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Anaheim’s Cornucopia Of Attractions

By Jesse Henson

Anaheim, California is one of the best locations for a family vacation that exists in the United States. With an array of activities for young and old, the region offers fun and excitement for all members of your family. Whether you’re planning a family getaway or a romantic retreat, this Orange County gem will surely give you just what you’re looking for.

Perhaps the best-known attraction in all of Anaheim is Disneyland. This is one of the top reasons Anaheim is a prime family destination spot. Children long for the experience, and adults can feel like kids again when they visit Disneyland. But the theme park is only one among many activities for you to enjoy with your family.

Just a short drive from Anaheim, you’ll find Newport Beach, one of the best locations for whale watching in the world. Various whales of many species pass through the waters off the coast of California throughout the year. Newport Beach is only a short jaunt from Anaheim and gives you the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, and sea lions in their natural habitat.

Dana Point is another prime spot for whale and dolphin viewing. Dana is also a common destination for those interested in sport fishing. Dana Point is less than a 40-minute drive from Anaheim and can be a great day trip for you and your loved ones while visiting Orange County.

If you’re looking for other day activities for the family to enjoy together, you should consider the Flightdeck Air Combat Center. The center offers the chance for civilians to climb into the cockpit of fighter jets. Flight simulators allow you to experience the realistic thrill of piloting an F-16 for anywhere between 40 and 70 minutes. Guests not participating in fight simulation can comfortably enjoy the show via video monitors from the Officers Club at the center. Reservations are required, and booking in advance of your trip allows you to take advantage of the occasional price discounts offered by the center.

For those interested in the performing arts, Anaheim offers a wide variety of live performances and musical arrangements. Theater performances include those hosted by the Orange County Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway-style shows, magic acts, and other events are held regularly at the center and tickets can be obtained in advance of your trip to Anaheim.

Smaller plays are held at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Other programs are available at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, and the drive between Anaheim and Long Beach is short and enjoyable. Enjoy a play, musical, or dance performance at any of these venues, and make memories to treasure for years to come.

You may be interested in planning your trip during the Orange County Fair. A trip to Southern California during the fair promises many family activities. The fair has all the trappings of a small county fair only with larger flare and style. Events include magic performances, live music, dancing, and great fair foods.

If you’re a sports fan you may want to catch a game or check out a practice session while in Anaheim. Catch a baseball game at Arrowhead Pond or Angel Stadium. Or take in a Ducks’ hockey game in Anaheim. The Honda Center is another prime spot for finding a game.

The Honda Center hosts many performances throughout the year as well. From pop, rap and rock concerts to ice dancing and skating shows, there is always something going on at the center.

Anaheim is within a day’s drive of many other Southern California locations. You may decide that Los Angeles is the order of the day. Or perhaps you’re interested in seeing Hollywood. Regardless of where you make your daytrip plans, you’ll find you can easily rent a car, enjoy a leisurely drive to a big city, and take in some of the activities offered there as well.

If you’re looking for a night of fun on the town, Anaheim has many enjoyable bars, clubs and restaurants. Dinner on the town with your family can be a nice, quiet way to spend the evening. Or you may decide that a show at Disneyland sounds like fun.

For those without small children, you may be interested in stopping in a few of the better bars in the greater-Anaheim area. The Anaheim GardenWalk is a great place for nightlife, featuring casual bars, modern dance clubs, and tons of restaurants. It can be a perfect place for you and your spouse to spend a night out alone during your vacation. is an online travel company determined and dedicated to becoming the leader in providing travelers with the most intuitive online booking experience full of relevant information, helpful guides and travel tips. Find great deals on anaheim hotels at!

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