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Things To Do In Orange County

Angel Stadium of Anaheim, often nicknamed "The Big A," is home to the MLB's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Catch a baseball game at this famed stadium.

2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
Phone: 714-940-2000

Enter a magical kingdom where you can sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket through the stars-all in the same day! Disneyland Park is a beloved Southern California destination where generations of families have made their Disney dreams come true. Opened in 1955, Walt Disney's original theme park is divided into 8 extravagantly themed lands-Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland.

1313 Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802
Phone: 714-781-4565

Nestled in the heart of Orange County, Honda Center stands as one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the country. Home to the Anaheim Ducks and annual John R. Wooden Classic, the arena has hosted major championships and competitions. Music concerts, performances, and entertainment events occur throughout the year.

2695 East Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806
Phone: 714-704-2400

Located at Anaheim Gardenwalk near Disneyland, Bowlmor Lanes has been a local favorite since 2008! Bowlmor Anaheim features 41 glow-in-the-dark lanes, a full-service bar, billiard tables and lane-side food and drink service. The electrifying atmosphere and exemplary service are just a few reasons Bowlmor is called the "Best Place to Bowl in OC" by OC Weekly.

400 West Disney Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
Phone: 714-783-2810

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won the World Series in 2002 and continue to be one of the top teams in the American League West. Enjoy a game at the newly renovated Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Phone: 888-796-4256

Orange County's other famous amusement park started as a farm that became the birthplace of the boysenberry. Nowadays, it attracts visitors with rides that range from pint-sized adventures at Camp Snoopy to hair-raising roller coasters. Other highlights include a replica of Philadelphia's Independence Hall and the home-cooked chicken meals at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
Phone: 714-220-5200

Corona del Mar State Beach is a popular place for swimmers. The half-mile long sandy beach is framed by cliffs and a rock jetty that forms the east entrance to Newport Harbor. The beach is also popular with surfers and divers.

3001 Ocean Boulevard
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Phone: 949-644-3151

Segerstrom Center includes the 3,000-seat opera house style Segerstrom Hall, the magnificent 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the 500-seat Samueli Theater and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, along with the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center's studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab.

These state-of-the-art facilities are united by the spacious Arts Plaza. Throughout the campus and venues are public works of art by noteworthy artists such as Richard Serra, Richard Lippold and Joan Miró. The campus also houses the Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the new home of the Orange County Museum of Art.

600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-556-2121

Explore tide pools filled with hermit crabs, sea anemones, starfish and other marine life along this 3.5-mile stretch of unspoiled beach. There are also 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland with a series of hiking trails adjacent to the beach.

8471 Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-494-3539

Founded in 1776 by Father Junipero Serra, Mission San Juan Capistrano is a treasured California landmark and cultural icon. The heart of the Mission is the Serra Chapel, where Catholic Mass has been celebrated since the 1780s. Today, the Mission brings a sense of peace and deep spirituality to visitors of all faith traditions.

26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949-234-1300

The Bowers Museum holds in its collection more than 130,000 works of art. These works were donated from 1935 to the present and represent many regions and cultures of the world. The museum's largest collections are in the areas of Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Asian art, art of the Pacific, art of Africa and Orange County history.

2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: 714-567-3600

Food & Drink In Orange County

A beautiful replica of one of England's oldest country inns, Ye Olde Bell (est. 1135 A.D.), Five Crowns is a place of candlelight and cozy fireplaces, where good cheer and warm hospitality invite you to leave your cares at the door. Here you'll find award-winning food and wine list, exceptional service and an unmistakable style that have made Five Crowns a dining legend since 1965. The menu specializes in the finest roasted prime ribs of beef, as well as an assortment of top-grade beef, poultry, fowl, and fresh seasonal seafood.

3801 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Phone: 949-760-0331

The name "Land of Vines" was given to the South of Italy upon its discovery by the Greeks, for it's great expanse of vines across its rich and fertile country sides to seaside cliffs along the coast. Master Chef Massimo Navarretta was raised farming and making wine at its heart, the region of Campania. At "Onotria," savor the gastronomy and oenology of wine producing regions of the world. True to a farmer's spirit, all our food products are 100 percent natural, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and of the highest quality of organic and biodynamic seasonal offerings.

2831 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-641-5952

At Stonehill Tavern, Bon Appetit's 2005 Chef of the Year Michael Mina offers modern tavern fare highlighting seasonal product from California's finest farmers, ranchers and fishermen. The warm and inviting setting, created by world-renowned designer Tony Chi, features a comfortable bar with intimate booth seating, a handsomely appointed dining room, terrace tables perfect for enjoying a Pacific Ocean sunset and private dining with its own fireplace.

Street Regis Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone: 949-234-3900

On the sand at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier, enjoy memorable dining, endless ocean views, and simpler times at Duke's restaurant and Barefoot Bar. Relax and take in the view while you enjoy the Hawaiian beach house ambiance and savor the freshest seafood and prime steaks, uniquely prepared and thoughtfully served.

317 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: 714-374-6446

Legendary Las Brisas has been southern California's definitive place to enjoy fantastic and resplendent coastal views. The menu at Las Brisas brims with the authentic cuisine of the Mexican Riviera and is filled with recipes discovered along the 3,000 miles of Mexico's coast.

361 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-497-5434

Located in the oceanfront resort, Montage Laguna Beach, The Loft features stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean - the perfect backdrop for enjoying market-fresh, creative American cuisine by acclaimed Chef de Cuisine, Casey Overton with friendly, informed and professional service. Chef Overton's innovative signature dishes are a personal interpretation of California regional cuisine with strong influences from the Americas; other favorites also include roasted meats and seafood from the wood-burning, copper-hooded rotisserie. The interactive Cheese Gallery is a popular feature every evening with more than 150 selections for guests to enjoy. The talented fromagiers' offer tasting tips and anecdotes, as well as pair cheeses with house-made accompaniments such as crackers, caramels, nuts, fruit compotes and honeys.

30801 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-715-6420

Some of the best sushi in Orange County, along with other Pacific Rim cuisine, such as Cantonese Scallops and Kung Pao Tofu. The Zen-inspired design includes a mini-waterfall near the entrance and a 16-foot Buddha in the dining room.

4647 MacArthur Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-660-1010

Andrea's Chef de cuisine, Stefano Chiarugi, has sourced the perfect ingredients and implemented time-honored practices and preparations to bring the best of Italy, and particularly Tuscany, to The Resort at Pelican Hill. From salads made with 50-year-old Balsamic vinegar to delicate milk-fed veal dishes, from exquisite pastas made in a one-of-kind, temperature-controlled Pastaio to the Laboratoria del Gelato producing mouth-watering artisan-style gelato, the food at Andrea is simply to die for.

22701 Pelican Hill Road South
Newport Coast, CA 92657
Phone: 844-445-2183

Located in a three-story house, The Hobbit specializes in elegant and truly unique dining experiences that unfold from one course to the next. Your meal will be centered on a chef-selected main entree, which changes weekly. Between courses, your hosts invite you to stroll the patio, tour the wine cellar, meet the chef or explore other areas of the restaurant.

2932 East Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92869
Phone: 714-997-1972

Rated as one of the top restaurants in Orange County by Zagat, Zov's Bistro, Bakery and Cafe serves Mediterranean inspired cuisine in a unique ambience which mixes the sophistication of bistro elegance with the relaxed comfort of al fresco dining. Let your palate bask in the menu's signature items: the pomegranate martini, wild king salmon with Moroccan spices and saffron couscous, and the milk chocolate bomb with creme Brule center.

17440 East 17th Street
Tustin, CA 92780
Phone: 714-838-8855

With Kids In Orange County

Sherman Library and Gardens is a 2.2 acre Corona del Mar horticultural retreat. It provides a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens, patios and conservatories linked together by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains. The Library is a specialized research center devoted to the study of the Pacific Southwest.

2647 East Pacific Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Phone: 949-673-2261

Encourage kids to learn by exploring more than 120 interactive exhibits that range from a 4-D movie theater and full-size replica of the space shuttle to a simulated tornado and giant two-story Argentinosaurus dinosaur model.

2500 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714-542-2823

Founded in 1994, Bowers Kidseum, both an interactive children's museum and learning center, serves as an extension of the main Bowers Museum, offering multi-faceted art and cultural experiences for young children, their families and the community. Primarily dedicated to the pre-school and early elementary age, Kidseum's central focus is providing a 'hands-on' experience in keeping with the museum's mission to "enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures."

1802 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: 714-480-1520

Nightlife In Orange County

House of Blues Anaheim opened in 2001 and is located in Downtown Disneyland. Home to the unique Quilts of Gees Bend, some of the pieces displayed date back to the early 1900s and have been featured as US postage stamps. Photos of the women who created their original quilts are displayed next to their work. The exterior features the one-of-a-kind Rose Terrace and is flanked by French doors from New Orleans painted to reflect Heaven, Earth, and Temptation/The Crossroads. In keeping with tradition, the House of Blues Anaheim displays the "Crazy Quilt" and keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage.

400 W Disney Way, #337
Anaheim, CA 92802
Phone: 714-778-2583

The Ranch saloon gives country music and dancing a place to call home in Orange County. Located next door to The Ranch Restaurant, the Saloon has its own private entrance and features both a 47-foot "Long Horn Bar" and a 27-foot "Mustang Bar" to quench your thirst during a night of line dancing to your favorite local country bands or DJ. Hang out in a comfy booth or get down on the dance floor - either way, the Saloon offers a great place to see the best of country music.

1025 East Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: 714-817-4200

Reminiscent of a hunting lodge saloon, Wild Goose serves drinks and elevated pub grub in a space that's cozy and casual with vintage décor. Try bites like the BBQ Pulled Pork Fries and Wild Boar Banh Mi. On the drink menu, classic craft cocktails mingle with a select range of beers, single barrel whiskeys, and small-batch spirits.

436 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone: 949-722-9453

The world-renowned comedy club that started in New York City opened this location in 1987 and continues to draw crowds with today's top comedians along with emerging talent.

527 Spectrum Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: 949-854-5455

Shopping In Orange County

Part of the Disneyland resort area, this outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment center features themed restaurants such as ESPN Zone and Rainforest Cafe, unique kid-inspired attractions including Build-A-Bear Workshop and The LEGO Imagination Center, and stores overflowing with Disney merchandise.

1580 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Phone: 714-781-4565

Internationally recognized for its unparalleled collection of over 250 boutiques including Burberry, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada, award-winning restaurants, spas and the adjacent world-renowned Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Plaza is the crown jewel of luxury shopping on the West Coast. Amenities include valet parking, currency exchange, foreign language assistance, personal stylist services and VIP ACCESS Suite.

3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-435-2000

Seed People's Market offers a curated collection of handmade, re-purposed, and environmentally conscious apparel, footwear, outdoor gear, home goods and accessories. Shop eco-minded brands like Patagonia, Indosole, Krochet Kids and Green Toys, responsibly-sourced fabrics and hard goods, and one-of-a-kind items from local artisans and third world countries.

2937 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-708-3377

Modeled after the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, this shopping center features stores such as Lucky Brand, Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama and Urban Outfitters. For entertainment, catch a movie on the eight-story IMAX theater.

670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: 949-753-5180

Some of the top names in design are located at this shopping center that boasts nearly 200 specialty shops and world-class department stores including Apple, BCBG Max Azaria, Bloomingdale's, Kate Spade, Neiman Marcus, Pottery Barn and Juicy Couture.

401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-721-2000

This open-air mall includes trendy stores such as Puma, Ron Jon Surf Shop and Virgin Mega store. Other highlights include food and fun at Dave & Buster's and Lucky Strike lanes, the tranquil bliss of Burke Williams Day Spa and Vans Skatepark, one of the top skateparks in the country.

20 City Boulevard West
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-769-4001