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Magical Thanksgiving Feasts

November 20th, 2017

 

Three places are famously open on Thanksgiving Day in Anaheim: Theme parks, plenty of restaurants and a lot of pubs. One of the most popular picks for holiday cuisine is Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott’s Berry Farm. For less than $30 per person, you can enjoy a lavish and traditional feast. However, tables do fill up quickly, so you’ll want to make your reservations soon.

Disneyland is also open, as are all park restaurants, but a few are particularly well-known for their Thanksgiving dishes. The showstopper is the Fall Harvest Buffet in the Grand Ballroom at Disneyland Hotel. The classic meal includes roasted turkey, beef and ham, salads, mashed potatoes and other favorite sides, as well as a mouthwatering dessert station. It’s spendy at $79.99 for adults, but well worth it.

Dig In at Disneyland Park

Throughout the park, you’ll find themed specials like the Carnation Café’s oven-roasted turkey breast with bourbon gravy, sweet cornbread stuffing and homemade pumpkin pie. Duck into the Plaza Inn for a slow-roasted turkey and gravy dish with apple thyme dressing on the side. The River Belle Terrace also features turkey and all the trimmings, while the French Market is known for their cornbread and apricot stuffing, smashed potatoes and juicy cuts.

At the Blue Bayou, you’ll get a Cajun twist with turkey roulade complete with truffle stuffing, cognac turkey gravy and pumpkin crème brulee for dessert. Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante dishes up seasonal tamales with unique turkey twists. Get ready for the most delicious holiday spread of your life—the only question is, where do you start?

 

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

November 14th, 2017

 

You don’t need to be a fan of Tricky Dick to enjoy the exhibits and special events at this unique Anaheim landmark. The new museum and library is open to the public, and 1,600 newly released pages of Warren “Bill” Gulley’s documents from the White House Central Files are on display. The events described in these pages include visits by President Nixon and the First Family. Also in 2017, the library released 29,600 pages of Jeffrey Donfeld’s White House Central Files materials.

Another set of declassified materials, including 5,000 pages previously dubbed as strictly classified, detail President Nixon’s Brief, archives on Vietnam and the Middle East, and much more. Special programming just for kids include photo galleries, transcripts and audio of speeches (including Moon Landing and Silent Majority), White House tapes and of course kid-friendly exhibits on Watergate.

A Presidential Welcome

Within the museum, countless permanent exhibits ensure you’ll need more than one trip to see it all. Get acquainted with the museum at Orientation Theater, then move into the Wave of Change exhibit showcasing curved walls and a smorgasbord of sights and sounds that bring landmark events to life. A replica of the Oval Office immerses guests in how President Nixon spent his working days, and the Vietnam War exhibit is one of the most impressive in the country.

Of course, the Watergate exhibit is one of the most popular, and the Farewell Speech and Departure exhibit puts guests inside 1974’s Army One. Head Back to the Beginning and Early Years to get a glimpse into Nixon’s beginnings.

Which exhibit will you explore first?

Irvine Park Railroad

November 4th, 2017

 

Discover family fun galore at Irvine Park Railroad, where hiking, games of horseshoe, pony rides and horse rentals, bike rentals and of course train rides guarantee a fun day of thrills. The sprawling park is also home to the Orange County Zoo, and you’ll often find volleyball games taking place on grassy lawns and sandy areas.

 

Two restaurants, the Train Station Snack Bar and Lakeside Station Snack Bar, offer a variety of treats and goodies to keep energy levels high. Catering is also available for special events, such as weddings. Dig into scrumptious all-natural burgers, chili cheese nachos or fries, chicken nuggets, burritos and other favorites.

Planning Your Visit

With charcoal pits around the area, a large pavilion, meadows and moon bounce rentals available, it’s the perfect destination for your next event. A variety of natural venues, both covered and uncovered, allow for parties of all sizes. Whether you’re planning a wedding, quinceañera, family reunion or other event, work with the Irvine Park staff to create a memorable gathering.

Rentals are $250-$500 depending on the location and party size. You can also purchase everything necessary to fire up one of the complimentary BBQs around the park. For outdoor fun, Irvine Park has you covered.

 

Discovery Cube

October 29th, 2017

 

Part of the Discovery Science Foundation, the Cube is where science meets fun. It’s the perfect destination for a family outing, and if you’re traveling with little ones in Anaheim you won’t want to miss out on all the exhibits, galleries and hands-on experiences. The “Helicopter tour” lets guests explore a real helicopter, from the cockpit to the blades, while the Science of Hockey lets athletes dig deeper into a beloved sport.

Check out Bubblefest and learn the science behind making bubbles, or take an Inspector Training Course and get an inside peek into a challenging, fun and outdoor career. Healthy Kitchen takes kid’s cooking to another level while Mission Control puts visitors in the driver’s seat of an exciting mission to space.

What Will You Discover?

Summer camps, after school workshops, Homeschool Days and more programs are offered throughout the year so educators and parents can find the perfect program for their kids. Sleepovers and birthday parties (or any kind of party!) are also an option if you want a one of a kind, science-centric experience. Contact Discovery Cube and start planning your special event today.

When visiting during regular hours, the Cube is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Some spooky science exhibits will be popping up in October, and as always the Showcase Theater offers unique movies and shorts throughout the day. Discover more in the O.C.

Halloween Treats and Tricks

October 24th, 2017

 

Since 1924, the Anaheim Halloween Parade has drawn thousands to the downtown streets for a day festival full of costumes, candy and plenty of fun. At its peak, 150,000 attendees lined the streets. It’s your pick for family-friendly fun on October 28, and the perfect pre-cursor for more spooking outings throughout the evening.

You can have a hauntingly good time at Disneyland throughout the month of October, from special games, rides and decorations to ghostly treats at vendors and restaurants. At Motel 6 Feet Under, the scariest haunted house in Orange County, you’ll be challenged to get through a haunted maze full of scares and thrills. The best part? All proceeds benefit a local non-profit.

Halloween Fun

At Anaheim Plaza, enjoy a free event for the whole family where trick or treating, face painting, balloon art and more is waiting. The first 100 kids get a free flashlight and trick or treat bag, and there’s a family-friendly DJ spinning ghostly tunes throughout the event. Head to N. Euclid St. and Santa Ana Freeway on October 28 at 11 a.m.

Check out the Halloween Treat-or-Treating at the Anaheim town square if you prefer all treats and no tricks during the haunting season. Free with scores of stores participating, there are also pumpkin decorating stations, face painting, train rides and of course a costume contest. Where will your first haunt be?

Yorba Regional Park

September 25th, 2017

 

Located at 7600 E. La Palma in Anaheim, Yorba Regional Park is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in Anaheim. Open from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. in the summer (and 6 p.m. in the autumn), it’s a short drive from your guest room and parking is just $3 weekdays and $5 on weekends. With a day-use park just over one mile long and spanning 140 acres, tucked against the Santa Ana Canyon, this gorgeous slice of southern California is perfect for any outdoor adventure.

Enjoy the river setting and the rich historic area for hiking, biking, picnicking and much more. It’s the official Orange County bicentennial project where names like Yorba, Dominguez and Peralta were common in history. Designed for family fun, there are over 400 picnic tables in the park, many featuring permanent shaded structures.

The Great Outdoors

Take advantage of the four lakes with streams, ideal for fishing and model boat sailing. The Santa Ana River Trail connects with various bike trails in the park, culminating in a 20-mile stretch all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy playgrounds and maintained restrooms throughout Yorba Regional Park. Seven group shelters are available to rent for special occasions. From the physical fitness course to 200 barbeques, horseshoe pits to baseball diamonds, the options at this lush destination are endless.

Christ Cathedral

September 22nd, 2017

 

Explore this standout architectural and spiritual destination near downtown Anaheim Monday – Saturday with a self-guided or docent-led tour. Located at 13280 Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove, there are 32 beautiful acres with a variety of buildings including Christ Cathedral, Cathedral Cultural Center, as well as gardens and an on-site cemetery. With 55 volunteer docents, private groups of 15+ can schedule a personalized tour. Otherwise, complimentary tours take place throughout the day and last around 40 minutes.

Visit the cathedral grounds from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. Sundays are reserved for a day of worship at this now-Catholic institution, although all faiths are welcome to the services. When it was first built in 1980, “Crystal Cathedral” was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee as a sort of religious theater. Enclosed in glass, Rev. Robert Schuller had a big say in its design, wanting his evangelical televised church to “be open to the sky and surrounding world.”

A California Beauty

Today, the Cathedral’s main sanctuary seats 3,000 people. Currently under renovation (but open during construction), the big reveal is slated for 2018. With the star-shaped plan and a modified Latin cross plan on the campus, the architects have been challenged to create such an angular construction.

There are more than 10,000 mirrored glass panes that are created to withstand an 8.0 earthquake and wind speeds up to 100 mph. From the carillon with 52 bells to the ability to hold 1,000 singers and performers, it’s truly an Anaheim marvel everyone has to see to believe.

 

Best Burger Joints

September 12th, 2017

 

Getting ranked as a best burger destination in Southern California is no easy task. Glee Donuts and Burgers offers two all-American favorites. Try the Holy Mole Burger with guacamole, jalapenos and Swiss cheese with two patties and house dressing. The Soft Shell Crab Burger highlights the Pacific’s seafare, and of course dessert with a cronut, apple fritter or Tiger Tail donut is the sweet ending you crave.

At Burger Theory, they have burgers down to a science. House burgers include the Philly with grilled peppers, onions and jack cheese, The Boss is two patties with loads of bacon and sharp cheddar melted along with Swiss cheese. Get the parmesan panko onion rings as a side for a double whammy of goodness.

Flippin’ Awesome

The Blind Rabbit is an upscale restaurant, speakeasy and bar known for “The Burger.” Grab some bone marrow appetizers before diving into the half-pound monster with gruyere cheese, a fried egg, caramelized onion, bacon aioli truffle greens and tater tots on the side. Alternatively, the Buffalo Chicken Sliders on a pretzel roll with Pepper Jack and house pickles makes for a tangy dish.

Visit the Honda Center

August 24th, 2017

 

Anaheim is home to one of the biggest entertainment venues in the world. The Honda Center is also the Anaheim Ducks home base and hosts the Big West Basketball Tournament. World class concerts and performances take place here, from the Harlem Globetrotters to Stars on Ice and The Rolling Stones. Over 35 million visitors have experienced the Honda Center in over 3,500 events.

The city of Anaheim owns the venue, opened 14 years ago to a sold-out Barry Manilow show. Continuously updated, the latest offering is the Grand Terrace Project with 15,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space complete with a 250-seat restaurant. With StadiumVision from Cisco throughout the venue and over 500 monitors, it’s truly a one of a kind experience.

Planning Your Visit

Two years ago a new scoreboard was added, a staggering 27 feet tall and over 47 feet wide. With the highest definition available on the continent, it’s one of many upgrades that makes the Honda Center so popular. Explore the massive 650,000 square feet that makes up the venue, including 200,000 square feet of marble in the concourses. With 12 feet of Swedish and Italian granite on the exterior and only 82 feet from the highest seat to the floor, it’s easily one of the most exciting venues in the world.

Check the events page and book your tickets online for a number of summer events, performances, festivals and more.

 

Seal Beach

July 25th, 2017

 

Just 20 miles from downtown Anaheim and south of the much more famous Long Beach is the quaint coastal town of Seal Beach. Here, you’ll find much less hustle, bustle and tourism. It’s the perfect getaway for Anaheim visitors, full of quaint shops, dining and attractions. It’s the northern gate to the 42 miles of Orange County coastline, and a quiet community named after the seals that love to call the city home.

You’ll find big, open beaches and some great surfing. The town is small at just 13 square miles, including 1.8 miles of water. The beach itself is just 1.5 miles long, but features the second longest wood pier in all of California. Seal Beach was established at the turn of the century, and the pier was re-structured in the 1980s following a storm.

Enjoy the Wild Side

Seal Beach is also home to an impressive park system, including 18 parks and over 75 acres stretching beyond the city limits. You’ll find a tennis court, indoor gym and aquatics facility available. During the summer months, average daytime temperatures are 70 degrees, making it perfect for strolling, beach bumming and swimming.

With just under 25,000 residents, Seal Beach is a true gem amidst a busy metro area.