Fun Things to do in Orange County (besides going to Disneyland)
Posted Mar 23 2013 6:04am
Disneyland is, in fact, not the only place that you can find a great day of fun in Orange County. Even though Orange County is the smallest county in Southern California size-wise, it does not mean that it is not brimming with loads of fun activities for youth, young adults, and families alike.
Besides Disneyland, the biggest landmarks of Orange County are perhaps Angel Stadium and the Honda Center. There are two LA-area sports teams that are based in Anaheim, which is located in Orange County: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (formerly the Anaheim Angels) and the Anaheim Ducks. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is an American League MLB baseball team that plays in Angel Stadium which also doubles as an event and concert center. The Anaheim Ducks is a Western Conference NHL hockey team that plays in the Honda Center, which, like Angel Stadium, doubles as an event and concert center. If you happen to be in Orange County between the spring and fall, be sure to check out an Angels game and if you happen to be in Orange County fall and mid-spring, be sure to check out a Ducks game.
The Outlets at Orange, formerly the Block at Orange, is one of the most famous shopping centers in the region and the only outlet shopping center in Orange County. As the name may indicate, it is located in the city of Orange. The Outlets at Orange is arranged as an outdoor, open-air mall and has a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment, such as a bowling alley and a movie theater, to keep you busy. It even houses a Vans skate park, a rarity amongst malls in the area.
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One of the true gems of Orange County is its beaches. Although Orange County’s coastline may be smaller than that of Los Angeles County or San Diego County, it has some of the most visited beaches in Southern California, such as Huntington Beach.
Next to Huntington Beach lies Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, a shopper’s paradise. As opposed to the outlet setting of the Outlets at Orange, Newport Beach Costa Mesa houses more specialized, cutting-edge shops and restaurants that tend to make bigger dents in the wallet. In Newport Beach, you can find the famous Fashion Island, known for its decadent, upscale atmosphere, shops, and clientele. In Costa Mesa, you can find more unique shops, eateries, and entertainment, such as the Lab Anti-mall and the Camp, which touts an eco-friendly, non-traditional shopping experience. Orange County is known for its traffic, while in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, you may want to check in at a nearby hotel, such as the Marriot in Costa Mesa, ditch your car, and take your time on foot, browsing all the shops that these two towns have to offer you.
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