Disney's magic kingdom, the Disneyland Park in Anaheim is the original theme park; a labor of love designed by Walt Disney himself, the only one of the franchise to have been built directly under his auspicious care. Since its grand opening in 1955, this theme park has come to be renown as the place where dreams come true; where ogres, dragons and wizards roam, dazzling visions of the future are realized, and all are invited to experience a realm born of an imagination that knows no bounds. Expanded over the years, this whimsical wonderland now includes eight playfully themed lands like Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown. Here, fairytale princesses and Mickey Mouse greet visitors of every age, welcoming them into a world where magical lands are brought to life and there are thrilling experiences galore.
Noble Ale Works is a microbrewery located right next to Angels Stadium. The tasting room is bedecked with Anaheim Angels paraphernalia, from banners to signed jerseys. Aside from this and their TV (to watch Angels games, of course), the decor is spartan, all the better to not distract from the main attraction, the beer. At the tasting room, you can sample 12 beers on tap, most of them their special seasonal beers, although of course regular year-round beers are available too. Beers on tap rotate often, so multiple trips can result in completely different experiences every time. Aside from regular open hours, the tasting room is also open before, during and after any Angels or Ducks home games.
If you have long dreamed of piloting an airplane or a fighter jet, then a trip to Flightdeck Air Combat Center will be a dream come true. Offering simulations in F-16 fighter jets and Boeing 737-700s, visitors get to feel the rush of participating in air combat missions and aerial maneuvers. The friendly staff is well equipped to prepare you for your first flight and answer any questions you may have before the simulation begins.
Spanning 58 acres (23 hectares), the Oak Canyon Nature Center is a beautiful oasis of nature in the city. The sanctuary, flanked by three canyons is home to a diverse array of animal and bird species. Well-marked hiking trails offer a great opportunity to discover the park's many wonders. Stop by at the John J. Collier Interpretive Center to learn more about the natural features and history of the place.
This beautiful park is more than a mile long and rests on 175 lush acres of land. With more than 400 picnic tables, this park is ideal for a family outing. There are four lakes with connecting streams for fishing and sailing model boats. There are plenty of pedestrian and biking trails for the more active visitors. For children, there are many sets of play equipment like slides and jungle gyms. This place opens daily at 7 am.
Have an adventure at Adventure City! This theme park has a lot of exciting rides and attractions. Watch a performance at the Children's Theater, take a ride on the Freeway Coaster, win a prize at the arcade and hug a rabbit at the Petting Farm. This theme park is a fantastic attraction where you can bring your whole family, though the majority of the rides are geared towards children rather than teens and adults.
Anaheim ICE formerly known as Disney Ice is an indoor ice rink complex. This public skating rick, hosts skating events like figure skating and youth hockey games besides being the practice and training rink of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. Anaheim Ice also offers sessions for public skating, freestyle and pick-up hockey. They also offer learn to skate classes, various hockey programs and birthday packages.
Cook Auditorium is conveniently located in the heart of the city and is one of the biggest and oldest auditoriums in Anaheim. It was built in the 1930's and still retains its rustic charm, lots of original furniture, and the beautiful Robert Morton Pipe Organ. The auditorium also features state-of-the-art audiovisual systems that are perfect for theatrical performances, musicals, plays, recitals, exhibitions, conferences, lectures, and a wide array of artistic productions. The auditorium is clean, well-maintained, and a great place to catch some excellent local talent.
The library building was built in 1908 in classic revival style architecture designed by John C Austin who has created several landmark buildings in southern California. It operated as a public library until 1963. Later, the building was used as an administrative office for the city of Anaheim. Since 1979, it has been marked as National Historic Site which is now a part of MUZEO, an interesting museum exhibiting local culture, history and art.
Pearson Park Amphitheater is the cities most popular outdoor venue. If it's a outdoor performance in Anaheim, chances are it's at the famed Amphitheater. The Summer Concert series are held here with performances, shows, dance troupes, musical concerts and more. A great experience for the kids, besides this, the theater also caters to a array of concerts, performances, events, live shows and even private parties or corporate events.
Housed in the only remaining Carnegie Library building in Anaheim, this museum deals both with the rich cultural history of Anaheim and of the world. The volunteers who work there value educating the younger generation about their fine city, which was founded in the mid-1850s by German winemakers who wanted to sell their product to citizens of Los Angeles. Muzeo also features rotating strange and wonderful exhibits that make this a truly fascinating museum.
Once a sleepy town with Germanic roots, Anaheim has morphed into one of California's largest cities, known for its association with the Disneyland Resort. The city is one of the most popular destinations for conventions and is home to the state-of-the-art Anaheim Convention Center as well as hosting two national-level sports teams, the Angels, a major-league baseball team and the Anaheim Ducks hockey team. A great base to explore Orange County, the city has a host of fun activities for all ages, and though most are centered around the Disneyland experience, with a bit of digging it's possible to search out other options like the Anaheim Packing District and Oak Canyon Nature Center.