Top Picks for Kids
Under 13 For fun things to do with kids, Disneyland® Park (1313 Harbor Blvd.) can't be beat. Such classic rides as Peter Pan’s Flight and the Haunted Mansion have enchanted children for decades. In fact, the Magic Kingdom can generate so much excitement that Disney-bound parents have been known to surprise kids at the last minute rather than risk nights of sleepless anticipation.
Most shopping centers leave kids antsy and bored, but Downtown Disney® District (1530 S. Disneyland Dr.) isn’t like most shopping centers. Here the “wow!” factor is off the charts thanks to shops like The LEGO Store, home to a fire-breathing LEGO dragon, and Marceline’s Confectionary, a wonderland of old-fashioned candies.
Once inside the gigantic tilted metal cube at Santa Ana’s Discovery Cube Orange County (2500 N. Main St.), kids can’t wait to get their hands on all the fun science exhibits. Highlights include a Delta rocket engine suspended from the ceiling, a control room where children can take charge of a space mission and a collection of displays that explore the physics of hockey.
Climb into a family-size inflatable raft for a thrilling journey of sudden drops and turns ending in a big splash at Knott’s Soak City U.S.A.-Orange County (8039 Beach Blvd.), one of Orange County’s great things to do in summer. Younger visitors can frolic safely in Gremmie Lagoon, a colorful water playground with fountains shaped like smiling animals.
Teens Of Anaheim’s two Disney parks, Disney California Adventure® Park (1313 Harbor Blvd.) boasts the lion’s share—or mouse’s share—of thrill rides. Scream-inducing rides like Incredicoaster and Guardians of the Galaxy have what it takes to keep teenagers happily terrified, but of course this is Disney, and there are less scary things to do too.
Roller coaster fanatics seeking adventurous things to do need look no further than Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park (8039 Beach Blvd.) in Buena Park. Among the most intense rides is Hangtime, a new coaster that pauses for several nerve-racking seconds at its 150-foot crest before plunging down a track that seems to disappear.
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Travel back in time to an age when knights on horseback fought with swords and no one ate with knives and forks at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament (7662 Beach Blvd.) in Buena Park. This dinner show destination invites guests to cheer for their favorite knight as he competes in sword fights and jousts. Just make sure everyone has washed their hands because your meal comes without utensils, just as it would in the 11th century.
All Ages Embrace America’s national pastime at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2000 E. Gene Autry Way) and create memories that will last a lifetime. Home of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team, the “Big A” gets an A-plus for fun things to do with kids by including child-focused activities during Family Sundays.
If you’re wondering where to eat near Disney, try Oggi's Pizza & Brewery Co . (12362 Chapman Ave.), a place that has gone all-in on its sports theme with TV screens on every wall and pizza choices with names like the World Series and March Madness.
Head out to sea for an unforgettable encounter with migrating whales on Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari (24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr.). Departing from Dana Point, tours get you up-close to dolphins and humpback, fin, gray and blue whales. One catamaran has underwater viewing pods that let you feel like you’re swimming with these amazing animals.
Virtually in the shadow of towering theme park rides, Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant (8039 Beach Blvd.) has been one of the area’s great places to eat for more than 80 years. In fact, the delicious fried chicken dinners were the original draw: Walter Knott built the attractions that became Knott’s Berry Farm to keep guests entertained while they waited for a table.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
State and county sales taxes total 7.75 to 8 percent in Anaheim. A lodging tax, called a transient occupancy tax, of 17 percent also is levied along with an 8 percent rental car tax.
Anaheim Global Medical Center, (714) 533-6220; Anaheim Regional Medical Center, (714) 774-1450; Kaiser Permanente Orange County - Anaheim Medical Center, (714) 644-2000; St. Joseph Hospital, (714) 633-9111; West Anaheim Medical Center, (714) 827-3000.
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John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, nearly 13 miles south of Anaheim, is served by major domestic and commuter carriers. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), approximately 33 miles northwest of Anaheim, is served by international and major domestic carriers. Long Beach Airport (LGB), about 19 miles west of Anaheim, is served by three major domestic airlines. Ontario International Airport (ONT), approximately 33 miles northeast of Anaheim, is served by international and major domestic carriers.
Most major car rental agencies serve Anaheim. Hertz, (800) 654-3080, provides discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, departs from Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). Amtrak provides daily service north to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, and south to San Diego. Metrolink is a commuter rail service in Southern California with two stations in Anaheim, Anaheim Canyon Station and ARTIC, (800) 371-5465.
Anaheim Resort Transit (ART), (888) 364-2787, is an 18-route bus network to nearly every local point of interest and hotel. Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), (714) 636-7433, provides regional service. Greyhound, (800) 231-2222, provides national service. Tres Estrellas de Oro, (323) 588-9188, provides service to Tijuana. Greyhound and Tres Estrellas de Oro buses have a terminal at Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), 2626 E. Katella Ave.
The base rate is $3.50 at flag drop and $2.75 per mile. Two large companies are California Yellow Cab, (714) 444-4444 and Yellow Cab Co, (714) 999-9999 OR (800) 649-1222.
Transportation by bus and commuter rail service is available in Anaheim.