Anaheim, California is a sunny Orange County community known for its theme parks. This Southern California city is best known for Disneyland Park as well as Knott’s Berry Farm. Countless people from all around the world travel to Anaheim yearly to visit these world-class destinations. The city isn’t just known for its theme parks, Anaheim is a magnificent spot for live music performances, athletic events, and amazing dining opportunities.
Top-Notch Anaheim Attractions
One of the top destinations in Anaheim is Disneyland. While here you can enjoy classic attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. Or hop into one of Davey Crockett’s Explorer Canoes for a water adventure. Take a break and enjoy one of the many places to eat at like the Blue Bayou Restaurant for Cajun and Creole cuisine or dine on home-style food at the Victorian Style Plaza Inn. Make sure to check out the live entertainment. Watch as Mickey leads the way for the Soundsational Parade and wave to your favorite Disney characters like Aladdin, Pluto or one of the many Disney princesses. As the sun sets and darkness falls, see the Rivers of America transform into the epic live show Fantasmic! and watch courageous heroes battle villains during this nighttime extravaganza.
Head over to Knott’s Berry Farm for a classic amusement park experience. This world renowned theme park started as a small family owned berry farm and grew to be the family theme park it is today. For nearly 100 years, Knott’s Berry Farm has been attracting people from all over the world. Ride through the Wild West on the Pony Express roller coaster or splash down on one of the top US log flume rides, the Timber Mountain Log Ride. Check out The Campy Snoopy Theatre which plays shows starring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and everyone’s favorite, Snoopy. Or check out a western stunt show at the open-air Wagon Camp Theater. You can also head over to the separately gated Knott’s Soak City Waterpark and slide down the Aqua-launch chamber or enjoy the Sunset River. Also make sure to dine on Mrs. Knott’s legendary fried chicken dinners.
Take a break from the theme parks and travel back in time to the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Witness epic battles as knights joust their way to become the Queen’s Champion. Cheer on your knight as their swords clash in a battle of weaponry. Then dine with the queen and her royal court. The royal chefs cook her favorite meal just for you which includes garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken and sweet buttered corn.
Transportation Options in Anaheim
Whether you choose to rent a car or take advantage of the cities public transportation, getting to and from where you want to go in Anaheim is easy. Head to ARTIC, the premier transportation hub in the city. You can hop on the OCTA (Orange County Bus Transportation Authority) which has approximately 77 bus routes and 6,200 bus stops county wide making it easy to get to your next destination. Take a ride on ART (Anaheim Resort Transit) which provides affordable and convenient shuttle service throughout Anaheim. The shuttles travel from the area hotels to the Disneyland Resort and other locations throughout the 1100-acre Anaheim Resort District. The city also offers taxis and other car services to get you where you want to go.
Eating in Anaheim
If you are looking for true American regional cuisine, The Ranch Restaurant is the perfect place to eat. The chefs cook everything from scratch with the finest ingredients that perfectly capture the rustic style of wine country with the freshest flavors from the farm. Start your meal with Baked West Coast Oysters, dine on the Cowboy Rib-eye and finish off your meal with Old Fashioned Pecan Pie.
Try a unique fusion of Japanese, French and Italian at Café Hiro. This restaurant puts a new spin on some classic favorites. Try the Beef Tataki appetizer followed by the popular menu item, the Sea Urchin “Uni” Spaghetti. Then end your meal with Walnut Crème Brulee for dessert.
If you are looking for American comfort food and home-style desserts, head over to Gourmet Pie & Café where the food will fill your stomach and warm your heart. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a kid’s menu and an onsite bakery. Try the California Special Omelette for breakfast, Uncle Joe’s Famous Chili & Beans served over Spaghetti for lunch or the Almond Encrusted Icelandic Cod for dinner.
Hotels in Anaheim
A top accommodation choice in Anaheim is the Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim. The hotel is centrally located and close to all the major attractions and local restaurants. Each room offers touches of home including a full kitchen and sleeper sofa or opt for a suite with a private patio or balcony offering views of the city. Other amenities include an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, 24/7 workout room and free breakfast.
The Hotel Pepper Tree is a cozy and unique hotel near all the top attractions in Anaheim. The hotel fuses together the Southern California spirit with Spanish inspired comfort and style. Each room offers spacious cozy kitchens that include a full size fridge, stove, microwave and utensils. The hotel also features an outdoor heated pool and poolside barbecue, free to-go breakfast as well as an on-site restaurant.