Things to Do & Must-See Attractions in Anaheim & Buena Park
When people think of what life is like for folks who actually live in Southern California, images similar to Huntington Beach typically come to mind. Appropriately nicknamed “Surf City USA,” Huntington Beach’s 10 miles of coastline and warm temperatures make outdoor living possible year round.
Popular activities revolve around the wide, sandy beaches, from surfing to volleyball, swimming and stand-up paddle boarding. When the sun sets, beach bonfires become the star attraction in the sand. Huntington Beach has more than over 500 fire rings, free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hot dogs and s’mores cook nicely under the stars. The Huntington Beach Pier is one of the longest piers on the West Coast, stretching 1,850 feet into the waves. It serves as the unofficial center of all of the action and is located on the Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street. Visitors can fish, shop, eat or just wander.
Nestled in between Los Angeles and San Diego, the Orange County Coast is best known for its stretch of cities that run along the scenic Southern California shoreline. With 40-plus miles to lay your towel in the sand, life here is centered around the beach.
Some of the best known cities that make up the Orange County Coast include Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente. Along with the expected beach activities like surfing, swimming and soaking up the sun, the Orange County Coast has numerous beach trails for avid hikers. Piers dot the coast and downtown main streets loaded with shopping and restaurants are typically only steps from the sand.
One of America’s favorite dinner attractions, Anaheim Medieval Times presents an exciting evening of family entertainment based upon the glory of Medieval Spain. Experience spectacular pageantry, dramatic horsemanship, breathtaking swordplay, and romance while feasting on a four-course banquet served in true medieval, pre-silverware fashion.
The Anaheim Medieval Times dinner and show is held in a mock 11th-century fortress-like Spanish palace, complete with red tile roofs, palm trees, and blazing southern Californian sun. Guest feast on oven-roasted chicken, spare ribs, potatoes, and pastry. The experience culminates in an authentic jousting tournament between six brave knights of the realm. From the famous Andalusian Stallions, to authentic weapons and historic jousting tournament, this recreation will surely transport you back to a colorful period of European history.
Baseball fans will surely want to visit the stunning Angel Stadium of Anaheim, one of the finest ballparks in America and home to the major league Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels pack in huge crowds inside the Big A, which is a hop, skip, and a jump away from Disneyland. Watching a game here is not only an exhilarating experience, but it’s also a scenic one, as you have prime views San Gabriel and Santa Ana Mountains.
The main entrance to Angel Stadium of Anaheim includes two giant Angels hats. Outside home plate gate is a full-sized brick infield complete with regulation pitcher's mound and lighted bases. The most notable feature, however, is the “California Spectacular" in which geysers erupt and a stream cascades down a mountainside covered with real trees and artificial rocks, right behind the left-center field fence. You can buy same-day bleacher tickets to a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim during the baseball season, from April to October.
If you’re looking for a way to beat the Southern California heat, Knott’s Soak City is for you. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a scaredy cat, there’s an assortment of slides and attractions to keep you entertained and dripping.
Slide head first on a mat from more than 40 feet at Banzai Falls, or float the day away on the Sunset River. The Gremmie Lagoon is exclusively for splash kids under 54 inches tall. Be sure to remember sunscreen and a towel; sunglasses and flip flops aren't a bad idea either.