Things to see and do in and around Anaheim

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If you're planning to spend some time exploring Anaheim, this year’s host city and the surrounding region has plenty of sunshine, restaurants and outdoor activities to keep you entertained.

Explore outdoors

Looking for a chance to see some of Mother Nature’s most breathtaking mammals up close? Head over to Long Beach and go on a whale-watching tour with Harbor Breeze Cruises. Whales frequently spotted on the tours include gray, blue, humpback, minke and orcas.

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
(562) 432-4900

Beaches and more beaches

Temperatures can climb into the 80s in Anaheim in October, so take advantage of the area’s beautiful beaches, including Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Seal Beach.

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Love nature?

Explore the Fullerton Arboretum, the largest botanical garden in Orange County, just north of Anaheim. Encompassing 26 lush acres, the arboretum has more than 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world, as well as a variety of wildlife.

1900 Associated Road, Fullerton
(657) 278-3407

Hit the links

Want to get a round of golf in? Check out the tree-lined fairways of the Anaheim Hills Gold Course for a fun yet challenging par-71 course that features memorable drives and beautiful terrain.

6501 Nohl Ranch Road
(714) 998-3041

Head directly north of Anaheim to experience the Coyote Hills Golf Course – a course hidden away in the foothills of Orange County, set among elegant waterfalls and stunning views.

1440 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton
(714) 672-6800

Kid friendly

If you’re bringing the kids, or you’re a kid at heart, plan a visit to Disneyland – the “Happiest Place on Earth.” From flying on the Dumbo the Elephant ride and twirling in life-sized teacups to barreling down Splash Mountain, there’s no shortage of fun to be had.

1313 S. Harbor Blvd.
(714) 781-4565

Retail therapy

For shopping with beautiful views, head to Newport Beach and the Crystal Cove Promenade, where you can find national retailers and unique boutiques while enjoying an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean.

7772-8112 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach


If an impressive dining experience featuring regional American cuisine is what you’re after, look no further than The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon. From seasonally inspired soups to 40-ounce cowboy ribeye steaks and Colorado lamb chops, there’s something for everyone to indulge in. After your meal, head to the saloon to listen to country music.

1025 E. Ball Road
(714) 817-4200

If you’re on a quest for fresh, eco-friendly seafood and want “a boatload of deliciousness in a fast-casual setting,” check out Slapfish. Menu items include clam chowder, shrimp ceviche and Southern California’s famous fish tacos. Several locations can be found in the Anaheim area.

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Craving a cool treat? Head to Joe's Italian Ice and choose from dozens of flavors, including green apple, mango tango, pomegranate and strawberry lemonade. Ice cream and other treats are available as well.

2201 S. Harbor Blvd.
(714) 703-2100

Do you need a sushi fix? Check out Toyo Shusi & Roll. This highly rated Japanese restaurant features classic rolls, noodle dishes and a variety of beautifully plated specialty rolls.

676 S. State College Blvd., Suite 103
(714) 991-0500

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