Although most people may head to Anaheim just to visit Disneyland park, the area has so much more to offer! This sunny Southern California town, with its dry, mild climate, is home to family-friendly restaurants, affordable chain hotels and sprawling strip malls. The area is very diverse, hosting rich immigrant communities that add a complex layer of food, culture and fun. The locals are typically very active and enjoy sporting events and outdoor venues. Here are some of the best things to do if heading toward Orange County based off the New York Times list recently published.
1. Catch a Sporting Event
The Angel Stadium of Anaheim is home to the Los Angeles Angels. The stadium is the fourth oldest in Major League Baseball and boasts a 230 foot sign that has a halo on top that lights up in honor of every victory. A home game can attract up to 45,000 screaming fans so if you are looking for an active atmosphere then this is as good a place as any.
If ice hockey is more your taste then just opposite the Angel Stadium is the Honda Center, home to the Anaheim Ducks. The center hosts a variety of events like football and live concerts. In fact, when it first opened in June 1993, the first performance ever was a concert by Barry Manilow. Once there, it may look eerily familiar. It was also the location that the animated TV series Mighty Ducks.
2. See Live Music
A lot of things in Anaheim are on a large scale and sometimes it is nice to enjoy some entertainment with a lot less people and a lot more intimacy. City National Grove of Anaheim is a versatile 1,700-seat facility, located adjacent to Angel Stadium. It is consistently ranked as a “Top 10 Stop” in North America and is known for legendary performances by Prince, Merle Haggard, Lewis Black, Ray Charles and Stevie Nicks, among many others. It boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment and an experienced staff that is ready to create a one-of-a-kind event of any size. Any day of the week the multipurpose, indoor venue hosts a variety of live concerts, family shows, comedy, community and private events.
3. Visit a Park
Sitting just outside Anaheim is Ralph B. Clark Regional Park. A great location for those who like the fresh air and outdoors life. The park has many activities to enjoy with your family and friends such as cycling, fishing, hiking, boating, or even stop for a picnic or barbeque. Birders love to sit at one of the many picnic tables or under a shade tree with their binoculars and some snacks, as they can enjoy more than 130 varieties of species. The hiking trails are a magnet for visitors because they are shaded by trees and run along the outer perimeter of the park.
If biking is more your preferred
activity, try Canyon Rim Park. This 6.5-acre park has 56 regular parking spots, as well
as 2 spots that accommodate for people with disabilities, restrooms, drinking
fountains and trash receptacles. There are a multitude of trail varieties and
difficulties so no matter your age or physical restriction, there will be a
trail for you. The park is located near the southerly entrance to the Deer Canyon Park Preserve and the trails leading to Oak Canyon Nature Center as well
as the Walnut Canyon Reservoir Trail.
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