Written by Alison Moriarty | April 12, 2019
Orange County is listed as the 6th most populated county in California. Orange County contains big cities such a Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, and Huntington Beach which all have a handful of fun activities. There are so many things to do in Orange County, and it can be overwhelming to try to plan where to go. We compiled our top 6 places to visit in Orange County to help organize your itinerary.
Also known as the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland is the best place for family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy. The theme park is also a great place to bond with one another throughout your the land. At Disney, there are two main parks: Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Disneyland contains many attractions that are still present since the first day the park opened. Classic rides include Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White, Small World, and many more! This park is filled with many activities you and your family will enjoy!
Disney California Adventure, also known as DCA, opened in 2001 and is a newer addition to the Disney Magic. Summer 2018, DCA renovated a section of their park themed to Disney Pixar movies, and this new section of the park is called Pixar Pier. According to the Disney Parks Blog, Pixar Pier has many new attractions for all to see like the Incredicoaster, Knick Knacks, Toy Story Midway Mania, and much more!
Disneyland & California Adventure Park Map: click here
2. Knotts Berry Farm
If you are looking for more of a roller-coaster thrill, Knotts Berry Farm is a great destination for both parents and kids. The theme-park has a children’s section called Camp Snoopy, where little ones can ride mini fire trucks and coasters!
If your more of a thrill seeker, a quick and easy walk will take you to all the wild rides. One of the most popular rides is called Xcelerator, which rockets from 0 to 82mph in 2.3 seconds. Xcelerator will definitely give you the rush you looking for! The park also came out with their new CRAZY ride called Hang Time. Hang Time has a 96 degree drop, making it the first and only dive coaster in California (warning: sensitive stomachs beware!).
If your more of a water bug, a personal favorite is Bigfoot Rapids, which will be changing to Calico River Rapids in summer 2019. This ride including Timber Mt. Log Ride, will definitely give you a nice splash on a hot summer day. Knott’s also has a complete water park called Soak City, if you are looking to stay cool this summer!
Theme parks are a great way to have some fun but at times it can be a little confusing to find your way around. Here is why we attached both park maps to help you have the best experience:
Knotts Berry Farm Park Map: click here
Soak City Water Park Map: click here
3. Explore Old Towne Orange
Feel like exploring authentic and vintage shops? Old Towne Orange is the place for you! Window shopping is a must in Old Towne Orange, and you will be amazed at the unique things you’ll find.
Old Towne Orange also holds events during the summertime that’s free of charge! Events include Taste of Orange Festival, the Old Towne Orange Tweetup at the Streamliner Lounge, and the Orchard Walk’s Oktoberfest.
4. Huntington Beach Pier
When you’re visiting Southern California it’s almost impossible not to visit one of their gorgeous beaches. Who doesn’t love spending time at the beach? The pier has many shops and eatries for people to visit, so there is always something to do at this beach!
According to Surf City USA, Huntington Beach Pier contains attractions such as Whale Watching, International Surfing Museum, the Huntington Beach Arts Center, and every Tuesday night there is an event called Surf City Nights!
The best activity to do at the beach that’s free of charge is sitting down with a loved one or a group of friends watching the sunset into the waters.
5. Anaheim Packing District
Need to find a place that has a variety of delicious foods and is worthy to post on your Instagram? Then look no further! The Anaheim Packing District can satisfy any food cravings you may have. This two-story food hall has everything sweet and savory that will satify your cravings. Some of the notable restaurants in the Anaheim Packing District include:
• Adya: a fresh Indian inspired food
• The Kroft: specialized in reinvented comfort food
• Mini Monster: a Bubble Tea house presented in glass bottles
• Pop Bar: Handcrafted Gelato on a stick dipped in selected chocolates
• Orange Tei: Serves sushi, poke, and ramen
If you want to explore more options on what to eat click here!
6.Red Fox Boutique
Visiting around Newport Beach and you want to go shopping for new clothes? Look no further! Rex Fox Boutique in Carona Del Mar has an amazing assortment of clothes and accessories that can fit your edgy fashion sense! At this boutique, you can find brands like Alo, Cleobella, Soul Sister, and IVI! Shop around Red Fox to update your wardrobe and don’t forget to top it off with some IVI vision frames!
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