10 AFFORDABLE THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN THE OC

From beaches to theme parks, here are some affordable fun options for the whole family.

1. 22 miles of Orange County beaches offer different terrain, white sand, waves, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, boogie boarding and sun-tanning at your leisure.

2. Main Street in Huntington Beach is a central location for family shopping, casual eateries, farmers markets, holiday events and the world-famous Huntington Beach Pier.

3. Downtown Laguna Beach is just the place for some beach time with the kids and a little window shopping for grown-ups.

4. Whale Watching in Dana Point is offered year-round with some of the best whale watching in the fall and winter months. Visitors can cruise the coastline to see a diverse range of sea life in their natural habitats like blue whales, grey whales, dolphins, birds and local fish.

5. La Vida Laguna provides group kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and guided tours, perfect for families wanting to experience the Laguna Beach coast with local experts.

6. Duffy boating around Newport Beach Harbor is a popular way for families and friends to relax and cruise around.  It’s so easy, even kids can do it!

7. Discovery Cube OC is located near Disneyland and is funded by the Discovery Science Foundation.  A low-cost admission price gives families a chance to experience multiple interactive exhibits revolving around learning.

8. Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 and serves as Orange County’s only Mission, preserved in time. With a modest admission price and exciting modern programming, the Mission is always worth a visit.

9. Pretend City in Irvine is designed for children to learn how the real world works. The museum is a child-sized city where children can assume various real-world roles.  Through interactive exhibits and activities, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork.

10. Adventure City in Anaheim is a little theme park with that’s big on family fun. Just a $20 admission allows entrance to this mini amusement park for younger kids. With numerous rides, attractions, food vendors, a miniature train and a petting zoo, families can spend an easy and exciting day of fair fun without breaking the bank.

Duffy boating around Newport Beach Harbor is a popular way for families and friends to relax and cruise around.

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Orange County

Known around the world as "The OC," Orange County, California envelops you in the ultimate Southern California lifestyle… casual sophistication, pristine beaches, legendary theme parks and endless options for fun in the sun or cultural exploration. With sun-soaked days and star-filled nights, here you'll be immersed in the real California dream.

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HIGHLIGHTS

2. Buena Park

Buena Park is known as the entertainment capital of Southern California and birthplace of the boysenberry. Meet Snoopy and ride world-class roller coasters at Knott's Berry Farm, enjoy dozens of waterslides at Knott's Soak City waterpark, choose from three interactive dinner shows and dine at award-winning restaurants like Porto's Bakery & Café or Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor.

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1. Anaheim

Anaheim is home to the Anaheim Packing House, a historical citrus-packing facility turned eclectic food hall with over 20 independent eateries ranging from international cuisine to American comfort food. A city brimming with a local sports culture, Anaheim boasts two professional sports teams: the Los Angeles Angels and the Anaheim Ducks.

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5. Garden Grove

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6. Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach was recently voted the “Best California Beach” by USA Today. With 10 miles of pristine coastline, enjoy beach yoga, surf lessons, bird-watching in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, sunset bonfires, and pampering spas or a signature event such as the California Wine Festival. Huntington Beach has the most oceanfront rooms within a one-mile stretch on the West Coast.

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3. Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa is the internationally acclaimed arts and theater district in Orange County. Stay in the City of the Arts® and enjoy concerts at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, experience designer shopping at South Coast Plaza, boutique shopping at The OC Mix, and support “little American business” at The LAB and The CAMP.

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9. Newport Beach

Beyond the radiant sun, sand and surf, discover the sophisticated charm of Newport Beach, California. With the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, there are ten miles of extraordinary fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities. Ten distinct neighborhoods make up Newport Beach, each with its own unique personality, natural beauty and story to share.

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7. Irvine

Irvine is where community, business and nature are in harmony. Beautifully manicured office parks are surrounded by more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space, the most in the county, offering residents and visitors alike preserved natural habitats and wildlands with miles of hiking and biking trails.

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8. Laguna Beach

The artist colony of Laguna Beach is one of Orange County’s hidden gems, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city’s topography is unique to other California coastal cities with its seven miles of coves and beaches where visitors can explore sea caves, tide pools, oceanside bluffs, natural tide pools and of course, sandy beaches, all within city limits.

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4. Dana Point

Dana Point is a perfect blend and meld of the natural and beautiful harmony of the cliffs, the beaches, the harbor, the stunning world-class resorts. It’s a comfortable, surfer town that invites one and all. Known for its four breathtaking coastal resorts, Dana Point offers accommodations for every lifestyle and corporate meetings.

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  • Orange County

    Known around the world as "The OC," Orange County, California envelops you in the ultimate Southern California lifestyle… casual sophistication, pristine beaches, legendary theme parks and endless options for fun in the sun or cultural exploration. With sun-soaked days and star-filled nights, here you'll be immersed in the real California dream.

  • Cities

  • 1. Anaheim

    Anaheim is home to the Anaheim Packing House, a historical citrus-packing facility turned eclectic food hall with over 20 independent eateries ranging from international cuisine to American comfort food. A city brimming with a local sports culture, Anaheim boasts two professional sports teams: the Los Angeles Angels and the Anaheim Ducks.

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  • 2. Buena Park

    Buena Park is known as the entertainment capital of Southern California and birthplace of the boysenberry. Meet Snoopy and ride world-class roller coasters at Knott's Berry Farm, enjoy dozens of waterslides at Knott's Soak City waterpark, choose from three interactive dinner shows and dine at award-winning restaurants like Porto's Bakery & Café or Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor.

    View More
  • 3. Costa Mesa

    Costa Mesa is the internationally acclaimed arts and theater district in Orange County. Stay in the City of the Arts® and enjoy concerts at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, experience designer shopping at South Coast Plaza, boutique shopping at The OC Mix, and support “little American business” at The LAB and The CAMP.

    View More
  • 4. Dana Point

    Dana Point is a perfect blend and meld of the natural and beautiful harmony of the cliffs, the beaches, the harbor, the stunning world-class resorts. It’s a comfortable, surfer town that invites one and all. Known for its four breathtaking coastal resorts, Dana Point offers accommodations for every lifestyle and corporate meetings.

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  • 5. Garden Grove

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  • 6. Huntington Beach

    Huntington Beach was recently voted the “Best California Beach” by USA Today. With 10 miles of pristine coastline, enjoy beach yoga, surf lessons, bird-watching in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, sunset bonfires, and pampering spas or a signature event such as the California Wine Festival. Huntington Beach has the most oceanfront rooms within a one-mile stretch on the West Coast.

    View More
  • 7. Irvine

    Irvine is where community, business and nature are in harmony. Beautifully manicured office parks are surrounded by more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space, the most in the county, offering residents and visitors alike preserved natural habitats and wildlands with miles of hiking and biking trails.

    View More
  • 8. Laguna Beach

    The artist colony of Laguna Beach is one of Orange County’s hidden gems, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city’s topography is unique to other California coastal cities with its seven miles of coves and beaches where visitors can explore sea caves, tide pools, oceanside bluffs, natural tide pools and of course, sandy beaches, all within city limits.

    View More
  • 9. Newport Beach

    Beyond the radiant sun, sand and surf, discover the sophisticated charm of Newport Beach, California. With the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, there are ten miles of extraordinary fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities. Ten distinct neighborhoods make up Newport Beach, each with its own unique personality, natural beauty and story to share.

    View More