Anaheim's association with Disneyland helped put the city — and Orange County — on the map. While the park still anchors the tourism scene, Anaheim is also a dynamic place to conduct business, watch sports, and enjoy a little culture. It's an ideal place for vacationing families or professionals who want to bring their brood on their next business trip.
Must see in Anaheim
Disneyland Resort has been bringing joy to people of all ages since 1955. An evening of baseball at Angel Stadium of Anaheim can be a cost-effective way to enjoy the city. For a more sophisticated experience, the museum and cultural center MUZEO is worth exploring.
Where to stay in Anaheim
The hotels in and immediately around Disneyland Resort specialize in family travel. If you explore the 1-mile radius surrounding Disneyland Resort and the adjacent Anaheim Convention Center, you'll find large hotels with sleek bar scenes. You'll also find several budget-friendly hotels around Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Best and worst time go to Anaheim
Crisp spring weather and reduced crowds await you in March and April. Make plans to go elsewhere in August — the combination of heat and visitors can get overwhelming.
Where to get lost in Anaheim
The emerging Center Street Promenade neighborhood is built around MUZEO and features boutique shops, casual eateries, and comfortable bars like Colony Wine Merchant. If you walk two blocks south, you'll hit the hip food hall Anaheim Packing House.
The best deal in Anaheim
The compact theme park Adventure City is tucked away in Anaheim's Northwest corner. Its collection of kid-centric rides provides families with a nice cost-effective entertainment option.
Transportation in Anaheim
Renting a car is a must if you're planning on exploring Orange County. If you're staying within a 3-mile radius of Disneyland, you'll be able to use Anaheim Resort Transit to get to most of Anaheim's main points of interest.
Getting In from John Wayne Airport
Renting a car to get around is virtually a necessity. All of the major car rental companies have booths. Most shuttle services offer discounted rates if you're staying near Disneyland Resort.
Local tip for visitors to Anaheim
Check out Little Arabia on the west side of the city if you want some culinary adventure. It's a compact area filled with great Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food options.
Author's bio: Rich Manning is a freelance writer based in Orange County, CA. He's been writing about food, drink, and lifestyle in Southern California for over ten years.