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Best 27 things to do in Anaheim, California

Anaheim is a city that’s thirty minutes south of Los Angeles, California. Out of all the places in California, Anaheim is the best place to spend your vacation with your family. From a variety of foods to Disney land adventure parks, there are so many things to do. You will never be bored by Anaheim city.

I spent more than a week in the city and felt like I haven’t even seen half of what the city has to offer. The incredible resorts and parks will always be the center of attraction in the city. I was surprised by the variety of foods and entertainment available in Anaheim for all age groups. Here are 27 things to do in Anaheim California, let’s get started, shall we,

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1.Adventure city theme park

adventure theme park anaheim california

If you have kids, a terrific must-visit destination in anaheim, California. Adventure city theme park has more than 17 rides along with various shows and attractions. If you are just walking around the park, it will take only two hours to get a grand view of it. It took me one full day to get through 10 rides. The staff is nice and friendly.

This is a place where you should bring your kids if they are socially awkward. The park has only one way in and one way out, so you can set up a meet-up location with your kids and let them run free. It’s not that big of a park to get lost. Always get the combo deal when you are booking tickets.

In short, this is a great place to spend their day for kids between the age of 2-14. The crowds are okay, and you will be able to get on most rides without waiting in a line. So if you want to treat your kids for a birthday, this is the place to take them.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: Between 10 am to 8 pm

Cost of the experience: Starts at $19.95

Contact info: +17142369300

Website: park website

Location: park

2.Splash mountain

splash mountain image title

If Adventure city park had kids’ playground experiences, you would get many water rides in splash mountain. I spent a whole day here and was surprised that most rides are short. To be honest, splash mountain used to be one of my favorites, but I think they have to update this. You will get wet, there is no way around that, but I’m sure you will have a blast.

I went in early as soon as Disneyland opened so that I could get a few rides. However, it gets crowded later in the day, so it’s better to get a fast pass. You can also avoid the lines by coming in the evenings. The only issue for me with this ride is that it breaks down quite frequently.

Always bring a change of socks or some decent water shoes. It helps. The seating usually determines if you will get wet or not. So sing along and enjoy your time here.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: Between 8 am to 11 pm

Cost of the experience: Starts at $19.95

Contact info: +17147814636

Website: park website

Location: park

3.Disneyland park

Disneyland park enterence

It took me about three days to enjoy all the 29 rides in Disneyland. The average wait time is between 20 mins and 1 hour. You have to book your tickets as well as a reservation way before you come here. The price usually depends on the demand. If there is no demand, the price might be around $140, and it can be as high as $300.

One of the things that I like about Disneyland park is that no matter which age you are, there is something for you to enjoy. I would advise you to buy a park hopper pass, so you can quickly go back and forth navigating between two different parks. I loved the Riverbelle restaurant in adventure land. The service was terrific.

Always get the Fast pass or Max pass to get the rides a lot quicker. During summer it gets scorching during the day so wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Always have some snacks with you when you are waiting for rides.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: Between 8 am to 11 pm

Cost of the experience: Starts at $199.95

Contact info: +17147814636

Website: park website

Location: park

4.Disneyland adventure park

disney adventure park

With more than 37 attractions, Disneyland Adventure park is the new age adventure park. My favorites were the swing symphony and spiderman web crawlers. For the web crawlers, make sure you get in the virtual line as it takes 4 hours to wait. Sometimes you will find a lot of rides breaking down. You can explain Disneyland adventure parks in four simple words food, fun, waiting, rides. 

My recommendations are the guardians of the galaxy ride and avengers campus. I think the immersion experience that comes with these two is phenomenal. Disney has outdone itself. Starting from cars to Monsters.Inc. Every movie comes to life in this adventure park.

Always take pictures, take lots of pictures. Don’t miss the photo ops with Disney, Pixar, and Marvel characters. Frozen is one of my favorite movies, and the Frozen show was terrific. You will find the longest lines for toy story and cars races. So make sure you stay ahead of time and get these experiences.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: Between 8 am to 11 pm

Cost of the experience: Starts at $19.95

Contact info: +17147814636

Website: park website

Location: park

5.Angel Stadium of anaheim

night game at angel stadium anaheim

The signature of this place is the two caps in the front welcoming you to the home of the Anaheim Angeles MLB baseball team. I will be honest, and I don’t think this stadium has the same energy as the Dodgers. However, the Atmosphere is Family-friendly, and you don’t see any stupidity.

Even though the buildings are older, the park is pretty clean, and parking is the easiest compared to many other MLB stadiums. The atmosphere is what will bring you back again, time and again. Angel Stadium is the only stadium with a unique entrance. The people of Anaheim are friendly and helpful. 

It’s easier to get out of the seats and get access to the parking lots. Always use the mobile app to order food and beverages to avoid the concession lines. Lots of food options with fireworks, what else do you need to satisfy a girl. 

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit:  Depends on the game

Cost of the experience: Starts at $19.95

Contact info: +17149402000

Website: stadium website

Location: Stadium

6.Canyon RV park

front view of canyon rv park

The canyon RV park in the featherly Regional near Riverside Freeway in the California 91 Express Lanes. Reserve your spot using the website. It’s a huge park, so you can find plenty of places to park your RV. The check-ins are easy, and the staffs are friendly.

Unlike other RV parks, you can find lots of trees and shades. Also, it’s spacious, which makes the camping experience a whole lot of fun. They have a pool as well as a kids’ park, which is good entertainment for kids.

Don’t miss the Ropes course; it’s challenging and will keep you occupied. Dogs are allowed; always keep them on a leash. You might hear noises from the freeway, which might be the only problem with this RV park. This RV park is not meant for a long time stay. Sometimes there is a 2 Year wait period and a Maximum Stay of Two weeks. You rent your RV here.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: Between 8 am to 11 pm

Cost of the experience: Starts at $19.95

Contact info: +17146370210

Website: park website

Location: park

7.Deer canyon park

deer canyon park preserve

Deer Canyon Park is located in the East Santa Ana canyon road. This is an excellent place for trails for hiking and horseback riding. When you hear the word park, you will always expect an artificial green turf maintained with trees and a kids’ play area. This park is not like that at all. It’s natural.

You won’t find well-kept greenish areas, but the park is clean without any trash. You will also find great bathrooms that are well maintained. The parking space is in the north or south of the park.  There are drinking fountains and picnic benches scattered throughout the park, which makes an excellent spot for mountain biking and hiking.

Always wear long sleeve pants as the overgrown plants might cut you. Don’t follow the google entrance, and it leads to a no trespassing sign; instead, go to the other end of the park where you get access to the whole park. You can spot a lot of animals like rabbits. I even saw a lazy coyote.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: Between 8 am to 11 pm

Cost of the experience: Free 

Contact info: +17147655155

Website: park website

Location: park

8.Yorba regional park

yorba regional park

Yorba regional park is located on La Palma Ave next to the California 91 freeway. Yorba regional park spans over 140 acres of land. Its well maintained with picnic tables, paved pathways, and great amenities. If you are more into hiking and biking, visit this spot in Anaheim, California.

There are so many waterbodies in this park. You can rent paddleboats, rent bikes, surreys, kayaks, and more. If you are into fishing, then you can find trout, bass, and catfish, as well as bluegill depending on the season. 

If you are more into picnicking, this is an excellent spot for that too. Yorba regional park has lovely shades. Finding restrooms is not that hard; they are well maintained and clean. You can hold your family events here. If you are into hiking, overlooking the Santa ana river, there is an extensive walking trail.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: Between 7 am to 9 pm

Cost of the experience: $5 entry fee 

Contact info: +17149736615

Website: park website

Location: park

9.The clubhouse of anaheim hills

front view of the club house of anaheim hills in night

The clubhouse of anaheim hills is located on the nohl ranch road. It exceeded my expectations on my first visit. I went there after a round of golf. The food is fantastic. If you are looking for golfing in Anaheim, this should be your first choice.

The clubhouse can also be booked for private parties and events. I was told that people usually book clubhouses for weddings as this place has beautiful sunsets for pictures. If you can host up to 200 guests, book this place without second thoughts. Unlike other sites, the brunch lasted till 1 pm; kudos to that.

If it’s your first time golfing, I would highly recommend this golf course, and the people are friendly and chill. It might be pricey for some, but what do you expect its a golf course.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 

Cost of the experience: $5 entry fee 

Contact info: +17149983041

Website: park website

Location: clubhouse

10.Skyzone trampoline park

girl in skyzone trampoline park

The skyzone trampoline park is located in East La Palma Ave. You might find this place crowded from 2 pm to 3 pm as well as 8 pm to 9 pm. It was my first time in any trampoline park, and I had so much fun. You can also find rock climbing spots in this park.

This place just brought the kid inside me. Yes, this place has too many rules, but they make it a safe environment for everyone to enjoy. Keep some spare change to buy sky zone branded socks as the venue doesn’t allow you to use your socks. If you wish to come back again, bring the sky zone socks with you.

I was told that they also have monthly memberships here; if you love to do this more than once a week, then, by all means, I think you should get the monthly membership. It’s well worth the price at skyzone trampoline park.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 9 am to 9 pm

Cost of the experience: it’s around $26

Contact info: +16573661830

Website: park website

Location: trampoline park

11.La casa de Los machetes

inside girl sitting at la casa de los machetes

La casa de Los machetes are located in the four-way of Knott ave and W Cerritos Ave. It’s next to a car wash. If you are in anaheim and crave Mexican food, the first restaurant that I would recommend is La casa. The foods served in this restaurant are unique and have a different flavor to them.

I went there with an open mind, but I got blown away when they brought the 26-inch machetes. Man! That was big. Don’t forget to get their hot chocolate, and I think everyone should try that. You can either have a full-blown meal or a light snack. It doesn’t matter for what you come here, and La casa de Los machetes will fill you up.

It’s a hotspot for food, so you might find this place crowded depending on the time of day you visit. You have to be patient to get seated. They do a great job at service even if it’s busy. It’s an excellent place for lunch.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 11 am to 9 pm

Cost of the experience: it’s around $10

Contact info: +17148262326

Website: clover

Location: restaurant

12.Los alazanes Mexican food

los alazanes outside picture

Los alazanes is another Mexican restaurant in anaheim located at the intersection of Ball Road and Knott ave. This spot servers old-school Mexican food. You will see this spot buzzing around 8 to 9 pm every day. The best time to visit is in the evening.

I stayed at a hotel nearby and found this place; the only problem with them is the portion size. They serve food in tiny portions but charge very high prices. However, you can get great deals on taco Tuesday.

I would recommend you to check out the Asada Carne and the tacos. The shredded chicken in the hard-shelled tacos will blow your mind. Also, you might come across rude cashiers, which is primarily due to the sheer number of people they deal with every day. So cut some slack for them.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: open 24 hours

Cost of the experience: it’s around $10

Contact info: +17148216766

Website: website of menu

Location: restaurant

13.Twilia Reid park

play area of Twilia Reid park

Twilia Reid park is located at the intersection of S western ave and orange ave. This park is split into four different parts for different age groups. You can have a spacious green garden to spend your leisure time in here. I came here for a morning walk was incredibly impressed by the quality of the amenities. You can find parking spots on both the front and back of the park.

The park has a baseball field, tennis courts, and basketball courts. There are plenty of trees to have great shade for your picnics. So you can easily throw down a towel and spend your time during the evenings. There is a separate covered area for a birthday party or BBQ. If you are into disc frisbee golf, then there is plenty of space to do that too.

When someone asks me to rate a park, I don’t just look at the amenities and say a square. I base all my ratings on how the restrooms are in a park. This park should be on the top of my list as they have several accessible toilets that are large and not cramped. If you are going to BBQ, bring your charcoal.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 5 am to 10.30 pm

Cost of the experience: Free

Contact info: +17147655155

Website: anaheim park

Location: park

14.Al tannour

outside of Al tannour

Al tannour is an example of diversity in the city of Anaheim. In the exclamation of S beach Blvd and ball road, you can find al tannour. This is a middle eastern restaurant, so if you are ready for some naan and paneer, this is where you can see that. They specifically make Iraqi food, and the owners are and they amicable.

They have generous portions in every set of orders. You will not feel like you are getting less food for your money at all. The naan bread is giant and soft. The price is affordable too. You have to try the kabobs, they are the b, and this is on the menu. Al tannour is a great family restaurant to have your dinner and lunch.

Some of my favorite dishes are masgoof fish and tashreeb. They are delicious. I have eaten a lot of Middle Eastern food in my childhood, this brought back a lot of memories. I Had a great conversation with the owner Mr.Abo Ali, and the waitresses are polite and patient. 

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 11 am to 9  pm

Cost of the experience: Free

Contact info: +17144840900

Website: restaurant address 

Location: place landmark

15.MJ’s Pinoy Fiesta

outside of MJ's pinoy Fiesta

MJ’s Filipino restaurant is located in W ball road opposite the Bees liquor store. The diversity of the city of Anaheim is impressive. Some people complain that the prices are high, but in my opinion, the prices are affordable and very reasonable.

When it comes to food, MJ’s restaurant doesn’t hold back at all. They have food in fish, meat, and rice. If you are planning for a special dinner, then this is the place to be. The food is not overbearing, it’s simple, and the taste’s amazing. Everything in the menu tasted terrific. This is an excellent spot for family and friends to hang out together in the afternoon or evenings.

The service has to be mentioned when it comes to MJ’s Pinoy fiesta. Out of all the restaurants, I loved the service in Pinoy fiesta. The smile that the servers have when they serve the food to you. It reminded me of my mom cooking dinner and doing it with a sense of accomplishment.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 8 am to 8 pm

Cost of the experience: starts at $12

Contact info: +17148283333

Website: NO website

Location: place landmark

16.Matiki island barbeque

foods from Matiki island barbeque

Matiki island barbeque is located on the lincoln avenue next to Radhe sweets and catering. They offer door dash as well as other order online services. If you are into Hawaiian-style BBQ, then Matiki island is the place to be.

My recommendation is ribs, ribs, and ribs. They are cooked to perfection and served with a special sauce. I also got the sam’s plate which had rice and MAc salad.  The portions were substantial, and I even saved some for dinner. One tip I would give when ordering from Matiki island barbeque is to get a lot of sauces. Sometimes one cup that they give you might not be enough.

In terms of affordable food at a reasonable price, I think matiki is the best in anaheim. Even though a lot of other restaurants offer large portions, the price is high. Check out kalbi as well, and you won’t be disappointed.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 11 am to 9  pm

Cost of the experience: Starts at $10

Contact info: +17148215228

Website: restaurant address

Location: place landmark

17.Maxwell park

name title of maxwell park anaheim

Maxwell Park is located in the W broadway avenue and South Magnolia Avenue. Maxwell park spans over 18.5 acres of green space with a variety of amenities. The park is divided into sections starting with a dog park. You have plenty of room for parking on both sides of the park. You can leave your kids to play and monitor them from the parking lot.

There are plenty of trees in the park for shade, along with restrooms. It’s a great place for BBQ and picnic. Although, yes, it gets crowded on the weekends, you will find many people playing sports. The baseball fields are primarily used to play soccer. I made a lot of friends here in this park.

The dog park should be highlighted. It’s impressive compared to a lot of other dog parks I have been to. The area is large enough to fit all sizes of dogs. The play area is decent as well.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 5 am to 10.30  pm

Cost of the experience: Free

Contact info:+17147655155

Website:  address 

Location: place landmark

18.Dad miller golf course

outside of dad miller golf course

You can find dad miller golf course in North Gilbert street. It has an extensive parking lot which I appreciate a lot when I visit gold methods. It’s usually busy during the afternoons for play as well as food. Dad miller’s golf course has a clubhouse where you can get food throughout the day.

Tee boxes and greens were in perfect shape. With 18 holes, you can take lessons here as well.  The staff is always friendly and willing to help. It’s better to start in the morning or complete the 18 holes by evening.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 6 am to 7  pm

Cost of the experience: Fee

Contact info:+17147653481

Website:  address 

Location: place landmark

19.The scratch room

outside view of the scratch room

The scratch room is a breakfast place located on Lincoln Avenue. It’s next to the sun Rx pharmacy. They serve various eateries, burgers, and sandwiches. I got my breakfast out of the scratch room on the last day of my visit to anaheim, and I wish I should have visited this place first.

My recommended dish is the banana bread and the original Benedict with hash browns. I felt full after I had this and dint feel tired at all. The place gets busy in the late mornings, so getting your breakfast before 9 pm is better.

You don’t have to settle for banana bread at all. There are plenty of choices. The plaza is small, which might cause parking issues. The portions are substantial, even for the turkey sandwich. I loved it—best place for proper American breakfast.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 7 am to 2  pm

Cost of the experience: Starts at $10

Contact info: +17142365613

Website: restaurant address 

Location: place landmark

20.Chaparral park

the chaparral park in anaheim

The chaparral park is located in the west broadway area. I went for an evening walk around the west broadway and came across this park. They have extensive parking, so you don’t have to worry about parking space. The parking in chaparral park is available on both sides of the park.

There is an adequate number of trees around the side for picnics. It’s a great place for BBQ and spending time with family on the weekends. The baseball field and two basketball courts are great places for kids to play.

The fountains are not working correctly anymore, and yes, many things have to be taken care of to get this park to an excellent working condition.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: opens at 5 am

Cost of the experience: Free

Contact info: +17147655155

Website:  address 

Location: place landmark

21.Willow park

willow park from outside

Willow Park is located in West crone avenue and South loara Street. You cannot call this park a sports park. This park has more of a relaxed kids’ park feel to it. You can find a lot of families during weekends. There is a basketball court as well as a Baseball field. Willow Park has more than ten picnic tables as well.

This place is always packed throughout the day. You can throw parties here. It’s a great park to walk the dogs or use your BBQ grills. However, the bathrooms do need cleaning and regular maintenance.

This park is safer than most other parks in the city. You might find a couple of homeless people here and there but overall, this park is well maintained.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: Opens at 5 am

Cost of the experience: Free

Contact info: +17147655155

Website: 

Location: place landmark

22.Shaky’s pizza parlor

outside of shakeys pizza parlor

Shaky’s pizza parlor is located in the south harbor blvd and the West Ball road. I don’t usually write about chain business. I always write about family-run small companies, but I had to mention shaky’s pizza parlor. I had a late-night pizza party with a couple of friends, and Shakey’s pizza came to the rescue.

This made me even visit them the next day, and shaky’s has a family-friendly environment. They serve the food hot, and the service is excellent as well. Of course, you have to check out the fried chicken mojo potatoes. Shaky’s has a game area for kids too.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 11 am to 9  pm

Cost of the experience: Starts at $10

Contact info: +17145330442

Website: restaurant address 

Location: place landmark

23.Anaheim white house

outside view of anaheim white house

If you are looking for a high-end dining Italian restaurant in anaheim, then anaheim white house is the perfect place for you. I ordered online, but you can also reserve a table and experience the fine dining in the restaurant. 

I was told that this restaurant gets booked often for wedding dinners and party dinners due to its luxurious decor. It’s a beautiful place, and the servers will make you feel at home.

One of the signature dishes that I liked was the white chocolate mashed potatoes. It was incredible. The garlic mash was also terrific. I also loved the chocolate cupcake.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 5 am to 9  pm

Cost of the experience: Starts at $10

Contact info: +17147721381

Website: restaurant address

Location: place landmark

24.Pearson park

pearson park from outside

Pearson Park is located in the center of west sycamore street and west cypress street. Out of all the other parks in anaheim, Pearson was beautiful. Pearson park has a pool area as well. Pearson park gets busy around 5 to 7 pm.

This park has it all. It has a pond and pathways on one side, while the other has six tennis courts. I was told that Disney builds the playground. This park also has a rock-climbing wall. Pearson pond is excellent for pictures.

Events in the Pearson Park amphitheater are phenomenal. A lot of events take place here. For example, I watched a ballet performance.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: Open from 5 am

Cost of the experience: Free

Contact info: +17147655155

Website: address 

Location: place landmark

25.Benihana

benihana food

Benihana is located on the east ball road opposite El Torito. I had dinner here, and the chef was excellent. I Don’t have proper words to describe how they treated me. The service was terrific. The chef did many tricks, which was cool, but the real deal was the food. 

I had teriyaki chicken as well as steak. The taste and flavors were incredible. The place is spotless and well maintained. The menu is extensive, with sushi, beef, and a lot of appetizers. The manager told me to join their birthday club to save $30 during my birthday month.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 11 am to 9  pm

Cost of the experience: Free

Contact info: +17147744940

Website: restaurant address 

Location: place landmark

26.Tempo urban kitchen

tempo restaurent outside

Tempo urban kitchen is located around canyon creek road and weir canyon road. The place starts to get buzz around 7 pm to 9 pm. The decoration and ambiance were on point. The food was served to us hot and fast. 

I would recommend you to check out their dessert churro cart. Although I ate the surf and turf tacos, the portions were generous, and I felt full when I left the restaurant.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 11 am to 9  pm

Cost of the experience: Free

Contact info: +17143125973

Website: restaurant address 

Location: place landmark

27.Boysen park

boyson park from outside

Boysen Park is located on East Wagner avenue. Boysen Park has ten tennis courts, two baseball fields, and two playgrounds. The front end has an airplane along with the jungle gym. A lot of swings are old and are making noises.

There are two rockets, one with the more intense slides.

Best hotel to stay nearby:

Best time to visit: 5 am to 10.30  pm

Cost of the experience: Starts at $10

Contact info: +17147655155

Website: address 

Location: place landmark

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