A visit to this castle like turret, often called Pirate Tower, is a must see for anyone venturing to the north end of Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach. The private structure, built in 1926, houses a spiral wooden stairway that provides beach access from the home above.
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Orange County wanderers might be struck with a kind of natural wonder as they visit fairy-tale spots right here in the county.

Join Register photographers as they focus their lenses on some lesser-known hidden treasures, including a spectacular 1926 turret along Victoria Beach.

The spiral staircase in the “Pirate Tower” let the owners of the house above move from the steep cliffs to south Laguna Beach’s most secluded public beach, accessible to the public by a steep stairway. The site is a short stroll from the Casa Laguna Inn at the end of Victoria Street.

Enter an enchanted forest at Brea’s Carbon Canyon Regional Park – Orange County’s only grove of coastal redwoods, which sprawls across 10 undeveloped acres. One can just imagine Sleeping Beauty dancing with her prince in these majestic woods.

Tucked away in San Juan Capistrano’s Los Rios Historic District is Zoomars Petting Zoo – home to mostly rescued animals. Visitors can interact with a baby zebra, goat, pigs, sheep, donkeys, llamas, cows and more.

We hope these images inspire you to search for the wonders all around us. OC Register