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.
Anaheim Packing House
This historic orange-packing site houses a bunch of restaurants under one warehouse roof. Includes a speakeasy called the White Rabbit decorated in a 1920s style, in addition to a dozen more foodie vendors like Popbar, offering delectable gelato popsicles.
City National Grove of Anaheim
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.
The other ‘Los Angeles’ baseball team, the Angels play at this stadium conveniently located for SoCal fans. Grab a hot dog and some popcorn and choose to watch the fireworks either here or over at Disneyland afterwards. This must be one of the best locations for a stadium in America with so much to see and do nearby.
The Outlets at Orange
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.
House of Blues Anaheim
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.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Just a short drive away from the main city lie the ruins of a Spanish mission. Located in the historical district, this is the best maintained structure from 1776 and is considered the birthplace of Orange County.
Flightdeck Air Combat Simulation Center
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.