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  Huntington Beach, California Bird Watching - Huntington Beach, California  
shipley nature center

Huntington Beach, California is located in the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds. This makes it an ideal place to bird watch. Two places open to the public are Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve wetlands and Huntington Central Park, a birders' delight all year long and especially during the April/May and September/October migrations.  228 species of birds have been spotted in the Park, to date, offering birders an opportunity to see locals as well as discover new species.  Don't be surprised to see an occasional vagrant exotic, as well. 

Birds of Huntington Central Park is available on this website for you to print and take with you. Favorite bird watching throughout the park includes owls sometimes perched in Eucalyptus trees outside the fountains and children's wing of Central Library and Cultural Center. Also under reconstruction but open regularly is Shipley Nature Center. Bring your binoculars to see birds closer and don't hesitate to stop and visit with the more common species of birds and ducks that nest outside Alice's Breakfast in the Park.  The only food you should ever consider giving them is sold in the restaurant. Do not put food such as bread and cereal in Lake Huntington. It can cause deadly botulism that the innocent birds.

Huntington Beach, California - Huntington Central Park is a 356-acre park located in the heart of Huntington Beach. Established in 1968, the citizens of Huntington Beach approved a $6 million park bond which helped finance Central Park. Extending across Golden West Street between Slater Avenue and Ellis Street it includes Central Park West and Central Park East. An architectural centerpiece, Central Library and Cultural Center, was designed by the famed father-son Neutra team. Many attractions at Central Park include Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, H.B. Dog Park, H.B. Disc Golf Course, Huntington Beach Playhouse, Alice's Breakfast in the Park, Park Bench Cafe, Lake Huntington, Central Park Amphitheater, Adventure Playground, Par Course, Shipley Nature Center, playgrounds, picnic tables, BBQ grills and special events throughout the year. Each year Central Park hosts Civil War Re-enactment, Concours d'Elegance, Shakespeare in the Park, athletic events, contests, BB Jazz Concert, and Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer Concerts.

Central Park West features Lake Huntington, Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course, Alice's Breakfast in the Park, H.B. Dog Park, Shipley Nature Center (open on the third Sunday of each month), covered picnic shelter rental, barbecue grills, playgrounds, dirt and cement trails for walking, bicycling and jogging, nature and bird watching and more. Central Park West parking lots  located on Golden West Street, Inlet Drive and Central Park Drive provide free parking.

Central Park East includes Central Library and Cultural Center, Huntington Beach Playhouse, Adventure Playground, HB Sports Complex, a new addition to the park with baseball and soccer fields, Park Bench Cafe, walking and jogging trails, exercise par course, picnic tables and grills, an  amphitheater set in a shady eucalyptus grove and a bandstand. Free and paid public parking is available in lots located on Golden West and Gothard Streets and Slater and Talbert Avenues.

Meeting Facilities and Rental Facilities for birthdays, anniversaries, company picnics and corporate team building include Central Library and Cultural Center, Central Park Amphitheater, Sports Center, Central Park Equestrian Center and a covered outdoor facility in Central Park West which seats 200 people, provides barbecue grills, electricity and sinks. For rental, call 714-536-5281.So numerous and interesting are the activities within the park that these pages were created and photos taken to show you all the great things one can see when visiting Central Park.

  Central Park Directory -You are here
Breakfast in the Park
, HB Band Concerts
Bird Watching
Camping by permit
Central Library
Covered Picnic Shelter
H.B. Dog Park
H.B, Playhouse
Equestrian Center
Exercise course
Frisbee Disc Course
  Lake Huntington
Park Bench Cafe
Restrooms, Telephones
Shipley Nature Center
Shipley Interpretive Center
Shipley Center-Birds
  Donald Shipley Memorial