The question isn’t what do we have, it’s what don’t we have? If there were a world record for having the most theme parks, Orange County would probably have it. Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City U.S.A.®, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure®, Movieland Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not® should be good to get you started.
We also have plenty of other recreational activities as well. Sportfishing, whale watching, boating, parks and Catalina Island are just a few that come to mind. Orange County is the ultimate Southern California family destination.
Other Orange County Attractions
Theme park for kids; rides, petting zoo, children’s theater, puppet shows and game room. Anaheim. 714-236-9300
Tree houses construction area, rafting pond, rope bridge, tire swings and mud slide. Huntington Beach. 714-842-7442. (summer only)
Anaheim Convention Center
1,400,000 square feet of exhibit, meeting and prefunction space. Anaheim. 714-765-8900.
Boomers is full of fun. It has miniature golf, extreme skateboarding park, arcades, go-cart races, laser tag and lots more. Located in Irvine.
Interactive experiences including special activities. Santa Ana. 714-480-1520
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.
An all glass cathedral seating 3,000 and mirrored steeple. Garden Grove. 714-971-4000.
Discovery Museum of Orange County
Restored 1898 Kellogg House and Garden. Santa Ana. 714-540-0404.
Discovery Science Center
Live science demonstrations and performances. Santa Ana. 714-480-1520
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.
Hobby City Doll and Toy Museum
24 hobby and collectibles shops including toys, dolls, model railroads, coins, stamps, and baseball cards. Anaheim. 714-527-2323.
Huntington Beach Pier and Amphitheater
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.
Newport Bay/Balboa Pavilion
World-class small boat harbor including a ferry to the historic 1905 Balboa Pavilion. Amusement area, shops and restaurants. Newport Beach. 949-772-1611.
Dana Point. 949-496-2274.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum
Explore a 10,000 square foot “Odditorium” and discover the unique, bizarre and beautiful collection of items from Robert L. Ripley’s travels. Buena Park. 714-522-7045.
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 Orange County coastline and harbors offer a full range of local pier, shore and offshore fishing.
The Block of Orange
Food, fun, and films. Explore Orange County’s most unique dining, shopping and entertaining experience. Orange 714-769-4000
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 Bill's Wild West Dinner Extravaganza
Enjoy an evening of interactive fun and outstanding entertainment with characters from the Old West while indulging in an all-you-can-eat family style dinner. Buena Park. 714-522-6414.
Wild Rivers Water Park
Over 40 attractions and water rides. Irvine. 949-768-9453.
American League baseball. Edison Field of Anaheim. 714-254-3100.
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
NHL ice hockey. Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. 714-939-POND.
Los Alamitos Race Course
quarter horse racing, wagering and dining. Cypress. 714-995-1234.