Activities & Recreation

The City of Lake Forest offers a variety of recreational activities. These activities include a number of parks, shopping and dining amenities, and city events. More information about the recreation activities that Lake Forest offers can be found online or by calling us at (949) 461-3450.

Natural Amenities

The City of Lake Forest offers a wide variety of natural amenities which include 30 neighborhood and community parks. These include Heritage Hill Historic Park, the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, Lake Forest Golf and Practice Center, and the Serrano Creek and Aliso Creek Trails along with numerous other hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

Shopping and Dining Amenities

Within the City of Lake Forest, there are a vast array of shopping and dining experiences to satisfy the everyone's needs. Our 2 main shopping and dining areas, The Arbor on El Toro and the Foothill Ranch Towne Centre, offer a wide array of shopping and dinning experiences. Many neighborhood retail centers located throughout the City also offer great shopping and dining experiences. From the big chain restaurants to small family-owned restaurants, boutiques, and specialty stores; the City of Lake Forest has something for everyone.

City Events and Facilities

The City of Lake Forest offers a variety of events and programs. These include teen and senior programs, recreation classes, youth sports, excursions, and a number of community events such as Bunny Blast, Dino Days, and 4th of July Parade. Visit the City's Special Events page for a list of upcoming community events.

​Lake Forest Civic Center

The City of Lake Forest's new "100- year home" will feature new, state-of-the-art facilities available to businesses and the public for rent. Learn more about the process behind the design and construction of the City's Civic Center. To view and reserve the available facilities at the new 12.5 acre Civic Center Campus, visit the Facility Rentals Page.

Lake Forest Sports Park

Recently, the City of Lake Forest opened the Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center, which features 5 baseball/softball diamonds, 2 synthetic turf soccer fields, 3 natural turf soccer fields, a 27,000 square-foot gymnasium/recreation center, and more. The parks throughout the City of Lake Forest have many unique features such as roller hockey rinks, shade structures, and all of our parks are universally accessible. For a complete list of the parks located in the City of Lake Forest visit the City's parks page.

Etnies Skatepark

The city is also proud to offer the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. Working with Sole Technologies, the City of Lake Forest helped develop the Etnies Skatepark, which opened in 2003. This state-of-the-art-park allows skateboarders, BMX riders, and roller bladers the opportunity to practice and heighten their skills in a safe environment.
Natural Park with Path
Exploration Day Gathering
Lake Forest Sports Park Exterior Building with Palm Trees
Civic Center Rendering- Community Center 3

More Information

For more information on the great events and programs offered by the City of Lake Forest visit the City calendar or call (949) 461-3450. For more information on the Etnies Skatepark visit their website or call (949) 916-5870.
Civic Center Rendering- Community Center 1