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Anaheim/Orange County: Destination Overview

April 7, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Attractions & Theme Parks Anaheim/Orange County is home to some of America’s finest theme parks and attractions in the US. A few of the best known include: The Disneyland® Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm®.

The Disneyland® Resort (which includes Disneyland® Park, Disney California Adventure® Park and Downtown Disney® District) is, of course, a world famous theme park that needs little introduction. The Disneyland® Resort is a major employer in the Anaheim/Orange County area and is a vital asset for the local tourism industry.

Knott’s Berry Farm, billed as America’s First Theme Park, was originally an authentic berry farm. Today, Knott’s Berry Farm is an adrenaline-pumping theme park featuring heart-stopping thrill rides and roller coasters, as well as a showcase of the Wild West (don’t worry, they still sell their world-famous boysenberry jam, too).

Beaches Orange County’s 42 miles of beautiful coastline and six beach cities reflect an active California lifestyle, filled with an abundance of coastal recreation.  Surfing hotspots, vintage neighborhoods, boutiques, art galleries, sportfishing, whale watching and scenic views of nature are just some of the things you’ll find at our beaches.  Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente each have their own distinct brand of sunshine.

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Arts & Culture Performing arts is center stage in Anaheim and Orange County. The Orange County Performing Arts Center and South Coast Repertory feature classic productions as well as shows by up and coming playwrights and composers. Orange County also features many smaller, independent theaters and venues.

The stars of tomorrow also perform here in Anaheim/Orange County. Anaheim Ballet; California State University, Fullerton; Chapman University; and University of California, Irvine continue to launch the careers of many in the entertainment industry annually.

Shopping Orange County is also home to nearly 1,000 retailers so finding a spot to stop and shop is not hard to do.  South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and Fashion Island in Newport Beach are the anchors of the Orange County shopping scene. These popular shopping locations have international appeal due to their high-end boutiques, prestigious department stores, award-winning and casual dining and the multiple events that take place throughout the year.

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Entertainment & Nightlife Orange County entertainment and nightlife is the perfect blend of big city energy and suburban convenience.  Whether it is the electricity of a live music venue, the serene setting of a winery, the familiarity of a local tavern, or the indie attitude of a microbrewery you are looking for, Orange County has a place for all tastes.

Sports & Recreation Anaheim is home to two major sports franchises, MLB’s Angels and the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, both of which have brought championships to Orange County.

Outdoor activities are as numerous as they are varied in Orange County, California. With ideal year-round weather across our multiple climate zones, you could conceivably ride the waves and take in the sunshine at one of our world-famous beaches in the morning, and be up in the mountains by early afternoon for a snowboarding session.

Golf in Orange County, internationally known as California’s “Golf Coast,” is the perfect pairing of challenging designer courses and breathtaking scenic views. With more than 40 championship golf courses to choose from and year round sunshine, a day on the greens is the perfect activity for your time in Orange County.

Meetings & Conventions

The 1.6 million sq ft. Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention center on the West coast and is the standard-bearer when it comes to hosting meetings and conventions is Southern California.  A 200-square-foot expansion will break ground in August 2014 with an expected completion by fall of 2016.

Located in the heart of the 1,100-acre Anaheim Resort District, the Anaheim Convention Center is adjacent to the Disneyland® Resort and is just a few miles from Angel Stadium and the Honda Center (home to MLB’s Angels and NHL’s Ducks, respectively).

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