OC Up Close Blog
Orange County is home to some of the world’s greatest and leading theme parks.
From the magical Disneyland Resort in Anaheim to the nostalgic wild west town found at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, The OC is the quintessential spot for rollercoasters, rides, and thrills. We want to make sure you get the best bang for your buck, so we have come up with 20 tips and tricks for getting around OC Theme Parks. These strategic tips can help to you having a great time while minimizing waits and saving money.
Due to Anaheim’s prime and convenient location, the city serves as your home base to enjoy all of Orange County! And big fun doesn’t have to mean big spending during your visit.
Summer is here. And that means grilling outside, salads, fresh vegetables, and lighter fare. Whether cooking at home, or dining out, we enjoy the endless parade of fresh farm produce during this sun-filled season. I took a visit to some of my favorite spots in Anaheim to take a sneak-peek of what is on the menu for fresh and healthy summer dining. Here are some of the highlights I discovered.
There is nothing like fair season. You know summer is here when your friends are tweeting you about the cool new fried concoction that they heard was dreamed up and being served to the masses. In my adult life, I haven’t lived more than a five minute walk from the OC Fair. Watching the slow rise of the Le Grande Wheel, signifies the coming of what is sure to be a deep fried, demolition filled summer. Later I found out that the OC Fair is one of the largest in the state, with no shortage of entertainment, themed decorations, and enough food to feed one man for two lifetimes. The OC Fair is back for it’s 125th year celebration, and here are some of the things you might want to keep on your radar.
Theme parks aren’t just for rollercoaster enthusiasts — half the fun is indulging in the food. From classic food stands to acclaimed eateries, dining options abound at amusement parks in Anaheim and nearby. Here are some must-order items to chow down on between rides.
Traveling with extended family is a great way to create family bonds. So many magical memories can be made as well as new experiences to share together. Anaheim is a perfect spot for this type of vacation, with it’s prime location and endless entertainment options. Whether you're a clan of adventures, nature lovers, or serious R&R people, we've rounded up a multigenerational vacation guide that is sure to please everyone in your group.
Take your vacation to new heights with one of these sky high adventures. From city to coastline, check out these high-flying thrill rides.
A draw for outdoorsy types, Orange County boasts a vast network of hiking and mountain biking trails — about 400 that carve through diverse wilderness areas. During the summer months though, inland trails can be too hot for comfort, making the county’s coastal routes more ideal for hiking. Forty miles of coastline hug these scenic paths, offering cool breezes and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean along your trek. Here, find a few of our favorite summer trails. (Check back in the fall for cool-weather hike ideas!)
4th of July is a holiday that we all look forward to celebrating all year-long. Nostalgic warm memories arise of an endless day of sun-soaked barbecues, cold treats, the beach, family and friends… and of course the cherry on top of the night… a massive fireworks spectacular.
Summer is officially here and there’s no better time to have a day in the surf, sand and sun! With 42 miles of gorgeous coastline, you may have a tough time deciding where to park your beach chair. Luckily, OC Up Close is breaking down the best beaches in the county.