Nestled in the heart of Orange County, Anaheim is a city bursting with excitement and adventure. From the magical world of Disneyland to the thrilling rides at Knott’s Berry Farm, there’s no shortage of fun for residents and visitors alike. With its vibrant arts scene, delicious dining options, and beautiful parks, Anaheim offers a diverse and lively atmosphere for all to enjoy.

So whether you’re searching for apartments in Anaheim, homes for sale, houses for rent, or are already a local, this Redfin article will be your guide. Here is Redfin’s list of the top 14 things to do in Anaheim, for both newcomers and long-time locals alike.

1. Visit Disneyland

Disneyland is a must-visit destination in Anaheim. It is a magical place where dreams come true for people of all ages. From thrilling rides to enchanting parades and character meet-and-greets, Disneyland offers a world of imagination and fun. “I highly recommend spending the afternoon racing cars at Radiator Springs Racers,” says Sammy Zargaran of Ziba Photo Video, a local full-service photography and video production studio.

2. Explore Disney California Adventure Park

Adjacent to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park is another exciting attraction in Anaheim. This park features thrilling attractions, immersive experiences, and live entertainment, all inspired by the Golden State of California.

3. Visit Downtown Disney District

Downtown Disney District is a vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment area located just outside the Disneyland Resort. Visitors can explore unique shops, enjoy delicious cuisine, and experience live entertainment in this lively district. “For Disney and thrifting lovers, stop by Thriftyland during your visit,” shares Marybeth Rajotte of Rajotte Photography & Media. “Just a short drive from the park, you can find very exciting vintage Disney memorabilia as well as many other pop culture items.”

4. Have dinner at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Spend dinner like royalty. “I definitely recommend a unique dinner at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament,” recommends Sammy Zargaran of Ziba Photo Video. Set in a grand castle, visitors enjoy a hearty medieval-style feast while witnessing an exciting live show featuring knights in armor, jousting, and sword fighting. The performance includes dramatic horsemanship, falconry, and displays of chivalry, all set against the backdrop of a compelling storyline.

fireworks over the anaheim angels stadium

5. Try an escape room

If visiting with a few people, one of Anaheim’s escape rooms can further ignite your childlike sense of play. “We’re a married couple and own a wedding videography company called Memory Machine Films,” says husband and wife team, Amber and Brian Grider. “We LOVE doing escape rooms together as a team and highly recommend Cross Roads Escape Games – best escape rooms in town – particularly the Hex room. We’ve had so much fun working together and with our friends to solve puzzles and escape!”

6. Catch a game at Angel Stadium

Baseball fans can catch a game at Angel Stadium, home to the Los Angeles Angels. The stadium offers an exciting atmosphere and the chance to watch a thrilling game of America’s favorite pastime.

7. Indulge in Anaheim’s cuisine

Aside from eating at Disneyland, there are plenty of incredible restaurants and eateries throughout the city. One such restaurant is NOVA Kitchen & Bar. Featuring a diverse menu of Asian-inspired appetizers, sushi, specialty rolls, and creative entrees, Nova offers an exceptional dining experience. “We have recently launched our Omakase dinner experience, featuring 11 exquisite courses at our sushi bar, available every Tuesday and Wednesday for only $68 per person,” shares Grace Wang of NOVA. “You can also join us for Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm for special cocktails and delightful dishes.”

Aside from NOVA, Anaheim has several other stellar restaurants. “I would recommend indulging in Mediterranean delights at Koftegi, Lazeez Eats, or Baran for a culinary adventure,” shares Dr. Tara Rasta of Rasta Wellness, a practice offering holistic health & chiropractic adjustment services in Anaheim.

8. Visit the Anaheim Packing District

The Anaheim Packing District is a historic area that has been transformed into a food hall and community gathering place. Visitors can sample a variety of cuisines, enjoy live music, and explore the unique shops and vendors in this vibrant district. “Here you’ll find a huge variety of small bites and culinary delights to satisfy every craving,” shares Grace Wang of NOVA.

The front of the Anaheim Packing House

9. Explore the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center offers a diverse range of exhibitions and programs that celebrate art, history, and culture. Visitors can explore fascinating exhibits and participate in educational programs and events.

10. Gather resources for a home remodel

For those in the market for a home renovation, Anaheim is a great place to source quality tile and stone. “An interesting fact about Anaheim is that it is the tile and stone capital. All of the largest brands, importers and distributors in the world of tile and stone are located in Anaheim,” says Henry Han of Total Home Distributors. “For anyone looking to remodel with exquisite tiles and stone from all around the world, Anaheim is the destination.”

11. Visit the Anaheim GardenWalk

The Anaheim GardenWalk is a premier entertainment and dining destination in the heart of Anaheim. Visitors can explore a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options in this vibrant outdoor shopping center.

Anaheim Shores Community

12. Enjoy a day at Adventure City

Adventure City is a theme park in Anaheim, offering a variety of rides, shows, and attractions for all ages. From thrilling roller coasters to interactive play areas, Adventure City provides a day of fun and excitement for the whole family.

13. Visit the Yorba Regional Park

Yorba Regional Park is a beautiful outdoor space in Anaheim, offering scenic walking trails, picnic areas, and recreational activities. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful day surrounded by nature in this tranquil park.

14. Explore the Oak Canyon Nature Center

The Oak Canyon Nature Center is a natural oasis in the heart of Anaheim, offering hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and educational programs. Visitors can explore the beauty of Southern California’s native flora and fauna in this serene nature center.

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