Best Orange County, CA Attractions

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    10. Angel Stadium of Anaheim

    Baseball greats like Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson once trod this field and wowed fans with their heroics, paving the way for the modern generation of Angels. Until 1995, the NFL Rams shared the stadium but after they...

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    9. Crystal Cathedral

    Designed in the shape of a four-pointed star, Crystal Cathedral is a sight to behold. The impressive structure is comprised of more than 10,000 panes of glass, and coincidentally, the church boasts more than 10,000...

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    8. Ocean Institute

    The Ocean Institute, located in the Dana Point Harbor, is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors can view hundreds of marine animals in aquariums and touch tanks, witness animal feedings and enjoy...

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    5. Crystal Cove State Park

    Outdoor enthusiasts of all inclinations clamor to this beautiful park, which offers not only a wide variety of landscapes for physical activity but a selection of lookout points for sightseeing as well. Several...

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    4. Knott's Berry Farm

    Billed as America's first theme park, this complex features 160 acres of thrill rides, live entertainment, historic exhibits and dining all divided into five themed areas. Among them are Ghost Town -- an 1880s...

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    2. Disney California Adventure® Park

    Disney California Adventure Park emerged in 2012 with a new look after five years of planning and construction. A new entrance, Buena Vista Street, and the fabulously popular 12-acre Cars Land were unveiled along...

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    1. Disneyland® Resort

    It's the happiest place on earth! This world-renowned theme park features breathtaking rides, enticing games, and thrilling shows. In fact, with eight individually themed "lands," it offers plenty of fun for the...

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About Orange County, CA Attractions

Undoubtedly, the main reasons that folks visit Orange County are its beaches and its theme parks. After all, faced with a gorgeous coastline and the presence of both the Disneyland® Resort and Knott's Berry Farm, how could they do otherwise? Aside from fun in the sun and addictive thrill rides, the county is pleasantly diverse in its graces. History lovers relish the palpable sense of time and place that inhabits Mission San Juan Capistrano, its chapel, museum, and swallows. Yorba Linda, home to the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, also gives examiners of the past an opportunity to reflect on the president's troubled days and see where and how he grew up in then-sleepy California. Laguna Beach's art museum and Huntington Beach's surfing museum also chart local events, documenting how people have responded to or represented the landscape and culture that distinguish Orange County. If such considered ruminations are too sedate for your tastes, the area offers multiple zoos, a wealth of parks and beaches, sportfishing excursions, water parks, and even Catalina Island, an easily-visited haven for fun and relaxation. Plus, any trip to Orange County would be lacking – at least in the eyes of sports fans – without at least an attempt to catch a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The revered venue where baseball (and football) greats have amazed generations of spectators is practically a historical site in its own right!

About Kelly Sigmon

Senior editor Kelly Sigmon is Southern born and Ivy educated. During his tenure with the company, Kelly has prized being a mystery traveler and overseeing the printed 10Best Travel Guides for San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta.

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