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ORANGE COUNTY: Things to do & Places to see
Orange County is a region in Southern California. It's known for Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort, a huge complex of rides, restaurants and shops. Nearby, in Buena Park, is Knott's Berry Farm, a large theme park. Cities with surf beaches include Huntington Beach, with its surfing museum. Newport Beach's boat-filled harbor sits opposite Balboa Peninsula. Laguna Beach has tide pools and oceanfront Crystal Cove State Park. Population: 3.19 million (2017) Area: 948 mi² (799 mi² Land / 157 mi² Water) Destinations: Disneyland Park, Anaheim, Laguna Beach, MORE Area codes: Area code 562, Area code 714, Area code 949
You can’t visit Orange County without meeting Mickey Mouse in person! The most famous theme park of all time opened right here in Anaheim by Walt Disney himself back in 1955. Disneyland Resort now offers multiple theme parks and resorts, but those simple childhood memories can still be found at “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
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Disney's California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Drive
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You can’t visit Orange County without meeting Mickey Mouse in person! The most famous theme park of all time opened right here in Anaheim by Walt Disney himself back in 1955. Disneyland Resort now offers multiple theme parks and resorts, but those simple childhood memories can still be found at “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
Huntington Beach aka Surf City USA boasts the famous pier located off Main Street. A central landmark for the city and Orange County itself, people flock to the pier to eat, fish, bike, walk and enjoy the sun reflecting off the water. Be sure to visit during sunset!
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Huntington Beach
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Huntington Beach aka Surf City USA boasts the famous pier located off Main Street. A central landmark for the city and Orange County itself, people flock to the pier to eat, fish, bike, walk and enjoy the sun reflecting off the water. Be sure to visit during sunset!
Summer in Orange County boasts perfect weather enticing traveling families to seek out the best outdoor kid-friendly activities and fun-in-the-sun in Southern California. Fortunately, Orange County is home to endless summer family experiences that are bound to leave visitors wanting more. Let’s take a look at seven of the most popular – and affordable – kid-friendly outdoor summer activities to do in the OC!
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Dana Point Harbor
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Summer in Orange County boasts perfect weather enticing traveling families to seek out the best outdoor kid-friendly activities and fun-in-the-sun in Southern California. Fortunately, Orange County is home to endless summer family experiences that are bound to leave visitors wanting more. Let’s take a look at seven of the most popular – and affordable – kid-friendly outdoor summer activities to do in the OC!
Newport Beach could have easily inspired the lyrics for “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” With its pristine harbor draped in lights, a real 90-foot Christmas tree hovering high above Fashion Island and plenty of fa la invigorating residents and visitors alike, it’s one of the best places to ‘tis the season. Voted Yahoo! Travel’s #2 City in the Nation for Holiday Lights, the seaside city offers an array of holiday happenings from ages one to 92. Yes, this is “The Most Festive Town in America.”
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Newport Beach
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Newport Beach could have easily inspired the lyrics for “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” With its pristine harbor draped in lights, a real 90-foot Christmas tree hovering high above Fashion Island and plenty of fa la invigorating residents and visitors alike, it’s one of the best places to ‘tis the season. Voted Yahoo! Travel’s #2 City in the Nation for Holiday Lights, the seaside city offers an array of holiday happenings from ages one to 92. Yes, this is “The Most Festive Town in America.”
7 Incredible Orange County Beach Resorts With a shoreline that ranges from pristine white sand beaches to dramatic cliffs overlooking the pounding surf, Orange County offers an exclusive collection of luxury beachfront resorts and spas dotted along its 22 miles of coastline from Dana Point to Huntington Beach.
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Monarch Beach Resort
Monarch Beach Resort North
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7 Incredible Orange County Beach Resorts With a shoreline that ranges from pristine white sand beaches to dramatic cliffs overlooking the pounding surf, Orange County offers an exclusive collection of luxury beachfront resorts and spas dotted along its 22 miles of coastline from Dana Point to Huntington Beach.
Beachfront Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach At the romantic beachfront Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach, travelers can fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves right outside the window or dine in Splashes, the resort’s gourmet lounge situated right on the sand.
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Laguna Beach
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Beachfront Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach At the romantic beachfront Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach, travelers can fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves right outside the window or dine in Splashes, the resort’s gourmet lounge situated right on the sand.
The Great Outdoors of Orange County
Being located in the heart of Southern California certainly has its perks. Orange County offers the best of land and sea as well as excellent weather, with year-round average temperatures of 75 degrees. With that said, it’s no surprise that The OC lifestyle revolves around outdoor activities. From surfing and boating to hiking and cycling, there is no shortage of outdoor fun.
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Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid St.
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Being located in the heart of Southern California certainly has its perks. Orange County offers the best of land and sea as well as excellent weather, with year-round average temperatures of 75 degrees. With that said, it’s no surprise that The OC lifestyle revolves around outdoor activities. From surfing and boating to hiking and cycling, there is no shortage of outdoor fun.
Rich in both Irvine Ranch lore and natural wonders, Bommer Canyon beckons walkers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts to stroll past ancient oak and sycamore groves and rough rock outcrops. Much like the city’s Quail Hill Loop Trail, specific trails in this area are open daily for self-guided hikes from dawn to dusk; however, other areas within Bommer can only be accessed through guided programs and do require pre-registration. Monthly Wilderness Access Days are available to allow hikers and bikers the chance to explore the network of outstanding trails and views of the area. A wide variety of fun, outdoor activities are offered by the City of Irvine in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. letsgooutside.org
Bommer Canyon Trail Head
6400 Shady Canyon Trail
Rich in both Irvine Ranch lore and natural wonders, Bommer Canyon beckons walkers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts to stroll past ancient oak and sycamore groves and rough rock outcrops. Much like the city’s Quail Hill Loop Trail, specific trails in this area are open daily for self-guided hikes from dawn to dusk; however, other areas within Bommer can only be accessed through guided programs and do require pre-registration. Monthly Wilderness Access Days are available to allow hikers and bikers the chance to explore the network of outstanding trails and views of the area. A wide variety of fun, outdoor activities are offered by the City of Irvine in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. letsgooutside.org
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park offers a number of active things to do outside, including mountain biking, trail running, and/or horseback riding through miles of beautiful Orange County natural lands. Artists, photographers and writers alike find plentiful inspiration on the trails. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park lies within some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California. Forty miles of trails lead the visitor through oak and sycamore woodlands and up onto ridges with expansive scenic vistas. Rocky bluffs tower above the canyon trails. Visit the park’s award-winning Nix Nature Center to learn more about Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and for trail information and orientation. ocparks.com
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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park - Big Bend
18751 Laguna Canyon Road
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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park offers a number of active things to do outside, including mountain biking, trail running, and/or horseback riding through miles of beautiful Orange County natural lands. Artists, photographers and writers alike find plentiful inspiration on the trails. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park lies within some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California. Forty miles of trails lead the visitor through oak and sycamore woodlands and up onto ridges with expansive scenic vistas. Rocky bluffs tower above the canyon trails. Visit the park’s award-winning Nix Nature Center to learn more about Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and for trail information and orientation. ocparks.com
Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. Its backcountry consists of 2,400 undeveloped acres of land, and over 15 total miles of trails. Trails are open to hiking, biking, and equestrian use, with a variety of difficulties from quick and easy to long and strenuous. There is no limit on things to do outside at Crystal Cove State Park. Its coastal portion also features a 2.5-mile paved trail that runs along the bluff tops, perfect for outdoor fun, easy walks, and bike riding. This is also the only trail in our park in which leashed dogs are allowed. Docent and staff-led activities are scheduled throughout the year in our parks, such as full-moon hikes and bird walks. Dates for these events can be found on the park’s calendar. crystalcovestatepark.org
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Crystal Cove State Park
8471 North Coast Highway
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Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. Its backcountry consists of 2,400 undeveloped acres of land, and over 15 total miles of trails. Trails are open to hiking, biking, and equestrian use, with a variety of difficulties from quick and easy to long and strenuous. There is no limit on things to do outside at Crystal Cove State Park. Its coastal portion also features a 2.5-mile paved trail that runs along the bluff tops, perfect for outdoor fun, easy walks, and bike riding. This is also the only trail in our park in which leashed dogs are allowed. Docent and staff-led activities are scheduled throughout the year in our parks, such as full-moon hikes and bird walks. Dates for these events can be found on the park’s calendar. crystalcovestatepark.org
Sightseeing
The Orange County Museum of Art is a contemporary art museum presently operating in a temporary space at South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana, California. The museum's collection comprises more than 3,500 objects, with a concentration on the art of California and the Pacific Rim from the early 20th century to present. Exhibits include traditional paintings, sculptures and photography, as well as new media in the form of video, digital and installation art. Wikipedia
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Orange County Museum of Art
1661 San Clemente Drive
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The Orange County Museum of Art is a contemporary art museum presently operating in a temporary space at South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana, California. The museum's collection comprises more than 3,500 objects, with a concentration on the art of California and the Pacific Rim from the early 20th century to present. Exhibits include traditional paintings, sculptures and photography, as well as new media in the form of video, digital and installation art. Wikipedia
NEWS Nationally renowned museum leader Kim Kanatani has been appointed the first museum director of the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA)
Irvine Museum
18881 Von Karman Avenue
NEWS Nationally renowned museum leader Kim Kanatani has been appointed the first museum director of the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA)
Old Courthouse Museum 211 W Santa Ana Blvd Santa Ana, CA 92701 Mon 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Tue: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Wed: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Thu: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Fri: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Old Orange County Courthouse
211 West Santa Ana Boulevard
Old Courthouse Museum 211 W Santa Ana Blvd Santa Ana, CA 92701 Mon 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Tue: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Wed: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Thu: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Fri: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
My Favorites Restaurants
More barbecue to know in the OC Longtime OC barbecue operator Javier Gomez has opened up his first brick and mortar restaurant location in Anaheim, years after starting on the catering and farmers market circuit with Texas-style slow-cooked meat. The new location, which opened on January 14, lands at the Anaheim MAKE property across from the Packing District. Gomez has become something of a folk hero in the ad hoc barbecue scene in Orange County, playing to long weekly lines of fans who show up at any of his stops. He’s also often the first in conversation when discussing quality barbecue in greater Orange County, a scene that is still coming together with its own growing underground smoked meat movement. Expect brisket, beef ribs, chicken, and links, with lunch hours only to start.
More barbecue to know in the OC Longtime OC barbecue operator Javier Gomez has opened up his first brick and mortar restaurant location in Anaheim, years after starting on the catering and farmers market circuit with Texas-style slow-cooked meat. The new location, which opened on January 14, lands at the Anaheim MAKE property across from the Packing District. Gomez has become something of a folk hero in the ad hoc barbecue scene in Orange County, playing to long weekly lines of fans who show up at any of his stops. He’s also often the first in conversation when discussing quality barbecue in greater Orange County, a scene that is still coming together with its own growing underground smoked meat movement. Expect brisket, beef ribs, chicken, and links, with lunch hours only to start. More on Triple Beam’s pizza pies in Highland Park Here’s an update on all things Triple Beam Pizza, the Matt Molina/Nancy Silverton Roman pizza collaboration coming to Highland Park in about a month, per LA Mag. Target March for this Austin-style breakfast taco spot Homestate in Highland Park is targeting a March 1 opening, it seems. In the meantime, here’s a shot of the in-progress interior. RIP to a 626 legend Ranchero Mexican on Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena will close as of this coming Saturday, reports LA Times. The popular local spot once existed with multiple locations across the Southland, though all have since ceased to be. This original dates back some 49 years, and will serve its final meal on Saturday night. Lunar new year fare at Disneyland Check out all the food happening at Disneyland over the lunar new year celebration starting January 26. It’s a fun and flavor-filled time that lasts until February 18. Bar Clacson turns one in Downtown LA Downtown’s Bar Clacson is celebrating its first anniversary tonight, doing $5 cocktails, giveaways, and games. A Downtown party for this popular Jewish passover food Looks like a kneydl party is going down at Daily Dose Cafe in the Arts District tomorrow. The event is a partnership with The Gefelteria NYC. TOP ARTICLES 1/5 READ MORE How We Came Up With Our ‘Where to Eat in 2020’ List MORE FROM EATER LA Los Angeles Times Critic Believes DTLA’s Row ‘Finally Has Its Anchor’ 5 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in Los Angeles Tacos 1986 Shocks Westwood’s Dull Dining Scene With New Location in Two Weeks Pie Priestess Nicole Rucker Makes Her Grand Central Market Pop-Up Permanent LA’s Barbecue Master Woody Phillips, Founder of Legendary Woody’s Bar-B-Cue, Has Died One of Chicago’s Most Celebrated Chicken Spots Pops Up in LA For One Day Only Where to Drink a Nonalcoholic (and Delicious) CocktailAdvertiser Content FromSeedlip
Meme's Texas BBQ Smokehouse
5372 Whittier Boulevard
More barbecue to know in the OC Longtime OC barbecue operator Javier Gomez has opened up his first brick and mortar restaurant location in Anaheim, years after starting on the catering and farmers market circuit with Texas-style slow-cooked meat. The new location, which opened on January 14, lands at the Anaheim MAKE property across from the Packing District. Gomez has become something of a folk hero in the ad hoc barbecue scene in Orange County, playing to long weekly lines of fans who show up at any of his stops. He’s also often the first in conversation when discussing quality barbecue in greater Orange County, a scene that is still coming together with its own growing underground smoked meat movement. Expect brisket, beef ribs, chicken, and links, with lunch hours only to start. More on Triple Beam’s pizza pies in Highland Park Here’s an update on all things Triple Beam Pizza, the Matt Molina/Nancy Silverton Roman pizza collaboration coming to Highland Park in about a month, per LA Mag. Target March for this Austin-style breakfast taco spot Homestate in Highland Park is targeting a March 1 opening, it seems. In the meantime, here’s a shot of the in-progress interior. RIP to a 626 legend Ranchero Mexican on Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena will close as of this coming Saturday, reports LA Times. The popular local spot once existed with multiple locations across the Southland, though all have since ceased to be. This original dates back some 49 years, and will serve its final meal on Saturday night. Lunar new year fare at Disneyland Check out all the food happening at Disneyland over the lunar new year celebration starting January 26. It’s a fun and flavor-filled time that lasts until February 18. Bar Clacson turns one in Downtown LA Downtown’s Bar Clacson is celebrating its first anniversary tonight, doing $5 cocktails, giveaways, and games. A Downtown party for this popular Jewish passover food Looks like a kneydl party is going down at Daily Dose Cafe in the Arts District tomorrow. The event is a partnership with The Gefelteria NYC. TOP ARTICLES 1/5 READ MORE How We Came Up With Our ‘Where to Eat in 2020’ List MORE FROM EATER LA Los Angeles Times Critic Believes DTLA’s Row ‘Finally Has Its Anchor’ 5 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in Los Angeles Tacos 1986 Shocks Westwood’s Dull Dining Scene With New Location in Two Weeks Pie Priestess Nicole Rucker Makes Her Grand Central Market Pop-Up Permanent LA’s Barbecue Master Woody Phillips, Founder of Legendary Woody’s Bar-B-Cue, Has Died One of Chicago’s Most Celebrated Chicken Spots Pops Up in LA For One Day Only Where to Drink a Nonalcoholic (and Delicious) CocktailAdvertiser Content FromSeedlip