Anaheim was founded in 1895 by 50 German families and incorporated in 1970. Since then, it’s developed into a thrilling area most well-known for its theme parks, convention center and sandy beaches.
In the downtown area of Anaheim you’ll find its three historic districts, including Anaheim Colony. In this part of the city you can explore museums, sample the cuisine at various local dining establishments and enjoy wandering the various streets to take in the sights.
Things to Do in Anaheim
- Disneyland: You can’t plan a trip to Anaheim without including at least a day of fun at Disneyland, considered to be the “happiest place on earth.” This theme park was the only one to be designed and built by Walt Disney himself. Travel around the park on the famous Monorail and enjoy favorite attractions like the Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Mickey’s House, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and so many more. Throughout the park you can meet your favorite Disney characters, and if you’re not too tired after all the excitement, stay for the fireworks show.
- Angel Stadium: If you visit Anaheim during the season, taking in a baseball game at Angel Stadium, the home of the Los Angeles Angels and the fourth-oldest stadium in the U.S., is a must-do if you are a fan of America's pastime. Grab a tasty hot dog and make your way to your seat to watch the Angels take on the visiting team. Bring your mitt and if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even catch a fly ball.
- Yorba Regional Park: Take advantage of southern California's wonderful climate and warm temperatures with a visit to Yorba Regional Park. Here you can enjoy nature on 140 acres. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at any of the 400 picnic table areas throughout the green space. Grab a fishing pole and head to one of the four lakes, take a bike ride of a hike or bring the kids and let them have a ball at any of the playgrounds.
- MUZEO: This Orange County museum is home to diverse exhibits that explore the area’s culture and heritage through the arts. MUZEO hosts three traveling exhibits each year, which are made more exciting with special programs, activities and events. MUZEO transforms the idea of visiting a museum with self-guided podcasts, WiFi access, interactive elements and interchangeable displays.
- Pirate’s Dinner Adventure: Dinner theater is a great way for the whole family to enjoy a meal and a show. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure dazzles with amazing special effects, aerial stunts and masterful swordplay. Watch two present-day explorers cross paths with pirates from the past for a fantastic adventure as you feast on a delicious four-course meal.
Shopping and Dining in Anaheim
- Center Street Promenade: The historic Center Street Promenade is a center of commerce in Anaheim. It features unique shops, inspired eateries and other services. For a bit of retail therapy or to pick up some souvenirs, peruse the shops, then refuel with a quick bite to eat.
- Old Towne Orange: If you love antiques, you’ll definitely want to check out Old Towne Orange for a treasure hunt. With more than 60 antique shops, there’s bound to be something amazing buried within. Old Towne Orange lets you step back in time with an old-fashioned town square feel and turn-of-the-century architecture. After all that digging, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Stop by the locally famous Watson’s Soda Fountain, established in 1899, for a quick meal. Bop your head to music from the 1950s while you enjoy the all-American cuisine, such as a hamburger and malt or float from the soda fountain.
- Downtown Fullerton: Just 10 minutes north of Anaheim you’ll find amazing vintage shops and boutiques in this eclectic shopping area. With 70 historic buildings surrounded by stores and dining establishments, downtown Fullerton gives off a cool indie vibe. If you’re around on a Thursday night, stop by one of the best nighttime farmers markets in SoCal for freshly grown vegetables, fruits and flowers. You’ll also be treated to live entertainment and face painting and pony rides for the kids. For dinner, check out Angelo’s and Vinci’s Ristorante for Italian fare, Cantina Lounge to enjoy Mexican dishes or Slidebar, a rock-n-roll themed restaurant and bar featuring nightly live music.