Attractions Nearby Anaheim, Day Trips and Excursions

(Anaheim, California - CA, USA)

If you can tear yourself away from the irresistible attraction of Anaheim's theme parks, Orange County and the surrounding region have plentiful of alternative natural niceties that are best accessed by car. The beaches of Orange County are easy to get to from central Anaheim and run the entire length of the county's coast, while Catalina Island is perfect for those seeking solitude.

Los Angeles and San Diego also provide endless attractions and facilities nearby Anaheim, while numerous mountains and state parks surround the region.

Catalina Island

If you are visiting Anaheim during the summer months, taking a trip to Catalina Island can be a wonderfully peaceful experience after the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and the relentless banter of Anaheim's theme parks. Situated about 40 miles / 64 km southwest of Huntington Beach, the island is lush with kelp forests and wilderness country, and together with numerous secluded coves it provides the perfect recipe for tranquility.

Orange County Beaches

Orange County boasts over 40 miles / 64 km of fabulous beaches stretching all the way from Huntington in the north, right the way down to San Clemente Beach in the far southern reaches of Orange County. Not far from Anaheim's Disneyland, Huntington Beach is the focal point and attractions include great surfing, swimming and bathing, as well as free fishing.

Los Angeles

If you are here specifically for Anaheim, parts of Los Angeles may also appeal to you as the city of cities often feels like one big theme park. Actually an amalgamation of cities and boroughs, Los Angeles is a high energy city with landmarks, tourist attractions and icons such as Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and the Walk of Fame, Mann's Chinese Theater and not forgetting the famous and hip beach boroughs of Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu.

San Diego

If Los Angeles is too brash and not your scene, a short drive along the I-5 in the opposite direction will take you to laid-back San Diego, which is within easy reach of Anaheim. The area is famed for its beaches and distinct Mexican flavor and the water here is sparkling with surf action, while those who have had their fill of the beach should check out what the city has to offer in the way of sightseeing, including its museums, parks and world-renowned zoo.

Wild Rivers Waterpark

Address: 8770 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 949 788 0808
Situated to the southeast of Anaheim, not far from Santa Ana, Wild Rivers Waterpark offers endless fun in the water for kids and adults alike. There are around 40 water rides and attractions as well as two giant wave pools, known as Thunder Coven and Hurricane Harbor. All water rides and attractions are included in the one-off admission fee and there are several restaurants for hungry sliders.
Open hours: daily - 11:00 to 17:00, seasonal variations apply
Admission: charge, discount for children and seniors, children under three free