Fullerton, CA City Guides

1. Hope International University

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Education
Telephone: (714) 879-3901
Address: 2500 East Nutwood Ave.

Description: Founded in 1928 as Pacific Bible Seminary, Hope International University, located across the street from Cal State Fullerton, is steeped in Christian beliefs. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs include business, education, ministry, music, psychology and counseling, human development, and other social sciences. Its campus is a former two-story retail and office complex that has been renovated to be more co-ed-friendly with dining facilities, student lounges, a bookstore, fitness center, library, and on-campus housing.

2. Southern California College Of Optometry

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Education
Telephone: (714) 870-7226
Address: 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd.

Description: Offering a four-year, post-baccalaureate program resulting in a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.), Southern California College of Optometry is also located near the campus of Cal State Fullerton and introduces students to clinical topics where they also gain limited patient care experiences at the on-campus Eye Care Center.

3. Western State University College Of Law

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Education
Telephone: (714) 738-1000
Address: 1111 North State College Blvd.

Description: With just 400 students, this private law school, which also neighbors Cal State Fullerton, offers small classes with both full-time and part-time programs of instruction. Students work towards their Juris Doctor (J.D.) and have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Business Law or Criminal Law if they choose. Western State is fully accredited by the American Bar Association as well as the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

4. St. Jude Medical Center

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Health Care
Telephone: (714) 871-3280
Address: 101 East Valencia Mesa Dr.

Description: St. Jude ranks high among Orange County hospitals and has been recognized for its success in an array of areas including cardiology and rehabilitation. Established more than half a century ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, today St. Jude has grown to be one of the area’s best centers for heart and breast care, rehabilitation, cancer, and orthopedics. In addition, it has an excellent childbirth center and is one of California’s only accredited programs for brain injuries.

5. Fullerton Civic Light Opera

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Nightlife
Telephone: (714) 879-1732
Address: 218 West Commonwealth Ave.

Description: For nearly four decades the Fullerton Civic Light Opera, a recipient of countless Drama-Logue awards, has been producing an array of musical performances within the confines of the historic Plummer Auditorium near the campus of Fullerton Community College. Recent productions include Ring of Fire, which chronicles the life of the legendary Johnny Cash, and the classic Brigadoon. Because of its close proximity to downtown Fullerton, you can easily make a night of it with dinner, a show, and a post-theater cocktail.

6. Craig Park

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Parks & Recreation
Telephone: (714) 973-3180
Address: 3300 State College Blvd.

Description: Named for a longstanding public servant, Ted Craig, Phase One of Craig Regional Park was finished in 1974 and the final phase was completed in 1980. The park is lush and green with shaded turf grass, picnic areas, and trails for hiking and biking. A three-acre lake lures migratory waterfowl as well as anglers armed with a California Fish and Game License. Model radio-controlled sailboats are also permitted. Bird watchers flock to Craig Park as well as to enjoy its wildlife sanctuary where a nature center provides some insight into the park’s natural habitat. There is also a botanical preserve with neatly lined rows of pruned roses that bloom April through September. The park’s sports complex includes baseball fields, basketball and volleyball courts, and racquetball and handball courts as well as old-fashioned pits for tossing horseshoes. There is a trio of tot lots as well as equestrian trails plus plenty of places to picnic and barbecue. Leashed dogs are also welcome. Open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. November to March and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. mid-March to November.

7. Coyote Hills Golf Course

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Parks & Recreation
Telephone: (714) 672-6800
Address: 1440 East Bastanchury Rd.

Description: This north Orange County golf course was co-designed by Payne Stewart and is embedded in a 250-acre foothill setting with waterfalls, cobblestone bridges, and sweeping views. There are 18 holes, a driving range, clubhouse, and restaurant.

8. Winkelmann Realty

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Relocation
Telephone: (800) 397-3562
Address: 114 North Harbor Blvd.

Description: With its headquarters in downtown Fullerton and a second Orange County location in Fountain Valley, Winkelmann Realty is headed by real estate veteran Gloria Winkelmann. The first company in California to have one of its realtors designated a Senior Certified Relocation Professional, Winkelmann Realty has many north Orange County listings and provides clients with valuable information, such as the quality of local schools and home inspection services. Relocation assistance is also a strong suit.

9. Fullerton Fire Department

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Relocation
Telephone: (714) 738-6500
Address: 312 East Commonwealth Ave.

10. Air Combat Usa

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (714) 522-7590
Address: 230 North Dale Place

Description: On a wing and a prayer, visitors to Orange County can have a true fighter pilot experience. By all accounts, participants assume the role of pilots as they engage in actual air combat aboard an authentic aircraft—not a simulator. Everything is real sans the bullets, and no pilot license is required. Air Combat USA has been featured on Good Morning America as well as The Apprentice and is an ideal way to spend an afternoon for the competitive-minded individual. An onboard camera captures the entire experience and pilots are given a keepsake DVD at the end of their flight. Air Combat USA also offers stunt biplane rides that put visitors in the pilot seat with no experience required. Harkening back to the days of the barnstormer, the fun takes place in a classic 1935 open-cockpit biplane. With speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour, four times the force of gravity, and stunts that include loops, rolls, hammerheads, and spins above the Pacific Ocean, this flight experience is not for the faint of heart.

11. Fullerton Arboretum

City: Fullerton, CA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (657) 278-3407
Address: 1900 Associated Rd., Cal State Fullerton

Description: Located on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, this verdant 26-acre plot features a collection of more than 4,000 unique plants that are divided into tidy geographical sections. Also located on these grounds is the Nikkei Museum, which highlights the agricultural impact and contributions the Japanese American community made to the development of Orange County. The Heritage House, a historic 1894 East-Lake home that was slated for demolition three decades ago, was saved from the wrecking ball and moved to the site, structurally restored, and filled with memorabilia and furnishings reminiscent of the home’s era.
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