Disneyland and Other Orange County Attractions for the Family Oct24


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Disneyland and Other Orange County Attractions for the Family

Orange County SitesThe Mamas and the Papas aren’t the only ones California dreamin’. California cities consistently rank among the top travel destinations in the world, and for good reason. The state boasts sun-drenched beaches, endless outdoor activities, and temperate year-round weather. With six world-famous amusement parks, Orange County is especially attractive for family vacations. Read on for the four top family attractions in Orange County.

Disneyland: Anaheim, California

You can’t have the full Orange County experience without spending a day or two at Disneyland Park and its sister, California Adventure Park. Disneyland Park remains the most-visited theme park in the world. Last year alone, 18 million people flocked to “the happiest place on earth.” The park currently has 58 attractions, including rides, exhibits, and shows. Disneyland also offers daily entertainment that often includes parades and firework displays. If you’re wondering, the rumor is true — there is indeed a basketball court inside the Matterhorn.

SeaWorld San Diego

Spread over 190 acres in San Diego, SeaWorld will dazzle your family with its many marine marvels. SeaWorld offers several once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including the opportunity to swim in the water alongside a beluga whale or dine with Shamu on his poolside patio. The park has a total of 10 rides, including two roller coasters and two water rides. In addition to the many shows starring sea animals, SeaWorld also offers the Pets Rule show, which features the fruits of the park’s training techniques and includes cats, dogs, potbellied pigs, and more.

Legoland California

Opened in 1999, Legoland California offers 128 acres of rides, tours, and sites all centered on the beloved children’s building blocks. Legoland boasts more than 60 rides, factory tours, and several Lego-built regions, including Pirate Shores, Dino Island, and Fun Town. All in all, the park is home to 15,000 Lego models made from over 35 million Legos. The fairly new Star Wars exhibit alone has over 2,000 models weighing a collective 1.5 tons.

You also won’t want to miss the Sea Life Aquarium, built in 2008. The 36,000-foot, two-story aquarium is a separate attraction that Legoland promotes as “a child’s guide to the life of the sea.” Kids will love its play zones and the educational “quiz trails” about marine life.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Known as America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm began in Buena Park, California as a humble 20-acre farm. Now, Knott’s is an impressive 160-acre theme park offering 40 rides, including roller coasters, water rides, and rides for kids. The park is home to the world’s first looping roller coaster as well as the updated Camp Snoopy land. Every October, Knott’s transforms itself to celebrate Halloween and features haunted mazes, myriad monsters, and designated “scare zones.”

Amusement parks provide the quintessential, Griswold-esque family vacation, and no one does theme parks like Orange County. Whether you visit one or all of the parks on this list, you’re sure to leave Orange County with fun, sun-soaked memories.