Looking for the ultimate summer vacation destination? Plan a trip to explore the areas in and around beautiful Anaheim, California. You do not have to be a local to get to enjoy the amazing weather, fun attractions and yummy food that Anaheim has to offer. Immerse yourself in the perfect summer vacation or staycation destination by including these spots along the way.

Disneyland Resort

Check off your summer bucket list with a trip to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” California residents have a magical opportunity to visit the Disneyland Resort for as low as $83 a person. If you are enjoying a “staycation” or traveling from far away the Disneyland Forever Firework Spectacular will take you through all your favorite and timeless Disney stories.

Disneyland Park also celebrates its 50th anniversary with the incredible Main Street Electrical Parade, illuminating the park with more than 500,000 lights!

Knott’s Berry Farm

The party doesn't stop until Knott’s Berry Farm says so! During the day, take a time machine back to the Old West with the revival of Ghost Town Alive! Guests have the chance to participate alongside the citizens of Calico in scavenger hunts and secret missions that influence the storyline.

Knott's Summer Nights at Knott's Berry Farm
Enjoy Plenty of Fun at Knott's Summer Nights.

Knott’s Summer Nights allow memories to continue being made with entertainment past sunset. Dance all night to a variety of live bands while trying delicious new foods like Boysenberry Dippin’ Dots or a Korean BBQ Burger. (Pro tip: Buy a Tasting Card and try six samplings of your choice).

Knott’s Soak City

Pack your bathing suits and apply your sunscreen because Knott’s Soak City is open all summer long. Make reservations for a cabana to lounge in or cannonball right into the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay Wave Pool. Experience gliding down over 20 different types of water slides and then head over to the three-story interactive Beach House with 200 water guns, sprayers and nozzles. Adventure seekers can expect to soak up all the fun Knott’s Soak City has to offer!

The Wedge at Knott's Soak City
Splash the Summer Away at Knott's Soak City.

Great Wolf Lodge

No need to cry wolf because the Summer Camp-In at the Great Wolf Lodge is guaranteed to be a howling good time. When you are not splashing around the water park, kids can participate in the Trailblazers Challenge and earn badges for doing some Camp-In activities. Some events the little pups can choose from include decorating rubber ducks, playing camp trivia and making balloon animals.

Great Wolf Lodge
Celebrate the Summer at Great Wolf Lodge.

The Anaheim Adventure Lagoon

The Adventure Lagoon has one of the largest connectable aqua parks in the United States. Compete with family and friends on the obstacle courses, but don’t worry if you wipe out because the lake stays between 74 to 78 degrees year-round!

Angels Baseball

Enjoy an American classic of peanuts, hotdogs and homeruns at the fourth-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Have a chance to root for all-star Angels players Ohtani and Trout; but don’t leave before catching the homerun-worthy fireworks show on Saturday nights.

Angels Stadium
Saturday Night Fireworks at Angel Stadium


Summer and BBQ go together like Anaheim and sunshine. Come grab a bite at Jav’s BBQ, where Anaheim-native pit master, Javier Gomez, perfects his mouth-watering meals. Jav’s meats are smoked for a minimum of 12 hours, and the California vibes of the BBQ joint are just as thoughtfully created by Gomez.

Craft by Smoke and Fire is a one-stop shop for delicious cocktails, unique dishes and live entertainment.

Craft Beer

Anaheim’s brews can’t be beat! Cool off with a pint of the World Beer Cup silver medal winning beer from Brewery X. Just across the road from Angel’s Stadium is Golden Road Brewery that offers a family and pet friendly environment, so everyone is invited. Check out Brewheim’s trivia nights every Wednesday and put your knowledge to the test while sipping on an Island Breeze Tropical Blonde Ale.

Golden Road Brewing Co.
Mango Cart at Golden Road Brewing. 

Farmer’s Market on Center Street Promenade

Become more familiar with local Anaheim artisans on Thursday’s from 11 am to 3 pm at Downtown Anaheim's Farmer's Market. The open-air space is perfect for exploring local businesses while picking out some fresh, new foods to try.

Special Offers 

Create your own summer fairytales and adventures by planning a trip to Anaheim. Make your dreams come true at the Anaheim Hotel, located just across the street from the Disneyland Resort. Stay across the magic and book two or more nights to receive $10 off Disneyland Multi-Day Adult Park tickets and $10 off the room rate for one of their guest rooms. Book a special offer at the Embassy Suites and have the chance to purchase single-day and multi-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets and the new Disney Genie+ at a 5% savings off the non-discounted price of the same ticket at the Disneyland Resort Main Entrance ticket booth.

Planning on driving to or renting a car? The Westin Anaheim Resort is offering guests who book reservations a $25 Disney Gift Card to be used at the Disneyland Resort, valet parking for one vehicle and even late checkout if available! If you stay two or more nights guest will receive an exclusive rate offer as well as a $25 gift card per stay for the Disneyland Resort.

Are you an annual passholder? Great news! Present your magic key holder when you check-in at the Sonesta Anaheim Resort Areas and enjoy 15% off your stay when you book direct using promo code MAGIC.

Get rewarded for being a Magic Key Holder when booking with The Grand Legacy at the Park and receive 15% off your nightly rate plus discounted parking of $10+tax/night.

The Anaheim Hotel wants you to take a two-night staycation and give you complimentary admission to their summer’s poolside Dive-N-Dine Movies and live music on weekend nights. Their special offer doesn’t end there as they give guests a $40 food and beverage credit, complimentary parking, and early-check in and late check out when available!

Once in Anaheim, be sure to check out our Sip, Savor and Shop Pass which grants users immediate access to a variety of deals at businesses located throughout Anaheim and Orange County. 

Learn more about these deals by checking out our list of Anaheim special offers now!