Orange County Attractions

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The Orange County region of Southern California is home to famous beaches and major attraction landmarks that people mark down to visit whenever they get to Southern California. Below is a short list of some great attactions to hit up here in the OC. For all things attractions we will also include an ocean excursion and some beaches to make sure you take the time to go check out.

1. Knott's Berry Farm

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Get ready for thrilling and wild adventures at Knott's Berry Farm. Geared towards families of all age groups, this highly interactive theme park—filled with more than 165 rides, shows, and attractions—offers plenty of fun plus unique insight into California’s cultural heritage and pioneering past.

Begin your day of adventure at GhostRider®, one of the longest and tallest wooden roller coasters in the world. Head over to Knott’s first suspended roller coaster—the Silver Bullet®—to reach speeds of 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) as you spiral, corkscrew, and fly into a cobra roll, or drop straight down from 252 feet (77 m) on the Supreme Scream®.

For a change of pace, take the little ones over to Camp Snoopy—packed with dozens of kid-sized adventures, including a performance at the Camp Snoopy Theater® or a ride on the Linus Launcher® where Snoopy helps launch little ones 10 feet into the air.

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2. Disneyland® Resort Tickets

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Magical kingdoms and storybook fairy tales come to life before your eyes at Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks. Discover why Walt Disney's enchanting Disneyland® Park is the happiest place on earth and see your favorite Disney and Pixar stories leap into reality at Disney California Adventure® Park.

Enter a magical kingdom where you can sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean, and rocket through the stars—all in the same day. Embrace world-famous classics like “it’s a small world,” the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and those beloved Disney Characters you’re never too old to hug. Then blast off into the Star Wars™ universe aboard Star Tours—The Adventures Continue. Disneyland® Park is a beloved Southern California destination where generations of families have made their Disney dreams come true.

3. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

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Hear ye, hear ye. Make haste to the castle to indulge in a night of feasting, combat, and revelry. The knights and horses of Medieval Times are here to thrill you with acts of showmanship and bravery reminiscent of legends of old, while you dine on a 4-course meal worthy of a king's table.

The good King Don Carlos and his enchanting daughter, Princess Catalina, invite you to become part of their court for the evening. The pageantry of the knights is on full display as they thunder into the arena atop mighty steeds. Cheer as your knight engages in jousting and other manner of combat and the royal falconer thrills you with the feats of his magnificent birds of prey.

As the tale unfolds, you're presented with a banquet of savory fare to sate your appetite. Your meal includes select non-alcoholic beverages; or you may order from the full service bar before, during, and after the show. After dinner, be sure to browse the castle’s Hall of Arms to discover fascinating Medieval artifacts.


4. Beaches of Orange County

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The beaches of Orange County are known throughout the world for their beautiful, picturesque scenery. Whether its whale watching in Newport Beach, surfing in Huntington Beach, or enjoying the art of Laguna Beach, these communities offer a perfect getaway for the day.

Your classic, old-style Woody Bus brings you from Anaheim to the Pacific Coast to begin your tour. Take full advantage of your hop-on hop-off privileges at any of the stops to fully explore local culture.

In Huntington Beach, browse shops on Main Street before expanding your knowledge of surfing history at the International Surf Museum. The Newport Pier offers fun and games for the entire family. Find the perfect piece of art to take home as a memento of your California vacation among the many galleries of Laguna Beach.

When you complete your visit to any of these locations, simply hop on the next bus and continue your journey.

5. Whale Watching Cruise by Newport Landing and Davey's Locker

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Come on board this 2-hour and 30-minute cruise for a chance to view a wide variety of whales—plus dolphins, seals, and more. Newport Harbor and its surroundings offer deep, nutrient-rich waters that attract all types of marine life.

Experience the serene beauty of the sea's gentle giants while enjoying the beautiful Southern California coastline. Giant blue whales, with lengths up to 100 feet (30.48 m), finback whales, and humpback whales are just a few varieties that make their home in the Southern California waters.

The captain and crew are all specialists in marine biology and engage and entertain each passenger with detailed information about the marine life and environment. The ship offers a large sundeck, indoor and outdoor seating, and snacks $32 per adult.

6. Guided Hiking Tour in Laguna Beach - by Surf to the Moon

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Delight in the sea breezes that waft in from the Pacific Ocean on a gentle hike in Laguna Beach. An outdoor expert reveals the delicate coastal ecosystem and helps you to identify plant and bird life during a rewarding 2-mile (3.2-km) trek with exceptional views of California's blue-green surf.

Meet your guide in downtown Laguna Beach and head toward the coast. Leave the hustle and bustle of the thriving metropolis behind as the aquamarine waves of the Pacific come into view. At a picturesque spot near the Pacific Coast Highway, begin an ascent that leads you through coastal sage scrub along California's arid southern coast.

Warm up right away thanks to the scenic trail's rewarding slope. Along the way, your guide identifies common plants like monkey flower, goldenrod, and sagebrush. Alternate between admiring these flourishing species and directing your gaze toward the ocean, where foamy waves crash against the cliffs in a thrilling aquatic display. On a clear day, make out Catalina Island through the mist.

Trek a total of 2 miles (3.2 km) during your invigorating outing. If you're lucky, identify native birds like the hearty cactus wren and the brilliant orange-throated whiptail before descending back down into Laguna Beach.

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