Since 1955, Orange County has been home to a very famous Mouse. Disneyland® Park, Mickey Mouse’s kingdom and the crowning jewel of Walt Disney’s marketing vision, entertains millions of visitors each year and is one of the most well-known landmarks of Southern California. The park encompasses more than 60 major rides, 50 shops and 30 restaurants spanned among eight themed lands. New innovations like the “FastPass” system help keep waiting in line to a minimum.
California Adventure® Park
Disney’s California Adventure® Park in Anaheim just might be the second happiest place on earth. Located directly across from Disneyland® Park, Disney's California Adventure® Park squeezes a sampling of the Golden State’s major attractions like Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, Gold Rush country and others, into 55 acres of thrill rides, exhibits, shops, dining and other entertainment. And each night the park entertains guests with the World of Color spectacular light and water show.
Downtown Disney® District is a 300,000 sq. ft. dining/shopping/entertainment promenade. It features such flagship entertainment facilities as a House of Blues®, a 12-screen movie theater and an ESPN Zone®. There are also 15 shops (including the inevitable, and massive, World of Disney Store®), seven full-service restaurants, and an open-air bar. It’s a fun place to relax after a busy day at the theme parks.
The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk
The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk is one of Anaheim's top shopping, entertainment and dining destinations. Located just steps from Disneyland and a short walk from the Jolly Roger Anaheim Hotel, this chic and modern outdoor mall is sure to fulfill all of your shopping and dining needs. Browse a variety of upscale stores such as Hollister, Sunglass Hut, and O'Neill just to name a few, or grab a bite at some of the world's top restaurants and eateries such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co and P.F. Chang's China Bistro, or enjoy bowling, movies or a workout at 24 Hour Fitness.
The Anaheim Convention Center is the newest and largest convention center on the West Coast and one of the largest convention centers in the world. After three years of expansion and renovation, this new jewel has quickly become known as a regional architectural landmark. It has centralized towers formed by an open grid design, which blends into a spectacular curving glass wall facade. Home to Orange County’s most exciting tradeshows, events and exhibits, the Anaheim Convention Center is adding new outdoor venue – the Grand Plaza opens in January 2013
Angels Stadium is home to the 2002 World Champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The stadium was renovated at a total cost estimated at $100 million and the project was completed in time for the Angels’ Opening Day, April 1, 1998. Angels Stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 45,050 and the open-air stadium benefits from the beautiful Orange County weather.
As one of Southern California’s premier entertainment and sports venues, Honda Center hosts a variety of first-class events each year including concerts, sporting events and family shows. The 650,000 sq. ft. arena is home to the NHL Anaheim Ducks as well as the prestigious John R. Wooden Classic. Annual events include the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the World Wrestling Entertainment and the Harlem Globetrotters.
Medieval Times California is a 70,000 sq.ft. castle located on seven acres in Buena Park. Offering shows 365 days a year, the European-style castle features a soaring tower, elaborately decorated Hall of Arms, the Knight Club, an outdoor courtyard, an extensive gift shop, Museum of Torture and an indoor stable area where guests can view some of the castle's horses as they prepare for each evening show. More Info & Special Rates
Imaginations twist and fly through more than 100 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. Exhibits include Virtual Volleyball, a Bed of Nails, a Shake Shack and Dino Quest. Discovery Science Center has partnered with the Anaheim Ducks to showcase The Science of Hockey, a permanent exhibition that explores physics, physiology and flying pucks! Open daily 10am-5pm.
Time seems to slow down here. Enjoy crystal clear waters, sunlit beaches and the relaxing sensation of “island time." Rent a golf cart or explore quaint shops, dining and a historical casino in the City of Avalon. You may even spot a buffalo on the bus ride across the island to the village of Two Harbors.
Bolsa Chica State
Beach and Ecological Reserve
“Bolsa Chica” means “little pocket” in Spanish, as the area was once part of a historic Spanish land grant. The beach is the spot folks come for surf fishing for everything from perch to sand shark. Keep an eye out for the unique sport of barehanded fishing for California grunion.
The Ocean Institute is nationally known for its marine science, environmental education and history programs. Weekends are your chance to explore ocean science when the Ocean Institute opens to the public.
The International Surfing Museum, located in Huntington Beach, is home to a collection of some of the everyday artifacts in the history of surfing.
Have fun observing and learning about California Northern elephant seals, harbor seals and sea lions. This nonprofit organization, medically treat and rehabilitate, then release marine mammals stranded along Orange County's coastline. Admission is free.
Mission San Juan
Experience culture and history in many ways - from audio tours, to educational tour booklets, fun exhibits and historical reenactments.
Cove State Park
Breathtaking! Three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove State Park has an amazing feeling of being “away from it all” despite being so near to one of the largest populated centers in the United States.
If the local residents had it their way, this spot would remain only for those in-the-know. It offers a friendly, cool beach scene of surfing and volleyball accessible via a steep set of stairs. There aren’t really 1,000 steps, but actually about 230 steps that feel like 1,000 given their steep nature.
This nationally and internationally acclaimed gallery opened in 1993 with a philosophy that a gallery shouldn’t just be about retail. It specializes in showcasing the contemporary and modern works by established and talented emerging California artists. Exhibits rotate monthly.