The holidays are coming, so chances are you are going to have family over pretty soon. So, for this month’s staycation we giving you our fave 5 tourist destinations to take the extended family while they’re in SoCal:
Obviously, Disneyland with 7 different lands that bring many of Disney’s and Pixar’s stories and characters to life. And with their taking over the Star Wars franchise, it’s only getting more fantastical (that’s a word I looked it up). Disneyland is a must to check off for first time visitors.
New Additions: Buena Vista Street and Cars Land.
Phone Number: (714) 520-5060
Huntington Beach Pier
One of the most interesting facts about the Huntington Beach Pier is that it was built in 1904, the same year the city came into existence. This iconic pier has become synonymous with “Surf City USA”. Legendary Hawaiian surfers George Freeth and Duke Kahanamoku gifted the pier with its status after their historics surf-riding demonstrations that happened in the waves along the pier. The pier is about 1,850 feet long, because it was rebuilt in the 1980’s after two storms ripped it to shreds. At sunset, you will be treated to one of the most beautiful views you will ever see. The pier is perfect for sight seeing, pictures, black bass and halibut fishing.
Note – After you’re done, the Main Street Promenade and newly opened Pacific City are full of restaurants, bars, and shopping.
Directions: Located on Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street.
Phone number: (714)969-3492
Whale watching is a year-round activity in Orange County. Take your guests on a whale watching tour, where they can get up-close and learn about the whales and catch some amazing views. The best time of the year to go is between December and April, because the return of the gray whales is being celebrated. This is a great activity for people of all ages that love nature.
Old Towne Orange
We’ve said it many times before we heart old townes! Old Towne Orange Historic District is one of the best, not only Orange County but the entire United States. The District showcases over 50 different architectural styles and vintage storefronts that will give you insight into how people lived there from 1888 to 1940. You’re guests will love the charm of the small city vibe in the middle of this metropolis we call the OC. It’s one square mile in size makes it the largest National Register District in California. When they’re done sight seeing, the out of towners can do everything from get an old fashioned shave, go antique shopping or drink eat and play their way through the great food and bar scene the Orange Circle has to offer.
Directions: Old Towne, Orange, CA 92866
Phone number: (714) 744-2225
Irvine Spectrum Center
We forget that stuff that is common to the everyday natives, visitors would be blown away by. When I first moved to Orange County, it was a trip to the Irvine Spectrum Center that cemented my decision to stay. There is literally something for everyone one at California’s most well known shopping centers — it is also the home of over 130 specialty stores, entertainment venues and restaurants. Make sure you take them by the ice rink and for a ride on the Giant 108-foot Ferris Wheel, 21 cinemas, a 24 hour fitness and much more. Your guests can literally spend the whole day there (and not in your house).
Directions: 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
Phone Number: (949) 753-5180
Those were 5 of our favorite places you can take visitors in Orange County for the holidays. We might take these places for granted since we live here, but trust us, anyone who hasn’t been to these places would love to see them.