Located in the heart of Southern California, Anaheim is the second largest city in Orange County and has some of the area’s most prestigious attractions. Widely known for the world-famous Disneyland® Resort, Anaheim is filled with a wide range of activities and entertainment for the entire family. The revitalisation of Anaheim’s Historic Downtown has become home to a diverse collective of eccentric eateries and award-winning, craft breweries, offering plenty of dining options to choose from. And while Southern California is recognised for its year-round perfect weather, Anaheim is just minutes away from Orange County’s beautiful coastline and beach communities. With so much more to explore, a trip to Anaheim is sure to inspire a lifetime of memories, with an authentic Southern California experience.
Anaheim For Every Age
Known for its year-round sunshine and home to “the happiest place on Earth”, there’s more to see in Anaheim beyond its highly-acclaimed theme parks. There are plenty of family-friendly activities within Anaheim and the surrounding areas that offer exciting atmospheres of fun for kids of all ages. Bowers’ Kidseum features a collective of experiences for little ones to engage in art, creativity, and international cultures while making playtime educational. Through purposeful play and hands-on learning, tiny travelers can explore a fun-sized world at Pretend City ― an interactive children’s museum where youngsters can get a taste of the world around them. Or enjoy the outdoors at Oak Canyon Nature Centre ― a 58-acre park where avid explorers can learn more about live animals and earn their stripes as they set foot on easy hiking trails, like Roadrunner Ridge and Bluebird Lane.
Beyond Anaheim’s thrilling theme parks are a wealth of local activities that cultivate exciting atmospheres for families and kids of all ages. For school-age kids craving interactive fun, the Discovery Cube Orange County offers exhibits and activities that explore the science of space, dinosaurs, the environment, and more. “The Cube” also features a selection of seasonal exhibits that vary throughout the year. Or make it a ‘beach day’ and enjoy an afternoon at one of Orange County’s picture-perfect beaches, like Surf City USA. If your family is ready for an underwater adventure, head to the Aquarium of the Pacific® in Long Beach ― home to more than 11,000 exotic creatures of all shapes and sizes.
While Anaheim is widely known as home to “the happiest place on Earth”, there are a wealth of things to do after spending a day at the theme parks. If your family is ready to have some off-the-wall fun, Big Air Trampoline Park is the ideal venue for families of all ages where kids can flip forward, backward, and bounce off the walls (literally!). Then hit the ice and skate where the pros do at Anaheim Ice ― an indoor ice rink that offers public skating at nominal fees, and even catch a glimpse of the Anaheim Ducks ice hockey practice sessions.
Beyond Anaheim’s world-renowned theme parks are a wide range of local activities for kids and teens to enjoy. Located at the Anaheim GardenWalk, places like Go VR Gaming and Mission Escape Games cultivate atmospheres of entertainment for the entire family. As Orange County’s premier virtual reality arcade, Go VR Gaming carries an extensive game list that offers something for everyone. Mission Escape Games features thrilling obstacles, along with 60 minutes of brain puzzling fun. Level up and head to FlightDeck to experience pulse-pounding thrills in an authentic military flight simulator. Or spend a day in the surf, sand, and sun at one of Orange County’s picture-perfect beaches.
It’s always a great time to visit Anaheim! The year-round average high temperature is 25 degrees C, ensuring fun all year long. Local theme parks such as the world-famous Disneyland® Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios Hollywood often reimagine the parks for the holiday seasons and host special events throughout the year, like Knott’s Boysenberry Festival or special food festivals. Professional sports are available year-round in Anaheim, as you can cheer on the Angels (Major Leauge Baseball) March to September or the Ducks (National Hockey League) October to April.
Located in the heart of Southern California, Anaheim is the second largest city in Orange County and has some of the area’s most prestigious attractions, including the Disneyland® Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm® Theme Park. Explore the Anaheim Packing District and Downtown Anaheim’s Center Street Promenade for some of the most eccentric eateries and award-winning, craft breweries. Enjoy live music at the all-new House of Blues, located at the Anaheim GardenWalk. And while Southern California is celebrated for its year-round perfect weather, Anaheim is just minutes away from Orange County’s beautiful coastline and beach communities. Places like Irvine Spectrum and Fashion Island in Newport Beach make Orange County a focal point for outdoor dining, shopping, and entertainment.
Anaheim and Orange County offers a variety of budget friendly activities, from visiting the beaches, to hiking, museums, and more. The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. Encompassing 26 lush acres, it has assembled a permanent collection of over 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world. With its ponds, streams and wildlife, the Fullerton Arboretum offers a tranquil retreat from a fast-paced urban life. Through their Art on the Walk program, Anaheim GardenWalk has invited local artists from all disciplines to display their works across the property for guests to enjoy. Pieces range from massive murals, to eclectic window displays, to live art demonstrations, to full-blown galleries. The success of this program has led to the property being granted an award for Best Public Art from the Anaheim Arts Council, and GardenWalk continues to serve as a fixture in the Anaheim art scene.
Anaheim’s dining scene is home to a collective of eccentric eateries and award-winning breweries and foodies everywhere are encouraged to bring their appetites. The Packing House ― located within the Anaheim Packing District ― is a two-story, epicurean paradise that features a diverse selection of two dozen delectable purveyors, including Urbana and The Kroft. Discover even more flavourful establishments just a short walk away at Center Street Promenade, including local gem, Pour Vida Latin Flavor. For a more upscale culinary experience, The Ranch Restaurant offers a seasonally-driven menu with elevated interpretations of global fare. Explore cultural neighbourhoods like Little Arabia and Little Saigon for the finest in authentic, international cuisine. restaurant to the collection of dining venues.
Joining the much loved buffet and modern Australian restaurants, guests will be delighted with a plethora of option to cater to every culinary desire.
In the American summertime, the Orange County fair in nearby Costa Mesa is a must-visit event with a concert series where classic rock tributes and a steady reggae presence set the stage for bigger acts. Rides, games, a petting zoo, and dining options go far beyond typical carnival fare. Laguna Beach, California’s historic arts colony, hosts two major festivals each American summer: Festival of Arts’ juried art show and Pageant of the Masters. From April – October, the whole family will enjoy outdoor movie nights in Huntington Beach on select weekends throughout the warmer months. Blockbuster classics are projected onto a huge inflatable screen by the shore where Pacific Coast Highway meets Newland Street, so all you need to bring are beach chairs or a blanket and warmer layers for after the sun goes down.