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150 Things to Do Near Disneyland


The beautiful beaches, temperate weather, world-class dining, and luxury shopping experiences bring visitors to Orange County year-round.

Oh yes, and so does a little place called Disneyland. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

Well, Disneyland is by no means the only thing to see or do in Orange County!

In fact, I’ve come up with 150 things to do near Disneyland that are all in Orange County, less than a 30-minute drive away!

As an Orange County resident, I personally don’t think you have to drive over an hour to visit Universal Studios, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World or Legoland. Unless they’re on your bucket list. Then, by all means, knock yourself out!

Nevertheless, there’s plenty of fun to be had just 30 minutes from Disneyland.

To help you plan your travel itinerary, the list is organized into the following categories:

  • Amusement Parks
  • Activity Centers
  • Beaches
  • Parks and Nature Centers
  • Splash Pads
  • Zoos and Aquariums
  • Sports Arenas
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Museums
  • Shopping Centers
  • Family-friendly Dining

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150 things to do near Disneyland

Amusement Parks Near Disneyland

1| Adventure City (Anaheim)

2| Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City (Buena Park)

3| Balboa Fun Zone (Newport Beach)

4| Downtown Disney (Anaheim)

5| Goat Hill Junction Railroad (Costa Mesa)

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Activity Centers Near Disneyland

6| Camelot Golfland (Anaheim)

7| Billy Beez (Anaheim)

8| The Rinks Anaheim Ice (Anaheim)

9| Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center (Anaheim)

10| Sky Zone Trampoline Park (Anaheim)

11| Sky High Sports (Costa Mesa)

12| Discovery Cube OC (Santa Ana)

13| Bowers Museum & Kidseum (Santa Ana)

14| Frogg’s Bounce House (Fountain Valley)

15| Boomers (Irvine)

16| Pretend City (Irvine)

17| We Play Loud (Lake Forest)

18| Playland Cafe (Irvine)

19| We Rock the Spectrum (Laguna Hills)

20| Storymakery (Irvine) – kids can build their own story and make a book

21| The Lego Store (Downtown Disney)

22| Color Me Mine (Tustin ) – paint your own pottery

23| Hidden Talents Ceramics Studio (Huntington Beach)

24| Timree Paint Studio (Newport Beach)

25| The Ceramics Studio (San Juan Capistrano)

26| Big Air Trampoline Park (Buena Park)

27| Sender One Climbing Gym (Santa Ana) – tallest indoor climbing gym 

28| K1 Speed (Anaheim) – indoor go cart racing

29| Lucky Strike (Orange)

30| Bowlmor (Anaheim)

31| 55 Tavern + Bowl (Costa Mesa) 

32| Holiday Skate Center (Orange)

33| Fountain Valley Skating Center (Fountain Valley)

34| The Rinks Anaheim Ice (Anaheim)

35| Ice Palace (Aliso Viejo)

Beaches Near Disneyland

36| Huntington Beach Pier (in the city of Huntington Beach)

37| Huntington Beach State Beach (in the city of Huntington Beach)

38| Bolsa Chica State Beach (in the city of Huntington Beach)

39| Sunset Beach (in the city of Huntington Beach)

40| Seal Beach (in the city of Seal Beach)

41| Naples Island (in the city of Long Beach)

42| Main Beach Park (in the city of Laguna Beach)

43| Thousand Steps Beach (in the city of Laguna Beach)

44| Newport Municipal Beach (in the city of Newport Beach)

45| Balboa Island (in the city of Newport Beach)

46| Balboa Peninsula (in the city of Newport Beach)

47| Newport Back Bay and the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center (in the city of Newport Beach)

48| Newport Beach Pier

49| The Wedge (in the city of Newport Beach)

50| Crystal Cove State Park (in the city of Newport Beach)

51| Corona Del Mar State Beach (in the city of Newport Beach)

Parks and Nature Centers Near Disneyland

52| Adventure Playground (Irvine or Huntington Beach)

53| Sweet Shade Neighborhood Park (Irvine)

54| Orange County Great Park (Irvine)

55| Bill Barber Community Park (Irvine)

56| Mike Ward Community Park (Irvine)

57| Irvine Regional Park (Irvine)

58| Mile Square Regional Park (Fountain Valley)

59| Citrus Ranch Park (Tustin)

60| Atlantis Play Center (Garden Grove)

61| Inspiration Point (Newport Beach)

62| Heritage Park (Irvine)

63| Yorba Regional Park (Yorba Linda)

64| Northwood Community Park (Irvine) – also known as Castle Park

65| El Dorado Regional Park & El Dorado Nature Center (Long Beach)

66| Shoreline Aquatic Park (Long Beach)

67| Hilltop Park at Signal Hill (Long Beach)

68| Heisler Park (Laguna Beach)

69| Tewinkle Park (Costa Mesa)

70| Shipley Nature Center (Huntington Beach)

71| Aliso Beach Park (Laguna Beach)

72| Ocean Quest (Newport Beach)

73| Environmental Nature Center (Newport Beach)

Splash Pads + Water Parks Near Disneyland

75| Atlantis Play Center in Garden Grove is a playground and splash pad with a marine theme.

76| Sigler Park Splash Pad in Westminster has a large splash pad with overhead water spouts.

77| Harry M. Dotson Park in Stanton has a fun pirate themed playground with a “wet saloon” splash pad.

78| Heritage Park in Irvine has a great playground with splash pad, in addition to a library and Fine Arts Center.

79| Lemon Park in Fullerton has sports fields along with a playground, picnic areas, and a spray pool.

80| Buccaneer Bay Water Park at La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center is a pirate-theme water park with three slides, a beach entry, and a lazy river. They have offer swim lessons, birthday parties, and are perfect for kids under 10.

82| Buccaneer Cove at Boomers in Irvine has an outdoor water park that is open during the summer months.

Zoos and Aquariums

83| Santa Ana Zoo (Santa Ana)

84| Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach)

85| Reptile Zoo (Fountain Valley)

86| Centennial Farm (Costa Mesa)

87| Orange County Zoo (Irvine)

88| Pacific Marine Mammal Center (Laguna Beach)

89| Zoomars Petting Zoo  

Sports & Sports Arenas Near Disneyland

90| Honda Center (Anaheim)

91| Angel Stadium (Anaheim)

92| Whale watching 

93| Paddleboarding

94| Kayaking

95| Canoeing

96| Surfing

97| Parasailing

98| Deep Sea Fishing

99| Snorkeling

100| Scuba Diving

101| Biking

102| Hiking

Arts & Entertainment Near Disneyland

103| Pirates’ Dinner Theatre Adventure (Anaheim)

104| City National Grove of Anaheim (Anaheim)

105| Carpenter Performing Arts Center (Long Beach)

106| Huntington Beach Art Walk (Huntington Beach)

107| City of Orange’s Art Walk and Food Tour (Orange)

108| Santa Ana’s Artist Village Art Walk (Santa Ana)

109| Laguna Beach Art Walk (Laguna Beach)

110| Sawdust Art Festival (Laguna Beach)

111| Pageant of the Masters (Laguna Beach)

112| Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa)

113| Irvine Barclay Theatre (Irvine)

114| Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Irvine)

115| Live Jazz (downtown Fullerton)

Museums Near Disneyland

116| Muzeo (Anaheim)

117| Buena Park Exhibitions: Bodies & Titanic (Buena Park)

118| The Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Fullerton)

119| International Surfing Museum (Huntington Beach)

120| Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace (Yorba Linda)

121| Heritage Museum of Orange County (Santa Ana)

122| Lyon Air Museum (Santa Ana)

123| Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach)

124| Queen Mary (Long Beach)

125| Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)

126| Sherman Library and Gardens (Laguna Beach)

127| Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)

Shopping Centers Near Disneyland

128| Anaheim Garden Walk (Anaheim)

129| Center Street Promenade (Anaheim)

130| Anaheim Packing House (Anaheim)

131| Brea Mall (Fullerton)

132| Outlets at Orange (Orange)

133| Main Place Mall (Santa Ana)

134| The OC Mix (Costa Mesa)

135| The Lab Anti-Mall (Costa Mesa)

136| The Camp (Costa Mesa)

137| South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa)

138| The Pike at Rainbow Harbor (Long Beach)

139| Shoreline Village (Long Beach)

140| Fashion Island (Newport Beach)

141| Irvine Spectrum (Irvine)

142| The Marketplace (Tustin)

143| The District (Tustin)

144| Old Town Orange (Orange)

145| Pacific City (Huntington Beach)

Family-Friendly Dining

146| Rainforest Cafe (Downtown Disney, Anaheim)

147| Pirate’s Dinner Theatre (Anaheim)

148| Chuck E. Cheese (Garden Grove, Orange, or Fullerton)

149| John’s Incredible Pizza (Buena Park)

150| Felix’s Cuban Fare (Old Towne Orange, Orange)

What will you try first?

Now that you have a list of at least 150 things to do near Disneyland for your family vacation, what would you like to try first?

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