There is no shortage of things to do in Orange County, California, many of which are within close proximity of our Buena Park hotel. Chow down on a great meal and watch a live joust at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Relive the Old West in amusement park style at Knott's Berry Farm. Engage in exciting interactive exhibits at Discovery Science Center. Learn more about these attractions, as well as several in neighboring Los Angeles and San Diego, in the below compilation.
Enter Buena Park Castle and the clocks turn back to the 11th century. Enjoy a filling four-course meal after which you'll be magically transported to the woods for a medieval jousting tournament that's been given a bit of a jolt by modern-day pyrotechnics. To plan you Medieval Times visit, click here.
The oldest amusement park in the United States, Knott's Berry Farm features six Old West-themed areas that contain a myriad of rides, family entertainment, and awesome attractions. Whichever area you enter, from Ghost Town and Fiesta Village to Wild Water Wilderness and Indian Trails, you're sure to have a Berry good time. www.knotts.com
Helping visitors better understand science, math, and technology is the goal of Discovery Science Center. Check out more than 100 interactive exhibits, including Shake Shack (experience historic earthquakes), Cloud Ring (make your own clouds), and Flight Simulator (test your flying skills). www.discoverycube.org
Disneyland Park is where rides galore reside, from Space Mountain to Indiana Jones Adventure to Splash Mountain. Right next door is Disney's California Buena Park Disneyland, California Adventure, where shows, parades and attractions celebrate California's past and future.
Located in Anaheim, California, the Honda Center is the home ice for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. The Harlem Globetrotters bring their dazzling form of basketball here as well. Concerts are also a part of the yearly lineup and include such top groups as Van Halen and Heart. www.hondacenter.com
Ahoy! Pirate's Dinner Adventure is a live show staged on a replica of an 18th century Spanish galleon. Along with a tasty dinner, audience members are provided with a Broadway-quality performance highlighted by special effects, aerial feats, and superb swordfights. www.piratesdinneradventureca.com
Fans of movies will be drawn to Universal Studios Hollywood. This Los Angeles theme park and actual Hollywood studio presents the behind-the-scenes magic, stunts, and special effects of your favorite films. When your day is wrapped, hang out at Universal City Walk for cool dining and entertainment. www.universalstudios.com
There is no zoo like the San Diego Zoo. This world-famous destination is the residence for over 4,000 animals, including rare birds, reptiles, and mammals like the gentle giant pandas. In addition, there are many kid-friendly activities like feeding animals at the Children's Zoo and cooling off at Polar Bear Plunge. www.sandiegozoo.org
The wonderful world of sea creatures comes to life at SeaWorld San Diego. Get up-close-and-personal with Shamu, the mighty whale, count the teeth on a shark, and feed oh-so-appreciative dolphins. Enjoy live shows starring sassy sea lions and get wet and wild on Journey to Atlantis, a wacky water coaster. www.seaworld.com
Located on Hollywood Boulevard, the Walk of Fame is a must-visit attraction. There are more than 2,000 "stars" emblazoned onto the sidewalks that honor show business legends from television, film, theater, and radio. Approximately 20 new stars are added every year. www.hollywoodchamber.net