5 Fun Places To Visit In Anaheim, California
Between the major cities of San Diego and Los Angeles lies Anaheim, California. Anaheim is home to a variety of theme parks and an enormous convention center. This Orange County city has lots to offer, but we found five fun places to visit in Anaheim that really stand out.
Originally, Anaheim was a large community made up mostly of farmers and their orange groves. In 1955, Anaheim experienced tremendous growth, due in large part to the opening of Disneyland. It is still growing by leaps and bounds, as well as a significant business and leisure destination.
Of course, Anaheim’s biggest draw is Disneyland. It was the first Disney theme park, built and designed entirely by Walt Disney. The biggest and best new attraction at Disneyland is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Here, you can explore Droid Depot, Rise of the Resistance, and ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. The ride is epic!
Other fun offerings at Disneyland include visiting Haunted Mansion, riding Splash Mountain, or take a picture in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Stick around the park until nightfall to see the Main Street Electrical Parade and fireworks. California is notorious for traffic. Be sure to get your character selfies, a Dole Pineapple Whip, and take home a new pin for your collection.
#2 Anaheim Packing District
Anaheim’s Packing District is at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Santa Ana Street. This restored area gives the community a place to eat great food and hear live music. The Restored Packing House is home to cafés and picnic areas, while Farmers Park operates as an outdoor marketplace. Unami Burger and the Anaheim Brewery are inside the Historic Packing Building. The Packing District is open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight.
#3 Angel’s Stadium of Anaheim
This Los Angeles Angels baseball team plays in a $100-million stadium, renovated in 1998. The Angels are part of the MLB and the American League’s West division. The stadium offers a plethora of food options, including chicken wings, hot dogs, specialty French fries, Jersey Mike’s Philly cheesesteaks, pizza, and more. Cocktails and beer are available, too. Ticket prices depend on the opponent, but some games start at just $14.
#4 Disney’s California Adventure
Explore seven lands that bring Disney and Pixar stories and characters to life at Disney’s California Adventure. Ride the Incredicoaster, go Soarin’ Around the World, practice your shooting skills at the Toy Story Midway Mania, or enjoy Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Meet the Anna and Elsa of “Frozen,” superheroes, “Toy Story” characters, and Disney classics at Disney’s California Adventure.
The Cars Land is my favorite and full of great photo-ops, but riding Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! is a must! The drop sequences are epic, and more than once we were totally out of the seat with our hair straight up in the air.
Be sure to book your dining arrangements in advance; spaces fill up quickly. Consider a wine flight of the Disney family of wines and appetizers at Alfresco Tasting Terrace.
#5 Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney is right beside Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure. Opt to eat lunch here before entering the parks or pick up a souvenir after Disneyland’s fireworks. There are 21 restaurants and 16 shops at the Downtown Disney District. Sports fanatics will love the ESPN Zone, while fans of “Frozen” will want to stop by Anna and Elsa’s Boutique. Three hours of parking is free at Downtown Disney when validated from a $20 purchase. Get five hours validated when dining at a Downtown Disney table-service eatery.
Anaheim: A City That’s All That
Anaheim is a great vacation destination and a place for you and your family to have more fun than you can shake a stick at. If you find yourself in Anaheim, I’m sure a visit to one or all five of these fun places will make you feel like a kid again. Happy traveling!
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