2023 Anaheim Vacation Guide
Welcome to the magnificent city of Anaheim, California just 20 miles east of Los Angeles. Whether you’re visiting with family or friends you’re sure to have a great time. Anaheim offers a little bit for everyone. Of course one of the biggest reasons why people visit Anaheim is to visit that big loveable mouse and his magic kingdom at Disneyland™, but if you’re in town for other reasons then you’ll also find that there are lots of other great activities and entertainment things to do while you’re here.
Anaheim, California Travel & Visitors Guide
Besides all of the obvious reasons that most people visit Anaheim, you’ll be happy to know that Anaheim is just a few minutes from the California coastline, which means that you’ll definitely want to take a day and spend it at one of California’s famous beaches like Huntington Beach, Long Beach or Laguna Beach. or maybe you’d like to take a drive down to San Diego on the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Another great drive is up the Pacific Coast Highway to beautiful Santa Barbara. You’ll find that sitting around will be the hardest thing to do while you’re on vacation in Anaheim.
Whether you’re on a budget or not, you should be able to find affordable accommodations in Anaheim at any time of the year. About Anaheim’s online reservation system offers many hotels & resorts to choose from with discounted rates. You can view individual hotel web pages with pictures and information. Check rates, and availability and make secure online reservations. All About Anaheim also offers the guaranteed lowest rates on car rentals anywhere in the city from major companies like Enterprise, Budget, National & Thrifty. Our online services are easy to use and very secure. We provide quality service to all of our customers.
While visiting Anaheim you’ll never go hungry for quality food or shopping. Anaheim offers lots of great restaurants that will please anyone’s appetite ranging from Seafood to Mexican to Oriental. And shopping is unlimited. There are lots of great places to shop, like the famous Fashion Island. You’ll find malls, outlets, collector’s shops, specialty shops, antique shops, boutiques, high-end shops, low-end shops, and the list keeps going.
What to See & Do in Anaheim
There’s no time to sit back and relax. With all that Anaheim offers like attractions, water parks, and amusement parks, you’re sure to be busy from sunlight to sunset. Disneyland is by far the most popular attraction in Anaheim and one of the biggest reasons why Anaheim attracts so many tourists. And now that Disneyland is adding another park adjacent to the original Disneyland Park, it’s sure to be growing even more in popularity as the place to go for kids and adults alike. Besides Disneyland Anaheim is also home to the Knottsberry Farm Amusement Park with the theme of the “Peanuts”, which offers lots of great rides & shows. Water parks are also plentiful in Anaheim as are aquariums and museums.
Disneyland Resort in Southern California is home to the original Disney theme park – Disneyland – filled with classic attractions and spectacular entertainment. Now there is a whole new Tomorrowland to explore, featuring new attractions based on imagination and beyond! (714) 781-4565
Knott’s Berry Farm
America’s first theme park and the newest member of the Cedar Fair amusement family. Knott’s is 150 acres of rides, live shows, and family attractions celebrating California and the American Wild West. (714) 220-5200
Aquarium of the Pacific
The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is a world-class aquarium celebrating the infinite, astonishing treasures of the planet’s largest, most diverse and spectacular body of water the Pacific Ocean. (562) 590-3100
Crystal Cathedral has been hailed as “the most spectacular religious edifice in the world”. The cathedral resembles a four-pointed star with 10,000 panes of glass covering the web like translucent walls and ceiling. It is home to the annual “Glory of Christmas” and “Glory of Easter” pageants. (714) 971-4069
Discovery Science Center
Visitors will experience “Science – Southern California Style” at Discovery Science Center. The 59,000-square-foot facility will be filled with fun, hands-on exhibits for children and adults. (714) 540-2001
Family Fun in Anaheim
Adventure City features 16 rides and attractions including puppet shows, live interactive children’s theater, the Train and Friends creative play island, and the all-new 25-foot climbing wall. (714) 236-9762
Located on the third floor of Crystal Court at South Coast Plaza, LaunchPad is a mini science enter where children and adults are able to play with hands-on science exhibits and purchase educational toys, games, and books from the Science Store. (714) 546-0949
Palace Park Entertainment
Palace Park Entertainment has six jam-packed acres of thrilling attractions including laser tag, a simulation ride with three different adventures, miniature golf, bumper cars, batting cages, bumper boats, three go-kart tracks, and 25,00 square feet dedicated to the latest video games. (949) 539-8336
Raging Waters Water Park
The world’s greatest family water adventure offers Southern California sun and fun with acres or surf, sand, slides, rides and attractions – 50 million gallons of good, wholesome family fun.
Wild Rivers Waterpark
Wild Rivers Waterpark is Southern California’s ultimate family water park experience with over 40 water rides and attractions, two huge water pools, and special features for kids and adults.
Beaches of Orange County
Orange County’s beaches stretch 42 miles along California’s golden coastline. The beaches though close in proximity are sometimes worlds apart in their character, each offering different adventures and environments. It’s not hard to visit a few of these beaches in one day. Actually, if you get the chance I recommend that you drive up and down the Pacific Coast Highway which runs right on the coastline and through some of California’s most extraordinary beach towns and because the beaches are just around the corner from Anaheim, you won’t be driving all day and night. Below we have gathered information about the great beaches available around the Anaheim area. Enjoy!
Stretching more than eight miles, Huntington Beach is the biggest in Orange County. It faces southwest, offering great surfing waves year-round. Huntington Beach has the longest concrete pier on the California coast (1,852 feet), numerous volleyball courts and a bike path that’s ideal for roller-blading and jogging. It also has fire pits for cookouts, concession stands, surf equipment, bike, and rollerblade rentals. Within walking distance of the pier, you’ll find great eateries and some of the best surf shops in the country.
One of Southern California’s most beautiful beach destinations, Newport Beach is located approximately 30 miles south of Los Angeles. The current population is approximately 70,000. The landmass is nearly 14 square miles and there are nearly 22 square miles of Ocean and Bay area. The fishing, surfing (one of the first surf contests in California, the Pacific Coast Surfriding championship tournament, was held in here in 1928) and beaches around Newport Beach are some of the finest in California.
Laguna Beach is Southern California’s premier seaside artist haven. Mansions and quaint cottages amidst subtropical gardens line bluffs above sandy coves along a seven-mile scenic coastline. Inland, luxuriant foliage and Seaview homes cover lower canyons and ridges of hills that rise more than 1,000 feet above the ocean. Developed as a resort city more than a century ago, artists began arriving soon afterward and enjoy almost year-round, picture-perfect weather. Enjoy the many superb Laguna Beach restaurants, art galleries, and hotels, many with breathtaking sunset views.
Nightlife in Anaheim
Anaheim has everything you are looking for. After a day at Disneyland or seeing the sights, you may want to relax at one of Anaheim’s many nightspots. You have a craving for something a little more exciting! Visit clubs ranging from hard rock to the blues for a night of dancing and entertainment. Live entertainment, concerts, state of the art games, and even go-cart racing are also on the menu. No matter what you are looking for when the sun goes down, Anaheim has it to offer.
Anaheim Convention Center
One of the largest convention centers on the West Coast has nearly one million square feet of convention space. the center currently features three 100,000-square-foot exhibition halls, two 158,000-square-foot halls, a 9,000-seat arena, and 40 additional meeting rooms. .Its schedule of events includes national conventions, trade shows, and public events such as celebrity concerts, vacations, sports, recreation, boat, home, and garden shows. (714) 765-8899
Commerce Casino offers 24-hour gambling, excellent dining, and nightly entertainment. Popular games include all variations of poker, pan, 21st-century Blackjack, Super Pan 9, Chinese Poker, California Baccarat, and Pai Gow. (213) 838-3292
GameWorks at the Block
Under the visionary guidance of Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks SKG, Sega Enterprises, and Universal Studios Inc, GameWorks was created as the quintessential entertainment destination. Guests at GameWorks can eat, drink, meet, and compete in a dynamic and energetic series of thematic environments. (714) 265-9181
Phoenix Club Entertainment Center is one of the largest venues in Orange County. It encompasses seven acres of banquet halls, festival grounds, and patio beer gardens. The European-designed, 6700 square foot ballroom has an elevated stage and an 1800 square foot parquet dance floor.
Speed Zone is the closest thing to real racing ever offered. It is an adult-oriented theme park offering state-of-the-art video games, restaurants, and miniature golf courses. (626) 913-0344
Stadium Promenade – located next to Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim is an entertainment destination complete with 25 theaters, sit-down restaurants, fast food, and a state-of-the-art arcade.
Harbor Excursions & Whale Watching
Looking for something on the ocean? Anaheim has plenty close by. Whale watching is great entertainment for the whole family. If fishing is what you prefer you will find that too. While in Anaheim take advantage of all it has to offer. There is nothing like the ocean on a clear day! Don’t forget to make your hotel and car rental reservation with us and save up to 40% off regular rates!
Catalina Passenger Service / Balboa Pavilion
Fully narrated Newport Harbor cruises, depart daily from the historic Balboa Pavilion. Cruises point out the homes and yachts of famous Newport residents. A 45-minute cruise is only $6, Children 5-12 are $1, and under 5 are free. Groups and full-service cruises are available, on Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and during the summer months, a delightful champagne brunch cruise on Sunday mornings. Whale watching is offered from December to March. (949) 673-5245
Fun Zone Boat Co. Inc.
45 – 90 minute live narrated tours of Historical Newport Harbor. Daily departures, Whale watching (seasonal Jan. – March) Private charters available for 10 – 200 passengers (949) 673-0240
SEAmagine Hydrospace Corp
Avalon is one of the rare locations where visitors can now enjoy exotic SEAmobile rides to explore the sea life-rich waters around Catalina’s main harbor. Stay warm and dry inside the pressurized cabin of these three-person submarines. Relax and enjoy the underwater narrated tour or under the pilots’ supervision take the controls yourself and descend to 40 feet for up to half an hour. (877) 252-6262
Newport Landing Sport Fishing, Whale Watching & Dinner Cruises
Dinner Cruises, Paddle Wheeler holds 57 people – Full bar, dinner/harbor cruises. Sportsfishing from 6-76 people and up to 114 whale watching. (949) 675-0550
Hook Sportsfishing Charters
Year-round all-inclusive luxury charter sports fishing cruises available for coastal and island fishing. Available 1/2 day 3/4 day or full day. (800) 583-8133
Dinner Cruises in Anaheim
Well in Anaheim so close to the ocean you should try a dinner cruise. Instead of eating in another restaurant downtown, a dinner with beautiful scenery may be an exciting change. Not only will there be a variety of great food, but there will also be a ton of great seascapes, landscapes, and atmosphere to enjoy. You will surely satisfy your appetite for food as well as adventure and romance!
Catalina Passenger Service/Balboa Pavilion
We provide passenger service from Newport Beach to Catalina Island. The boat is called the Catalina Flyer and it is a luxury high-speed catamaran boat that takes you to Catalina Island in approximately 75 minutes. We also have another boat called the Pavilion Paddy that offers 45 and 90-minute cruises of the Newport Harbor. These boats operate out of the Balboa Pavilion, a historical landmark located on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. The Balboa Pavilion is also home to Davey’s Locker Sportfishing and the Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom. (949) 673-8340
Hornblower Cruises and Events
Hornblower Cruises and Events features Weekend Dinner Dance Cruises and Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruises aboard elegant yachts cruising Newport or Marina del Rey harbors. Dinner Dance Cruises include a gourmet three-course meal, live entertainment, and two and a half hours cruising. Hornblower’s Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruises include two hours of cruising, live entertainment, lavish brunch buffet, and free-flowing champagne and orange juice service. Aboard a Hornblower cruise, guests will be pampered and treated to fabulous cuisine while cruising a picturesque waterway. (949) 646-0155
Golf Courses in Anaheim
Looking for a game of golf? Sunny Anaheim has some great courses for your game. While the climate remains moderate all year round Anaheim golf ranges from driving ranges to public & resort courses. After a day at many of Anaheim’s famous attractions, you may wish to relax the next day with a game of golf in a serene setting. Look below for a highlight of what Anaheim has to offer! Don’t forget to make your hotel and car rental reservations with us and save up to 40%.
|Aliso Creek Golf Club (949) 499-1919||Laguna Beach, CA||$15 – $25|
|Aliso Viejo Golf Club (949) 598-9200||Aliso Viejo, CA||$85 – $125 (Cart Included)|
|Anaheim “Dad Miller” Golf Club (714) 748-8900||Anaheim, CA||$20 – $26|
|Anaheim Hills Golf Club (714) 998-3041||Anaheim, CA||$34 – $40 (Cart Included)|
|Big Canyon Golf Club (949) 644-5404||Newport Beach, CA||$75|
|Birch Hills Golf Course (714) 990-0201||Brea, CA||$18 – $26|
|Brea Golf Course (714) 529-3003||Brea, CA||$9 – $10|
|Candlewood Country Club (562) 941-1228||Wittier, CA||$45 – $55|
|Casta Del Sol Golf Club (949) 581-0940||Mission Viejo, CA||$17 – $25|
|Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club (714) 540-7500||Costa Mesa, CA||$18 – $33|
|El Toro Marine Memorial (949) 726-2577||Irvine, CA||$15 – $32|
Exclusive Dining Spots in Anaheim
Taste the Mouth-watering Specialties
Anaheim, one of the most populous cities in Orange County, California, is a favorite among food lovers for the large range of dining spots available in the city. There are a large number of restaurants present in different parts of the city. These restaurants provide diners with a large array of food items ranging from seafood and Chinese dishes to continental items and Indian specializations. These are extremely popular and coveted among the residents of the city as well as tourists.
Ten Ten Seafood
The Ten Ten Seafood restaurant offers lip-smacking seafood delicacies. Located in North Euclid Street, this restaurant offers popular food items like dim sum and walnut shrimp. Keno’s Restaurant in Anaheim is one of the best in town. Their salads, burgers steaks and sandwiches are wonderful. You can also try out their eggs benedict and pancakes. The fare served is always hot.
You will get an exclusive French menu at Club 33 in Disneyland. Their filet, lobsters, and desserts are extremely well prepared. The service is impeccable and you will always love to come back to this place. Tandoori Garden is the best Indian restaurant in Anaheim. It offers exclusive Indian cuisine and you can taste the chicken pakoras, Shrimp Tandoori, Naan, tikkas, and biryani.
These exclusive dining spots in Anaheim, offering their mouth-watering dishes have become extremely popular among the food-loving population of the city. These restaurants have also made it possible to taste dishes from almost all corners of the earth while sitting in Anaheim.