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Fun In The O.C.

September 24, 2012

Orange County is bursting at the seams with fun activities and sights for family vacations year round. Whether you’re looking for a weekend get-away or a day trip, you have so much to choose from when visiting Southern California.

There are the traditional venues like Disneyland, Legoland California, and Six Flags Magic Mountain; but the rewards are great for those who venture off to see the real Orange County. Around Anaheim and Santa Ana there are:

• Wilderness trails
• Public parks and beaches with free admission and recreational activities for a fun day in the sun.
• La Veta Park, in Orange, is designed for families with children ages 1-5, and has safe, simple activities geared for kids.
• For a fun watery adventure plan a trip on the Balboa Island Ferry in Newport Beach. The cost is an amazing 15 cents but the excitement of taking a ferry ride is priceless, whether you go as a pedestrian or by car.

The city of Anaheim has many family attractions, from Disneyland to smaller, more affordable venues for families on a budget. Younger children might prefer Adventure City, a small theme park designed with rides for children 12 years old and younger. The park is open all week in the summer and provides plenty of entertainment, including a 1930s vintage miniature train which runs through the park.

And, of course no day trip to Orange County would be complete with a stop at the restaurant on the hill, Orange County Mining Company. This restaurant, modeled to bring back images of the silver mining history of the area, is known for its gorgeous view overlooking Orange County. The restaurant has a fabulous Sunday brunch with foods and drink to satisfy all age ranges. It could be the start of a great day out exploring the scenic views of Orange County. If brunch isn’t your thing, swing by at the end of a day of sightseeing for a relaxing drink in the bar.

Those are just a few of our precious attractions. Are you a nature or animal lover? We got some more ideas for you coming soon.