Orange County offers an authentic Californian experience, from its sunny weather, Instagram-worthy beaches, museums, and–to top it all–Disneyland. The area’s charm has inspired numerous mentions in TV and film. All of this makes it a draw to millions of tourists each year. If you’re planning to visit with your friendly, here is a list of some of the top attractions:
Disneyland is rightfully called the happiest place on earth thanks to its plethora of magical attractions. It is a perfect destination for a family to visit interactive play spaces like the Temple of the Forbidden Eye with Indiana Jones, roller coasters, and iconic rides like the Pirates of the Caribbean.
Star Wars buffs will be right at home in the themed Galaxy’s Edge, and you will get to interact with numerous Disney characters.
Plan ahead to avoid too many crowds and make your visit less of a hassle. You can stay in Disneyland resorts, although some tourists opt to seek more favorable prices off-site.
Bolsa Chica Wetlands
You can spot various wild animals as you hike in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. This coastal estuary in Huntington Beach is a favorite among bird watchers because of its beautiful and rare avian species, including red tail hawk, osprey, heron, and white pelican.
The jogging trail is set against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean to provide stunning views. There are informative plaques around the estuary, and you can take your kids to learn a thing or two.
The Bowers Museum has been celebrating culture from various parts of the world since 1936. It is routinely voted as the best museum in the county. It has about 30,000 artifacts and 2,000 paintings ready for exploration.
You will see the best Californian art, exhibits on the first Californians, and pieces from Ancient China and the Pacific Islands. There is a ‘kidseum’ area for children that serves as a learning center.
Any Beach in the County
There are numerous beaches across Orange County where you can enjoy volleyball games, surf, and dig in the sand. You can catch a picturesque California sunset from the Huntington Beach Pier, which is also popular among fishing enthusiasts.
If you want to spot aquatic wildlife, head to Doheny State Beach, a favorite starfish, dolphins, Egyptian geese, and pelicans. You can learn about biodiversity and conservation even as you play around in the sand.
Avid surfers congregate in Salt Creek Beach Park to take advantage of its impressive swells. This park is set along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, and tourists love to explore its tidepools, surf, and sunbathe.
Angels Baseball Stadium
Anaheim’s Angels Stadium is a beautiful park to catch a baseball game and cheer for your favorite team. The stadium’s history goes back to 1966, although upgrades have made it a modern ballpark. You can catch daytime or evening games, and sign up for private and public tours to the field, press conference room, Angels Dugout, and Visitors’ Clubhouse.
There are plenty of relics from when Walt Disney owned the Angels, where you can take photos with your kids.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
This ‘jewel’ of California missions was among the early churches established along El Camino Real. It was damaged in an 1812 earthquake, but the mission has preserved its rich history and the culture of other settlers in California. The mission continues to protect culture through art exhibits, which you can experience through docent-led tours.
A trip to Balboa Island in Newport Beach will be exciting for the whole family. Indulge in the signature Balboa Bar and frozen banana in the island’s bakery shops and restaurants. Hop on the Ferris wheel at night to enjoy a picturesque ride’ and take a ferry to the surrounding islands.
Satisfied yet? These seen attractions hardly even cover the tip of the iceberg. Orange County is rich in travel-related amenities, too. For example, the area is well-known for having hard water, so you’ll find many vacation rentals with water filtrations systems in Orange County. Chances are, if you have an amenity preference, you can find it here. There truly is something for everyone, whether you are a surfer, photographer, beach-goer, or if you just want a fun-filled destination for the whole family.