Home of the Angels, the Ducks, and Disney, Anaheim is a great city for every type of traveler. If you’re looking for an entertaining trip in the OC, then you need to put this city on your list.
Anaheim is the second largest city in Orange County, California, and there are enough attractions and activities to keep you busy no matter the length of your visit. These are the top five things you should see and do on your visit to Anaheim.
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This indoor arena is where the NHL’s 2007 Stanley Cup champions the Anaheim Ducks call home. It’s also a venue for the music industry’s hottest artists and entertainers, from The Rolling Stones to The Ringling Bros.
The Honda Center is just minutes away from Disneyland Park and Angel Stadium. Choose accommodations in a central place, such as IHG hotels near the Anaheim Convention Center, and you’ll have access to all of Anaheim’s main attractions.
Gate 3 is the main entrance and opens three hours earlier than the rest of the arena. Tailgating and alcohol aren’t allowed in the parking lot, but you can buy alcohol, food, and other beverages at concession stands and on-site restaurants.
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If there’s only one thing you can see when you visit Anaheim, then Disneyland Park would be the obvious choice. Rides, dining, shopping, and Mickey Mouse will make your experience at this enchanting kingdom the most fun you’ll ever have.
Take a chilling ride on the Indiana Jones Adventure, take a tour of Sleeping Beauty’s castle, have a soaking good time on Splash Mountain, and pick up a pair of Mickey ears at Disney Showcase.
For a great value, buy the Southern California CityPASS if you’re visiting Anaheim for a few days. It gives you three days’ worth of unlimited admission to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park along with one day at Legoland and one day at Sea World San Diego.
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Take in America’s classic pastime by watching Anaheim’s home team, the Angels, at Angel Stadium. If you’re a true Angels supporter, or baseball fan in general, then you must take the 75-minute public stadium tour.
On this guided tour, you’ll get to see behind the scenes of the Angels dugout, the field, the interview room, the broadcasting room, and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
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Located at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Santa Ana Street in downtown Anaheim is the Packing District. The Packing House is a historic, two-level building with dozens of restaurants and cafés, an outdoor park, and communal seating.
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If you’re staying in Anaheim’s Resort District, then you’ll be just steps away from fine dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Try your luck and get a strike at Bowlmor Lanes, then celebrate with an exotic cocktail at Orange County’s premiere nightclub, Heat.
Don’t overlook Anaheim on your next visit to California, or you’ll miss an exciting experience. Los Angeles has famous stars, but Anaheim has all the angels and the magic. Happy travels!