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Orange County

Most families know Orange County as the original home of the world's favorite mouse, Mickey, and all his Disney friends, but Orange County is much more than Disneyland. It is home to great beaches, kid-friendly museums, diverse hiking opportunities, plenty of great parks, amazing weather, and endless opportunities for fun. This year, whether you head to OC to experience the grand opening of Disney California Adventure's all new Cars Land or to spend a few days at one of the region's spectacular beachfront resorts, be sure to stretch those wings and discover another reason to fall in love with Orange County.


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Top Activities for Kids

In Orange County
Crystal Cove State Park
Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beac, Corona del Mar, California

Pretend City Children's Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, California 92618

The LEGO Imagination Center
1585 Disneyland Dr, Downtown Disney District, Anaheim, California

Minnie's House - Disneyland
1313 Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, California

Fantasy Faire Royal Hall - Disneyland
1313 Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, California 92802

Top Hotels for Kids

In Orange County
Desert Palms Hotel & Suites
631 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, California

Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, California

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, California

The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel
21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, California

Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
647 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, California

Top Restaurants for Kids

In Orange County
Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue - Disneyland-CLOSED
1313 Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, California

Pacific Wharf Cafe - Disney California Adventure
Disney Way, Anaheim, California

Plaza Inn - Disneyland
1313 Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, California

The Golden Horseshoe - Disneyland
1313 Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, California

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar - Disneyland Hotel
1150 Magic Way, Anaheim, California 92802

Top Lists for Orange County

1. Griffith Park Pony Rides

Free parking and the close proximity to the LA Zoo make stopping for a gentle pony ride a great outing.

2. Travel Town

Trains to climb on, explore and ride on make this a great place to visit in Griffith Park.

3. Los Angeles Zoo

A great place to introduce young ones to animals. An animal-themed park is ready for little legs to run and play at.

1. Cerritos Library

Free. Jumping dolphin statues grace the splash fountain outside of the Cerritos Library. A separate, but not for swimming, fountain hosts water lilies and ...

2. The District at Tustin Legacy

Free. This large, open-air mall hosts a small splash pad with dancing water spouts in the courtyard near the movie theater, but closer to the bowling alley.

3. Harry M. Dotson Park

Free. The "Wet Saloon" is a splash pad located in this pirate ship themed park. Open seasonally.

1. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and Interpretive Center

The Slough Trail is a 1.5 mile loop with no elevation gain. The trail starts as it crosses the long wooden bridge that provides great observation of shore b...

2. Carbon Canyon Regional Park

The Nature Trail is a 1.1 mile one way hike to the Redwood Grove. The dirt trail is mostly flat and wide. Several sections of sand on the trail can make pu...

3. Caspers Wilderness Park

The Nature Trail is a 1 mile loop that crosses a wide creek bed (mostly dry but can be about 1/2 feet deep, through lush meadows and under spreading old oak ...

1. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and Kidseum

Hands on learning and exploring the cultural art of the kidseum. Programs, school tours and art classes.

2. Children’s Museum at La Habra

3. Discovery Cube Orange County

1. Disney California Adventure

Disneyland's sister theme park is in the midst of a billion dollar overhaul and this summer the highly anticipated Little Mermaid ride makes it debut. The ri...

2. Disneyland Park

Star Tours relaunched in early June with amazing 3D technology and 54 possible story scenarios for riders to enjoy. The ride now features scenes from the t...

3. Knott’s Berry Farm

This summer Knott's launches Windseeker, which takes 32 two-person gondolas to the top of a 300 foot tower, spreads it's arms, and swings riders at a 45 degr...

1. Veterans Museum and Memorial Center

Children 12 and under are free for this museum adjacent to Balboa Park; a great opportunity to peak in and teach them a bit of veteran history.

2. Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

The only remaining Civil War building still standing in Southern California. Mostly filled with historical artifact displays, older children interested in h...

3. Fort Tejon State Historic Park

A mostly outdoor display, part of the state park system, Fort Tejon houses restored adobe forts that were used to protect and control Indian groups in the 18...