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Orange County's tourist reputation is built on its beaches and theme parks but dig a little deeper and you'll find that there is an eclectic mix of missions and cowboys and even a bison or two.
Summer brings the greatest show on earth to the waters around Catalina Islando which are the summer feeding grounds for blue whales. Take a walk on the Dana Point Headlands above the Ocean Institute in Dana Point and you'll have a bird's eye view of the coast with noisy California Sea Lions barking in the background.
Relive Orange County history with a visit to Mission San Juan Capistrano. The famous swallows really do come back every year, just ask the residents that live here. Make it a day and cross the train tracks to visit the Los Rios district, the oldest neighborhood in California. There's a tea house and a couple of restaurants, shops and Zoomars Petting Zoo where feeding the bunnies is the big attraction.
And if theme parks are what you've come for, Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Knott's Berry Farm are located within 30 minutes of each other. Knott's Soak City water park opens during the summer for an added thrill.
At the end of the day why not take in a ball game at Angel Stadium and root for the home team.