Things to do in Orange County, California
- 15 February, 2017
- By Admin: Debbie West
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California Attractions for the Orange County Region
Whale Watching Los Angeles – Newport Landing provides year-round whale watching & dolphin cruises daily departing from Newport Beach. Newport Landing is centrally located in Orange County and minutes from Los Angeles in the heart of Southern California. Newport Landing offers whale watching cruises viewing many different species of whales including giant blue whales that attain lengths of up to 80 feet or more. Along with whales, several species of dolphin are commonly sighted. It is not uncommon to view huge pods of dolphin that number in the thousands. Many other marine creatures are sighted including seals, pelicans, and many more. Killer whales and even sharks are also seen occasionally. . Multiple cruises daily. $25 for adults and $20 for juniors.
Flightdeck Air Combat Center – Voted one of the top attractions in Anaheim and Orange County, Flightdeck provides an exciting alternative to the neighboring amusement park by giving civilians the opportunity to pilot fighter jets in actual cockpit simulators and a Boeing 737 flight simulator. Experience the challenge of aerial maneuvers at 500 knots, aircraft take-offs and landings and the excitement of air-to-air combat. Up to ten people can fly at the same time, each in their own authentic F-16 flight simulator! There is also the “Officer’s Club”, an observation area where guests can view and listen to all of the action on large LCD monitors, where they will see what each pilot is seeing during their flight and also hear the interaction between the pilots and the ATC crew (air traffic control).
Flightdeck offers 45 minute air combat flights and 30, 60 & 90 minute Boeing 737 flights. Advanced reservations are required. Call (714) 937-1511 today to book your flights.
Newport Boat Parade The premier Christmas event for Southern California. With 103 years of history Newport Bay comes alive with decorations and amazing light displays. Homes, yachts, docks, whole landscapes are transformed into a magical holiday experience. Thousands of lights and hundreds of themed estates. Hundreds of yachts, cruise ships, and water craft of all kinds participate in the parade. Approximately 1.5 million people will view the parade from shore, by boat, or along one of the many docks that line the bay.
Newport Landing offers holiday cruises to view this amazing holiday treat from December 1 through December 31 including the 5 nights of the parade. Choose from several cruise times each night. The parade dates for 2013 are Dec 18-22. During the parade the cruises are in the parade. Great event for families and kids.
Disneyland – Walt’s original Theme Park continues to reign as ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ and home to almost five decades of Disney wonder and magic. Disneyland offers over 60 world-famous parades, shows, and attractions, including The Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, and FANTASMIC!
Disney’s California Adventure – Located next door to Disneyland. Celebrate the fun and adventures of California. Immerse yourself in the California spirit through Hollywood magic, beachfront boardwalk thrills, and great outdoor adventures Disney style.
Knott’s Soak City – Thirteen water-logged acres packed with 21 of the most intense water rides imaginable — all themed to the surf woodies and longboards of the 1950s Southern California coast!
Pretend City Children’s Museum – This interconnected city allows children to “pretend” to be the adults. With an entire city at their fingertips, children can experience what it is like to live, work, play, and be a part of a community. Pretend City brings learning and imagination to life!
Orange County Performing Arts Center – You’re invited to experience the thrill of live performance. The world’s greatest singers, dancers, actors and musicians take to The Center’s stages to create spectacular entertainment.
Dana Wharf – Offering year round whale watching and fishing trips that are fun for the whole family. Sightings are guaranteed! Lowest price in Southern CA whale watching!
Pacific Marine Mammal Center – A non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline and to increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research. Open every day free of charge to view the animals.
Fashion Island – One of Southern California’s most extraordinary shopping experiences. With 200 stores, 40 restaurants and two cinemas with more than a dozen screens, you’ll have the time of your life shopping outdoors amid sparkling fountains, sidewalk carts, ocean breezes and tree-lined paseos.
Bowers Museum – One of Southern California’s finest museums and Orange County’s largest, the Bowers Museum is one of the only museums in the United States devoted to promoting human understanding through art. The Museum’s collections include African, Oceanic, Native American, pre-Columbian, and California Plein Air paintings.
Fullerton Arboretum – A 26-acre botanical garden with an ecologically arranged collection of plants from around the world, is located on the northeast corner of the California State University, Fullerton campus.
South California Fishing – Newport Landing Sportfishing is located in Newport Beach and is the premier fishing marine center in Southern California. Privately charter or rent one of our 5 boats for just your company or group or join one of our open to the general public 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or longer fishing trips. Several departure times each day means that there is a trip time and length to fit almost any schedule. Whether a family or just yourself these trips are an ideal opportunity to experience the best of Southern California Sportfishing. Yellowtail to 40 pounds, barracuda, bonito, calico bass, sand bass, white sea bass, halibut, yellowfin tuna, and many more species available. Newport Landing Sportfishing’s fleet has state of the art electronics, spacious indoor/outdoor seating, full amenities including a full service snack bar/kitchen, and crew assistants to help with all fishing needs.
JetPack America – Come fly the one-of-a-kind water-propelled jet pack with Jetpack America! Flight Experience Sessions consist of safety video, on-beach equipment briefing, and 10-60 minutes of flight time (depending on package), where you’ll receive instructor communication via our helmet walkie-talkies. Our jetpacks are safe and easy to fly, with the majority of people up and flying within 5-10 minutes. With our new tandem jetpack, kids as young as 5 can now fly with an instructor to make their superhero dreams a reality! With a max height of 40 feet, it guarantees to be a thrill for any and all who try it…not to worry though, first-time pilots can fly as high or as low as they want to go and, for those looking for a rush without the pressure of controlling their own height, our certified instructors can remotely control the throttle for you from the beach. Stop dreaming, start flying and make your superhero fantasies a reality!
Discovery Science Center – Discovery Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing understanding and appreciation of science, math and technology. In short, Discovery Science Center is a place where children and adults alike can learn while having fun.
Knott’s Berry Farm – 150 acres of thrilling rides, exciting attractions, outstanding live entertainment, fascinating historic exhibits, world-famous dining and one-of-a-kind specialty shops.
Medieval Times – Feast on a 4-course dinner, see spectacular pageantry, dramatic horsemanship, exciting swordplay, and an authentic jousting tournament.
Wild Rivers – Not one but two wave pools, several intertwined slides, hot springs, pools for all ages, and a guaranteed good time await you at Wild Rivers.
South Coast Plaza – One of America’s 9 famous streets to stay, shop, and dine. The plaza features stores, restaurants, carousels and more. The 260 stores and restaurants, spa, cinema and theatre is an adventure that takes you to 17 countries.
International Surfing Museum – Home to a collection of some of the most significant artifacts in the history of surfing. With surf music and videos playing in the background, you’ll be in the mood to view the many fine exhibits.
Orange County Museum of Art – The premier visual arts organization in Orange County, serving a population of nearly three million residents in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country.
Santa Ana Zoo – A public zoological garden occupying a unique urban site in the heart of Orange County. Situated on approximately 20 acres, it hosts more than 270,000 people annually.
Honda Center – As Southern California’s premier entertainment and sports venue, the Honda Center hosts a variety of first-class events each year including concerts, sporting events and family shows.
Orange County Zoo – Located inside beautiful Irvine Park. The park is located within the city limits of the City of Orange. The zoo is nestled among the majestic 477 acre wilderness park. The zoo specializes in the animals and plants from the southwestern United States.
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary – Tucker’s facilities include a small natural history museum/interpretive center, two ponds, a bird observation porch and feeders, relaxing patio and picnic areas, a small amphitheater, a caretaker’s house, hiking trails, a gift shop, restrooms and an ample visitor parking lot.
Downtown Disney – Shopping, dining, and entertainment featuring AMC, Catal Restaurant, ESPN Zone, House of Blues, LEGO, Naples Ristorante, Rainforest Cafe, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, World of Disney, Y Amba Y Arriba.
Pirates Dinner Adventure – Set aboard an authentically replicated 18th-century Spanish galleon and six additional ships, voyagers on each of the six ships have their own fearless pirate mascot whom they cheer on as the adventure unfolds.