Discover Family-Friendly Activities in Orange County, CA

Millions of visitors make their way to Orange County every year to enjoy the attractions at Disneyland or soak up the sun in Huntington Beach and Dana Point. You’ll find a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy around Anaheim, Dana Point, and Huntington Beach year round and it’s one of the most family-friendly counties in the state.

Laguna Beach is a popular destination in this part of California, home to the Crystal Cove State Park and the Laguna Art Museum. Dana Point hosts a number of special events throughout the year, including the Pacific Paddle Games and the Dana Point State BBQ Championship. Sports enthusiasts can catch the Anaheim Ducks in action during the fall season at the Honda Center.

If you’re in the mood for some theme park adventures, head to the Disneyland Resort for some fun rides, great food, and live entertainment. You can enjoy Downtown Disney attractions and experiences in the evening. Disney’s California Adventure is a popular spot for dining and shows. Don’t miss Knott’s Berry Farm, a classic amusement park, for a more traditional theme park experience

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Wildlife and Zoos

See your favorite animals in man-made habitats at zoos, aquariums, and nature centers around Orange County. You can see everything from black bears and island foxes to bald eagles and mountain lions at the Orange County Zoo. Other sites include the Ocean Institute, Zoomars Petting Zoo, and Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation.

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Museums and Science Centers

Discover science, technology, art, and nature at some of the museums and science centers around Orange County. From the Discovery Science Foundation and Discovery Cube to the Gray Matter Museum of Art, you’ll need several days to explore the exhibits and learn something new.

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Enjoy hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches and surfing, boating, and water activities around Orange County. Discover the art galleries in Laguna Beach or enjoy a boating excursion around Newport Beach. Huntington Beach Pier and San Clemente are some other popular beaches to explore.

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Disneyland & California Adventure

One of the oldest theme parks in the country, Disneyland is the place to enjoy days of non-stop fun and attractions. Thrill rides, live shows, street performances, parades, and more await at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and at California Adventure Park nearby. There’s plenty to do year round at these parks and the holidays call for some extra special celebrations.

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Knott’s Berry Farm

A family-friendly destination that’s open year round, Knott’s Berry Farm is the place to enjoy traditional fair rides, watch live shows, and jump on a roller coaster or two for non-stop fun. It’s designed with five themed areas and also offers virtual reality experiences if you want to try something new.

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