Orange County is truly Southern California's playground. There are so many places to visit, so many things to see and do. From shopping to sporting events to theme parks to arts and culture, there's something for everyone who travels to Orange County. Even if you plan to attend a business conference at the Anaheim Convention Center, make time to take in some of Orange County's key diversions. You'll be glad you did.
Theme parks, theaters, shopping and more-there are lots of things to do in Orange County, California
Formerly the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, provides Orange County with a dynamic showcase of nationally and internationally renowned performances in music, theater, and dance. The Center includes the Segerstrom Hall, it's largest venue, as well as the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, and the intimate Founders Hall.
A beautiful indoor venue, South Coast Repertory Theatre brings classic, modern, and avant garde plays and performances to life. Recent stagings include Topdog/Underdog, Elemeno Pea, Pride and Prejudice, The Trip to Bountiful, The Borrowers, and Four Clowns. Three venues are part of SCR: the Segerstrom Stage, the Julianne Argyros Stage, and the Nicholas Studio.
Made up of three levels, a Village, and the Arts & Cultural Center, South Coast Plaza is a favorite place to visit for those who love the good life. Shopping, dining, performance arts, and more await you at this Costa Mesa, California favorite. There are even carousels for the kids. Come and explore all that South Coast Plaza has to offer.
Orange County Fair & Event Center -
The OC Fair & Event Center is a classic county fair facility with modern innovations. Events are held year round and include such favorites as Food Truck Fare, the Farmers Market, the Orange County Market Place, and specialty events like gun shows, tattoo conventions, decorating shows, and gem fairs. The OC Fair itself is held over one month from July 13 to August 12.
Located on the Orange County Fair Grounds, the Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series is a popular annual Orange County event. Shows give access to premier concerts and sometimes coinciding Fair Ground attractions such as food concessions, rides, and games.
Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, just 7 miles from the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa hotel, celebrates world cultures through the medium of art. Orange County's largest fine arts museum was founded in 1936, and its permanent collection includes works from Native American, Pacific Islands, African, pre-Columbian, and Asian art.
Home to premier department stores like Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's, as well as chic fashion boutiques and specialty stores, Fashion Island is Orange County's destination open-air shopping experience. This elegant shopping center is over 1.5 million square feet, and features beautiful fountains and waterfalls, bronze sculptures, and an Italianate gazebo. After shopping and dining, take in a movie at Island Cinema.
The boys of summer and the fans love Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Home of the Angels American League baseball team, the ballpark was renovated in the mid-1990s, bringing into up to date and ready for 21st century professional baseball games. Tours of Angel Stadium, which was partly designed by Disney Imagineers, are available on Tuesdays during the off-season, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the regular season.
Located in Anaheim, California, the Honda Center is home to the NHL Anaheim Ducks ice hockey team. It's also the a dynamic event center showcasing family favorites such as the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Harlem Globetrotters, Stars on Ice, as well as international pop stars like Madonna, U2, and Van Halen.
Anaheim Convention Center -
With over 800,000 square feet of exhibit halls, the Anaheim Convention Center is a dynamic event space for a wide variety of occasions. Its curving glass wall façade gives it an unforgettable appearance. Support services include catering and state-of-the-art technology innovations.
Disneyland, known as "the happiest place on earth," has been delighting visitors of all ages for almost 60 years, yet it remains as fresh and current as the day it opened to the public. Comprised of two theme parks, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park, plus Downtown Disney, and two resorts hotels, the Disneyland Hotel and the Grand Californian, Disneyland Resort is a premier American destination for visitors from all over the world.
The Irvine Spectrum Center is an Orange County shopping and entertainment center with over 130 retail shops, entertainment venues, and restaurants. In addition to stores like Target, Macy's, Nordstrom, Sur la Table, L'Occitane, bebe, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21, patrons can dine at quick casual eateries or full services restaurants, or take in a movie or live comedy club act.
Knott's Berry Farm is a sweetly wholesome theme park the whole family will enjoy. The park offers a variety of attractions including Camp Snoopy for the little ones and roller coasters and thrill rides for the big ones. Dining, shopping, water rides, and live entertainment are also part of the Knott's Berry Farm fun.