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96 HOURS GUIDE TO ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA

Monday, January 8, 2018
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A Slice of Culture and a Dash of Entertainment in The OC perfect for  families

Orange County, California is an exciting west-coast destination that offers visitors a wide range of cultural experiences, from high-tech amusement to historical sites to world-class performing arts and more which all families from the Middle East will certainly enjoy. 

Here are a few ways to explore The OC’s culture and entertainment offerings:

Day 1 – Pulsing Through Anaheim

Anaheim, CA has many points of interest. The re-envisioned Downtown Anaheim shows the life of Anaheim with a range of shops and restaurants on Center Street Promenade.

Start your Anaheim exploration with a bite at Pour Vita Latin Flavor, a Latin-inspired restaurant taking queues from Puerto Rican and Mexican cuisine. While downtown, learn more about the history of Anaheim and its ethic influences at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center.

Consider an overnight stay at Anaheim Marriott (dubbed among the best hotels in Anaheim, CA), where you’ll be centrally located for a night on the town. For A-list entertainment, Honda Center is a major music venue hosting acts from Celine Dion to Mariah Carey and live performance events like Disney on Ice. Plus, you can catch the 2007 Stanley Cup Champions, the Anaheim Ducks, scoring some goals on the ice during hockey season.

For more fun things to do in Anaheim, consider America’s favorite pastime: Baseball! Major League team Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, plays right in the heart of Anaheim at Angel Stadium—a local landmark regarded by many as one of the most beautiful baseball diamonds in the world. Discover more ways to explore culture and entertainment in Anaheim here.

Crowds of fans watching the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angels Stadium.

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Day 2 – Zooming Around Buena Park

Buena Park is a city filled with local gems near the west end of Orange County. Jump start the day with a gourmet cup of coffee from Stereoscope Coffee Company. Grab a cup to-go or lounge around as this micro-roaster brews up a fresh cup of coffee from their international selection of beans to pour the delicious latte you need to get you through the day.

The culture and history of Buena Park shines throughout the city. Several historic sites in Orange County’s history are located in the city. Learn a little more about Orange County during the Buena Park Historic District Tour. The tour allows visitors to travel back in time to learn fun and historic facts about Buena Park and Orange County. Plus, the tour makes a stop to one of the oldest surviving structures in Orange County and the California Welcome Center!

After a full day getting to know the city, relax for the night at Buena Park Hotel and Suites. The newly renovated hotel is only a few blocks away from Downtown Buena Park, if you feel like exploring more of the city. When it comes to entertainment in Buena Park,you are in for more than just a show. Pirate Dinner Adventures is an all-ages interactive dinner show where swashbuckling pirates sword fight, sing and dance aboard a 18th Century Spanish galleon in a 250,000 gallon lagoon. Learn more about entertainment and the culture Buena Park here.

Find more hotels in Buena park here.

Day 3 – Getting a feel for Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, California has made it’s name as an iconic art colony. The growth of art in Laguna Beach has infused the coastal beach culture with artistic expression. Kick-off the day with a beachside brunch at Driftwood Kitchen and that is just the start.

The coastal art colony holds true to its name with the sheer amount of art galleries scattered throughout the city. The city is a gold mine for art with more than 25 art galleries around town. The Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art shows cutting-edge artwork from regional and international artists, introducing the beauty of mixed-medium art. Award-winning artist Ruth Mayer hosts her series of artwork in her personal space, the Ruth Mayer Gallery. It’s a collection of fine art pulling influence from different genres of art, bringing life to her artistry.

Make yourself at home at one of many Laguna Beach beachfront hotels like Hotel Laguna in the heart of Downtown Laguna Beach. Fun fact – it was the first hotel in Laguna Beach! After you settle in, get ready for a personal scavenger hunt. Not only is the city filled with art galleries, public art works are scattered around like pieces of treasure to be found like “North and South Waves” – Larry Gill , 2003 (Forest Avenue) and “Repose” – Gerard Basil Stripling , 2003 (30801 South Coast Highway). How many pieces will you find?

Discover more about Laguna Beach culture and entertainment here.

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Day 4 – A Collection of Fun

In each city, the following spots are always a must-stop destination:

Anaheim

  • House of Blues – The Anaheim House of Blues is the epitome of entertainment. The newly opened location, is a top-notch space that is filled with live entertainment and music performances from both well-known and new artists on a regular basis. Check out the line-up to see who will take the stage next. If you can’t catch a show, you’re still in luck. The House of Blues is also a restaurant, serving up a menu of bold favors in a lively space.

Buena Park

  • Rock and Brews – Inspired by Rock and having fun, rock stars Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from the iconic rock band KISS, joined together with a couple of friends to create Rock and Brews. A new take on American cuisine, Rock and Brews has the essence of Rock, infusing entertainment and food to generate an energizing atmosphere with music and good vibes.

Laguna Beach

  • Laguna Beach Playhouse – The Laguna Beach Playhouse adds another layer to the coastal art colony. Performers take the stage of the playhouse, recreating iconic and well-known plays, dramas and musicals. Founded as a community theater in the 1920’s, it is home to the city’s many art events such as the Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Beach Music Festival and Laguna Concert Band.

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