05 April 2017
Many people book trips to Disneyland, then end up wondering if there’s anything else to do in the area while they’re there. While Mickey Mouse and his friends remain the major drawcard for visitors to Anaheim, there are plenty of other places worth checking out while you’re staying in the area. Removed from the hustle of Hollywood, Orange County California sets a cruisy pace, and with pockets of shopping, culture and cuisine scattered throughout the area, it’s a great destination for families, couples and friends to explore at their leisure (after they’ve ridden the teacups at Disneyland of course!)
Here are five things worth doing while you’re there:
Head to the Anaheim Packing District
A collection of artisan eateries located within a historic building, the Anaheim Packing District is a top spot to visit when you’re in need of a snack or meal. Open from 9am each day, the space holds a diverse range of cuisine options. From handcrafted gelato to artisan coffee, wood fired pizza, southern soul food, burgers, seafood and more. Outdoor gardens provide the perfect place for community events and concerts, so if you time your visit right you might get some free entertainment too!
Get in touch with the local craft brewing scene
California is known for producing some of the world’s most drinkable craft beers, but microbreweries can be found far behind the hip streets of San Francisco. While Anaheim draws in children from near and far, grown ups in need of some adult time will love checking out the microbreweries of the area. First opened in Irvine, California in 1998, Backstreet Brewery now has a tasting room in Anaheim too. Hidden in an industrial setting, this brewery creates innovative IPAs, lagers, stouts, porters and pale ales, which can all be tasted in the tap room. Also located in Anaheim, the Bottle Logic Brewing tap room offers a wide range of craft ales served in a workshop-inspired setting. While kids can’t sit up at the bar, they are welcome on the premises with the outdoor patio area providing the ideal place for families to unwind in the sunshine.
Get Cultured at Bowers Museum
Located only a few miles south of Disneyland, the Bowers Museum houses collections of fine art and photography with a focus on African, South Pacific, Asian, Native American, pre-Columbian art, and Californian paintings. As a family-friendly museum, there are regular classes, festivals and events that include the whole family with interactive music programs, live storytellers, and hands-on art making workshops providing lots of fun, interactive things for kids of all ages to get stuck into. Open on the weekend, the ‘Kidseum’ offers high tech exploration of art and culture just for kids. It’s not all about kids here though, with the onsite Tangata Restaurant providing Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine, wine, beer and cocktails in a deluxe setting.
Watch a game at Angel Stadium
If you’re travelling in Anaheim during the baseball season (April-October), then getting tickets to see the Anaheim Angels play at Angel Stadium is a fun way to immerse yourself in the local sporting scene. Built in the 1960s, this classic baseball stadium also runs tours if you’re interested in experiencing the ballpark minus the crowds.
Tee off at a golf course
Known as California’s “Golf Coast” Orange County is home to a number of golf courses suited to varying skill levels. Located just minutes from the Disneyland Resort, the family-friendly Dad Miller Golf Course offers an affordable way to play a round of golf while on holidays. Opened back in the early 1960s, the renovated course includes an onsite restaurant and cocktail bar to relax in after a few hours out on the green.
Keen to take a holiday in Anaheim? Contact your Travel Counsellor to put together a great package for you!