Anaheim California is nicknamed “Surf City”. It has over 3 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, and is the 10 thmost populous city in the United States. Anaheim is a bustling city, and while it is very well known for its various theme parks, you can also find some cheap, and even free, places to visit and be entertained while in Anaheim. It is only about 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles, so if you are looking for something a bit busier, Anaheim is a great place to stay and still be able to visit other parts of the state. Let’s take a look a few great places to check out next time you are in Anaheim!
OAK CANYON NATURE CENTER
This free Nature Center is hidden in the Anaheim Hills. It is a 58-acre park that has hiking and jogging trails available, but also different canyons you can visit and really explore nature. You can choose from many different types of hikes, from beginner to more intense. It is a great idea to wear some good hiking shoes regardless of the type of trail you choose! The gates for the trails close at 5 pm, so make sure and arrive in time to complete your adventure. Free movie nights also happen on Friday nights, though they do suggest a donation of $5 per family.
ADDRESS-6700 E Walnut Canyon Rd
YORBA REGIONAL PARK
If you are interested in a nature experience that includes geese, ducks, jaybirds, robins and water lilies, you MUST visit Yorba Regional Park! It has over 140 acres of beauty, 4 separate lakes, and over 400 picnic tables. This is the type of place you definitely want to have a picnic! This park also features
rentals, including bike, kayak, and paddleboats to help make your adventure fun filled! If you are
looking for roads to bike or run on, they have you covered there, too! Dogs love this park, too!
ADDRESS-7600 E La Palma
If you are looking for just a simple park to let the kids run around and play, this might be the perfect
park for you! Pearson Park offers a great playground for the kids, a couple different ponds, and ducks
walking around it all! Tennis courts and swimming pools are also available here. One big perk-you can see the fireworks from Disneyland here, and you do not have to mess with Disneyland traffic! No cost at this park, and it is a nice play to just sit back, let the kids play, and let the parents relax a little!
ADDRESS-400 N Harbour Blvd
PEARSON PARK AMPHITHEATRE
This great amphitheater is a wonderful place to watch summer concerts! Many of these concerts are
FREE, as well, which makes this place even better! This location can even be rented out to host your
own event. Some past bands that have performed here have been a Beach Boys Tribute band, and an
Eagles Tribute band. The amphitheater also offers some paid events, such as movies, at a very low cost.
Free parking is available in close proximity to the amphitheater, so you don’t have to walk far!
ADDRESS-401 N Lemon St
ANAHEIM PACKING DISTRICT
If you are looking for some unique, delicious choices for food, you must visit the Packing District. With more than 20 different artesian eateries and cocktail places, you are sure to find something to please every palate. Homemade items, including delicious ice cream and southern soul food can be found here. There is even a secret speakeasy that can only be accessed by a hidden door inside the building!
You must make a reservation, but it is worth just a little bit of planning to visit this unique place!
ADDRESS-440 S Anaheim
Southern California is known for authentic tacos. However, if you are looking for an upscale version of an authentic taco in Southern California, look no further than Pour Vida! These are artesian, one of a kind authentic tacos! You can find items like pineapple skirt steak, oyster tempura, and squid ink
tortillas on the menu! But, if you aren’t in the mood for tacos, they also have offerings like salads, craft beer, and various house cocktails available.
ADDRESS-185 W Center St