Orange County has a record for having the most theme parks. Besides Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure®, Orange County has Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City U.S.A.®, Movieland Wax Museum, and Ripley's Believe It Or Not® for any visitor to get started. Orange County also offers plenty of other recreational activities such as sportfishing, whale watching, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, boating etc. Without doubt, Orange County is the ultimate Southern California family destination.
Orange County Attractions
- Adventure City
Theme park for kids; rides, petting zoo, children's theater, puppet shows and game room. Anaheim. 714-236-9300
- Anaheim Convention Center
1,400,000 square feet of exhibit, meeting and prefunction space. Anaheim. 714-765-8900.
- Boomers Park
Boomers is full of fun. It has miniature golf, extreme skateboarding park, arcades, go-cart races, laser tag and lots more. Located in Irvine.
- Bowers Kidseum
Interactive experiences including special activities. Santa Ana. 714-480-1520
- Catalina Island
Catalina offers something for everyone, including scenic hiking and horseback riding trails, scuba diving, golf and the quaint little town of Avalon is a wonderful place to shop and dine. And it's only a hour boat ride from Balboa Pavilion.
- Childrens Museum at La Habra
Hands-on exhibits, science center, theater and nature walks. La Habra. 562-905-9793.
- Crystal Cathedral
An all glass cathedral seating 3,000 and mirrored steeple. Garden Grove. 714-971-4000.
- Discovery Science Center
Live science demonstrations and performances. Santa Ana. 714-542-2823
- Edward's IMAX 3-D Theater/Entertainment Center
20-theater complex with futuristic IMAX 3-D theater, restaurants, shops and arcade. Irvine. 949/640-4600.
- Huntington Beach Pier and Pier Plaza
Family entertainment and special events. Huntington Beach. 714-969-3492.
- Irvine Regional Park & Zoo
Featuring a petting zoo. Orange. 714-633-2022.
- Irvine Spectrum Center
An entertainment center featuring IMAX Theater surrounded by trendy restaurants and shops. Irvine. 949-789-9180.
- Medieval Times® Dinner & Tournament
See brave knights on horseback competing in medieval games of skill while feasting on a four-course meal in a Spanish castle atmosphere. Buena Park. 714-521-2342.
- Mission San Juan Capistrano
Built in 1776, one of Father Junipero Serra's historic missions known for the return of the swallows every March. San Juan Capistrano. 949-234-1300.
- Movieland Wax Museum
Over 300 figures of movie, stage, and television in panoramic sets. Buena Park. 714-522-1154.
- Santa Ana Zoo
Zoo attractions including a petting zoo, picnic area and playground. Santa Ana. 714-835-7484.
- South Coast Plaza
A world-class shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Costa Mesa. 800-752-8888.
- The Block at Orange
Food, fun, and films. Explore Orange County's most unique dining, shopping and entertaining experience. Orange 714-769-4000
- Whale Watching
From December through April each year, thousands of Gray Whales migrate over 5,000 miles from the cold Artic seas to the warm, calm waters of Southern California and Baja.
- Wild Rivers Water Park
Over 40 attractions and water rides. Irvine. 949-768-9453.