Anaheim California Attractions
Enjoy Anaheim's world-famous theme parks, including Disneyland® Resort, diverse shopping, championship golf courses, sports teams, entertainment, museums, restaurants, wineries, nightlife, and state-of-the-art convention center. From the enchantment of the Disneyland® Resort to the action of Los Angeles Angels baseball, Anaheim is an exciting destination with fantastic attractions and super fun things to do.
Anaheim California Fun Things To Do
Disneyland® Resort -The most exciting theme park destination on the planet, Disneyland® Resort is an enchanting world of magic and imagination. From the fantasy of Disneyland® Park to high-flying fun of Disney's California Adventure™, families enjoy adrenaline-flowing rides, attractions, entertainment, Disney characters, shopping and dining at two theme parks. Disneyland® Park features eight lands of imagination, with 60 exciting rides and attractions, family adventures and shops and restaurants.
Journey into the Indiana Jones Adventure, celebrate with Mickey Mouse, and experience thrill rides like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Celebrating the allure of the Golden State, Disney's California Adventure™ is a festive land of rides, shows, attractions, and entertainment. Experience exciting rides such as Soarin' Over California, California Screamin', and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Enjoy hipper Disney shopping, dining and entertainment at Downtown Disney®, a playful promenade with shops, music venues and restaurants including the World of Disney®, House of Blues, and Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen. Visit www.disneyland.com.
Anaheim Convention Center -The largest exhibit facility on the West Coast, the Anaheim Convention Center is the leading-edge event, convention, meeting and trade show destination in California. With its spires that blend into a spectacular glass-wall exterior, ACC is an architectural landmark that illuminates the Anaheim cityscape. The newly-constructed Anaheim Convention Center features 815,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibit space for dramatic meetings and shows, as well as 130,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space, including one of the largest ballrooms in the country.
ACC also offers balcony-style prefunction areas that open onto the atrium towers and glass walls, advanced technology, and a landscaped resort ambiance with pedestrian avenues and traffic thoroughfares. Visit www.anaheimconventioncenter.com.
The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk -Steps from the hotel, Anaheim GardenWalk offers fantastic shops, restaurants and entertainment venues around scenic gardens and waterfalls. Anaheim's shopping and dining hot spot, GardenWalk features hip stores such as Ann Taylor Loft, Fresh Produce, G stage, Harley-Davidson of Anaheim, Hollister, Lush, Lux Aveda Salon & Spa, Runway 5, Tommy Bahama, The Body Shop and Whitehouse/Blackmarket.
Dine at great restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, McCormick & Schmick's Grille, P. F Chang's and Roy's. For fun entertainment, head to 300 Anaheim, an upscale bowling lounge, Bar Louie, Heat Ultra Lounge, and CinemaFusion IMAX. Visit www.anaheimgardenwalk.com.
Honda Center -The premier entertainment and sports venue in California, Honda Center hosts major concerts, famous musical artists, sports events and family shows. Home to the NHL's Anaheim Ducks and National Lacrosse League's Anaheim Storm, the 15,000 seat arena has hosted NCAA events, 2003 World Gymnastics Championships, World Wrestling Entertainment and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
With its state-of-the-art design, perfect sight lines and vibrant atmosphere, Honda Center is a favorite venue for Anaheim sports and music fans. The 7,000-seat Theatre at Honda Center is an intimate setting for concerts and shows. Catch the Anaheim Ducks play action-packed pro hockey from September through April. Visit www.hondacenter.com.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim -Located on 140 acres in Anaheim, CA, Angel Stadium is home to Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Seating 45,050 fans, this classic baseball park features wider concourses, terraced bullpens, state-of-the-art suites, great restaurants and sports bars, Nestle Family Zone, Pepsi Perfect Game Pavilion - an interactive game area - and landscaped courtyards with statues in memory of Gene Autry and Michelle Carew. In addition to hosting two All-Star Games, Angel Stadium also presents a variety of concerts and events. Visit www.losangeles.angels.mlb.com.
Knott's Berry Farm -Set on 160 beautiful acres in Buena Park, Knott's Berry Farm - America's first amusement park - features six themed areas - Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, Indian Trails, Wild Water Wilderness, The Boardwalk and Camp Snoopy - that bring to life the Old West. Knott's Berry Farm features over 100 pulse-pounding rides, kid's rides, family attractions, live shows, shopping and dining. A high-octane family destination, Knott's features nine exhilarating coasters, including Silver Bullet, Xcelerator, and Boomerang, and exciting thrill rides such as Supreme Scream and Rip Tide.
Visit the Camp Snoopy Theater, and enjoy shopping and dining at the Marketplace. Enjoy fun water adventures at Soak City, featuring tube and body slides, a massive wave pool, lazy river, a family beach house, lagoons, and cool attractions such as Pacific Spin and Old Man Falls. Visit www.knotts.com.
Crystal Cove State Park -Located on the California Coast near Anaheim, Crystal Cove State Park is a beautiful destination for outdoor adventure. The park offers 3.2 miles of Pacific beach for swimming, surfing, scuba and skin diving, sunbathing, and fishing, and wooded canyons and open bluffs for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Designated as an underwater park, the offshore waters are a great place for snorkeling, diving and observing marine life like starfish and sharks. Walk along the shore and explore tidepools and sandy coves. An All Day Parking Pass is $15. Visit www.crystalcovestatepark.com
Bolsa Chica State Beach & Ecological Reserve -Extending for 3 miles along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach is a long, wide, beautiful beach for surf fishing, surfing, swimming, hiking, biking, and wildlife and bird watching. A 7-mile bike trail connects it with Huntington State Beach to the south. Across the road from the beach is the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, one of the top birding watching spots in the country.
Nearly 200 bird species are documented in Bolsa Chica each year, including great blue herons, snowy egrets, brown pelicans, snowy plovers and endangered Belding's savannah sparrows. The footbridge and trail off PCH is great spot for observing the diverse wetlands wildlife. Visit www.bolsachica.org
Mission San Juan Capistrano -Orange County's most historic landmark and museum, Mission San Juan Capistrano is the birthplace of Orange County, founded more than 200 years ago as the 7th of 21 missions in California. Experience a monument of diverse Califonia history and culture as you tour the mission and see fun museum exhibits and historical re-enactments.
Explore 10-acres of gardens, fountains and adobe preserved architecture, as well as the original chapel where Fr. Serra once celebrated Mass. This beautifully preserved mission and museum celebrates California's Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Visit www.missionsjc.com
Discovery Science Center -Discovery Science Center is a learning facility designed to fuel children's natural curiosity. With its unique architectural design, The Cube, a 10-story giant cube sitting on one of its points, educates young minds about science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. Orange County's leading education resource, Discovery Science Center features 120 interactive exhibits that inspire families to learn, play, and think together.
The center is divided into themed areas where kids can explore Perception, Dynamic Earth, Quake Zone, Techno Arts, Air & Space, Discovery Stadium and KidStation. Check out the Discovery Zone 4-D Theater and the new Planetary Research Station, an animated globe that shows dynamic images of our planet's land, oceans and atmosphere. Visit www.discoverycube.org
Crystal Cathedral -Located in Garden Grove, the breathtakingly beautiful Crystal Cathedral is heralded as California's most magnificent temple. Featured in the History Channel's documentary "Building in the name of God," the cathedral combines contemporary architecture with the grandeur of medieval cathedrals. An embodiment of light and space, intimacy and majesty, the four-pointed structure is an architectural treasure with over 10,000 panes of glass covering the labyrinthine and opalescent façade that shines brilliantly in the sun. The cathedral is home to the Crystal Cathedral Ministries and televised "Hour of Power." Visit www.crystalcathedral.org
Ocean Institute -Located at Dana Point, the Ocean Institute is an educational facility specializing in innovative marine science and history programs and environmental education. Learn about oceanography, science, and California history by voyaging into the ocean, studying in labs and living aboard tall ships. Experience the sea, touch live specimens, collect scientific data, observe migrating whales, and explore the sea world. Hop aboard the Spirit of Dana Point, an 118-ft. schooner used for living history and at-sea maritime adventures.
Spend a night aboard the brig Pilgrim to learn maritime history, or become an oceanographer on the R/V Sea Explorer, a marine science research vessel. Visit the Ecology Learning Center, Maritime Center and Marine Protected Area, an intertidal ecosystem adjacent to the institute. Visit www.ocean-institute.org
Medieval Times -Experience the excitement, pageantry and romance of the Middle Ages at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament - the top dinner attraction in the country. Feel the thunder of hooves, the clash of swords, the ringing axes and the shattering of lances as knights engage in stunning battle sequences. You will enjoy an exceptional medieval banquet as you are entertained by the thrilling competition between knights in this magnificent California Castle. Enjoy a king's feast and an authentic medieval tournament at this Spanish palace in Southern California. Visit www.medievaltimes.com.
Pirates Dinner Adventure -Enjoy a swashbuckling adventure and a festive dinner experience at Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park. The world's most interactive dinner show, Pirate's Dinner Adventure entertains families with amazing special effects, aerial artistry, swashbuckling sword stunts, and dynamic duels. Enjoy a sumptuous meal as you interact in a classic tale of good and evil that immerses you in pirate action, adventure, romance and laughter! For reservations, visit www.piratesdinneradventure.com
Universal Studio Hollywood -Enjoy Hollywood entertainment at Universal Studios Hollywood, the world's largest theme park and working movie studio. Experience the action and glamour of Hollywood movies on action-packed rides and exciting shows with amazing special effects. Experience heart-pounding thrills on coasters like Revenge of the Mummy, take a raft plunge on Jurassic Park, laugh on the mega-attraction, The Simpsons Ride, and flash to the future on Terminator 2: 3D.
Get a "backlot" look at how your favorite movies and TV shows are created on the Studio Tour. See sets from The War of the Worlds and hit TV shows like "Desperate Housewives." Top off your experience at Universal CityWalk, featuring cool shops, restaurants, clubs, and cinemas. Visit www.universalstudios.com.
Southern California Beaches -Venture over to Orange County's breathtaking 42-mile coast - from Long Beach to San Diego - edged with gorgeous beaches and blue Pacific Ocean waters. The most beautiful beaches in Southern California, including Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Seal Beach, and Dana Point are only 8 miles away. Enjoy swimming, surfing, sailing, fishing, sea kayaking, scuba diving, and whale watching at Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Newport Beach, and Dana Point.
Called "Surf City," Huntington Beach offers miles of white beach for surfing, swimming, boogie boarding, volleyball, sunbathing and rollerblading. Chill on the warm sand, enjoy sunset walks, relax at a sidewalk café or bike to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Dana Point is a beautiful seaside community with a natural cove and dramatic cliffs on the Pacific Ocean. Visit www.hbvisit.com.
Los Angeles -There are many fun things to do in Los Angeles, an exciting destination with Hollywood glamour and cultural cache. Los Angeles is home to the world's finest art museums, including The Getty Center, Museum of Contemporary Art and Autry Museum of Western Heritage. In Hollywood, you'll discover showbiz sights such as Hollywood Walk of Fame, Mann's Chinese Theater and Sunset Strip. See downtown' s architectural gems such as the Italian Renaissance-style Biltmore Hotel, Art Deco/Mission-style Union Station and Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home to Los Angeles Opera.
Explore LA's diverse neighborhoods like Beverly Hills, home to Rodeo Drive, Chinatown, and Little Tokyo. Enjoy sports and concerts at Staples Center or see what LA looked like 40,000 years ago at the La Brea Tar Pits. Beyond the cityscape are beautiful beaches, like Malibu, Venice, Long Beach, and Santa Monica, famous for the Santa Monica Pier. Cruise to Catalina Island and enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and hiking.