One of the magical highlights of visiting Southern California. Children and adults alike are delighted by a journey from reality exploring jungles, sailing with pirate, going to the depths of the ocean and the expanse of the stars. Disneyland Park, the original theme park, is a destination that generations of families have enjoyed visiting the 8 amazing themed lands.
1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
Disney California Adventure Park
Bigger than life attractions and entertainment in the 7 exciting lands combining Disney and Pixar stories and characters. A few of the highlights are the new Cars Land, Grizzly Peak and Hollywood Land. This park will keep the whole family entertained.
1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
Knott’s Berry Farm
This 160-acre amusement park is one of California’s best theme parks featuring 35 rides including roller coasters, family and children’s rides, historical rides and Knott’s Soak City. In addition to all that fun, Knott’s is proud to offer the first free-roaming virtual reality experience in a U.S. theme park, “VT Showdown in Ghost Town”. Kids will have a blast in Camp Snoopy which features a dozen children’s rides. And don’t forget about the famous fried chicken and boysenberry pie, just to name a few of the delicious treats.
8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park CA 90620
Balboa Fun Zone
Located on the Balboa Peninsula, the Balboa Fun Zone is one of Southern California’s oldest coastal amusement areas and is an attraction for locals and visitors alike. Plenty of fun on the waterfront Ferris Wheel, arcade games, touring the nautical museum and watching local artists and entertainers.
600 E Bay Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92661
Discovery Cube Orange County
For over 35 years, the Discovery Science Foundation has been providing hands-on science education inspiring and transforming the lives of many children (and adults). This non-profit foundation’s core initiatives embody childhood education, STEM proficiency, environmental stewardship and healthy living. used to prepare the next generation of teachers, students and life-long learners.
2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 927051
Richard Nixon Library & Museum
Located on 9 beautiful acres, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library opened it’s permanent galleries in October, 2016 and include the President Nixon’s Helicopter and Birthplace. On April 1, 2017, new exhibition from the National Archives opened, Amending America: The Bill of Rights, which commemorated the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document.
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center was the first of it’s kind in California and is now one of seven total rehabilitation centers that span the California coast. The Laguna Beach Center was founded prior to the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 which shows the passion of their mission and the importance of ocean stewardship. The center focuses on research and education while rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing marine mammals.
20612 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is passionate how performing arts can benefit everyone’s life and how the shared experience will help unite and connect the Orange County community. Offering a diverse array of performances and artists which celebrate creativity and excellence, there is something that will touch our diverse communities both locally and for those who visit.
600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
This is not your ordinary shopping experience and the opposite of a shopping mall! Fashion Island is surrounded by views of the ocean and a gentle breeze can be felt as you stroll amongst gorgeous palm trees and past an amazing Koi pond. Fashion Island stores include specialty boutiques (Trina Turk, Kate Spade, Jonathan Adler), high end department stores (Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales) as well as many dining options, both casual and fancy.
401 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Catalina Island is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and only an hour boat ride from the mainland. Southern California. The island is inviting and casual offering many activities including water sports, hiking, fishing and biking OR you can just relax on the beach and read a book. A fun excursion is to explore the island on a golf cart or for the more adventurous, explore the uninhabited back of the island has roaming bison and deer. Ferry ports are Newport Beach, Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro.
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Avalon, CA 90704
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo covers more than 110 acres where you can visit over 3,500 rare and endangered animals. The zoo takes pride in providing comfortable habitats for the animals and you will be able to see the world famous pandas, tigers, gorillas and much, much more. There is also an extensive botanical are with thousands of exotic plants. San Diego Zoo Global is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving species worldwide through animal care and conservation.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Many of us have dreamed of going on a safari in Africa but as they say, it’s easier said than done. Experience your own safari at an expansive 1,800 acre wildlife sanctuary at The Safari Park in Southern California! Ride a tram through the grounds which is home to over 300 species of animals or ride an open back truck and feed carrots to the giraffes while getting closer views to many magnificent animals.
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld® San Diego is the original SeaWorld marine life park and offers an exciting and educational combination of shows, rides and animal habitats. From the inspiring Killer Whale Presentation to the hilarious sea lion and otter show, guests are entertained while developing an appreciation of marine life and the world we co-exist in with them. Enjoy the thrill rides, visit the adorable penguins, marvel at the killer whales and touch and feed the dolphins and bat rays.
Mission Bay Park, 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
LEGOLAND California Resort
LEGOLAND® California Resort is comprised of 4 separate entities: the famous LEGOLAND California, Sea Life Aquarium, LEGOLAND Water Park and LEGOLAND Hotels, all catering to families with children who are Lego fanatics. However, you don’t have to be a Lego fanatic to marvel at the amazing Lego city replicas, explore the aquarium or be thrilled on a ride in the water park.
LEGOLAND California has over 60 rides and shows as well as hands on building experiences.
SEA LIFE Aquarium has thousands of living creatures, play zones, rides and more.
LEGOLAND Water Park has more than seven slides, beaches and a river.
1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
The USS Midway served from 1945-1992, the longest time an American aircraft carrier has been in operation. Permanently docked at San Diego’s Navy Pier, visitors can experience the life of over 200,000 sailors of the Midway as they fought for America’s freedom and values. The USS Midway Museum has over 60 exhibits and 29 restored aircraft to explore. Midway sailors narrate a self-guided audio tour which illuminates the carrier’s history and what life was like aboard the Midway. The adventurous can experience “flying” in a flight simulator.
910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Universal Studios Hollywood
Come see your favorite movies and TV shows brought to life in themed lands and thrilling rides. Enter the world of Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Despicable Me as well as Springfield which is home to America’s favorite TV family. The famous Studio Tour is one of the main attractions giving visitors a chance to see the inner working of the world’s largest and most prolific movie and television studio. Don’t miss the experience of the ride Fast & Furious – Supercharged, just one of the thrilling rides at Universal.
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Griffith Observatory & Park
See the galaxy of stars and majestic views of Los Angeles (including the famous Hollywood sign) at one of Los Angeles’s landmarks. The Griffith Observatory is national public astronomy leader and one of southern California’s most popular destinations. The Observatory gets over one million visitors each year making it the most visited public observatory worldwide.
Griffith Park, 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Santa Monica Pier
The Santa Monica Pier is a extra wide pier that is home to a family amusement park and a popular destination for visitors and locals. It is a landmark that is over 100 years old. The amusement park has a one-of-a-kind solar paneled Ferris wheel and an original 1920’s carousel. Visit the Aquarium operated by Heal the Bay, watch entertainers, play in the arcade, browse the shops and try out the trapeze school. There are plenty of places to eat after all that activity and relax at the end of the pier, a popular place for local fisherman.
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Getty Center
J. Paul Getty, a businessman and avid art collector, founded The Getty which reflects his view that art is an important influence in civilizing society. His wish was to make art accessible to the public for their pleasure and education. The original J. Paul Getty Museum was opened in 1954 at his ranch house in Malibu. The goal of the J.Paul Getty Trust is to make lasting difference in art conservation and historical research while expanding the appreciation and understanding of art for people of all ages.
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
California Science Center
The California Science Center promotes learning about science through exhibits and a Science Center School. Opened in 1998, the center includes four major exhibit areas including: World of Life probes the commonalities of the living world, Creative World examines the ways people employ technology, and Ecosystems, features nearly 400 species of live plants and animals. Each exhibit has a Discovery Room for younger children who can learn with hands-on activities. A must see is the Space Shuttle Endeavour which came to came to the center in 2012. Visitors can see this amazing space shuttle up close and learn about the science behind it.
700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037