Things to do in Orange County
Welcome to the land where the sun always shines. Orange County – affectionately nicknamed “The OC” – is famous for many things. From celebrity sightings to world class architecture and fine dining, the OC is a great alternative to central Los Angeles. Here are some of Vinnie Van GO’s favorite spots to visit when he’s in town. Enjoy!
Palm Springs International Film Festival
In mid-January, this annual event kicks off hollywood’s movie awards season. If you can’t make it to the Academy Awards, make sure to check out tickets for a screening, panel, or other film event at theatre locations across Orange County.
One of the largest of its kind, this annual February festival celebrates the rich cultural traditions, diversity and contributions of the African American community with arts, music, and dance performances.
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Fair
This year marks the annual parade’s 59th year running. Join thousands of people to celebrate the return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano. The street fair features food vendors from all over, live music performances, and plenty of kids activities.
This indoor arena in Anaheim is home to the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, and is just a short shuttle ride from all Orange County hotels and conference centers.
2695 East Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806
Mission San Juan Capistrano
This is the OC’s most visited and famous historical landmark. With 10 acres of gardens and many exhibits and showcases of historic architecture, make sure to visit while you’re in town.
26801 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
The Serrano Adobe
The only original adobe structure remaining in the area, this site and the surrounding rancho are one of the area’s most important remnants. Located in Heritage Hill Park, this is a site of pilgrimage to all those interested in American history.
2151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
One of California’s most prominent historical landmarks, the Balboa Pavilion has a long history. Today, the 100-year-old structure houses businesses, restaurants, and water sport activities.
400 Main Street
Newport Beach, CA 92661
While Los Angeles is more known for its highways than its walking trails, walking is one of the best ways to see the city. Ralph Velasco offers several photo walking tours for groups big and small. Orange County Ghosts and Legends Tours will take you on a paranormal investigation down Los Rios Street, one of the country’s most haunted streets. The Laguna Beach Art Walk is another guided alternative, which will provide you insight to Orange County’s more cultural side.
For some of the finest baked goods in the state, look no further than Blackmarket Bakery. Stop by for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dessert – there’s no better place!
2937 Bristol St Ste D100A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Bluegold & LSXO
This glamorous spot has some of the finest food in town, and one of the glitziest atmospheres. For the true hollywood experience, Bluegold & LSXO is a wonderful place to bring your dinner date or clients.
21010 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Burritos La Palma – Santa Ana
This local Mexican food institution is known for its massive tacos filled with delicious braised meats. This is a local favorite, so brace yourself for long lines.
410 N Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703