Daycations - Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo - Regional Park Escape

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  • The Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station is the ideal spot to connect with the Laguna Niguel Regional Park. It is under 4 miles from the station and can be easily reachable using ride share services or for free on OC Flex. We've mapped out a walk that starts in front of Whole Foods and guides you around the lake at the regional park. When you return there are some great places for snacks or a meal before returning to the station.

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    The walk

    The walk around the regional park is fairly flat with only one small hill when you get to the dam on the north end of the lake. Here’s a more detailed map of the route. Here are some route highlights and suggestions:

    1. Start with a cup of coffee at Peet’s Coffee. Take it to-go and begin your walk.
    2. Follow the path to Alicia then enter the park at the west entrance.
    3. Enjoy the bird habitats and make your way to the lake.
    4. Follow the path along the west side until you reach the bridge.
    5. Loop back and enjoy great views of the lake.
    6. Reward yourself with either a snack or grab a meal at one of the restaurants in the center.

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    Connect free with OC Flex

    When you take Metrolink you can ride OC Flex free on trips to and from the station. The OC Flex zone includes The Shops. OC Flex details. You will need to download the OC Flex app!

    Places to eat

    Stop at Whole Foods Market and create your own picnic basket for your trip to the park. Or visit one of the other places in the center and general area. Here’s a list of several favorites:

    Peet’s Coffee
    Crumbl Cookies
    Ted’s Place
    New Mandarin Garden
    Fresh Brother’s Pizza
    Whole Foods Market

    The train station

    The Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station is located at the intersection of Crown Valley Parkway and Forbes Road. The station is served by OC Bus and OC Flex. The Shops at Mission Viejo and Kaleidoscope Center are a mile from the station.

    Bikes on Metrolink

    Yes, you can bring your bikes on Metrolink. We even have a special car dedicated to bike storage. It is typically the third passenger car and is clearly marked. Please review Metrolink's bike guidelines.

    Train schedules

    We always suggest when planning your adventure to check the Metrolink train schedule to the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station. Both the Orange Line and Inland Empire-Orange County Line serves this station.

How to Get There

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