Just across the Santa Ana River is the City of Orange, a unique piece of city planning. The center of the city is situated around a roundabout and is shaped like, you guessed it, an orange! The circle surrounds Plaza Park, which is the heart of Orange and the site of the annual Orange International Street Fair. This multicultural food and music festival celebrates the city’s diversity and came from community efforts to help make the City for Orange Circle more beautiful. Today, all proceeds from this one-of-a-kind event go back into community non-profit organizations. This area is in the heart of Old Towne Orange, which draws visitors from around Southern California to visit the Orange Circle Antique Mall.
Where the Fun Is
There are some great attractions here worth crossing over from Anaheim for. There’s the Hilbert Museum of California Art, a showcase of art from all in-state artists.
The Stadium Promenade offers spectacular views of Honda Center in Anaheim and the bar scene at the Promenade turns especially lively on nights when the Anaheim Ducks® and Angels® are playing.
The Outlets at Orange is Orange County’s original outlet mall and still one of the largest shopping centers in Southern California. This charming open-air mall boasts over a hundred storefronts selling designer goods at discount prices. This is the closest place to the Disneyland® Resort to do some major shopping with major savings.
In the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, lies some of the best outdoor recreation in Southern California. Santiago Oaks offers rewarding hikes of various intensities.
A Glance at the Past
Old Towne Orange Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. This charming neighborhood has the second-highest concentration of historic buildings of any part of California. The craftsman homes and bungalows preserve the look of old Southern California. Because of the charm and preserved neighborhoods, many films set in the past are shot here. Exploring the antique shops and quaint eateries in historic buildings is a trip back in time.
A hub for adventure seekers, foodies, and history buffs, make Buena Park your next destination. 5 minutes from the Disneyland ® Resort, Buena Park is centrally located in northern Orange County. The entertainment hotspot is a must-visit for those looking to add hair-raising thrills, delightful dishes, and historical interest to their itineraries.
Located just minutes from famous Orange County beaches, Costa Mesa welcomes you with a vibrant array of performing arts and public art on display, a killer foodie scene and diverse shopping, from the world’s top fashion designers to unique local goods.
Dana Point remains an overlooked treasure in Southern California. While the state is known for its fast-paced cities and thrilling attractions, Dana Point is where you go for a more relaxed pace of travel. You can walk along the beaches that surround the quaint village that has sprung up around them.
Just on the other side of Anaheim’s Harbor Boulevard lies Garden Grove. Garden Grove is a vibrant Southern California city in the middle of all the action.
There are many great surf towns on the Orange County coast, but few are as famous as Huntington Beach. In fact, Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City USA, hosts the annual Vans US Open of Surfing.
Welcome to Irvine, California! The urban community is often recognized for livability, with planned communities, globally inspired cuisine, and plein-air shopping. It’s also a wonderful destination for travelers who want to be at the heart of it all. John Wayne Airport (SNA) is conveniently located just minutes from most of Irvine hotels.
A trip to Orange County isn’t complete without a visit to Laguna Beach. Laguna is a refined upscale beach city, regularly listed as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. It’s the Hollywood star residents and their ocean-view mansions that have earned this area’s nickname, “The Gold Coast.”
From strolling around Balboa Island grabbing a frozen banana to basking in the seaside charm, Newport Beach is Orange County’s most family-friendly beach city.
While Orange County is one of the most urbanized parts of California, San Clemente is where the development takes a little break. Here, the Pacific Coast Highway enters a long stretch of emptiness and the traffic of I-5 becomes a bit more relaxed. The beaches here are less crowded, have great surfing, are relatively quiet and many feature seaside campsites.
The San Juan Capistrano Mission was the first European settlement in what is now the state of California, back when it was still New Spain. You could say, this mission is where the story of the state as we know it began and history buffs won’t want to skip a visit to this historic settler church.
Nicknamed the "Downtown of Orange County," Santa Ana is brimming with richly diverse experiences. Come walk the lively streets of our historic downtown. Bask in the colors of vibrant murals and art, savor the flavors of authentic cuisine, and explore a world of experiences at our famed festivals.
Seal Beach is the first taste of Orange County that travelers get when they are driving down the coast. Just off the Pacific Coast Highway, visitors can catch a glance at the iconic wooden Seal Beach Pier and head straight to Main Street, which features dozens of shops and eateries along a picturesque strip that’s just a few blocks long.