Although Costa Mesa is one of the smaller cities in Southern California, with a population of just 110,000, it has so much to offer. Not only is it a prime location with easy access to beaches, mountains, theme parks, and other cities, but it also has some notable attractions of its own. Here are three hidden gems in Costa Mesa that are definitely worth visiting if you haven’t before.

Noguchi Garden

California Scenario, also known as Noguchi Garden, is an award-winning sculpture garden in Costa Mesa. It is nearly two acres and divided into six different sections representing various geographical elements of California, including  “Forest Walk,” “Land Use,” “Desert Land,” “Water Source,” “Water Use,” and “Energy Fountain.” In the center of the garden is a sculpture called The Spirit of the Lima Bean, made up of 15 granite rocks. The garden is free to the public and is open from 8:00 a.m. to midnight.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a premier performing arts center in Costa Mesa, California. They feature world-class shows ranging from broadway musicals and cultural dance performances to classical concerts and indie rock music. They have events going on all year round, so check the schedule to find the shows you would be interested in seeing.

Fairview Park

Fairview Park is the perfect place for nearly every outdoor activity. The park is huge, and there are lots of trails for hiking, walking, running, biking, and even horseback riding. It is also a great place to have a picnic, fly a kite, or just relax and read a book. Plus, the scenery is gorgeous! There are green fields, wildflowers, and multiple small lakes.

There are plenty of fun things to do and see in Costa Mesa. If you will be in the area this summer, be sure to check out these three hidden gems! And if you decide to stay longer, The Parsons Apartments offers studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent in Costa Mesa, CA.

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