The most obvious choice, Disneyland and its sister park, California Adventure, are pretty self-explanatory, and their princess castles and magical land filled with fairytale characters are universally known. The lesser known secret is that discounted tickets are available through many organizations for Southern California residents, and those who live nearby can also purchase a season pass to come whenever they want for only $30 per month.
If you don’t want to pay to go into the parks or wait in long lines, but still want the glitz of Disney, head to downtown Disney to eat in their themed restaurants. Don’t miss the dazzling Grand Californian Hotel and the restaurant inside it, the Napa Rose.
In the backyard of the Angels stadium lies a small, fancy indoor venue. It hosts quirky acts that draw a smaller crowd for an intimate, seated show.
Anaheim is suburban shopper’s paradise. There are lots of shopping malls to choose from, but for a mega discount at lots of upscale department stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, head here for the best prices and the biggest selection.
Also located in Downtown Disney, this House of Blues is renowned for its soul food restaurant called Crossroads and, of course, for the many famous bands that come to play here.
The Air Combat Simulation Center offers an experience that is difficult to find elsewhere. Simulators include cockpit replicas of an F-16 and mimic takeoffs, landings, and in-air maneuvers for a soaring experience. However, aware that to enter the simulations, people must be over 11 years of age.