Things to Do in Mission Viejo

Nestled above the scenic Saddleback Valley in South Orange County, Ayres Hotel & Spa Mission Viejo - Lake Forest offers elegance and relaxation with panoramic views of the Saddleback Mountains. Located off the 241 toll road in Mission Viejo, California, our hotel offers business and vacation travelers close access to the exciting attractions, shopping and dining experiences in beautiful Orange County. Tee off on spectacular golf courses such as Tijeras Creek, visit The Shops at Mission Viejo, and experience the Pageant of the Masters at Laguna Beach. Enjoy a picnic at the scenic parks of Rancho Santa Margarita, go boating on Mission Viejo Lake or play on miles of breathtaking beaches. Our Orange County hotel is 20 minutes from John Wayne Airport.

Orange County Highlights


Orange County boasts some of the best beaches around. It’s home to Huntington Beach, the iconic beach city that hosts the US Open of Surfing. If you prefer a more artsy vibe, there’s Laguna Beach, where you'll find art galleries, quaint beachfront homes, and offbeat surf shops. Newport Beach is also extremely popular, from the laid-back vibes of the peninsula to the pristine beauty of Crystal Cove State Park.


If you’re looking forward to a SoCal shopping spree, you won’t be disappointed here. Start at the South Coast Plaza, which is the largest shopping center on the West Coast. There’s also the upscale Fashion Island, an outdoor shopping center in Newport, and the Irvine Spectrum, a popular destination full of shops, eateries, bars, and entertainment.

Theme Parks

It may not have the most extreme coasters in the world, but Orange County is home to the world’s most famous amusement park: Disneyland. After all these years, the Happiest Place on Earth continues to evolve, with plenty of new attractions to explore and even a second park, Disney California Adventure. There’s also Knott’s Berry Farm, which honors California’s heritage with enchanting Western, Native American, and Mexican-themed attractions.


One of the best ways to capture the flavor of a destination is by catching a game, and Orange County holds two exciting options. Watch the Anaheim Ducks take to the ice (founded by the Walt Disney Company and named after the film, “The Mighty Ducks”), or head to Angels Stadium to enjoy some Angels baseball.

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