Since 1955, Orange County has been home to a very famous Mouse. Disneyland® Resort, 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 divided among eight themed lands. New innovations like the "FastPass" system helps keep waiting in line to a minimum.
Disney's California Adventure® Park
Disney's California Adventure® Park just might be the second happiest place on earth. Located directly across from Disneyland® Resort, 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. Disney's California Adventure® Park's newest ride and attraction is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, an eerie trip through a haunted hotel with a 130 ft drop at the end of it all.
Downtown Disney is a 300,000 square-foot dining/shopping/entertainment promenade. It features such flagship entertainment facilities as a House of Blues, a 12-screen movie theater and ESPN Zone. There are also 15 shops (including the inevitable and massive, 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.
Anaheim Garden Walk
Newly opened on June 14 2008, the Anaheim Garden Walk promises to be one of Anaheim's top shopping and dining destinations. Located just steps from Disneyland and a few blocks from the Courtyard Anaheim, 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 Brooks Brothers, The Sunglass Hut, and Tommy Bahama 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., P.F. Chang's, and McCormick & Schmick's. Please check the mall website regularly as new stores are opening every day throughout the summer.
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim first became a meetings and conventions destination in 1967 with the construction of the domed Arena which stands on Katella Avenue. Since those early days, the Anaheim Convention Center has gone through 3 major expansion projects plus several cosmetic renovations to update the Center. Each expansion added another major exhibit hall plus meeting space. The recently completed expansion is a complete transformation of the Anaheim Convention Center structure and surrounding campus.
Home to the 2002 World Champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The stadium was recently renovated at a total cost estimated at $100 million and the project was completed in time for the Anaheim Angels Opening Day, April 1, 1998. Angel Stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 45,050 and benefits from the beautiful Orange County weather.
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
As one of Southern California's premier entertainment and sports venue, the Arrowhead Pond hosts a variety of first-class events each year including concerts, sporting events and family shows. The 650,000-square-foot arena is home to the NHL Ducks of Anaheim as well as the prestigious John R. Wooden Classic and Fight Night at the Pond. Annual events include the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the World Wrestling Entertainment and the Harlem Globetrotters
Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott's Berry Farm, America's oldest and twelfth most-visited amusement park, re-creates the atmosphere of the Old West in six themed areas including Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, Wild Water Wilderness, Indian Trails, The Boardwalk and Camp Snoopy. In all, Knott's Berry Farm features 160 acres of wild rides, live shows and family attractions, and is open every day of the year except Christmas.
Medieval Times California is a 70,000 square foot 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's show. More Info and Special Rates
Discovery Science Center
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 – the World’s First Interactive Dinosaur Adventure! Now Open - 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. Spot a buffalo on the bus ride across the island to the village of Two Harbors. website
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. website
Ocean Institut, Dana Point
The Ocean Institute is nationally known for its marine science, environmental education and history programs. Weekends are your chance of ocean science when the Ocean Institute opens to the public. website
International Surfing Museum
The International Surfing Museum located in Huntington Beach, is home to a collection of some of the artifacts in the history of surfing. website
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Have fun observing and learning about California Northern elephant seals, harbor seals and fur nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, and release of marine mammmals stranded along Orange County coastline. Admission is free. website
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Experience culture and history in many ways - from audio tours, to educational tour booklets, fun exhibits and historical re-enactments. website
Crystal Cove State Park
Breath-taking! Three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated as an underwater park. It is an amazing feeling of being “away from it all” despite being so near to one of the largest populated centers in the US. website
1000 Steps Beach
If the local residents had it their way, this spot is only for those in-the-know. It has a friendly, cool beach scene of surfing and volleyball accessible via a steep set of stairs. There aren’t really 1000 steps, but actually about 230 steps that feel like 1,000 given their steep nature. website
Peter Blake Gallery
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. website
Gay Days Disneyland Anaheim - The biggest Gay Day is back! For those of you who are local (or can be!), Gay Days presents an annual "mini" event. As always, the day just serves to help whet your appetite for the big event in October. But we will have a few fun things in store! Click Here for more information.