A Guide to Multi-Generational Travel in Orange County
A trip to Orange County offers fun for the entire family.
From grandparents to grandchildren and everyone in between, the destination combines relaxation, excitement, and outdoor fun for a full range of experiences that the entire family can enjoy together and cherish for years to come.
Breakfast – Both Stacks Pancake House and Costa Mesa’s Toast Kitchen and Bakery dish up a tasty serving of breakfast and brunch. Stacks serves American fare with influences from Hawaiian culture. The flavor of the island is bold as they are known for their tasty Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes topped with their famous coconut syrup. Toast Kitchen and Bakery makes a play for brunch, which stops at 2 P.M., mixing plates from different cultures to produce an eclectic menu of fresh fruit, french toast, enchiladas, biscuits and gravy, quiche and more savory and sweet options.
Nutella Stuffed French Toast at Toast Kitchen and Bakery
Lunch – There is something for everyone at the Anaheim Packing House. Placed within a historic 1919 citrus-packing house, the renovated space is home to more than 40 artisanal vendors all serving different food creations. From Canadian poutine and Indian flavors to Japanese crepes and homemade ice cream, exploring is a fun adventure for the whole family as everyone can pick and choose what will satisfy their taste buds. In Buena Park, Porto’s Bakery and Cafe shows off the beautiful flavors of Cuba with a plethora of freshly-baked savory & sweet pastries, small treats, salads & sandwiches.
Fresh Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad At Porto’s Bakery and Cafe
Dinner – Along Lido Peninsula in Newport Beach, Bluewater Grill pays homage to the ocean serving sustainable seafood. The casual restaurant has a varied menu with a mixture of fish, shellfish, and mussels. Here the whole family can enjoy a relaxed seafood dinner overlooking Newport Bay and the Pacific Ocean. At Montage Resort, The Loft offers families a fine dining experience serving reimagined American fare paired with stunning panoramic views of the Orange County coast.
Outdoor Patio at The Loft
Using food as a universal language, DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill brings Turkish traditions to Orange County. With influences from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, the restaurant shares influences from three distinct cultures through different foods such as pita sandwiches, fladenbrot, wraps and signature dishes serving only Halal food.
Alamir Bakery specializes in popular Levantine food, flatbread. The menu features more than 15 varieties of flatbread, which are all made using Halal ingredients. Each day, the specialty restaurant prepares fresh dough and their special blend of cheese and spices to produce quality food using the freshest ingredients.
Pom and Olive brings the rich flavors of Mediterranean cuisine to Orange County. From different types of shawarma, kababs and a range of recognizable appetizers, the restaurant prides itself on showcasing the origin flavors of these dishes while providing the utmost hospitable service.
Cheesy Flatbread and Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage at Alamir Bakery
- Stacks Pancake House | 14421 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92604
- Toast Kitchen and Bakery | 1767 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
- Anaheim Packing House | 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805
- Porto’s Bakery and Cafe | 7640 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
- Bluewater Grill | 630 Lido Park Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92663
- The Loft | 30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
- DonerG Turkish & Mediterranean Grill | 3800 Barranca Pkway Irvine, CA 92606
- Alamir Bakery | 905 South Brookhurst Street Anaheim, CA 92804
- Pom and Olive | 1400 Bristol St C, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The iconic Huntington Beach Pier is a local landmark in Orange County. Jetting out into the Pacific Ocean, families often explore the pier to spend time admiring the California coast filled with surfers, fishermen and other beach patrons. The Ocean Institute in Dana Point bridges learning and fun using the ocean as a classroom. From interactive programs and family activities to fun exhibits, the institute teaches visitors about the underwater world and California’s fascinating maritime history. Orange County Great Park allows families to enjoy a bit of leisure and active outdoor fun. The 13000-acre open space is filled with natural landscapes, walking trails, a children’s playground and The Palm Court Arts Complex, which is home to the Great Park Gallery and the Great Park Artist Studios. Laguna Beach’s Heisler Park offers a similar style of outdoor fun along the coast. The oceanfront park offers walking trails, gardens, a marine refuge with tide pools and picnic tables. A simple day outdoors can easily turn into a beach day as there are several popular beaches just below the park.
Hot air balloon ride at Orange County Great Park
- Huntington Beach Pier | 325 Pacific Coast Hwy.Huntington Beach, CA 92648
- Ocean Institute | 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
- Orange Country Great Park | 8000 Great Park Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92618
- Heisler Park | 375 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
South Coast Plaza is an international shopping destination with more than 250 prominent boutiques and critically-acclaimed restaurants on site. It’s easy to spend an entire day browsing when there are stores that fit everyone’s sense of style. In Newport Beach, the entire family can enjoy a Duffy Boat ride. Originating in Newport Beach, the Duffy boat fits up to 10 people and travel no faster than a golf cart at 5 miles per hour. It’s an ideal way to enjoy each other’s company while exploring the Orange Country waterfront. For those looking for some excitement, the world-famous amusement park Disneyland welcomes all to enjoy a bit of Disney magic by visiting enchanting lands, experiences thrilling rides or simply walking around taking in the sites of “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament elevates the definition of dinner and a show. Gathering in an 11th-century castle, family and friends and together to cheer on their favorite knights during an evening of jousting, weaponry, and duels paired with a four-course meal.
New Monorail at Disneyland Resort
- South Coast Plaza | 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
- Duffy Electric Boat Company | 2001 West Coast Highway Newport Beach, CA 92663
- Disneyland | 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
- Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament | 7662 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
For an overnight stay, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Irvine – Spectrum offering a comfortable stay and a warm cookie just minutes away for the outdoor shopping & entertainment destination, Irvine Spectrum Center. In Newport Beach, Lido House Hotel takes inspiration for the nearby ocean and offering nautical themes suites that embody the essence of the fresh ocean breeze. For an extended stay, The Cottages at Lido House are five custom-designed apartments fully equipped to accommodate the entire family with multiple rooms and open living spaces to feel like your personal family beach home. Monarch Beach Resort is a luxury AAA Five Diamond Resort perched on the cliffs of Dana Point. The deluxe accommodations make for a comfortable stay for the whole family along with fun complimentary activities offered through the new Monarch Bay Beach Club.
Overview of Monarch Beach Resort
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Irvine – Spectrum | 90 Pacifica, Irvine, CA 92618
- Lido House Hotel | 3300 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663
- Monarch Beach Resort | One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629
There is a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy in The OC. From sandy beaches and deluxe accommodations to exciting theme parks and interactive museums, every experience is an opportunity to create lasting memories as a family.
Check out VisitTheOC.com to learn more about family fun activities in Orange County.