Anaheim Family Vacations
Find Family-Friendly Fun for all Ages
Theme parks, sandy beaches and Hollywood celebrities galore: Southern California is the destination that has it all!
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15 Things to Do in Anaheim, California
So much to do in so little time! With sunny weather year-round, Southern California offers an abundance of exciting things to do on any given day! Here are 15 family activities that will definitely make you want to pack your bag and take the first train, plane or automobile out here.
- Visit the “Happiest Place on Earth!” and other Southern California theme parks
- Catch a wave; take a surfing lesson
- See the stars, the movie stars or a shooting star. Take a tour of the homes of Hollywood Stars or watch the stars shine at Griffith Observatory.
- Let the kids play with kelp and see the ocean
- Devour the West Coast’s best clam chowder
- Watch hang gliders fly over ocean cliffs
- Visit Balboa and Catalina islands
- Buy official Mouse Ears at Fantasyland’s Mad Hatter
- Visit an Insect Zoo
- Take a biplane ride in a beautifully restored 1943 Stearman open-cockpit biplane. (866) 331-3333
- Visit historic light houses
- Do some whale watching
- Ski and snowboard at Big Bear
- Try deep sea fishing
- Check out dinosaur bones and fossils
Activities in Anaheim, California
Fun family vacations mean go, go, go. Here are a few great ideas and activities to please every member of the family:
- Scream. Viper. Thrill Shot. Tatsu—all with a MAX “thrill rating.”
- Visit Six Flags Magic Mountain & Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
- Glide into the sunset at the Torrey Pines GliderPort
- Experience the California Science Center - the west coast's largest hands-on science museum! Hands-on interactive displays illustrating human inventions and innovations, the life processes of living things and more. IMAX Theatre plus ever- changing exhibits.
Take a tour of Catalina Island and visit Avalon, a Mediterranean-style small town next to the harbor. Catalina Express -- one hour each way. US $47.50 round-trip per person. (800) 481-3470.
- Visit Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and an 18-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard including Mann's Chinese Theatre and the world-famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine.
- The Skirball Cultural Center - reflecting a history of 4,000 years, this stunning collection features 25,000 objects of artifacts related to Jewish life and culture. The Skirball also features engaging music, theater, comedy, film, family, and literary programs and a new interactive family destination inspired by the Noah's Ark story—all in a stunning architectural setting designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie.
- Los Angeles Maritime Museum - in the former Municipal Ferry Terminal in the Port of Los Angeles, is the largest maritime museum on the West Coast
- Located in San Pedro (Berth 84 in the Port of Los Angeles, 20 miles of LAX, Hwy 101 South to Harbor Blvd exit). See monuments to the US Navy heavy cruiser LOS ANGELES, and the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial. (Open Tues.-Sat, ADA accessible.)
- Tour the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center; view the Getty’s eclectic and controversial collection plus savor incredible views, unique gardens and a wonderful restaurant. (Guests must pay to park and ride to location via bus; free admission. Reservations recommended, closed Mondays.
- Japanese American National Museum – This uniquely American museum, located in the Little Tokyo's historic district, is the only national museum dedicated to sharing the Japanese American experience. View over 60,000 unique artifacts, documents, and photographs plus changing exhibits and a unique gift store. (100 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.)
- Get “dem bones” to Rancho La Brea, frequently referred to as the "Tar Pits"— one of the richest and most famous asphalt deposits of Ice Age fossils in the world. Since 1908, more than one million fossil bones dating 10,000 to 40,000 years old have been recovered at this site. During summer the public can watch actual excavations!
- The shops and boutiques on Rodeo Drive constitute the most famous shopping district in America--and probably the most expensive three blocks of shops in the world.
- The Block at Orange, a few miles southeast of Disneyland and very close to the hotel, this mall features the best names in manufacturers’ and retail outlets. There’s a Vans skate park here so it’s very popular with teenage skateboarders. Also, AMC 30 Movie Theater, Lucky Strike Lanes, Dave & Buster's and brewpub Alcatraz make this a fun family nightspot too.
- Sunset Plaza – Tourists and celebrities populate this chi-chi stretch of Sunset Blvd that is dotted with outdoor cafes and boutiques. Grab a seat at one of the many European cafes and watch “the beautiful people.” (Tip: Nearby at the hip Standard Hotel, you can get low-cost, cutting-edge salon services. But call for an appointment!)
- Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, the heart of this beach community! Stroll 30 pedestrian-friendly city blocks of retail stores, entertainment and dining establishments near the beach, Palisades Park and Santa Monica Pier.
- Beverly Center - Southern California's premier trendsetting marketplace. 160 distinctive specialty boutiques and restaurants including California's only Grand Lux Café. Savor the panoramic views while dining on The Rooftop Terrace.
- Historic Old Town Pasadena California, home of the Rose Bowl parade, is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles in the beautiful San Gabriel Valley. A mecca for entertainment, visitors to this quaint area enjoy an array of nightclubs with live music, over 50 restaurants serving all types of cuisine, and countless specialty shops.
- Grub Restaurant– Off Santa Monica Blvd. and Seward Streets, downtown LA- enjoy their “Friggin’ Amazin’ French Toast,” Come early, they close at 2pm Saturday and Sundays.
- Do Disneyland! Get an adrenaline rush from the view at the top of the abandoned elevator shaft before the delirious drop into the fifth dimension and beyond on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and more exciting thrill rides.
- Hike the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains north of LA
- Take the family to Lego Land to enjoy gardens, rides and out of this world exhibits and “architecture.”
- Hit the Beach. Witness “fluking” and “spyhopping” tactics—engage in seasonal whale watching, or, visit world-famous Zuma Beach where Charlton Heston made his shocking discovery at the end of the film 'Planet of the Apes.'
- Put on your mouse ears, rent a couple old Disney movie favorites like Lady and the Tramp, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Dumbo, Cinderella, Fantasia, Peter Pan.
- Planning a big day taking on one of our Day Trips or a day at a theme park? Then make sure you have a big breakfast by cooking up some of these delicious breakfast recipes! Guaranteed to start your day off right.
- Soak the rays or get out to the pool and play. Mom and dad can read magazines while the kids enjoy the splish-splash of the roof top pool and whirlpool area. Or go sunbathing atop our rooftop terrace.