Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hipmunk City Love: Planning a Trip to Anaheim – Theme Park Alternatives

Anaheim is best known for its theme parks, and if you are planning a trip to Anaheim with children, a visit to one or more of the parks is inevitable.  However, there are many other worthwhile adventures and activities available for people of all age and interest groups. Anaheim and its surrounding area in Orange County are great for sporting, shopping, and bar hopping.

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Sports for Watching and Playing

Anaheim is home to both Honda Center and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Depending on when you’re visiting the city, you might be able to catch an Anaheim Ducks hockey game or an L.A. Kiss football game. The arena also hosts many other sporting events and top-name concerts. No matter which event you attend and where you sit, you will have an excellent, and comfortable, view. Honda Center has cushy seats and excellent sight lines and proximity to action. It has been ranked one of the World’s Top 10 Arenas of the Decade by Venues Today Magazine.

When it comes to playing sports, there is no shortage of options in Anaheim. Golfers will delight in the number of courses in the area and can even save money by purchasing an OC Golf Trail Card that provides a 50% discount at five of the most popular courses in Orange County (with a half off a sixth bonus round too). There are also several tennis courts throughout the city for tennis lovers. And don’t forget the ocean that is just a short distance from Anaheim. You’ll relish the surfing and many other water sports.

Shopping for New and Old

The Anaheim area is ideal for shoppers of all kinds. At the local malls, you’ll find everything from high-end, luxury stores, including Hermès, Tiffany & Co., Giorgio Armani, and Kitson, to trendy stores like GUESS, Roxy, and Lucky Brand Jeans, to sporting goods stores where you can pick up casual surf wear.  

If you like shopping for antiques and vintage items, head to Old Towne Orange and Downtown Fullerton. Old Towne Orange has over 60 antique dealers, and it is easy to walk from one to another so you won’t miss out on that perfect find. Downtown Fullerton is a hip area where you can walk amongst historic buildings and shop at a variety of vintage retail stores and antique shops.

Bar Hopping for Beer, Wine, and Cocktails

There are all different types of bars in Anaheim, so you won’t have a problem finding one where you will feel at home. If you like dive bars where you can belly up to the bar and rub elbows with locals, Rio Vista Inn is the place for you. Prefer an upscale bar? Try the lounge at Morton’s The Steakhouse. How about a wine bar? Versai Wine Bar has happy hour from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Do you like the convenience of having a bar in your hotel? Mi Casita Bar and Grill at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel & Suites has several specialty cocktails.

Photo by Melanie King via trover.com

There are several other hotels in Anaheim that also have on-site bars and restaurants. Wherever you end up staying, and whatever you end up doing, Anaheim is definitely a place where everyone is guaranteed to have fun.

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