should be prohibited!
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • JerriT
    Las Vegas, NV5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spacious but intimate gallery with good lighting. This gallery offers a gift shop. It was a short walking distance from the Embassy Suite Hotel.
    Written 16 August 2019
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  • Jim K
    Indio, CA680 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want to know about Brea and the valley be sure to stop here. They are located at 425 South Brea Blvd on the corner of Brea Blvd and Elm Street in the City Hall Park. The Docent was local knew a lot of the history of the valley. I never knew they were and Oil Town. Great pictures and historical items. In the park is the oldest public swimming pool in California we were told. Great Place to find out the history of the valley.
    Written 9 July 2018
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  • Amy M
    Compton, CA213 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So my five star experience is exclusively for guy (Bernstein) that works at the visitor center. Google maps brought me to this entrance instead of one in Chino Hills. He gave me pamphlet and told me to type in address, google for some reason made entrance at Brea Canyon Rd. He explained how big park is and gave me a little overview. So even though visit was short, I'll come back for a hike.

    It was surprisingly busy for a Monday morning. You may want to download Yodel app to pay for parking, the machine doesn't work. Google might take you slightly past entrance, turn where the signs say.
    Written 21 February 2023
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  • BruinDan
    Fullerton, CA3,169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located in an anonymous industrial park off Lambert Boulevard near Tamarack Avenue, Red Lantern Escape Rooms is a little hard to find but definitely worth the effort. If you’ve never experienced an escape room, the way it works is that your group (in our case, an extended family of 11) is locked in a room and is given 60 minutes to find the way out by solving different puzzles and finding related clues that eventually lead to the key that will open the door to freedom and victory.

    The reception area is simple but attractive, and the staff is friendly and helpful. We tackled the “Midnight on the Bayou” room, a mystery set at a high school class reunion in Louisiana. The large room was perfect for our large group. The puzzles were well thought-out and some were quite tricky. It was a good thing we were allowed to ask for hints because without them our group (most of us were pretty experienced at escape rooms) would have probably been unable to escape in the allotted time.

    Overall, our group had a very enjoyable experience and would certainly recommend Red Lantern Escape Rooms.
    Written 28 October 2023
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  • Bruce R Franklin
    Iola, KS24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This pleasant little hideaway is tucked into the center of town. There are plenty if old trees that provide lots of shade. When combined with the cool breezes that blow through, it is the perfect atmosphere for a summer picnic. It is peaceful and quiet. Parking is easy and available.
    Written 27 March 2018
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  • PSoTD
    Camp Hill, PA175 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much cooler in the redwood grove! Nice park, big open trails. Nice to find in the middle of population sprawl.
    Written 19 November 2019
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  • India C
    Orange County, CA673 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Welcome to this 5.6 acre park with shade from Birch Trees to keep car, family and pets cool. Located at corner of Imperial and Berry streets you will notice tall Birch trees, baseball/softball diamonds, shady walkways and a concession stand. This is a well maintained park by the city of Brea.

    Restrooms are located at the south west end and are a welcome go to place during games or post stroll under purple Jacaranda trees on the west side of the park. They have barbeques for the annual 4th of July sausage roast or in-game wiener roast.

    On this day we spotted happy yellow finches nesting in trees, ducks waddling and squirrels making noises. Families were spotted walking and holding hands then sitting together to watch soccer and baseball games.

    Darling park to visit during week---for those preferring solitude. If crowds/lively noises are for you, weekends are will be perfect for the energetic sounds and scenes.
    Written 27 February 2019
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  • StevenBerlin
    Chino Hills, CA508 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a nice outdoor type mall with several restaurants in a loop. They have a movie theatre as well. We love coming to Thai 7 Bistro, but they have a lot of other places to choose from like roll-em-up taquitos, Macallan's pub, Bruxie, and Brunos etc.

    They have a parking structure and limited street parking. Definitely a nice place to come for dining out.
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • TooMuch2Do
    Laguna Niguel, CA461 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Olinda Oil Museum and Trail is a small museum with history about the oil town that existed in what now is Carbon Canyon Regional Park across the street (with Southern CA’s only redwood grove). The museum is open only limited days and hours, but there are information plaques and a QR code to scan. There’s a historic operating oil well and other artifacts from that era. Worth a stop if you are in the area.
    Written 22 April 2024
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