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Fun Things to Do in Anaheim & Non-Disney Attractions Nearby
26 Feb 2020
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Fun Things to Do in Anaheim & Non-Disney Attractions Nearby

Fun Things to Do in Anaheim & Non-Disney Attractions Nearby
Go beyond Mickey and Minnie and explore a stunning diversity of family-friendly activities moments away from our hotel. Disney is just the beginning of the fantastic vacation fun that you'll find when you visit this area of Southern California, which is famous for its endless family attractions, near-perfect weather, and laid-back lifestyle. Play on the ice in the morning and hit the beach that afternoon. Catch world-touring music concerts and indulge in mouthwatering cuisine. Hungry for more theme park thrills? Check out the excitement at Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott's Berry Farm. You'll never run out of fun things to do in Anaheim and Los Angeles – even if you never step foot in the Disney parks! Are you up for an adventure? Let's go!

Have a Blast at America's First Theme Park: Knott's Berry Farm
Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland have long been rivals, but there are definitely a few perks when it comes to Anaheim's lesser-known theme park. Ticket prices are lower at Knott's Berry Farm and it is often less crowded. There are true thrill rides here, including the only dive coaster in California (HangTime). You'll also find incredible live shows, including world-class ice skating in the winter, Native American dance performances, and daily concerts of western music and bluegrass. There's also a fantastic viewpoint from the Sky Cabin and a unique museum about the history of the American West.

Movie Magic & More at Universal Studios Hollywood
Can't get enough of the amusement park thrills? Universal Studios Hollywood packs a punch. Start with an insider glimpse at Tinsel Town with the Backlot Studio Tour before heading straight to the fabulous Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a whimsical themed land with endless details. Universal Studios Hollywood is always a hit with teens, from the Transformers 3D ride to the smart-aleck Simpsons world and the Revenge of the Mummy Roller Coaster. Get the most out of your experience by splurging on a front of the line pass or VIP experience.

Dine & Wine at the Historic Anaheim Packing District
Originally built in 1919 as a citrus-packing house, this cool local landmark is a high-end food court with adventurous eats as well as classic comfort cuisine. The fully renovated space is home to numerous hyper-local vendors, artisan warehouse, and hip-chic bars. Nosh at two dozen different food stalls as you check out the live music and entertainment. Discover a huge diversity of hip restaurants, including Umami Burger, Pandor Bakery, Orange Tei, and Georgia's. Share craft cocktails at The Hammer Bar and sip wine at The BXCR, a restored railroad boxcar from the 1920s. Try Indian street food at Adya and homemade ice cream at Hans.

White-Hot Hockey & Concerts at the Honda Center
Experience the thrill of live pro hockey action at the Honda Center, a massive indoor arena that's home to the Anaheim Ducks NHL team. They battle other pro teams in high-stakes competition from early October through early April every year in the regular season. The Honda Center also hosts some of the biggest concerts and performances in the world, from pop stars on international tours to hip hop moguls and country music sweethearts. It's one of the highest-grossing venues on the West Coast, and witnessing a show here is truly a larger-than-life experience.

Skating & Frozen Fun at Anaheim ICE
Feel like getting onto the ice yourself? Head to the world-class ice skating facility at Anaheim ICE. This isn't your average ice rink. Designed by the famous Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry, the indoor skate center hosts youth and adult hockey games, figure skating events, and public skate times where everyone can get in on the fun. The facilities are top-notch, and lessons are available if you want to improve your skills.

Play in the Sand & Surf at Beautiful So Cal Beaches
Feel the sand between your toes and the sunshine on your face as you stroll along picture-perfect beaches on the California coastline. Some of Southern California's most beautiful beaches are just a short drive away from Anaheim. It's about a half-hour, depending on traffic, to Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Long Beach. From spectacular sunsets to sandcastles and swimming, there's something for everyone. Stroll down the pier at Sunset Beach, explore the tide pools at Laguna Beach, and enjoy gorgeous cliffside scenery at Corona del Mar.  

Plan Your Dream Vacation at Desert Palms Hotel: A True Oasis
Located less than a block from Disneyland and right in the middle of the fun, Desert Palms Hotel & Suites is the perfect destination for your dream vacation. We're close to all the fun things to do in Anaheim and within walking distance to the Anaheim Convention Center. Designed for modern families who want to get the most out of their stay in California, our home-like hotel features oversized rooms and suites with kitchens and kitchenettes. Wake up to a huge buffet breakfast that's complimentary and relax after the day is done in our heated outdoor pool. With a kid-friendly restaurant and free Wi-Fi for posting your awesome pics – we have everything you need for the ultimate family vacation.
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