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Camelot Golfland

January 13th, 2018

 

Have a royally good time at this mini golf palace. Camelot Golfland is located at 3200 E. Carpenter Avenue and is the biggest mini golf destination in the U.S. There’s also laser tag, plenty of water slides and a massive arcade. Camelot Pizza is where you can fill up on delicious pies, or grab a shake at Iceberg Shakes to keep the fun going all day.

Camelot is part of a mini golf royal family with locations around Southern California, including in the heart of Anaheim. It’s the perfect place to host birthday parties, family reunions or other special event. Whether you’re looking for a way to spend time with the family, a fun date idea or just want to relax during a business trip, count on Camelot to keep you entertained.

Fit for a King

Since 1953, Camelot has been known for family fun. In the winter months, there are rarely any lines for the water park part of the park, but with the California sunshine it’s almost always the ideal swimsuit season. Hop in a bumper boat, or head to the Go Karts and take a few high-speed laps.

Group events are also available, and a great team building outing for businesses. Catering for groups can include massive soft pretzels, nachos, sub sandwiches and custom shakes. No matter what kind of outing you have in mind, Camelot has all the fun, thrills and American fare to make it an event to remember.

 

Visit Adventure City

December 10th, 2017

 

Anaheim might be famous for Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm (or “Merry Farm” during December), but for those looking for a quaint throwback experience, nothing compares to Adventure City. It’s the little theme park on South Beach Boulevard that’s been thrilling guests since 1994. Located on two acres, you’ll find a variety of historic attractions including a gorgeous 1946 carousel featuring 20 horse figures.

There’s also the 1938 miniature railroad, Adventure City Express Train, that gave the theme park its name sake. Check out the Tree Top Racers roller coaster, originally from circa 1950 but replaced in 2015 by a whip-fast coaster dubbed Rewind Racers. You’ll also find a romantic Ferris wheel, spinning balloon ride and an adrenaline-inducing tower drop.

Fun for the Whole Family

Throughout the park, you’ll find fun, thrills and treats for all ages. Spend an afternoon in the arcade, or take in a show at the children’s theater. The Mount Adventurous rock climbing walls are a favorite challenge, and the petting farm lets you get up close and personal with a number of gentle animals including sheep, goats, ducks and more.

Like other theme parks in the area, Adventure City goes all out for the holidays. In December, you’ll be treated to special decorations and goodies at the snack shops and restaurants on site. It’s the perfect, low-key way to spend a day in Anaheim when you want minimal crowds and maximum fun.

 

Anaheim Winter Holiday Happenings

December 5th, 2017

 

You don’t want to miss out on some of the best local holiday attractions in town. The Holiday Event with Santa at Anaheim Plaza is free and fun for the whole family. You’re welcome to bring your camera and snap a photo with the big guy. Raffle prizes, a kid-friendly DJ and many more surprises are waiting for you at this intimate opportunity to share your holiday wish list with Santa.

You’ll also find him at Anaheim Town Square starting on Black Friday. With a real snow play area, crafts for the little ones, balloon artists, rides on trains and much more, it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Snap a selfie with Santa, get your face painted for the festivities, and enjoy the long weekend at the nearby community gathering space.

Spreading Joy and Cheer

Breakfast with Santa is a favorite tradition in Anaheim. It’s hosted every weekend in December at Catal Restaurant with seating at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Catal in downtown Disney has elves on hand to help with this delicious family-style gathering complete with breakfast, a hot cocoa station, activities with elves, carolers and personalized stockings for kids. The elves are acting as hosts and you’ll be busy decorating ornaments before Santa makes his grand entrance and greets guests table by table.

A Nutcracker Christmas is free every December and features real snow, holiday crafts, and festive performances by local groups and schools. Here, you can find one of a kind gifts from the Holiday Shopping Village and indulge in treats and goodies at the International Food Fair. The lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree is the grand finale, located at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street.

Which of these will you incorporate as a new holiday tradition?

Visit Hart Park

November 29th, 2017

 

Orange County’s got “Hart,” a dog-friendly park and greenspace that’s a favorite for families. Located in nearby Orange, it’s the sister park to Anaheim’s Pearson Park and just a short drive away. Nearby, you’ll find historical buildings, an outdoor arena for concerts and mature trees. The spacious parking lot and clear, cool pool are just a couple of reasons this park is so popular.

The parking lot is underground, helping to keep visitors cool when leaving the greenspace. It was originally designed to channel Santiago Creek in the 1930s when the park was first built. Located near Old Towne Orange, it’s a perfect place to kick back and relax after a day of exploring, shopping and dining.

What to Expect

The park has everything, including an impressive amphitheater (available to rent for special events), a number of well-kept tennis courts, volleyball court and picnic areas of all sizes. It’s the ideal location for a birthday celebration or outdoor wedding. Visitors love the bike trail located directly off Santiago Creek, and you can take the trail all the way to the Discovery Science Center.

A playground with swings for all ages, along with a peppering of old-fashioned metal slides alongside the bike trails, ensures this is a destination full of charm. Pack a picnic and relax at one of the OC’s most beautiful destinations.

 

 

Your Thanksgiving Restaurant Guide

November 20th, 2017

 

Anaheim takes food seriously year-round, but restaurants really step up their game for Thanksgiving. Reserve a table at the GardenWalk McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood, open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and enjoy the regular menu or a three-course turkey dinner. The affordable $25.95 price tag ($9.95 for children) includes all your favorite sides and a dessert selection fit for royalty. Large parties are welcome.

Head to Downtown Disney District and check out Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen for a southern, spicy Cajun touch on traditional fare. You’ll feel like you’ve been swept away to New Orleans and can enjoy the regular menu or the Thanksgiving picks. All menu items are a la carte, and there’s Cajun turkey, Turducken, pecan-crusted mahi mahi and a special kids menu.

Hunger Strikes!

Also in the Disney District is the Catal Restaurant famous for their holiday buffet. From the turkey, salmon and ham to the veggie paella, you’ll have no shortage of decadent options. Sides like stuffing and mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, chocolate bread pudding and a pie selection ensure that all guests are satisfied. Open from noon – 9 p.m., it’s a tradition for many locals.

Prefer to skip the turkey? Try Morton’s The Steakhouse, open 1 – 9 p.m. and enjoy a steak and seafood-themed holiday. The regular menu is peppered with some seasonal and holiday surprises, and make sure you save room for dessert.

Where will you spend turkey day?

 

Anaheim’s Day of the Dead

November 1st, 2017

 

Take a day trip to Old Town San Diego for one of the biggest Day of the Dead events in Southern California. It’s a celebration of history, heritage and culture. The rich diversity of the area makes it the perfect destination within the Mercado, where you’ll find food, goods, entertainment and plenty of activities for all ages (such as creating your own sugar skulls).

Prefer to stick closer to Anaheim? The downtown Anaheim Community Center offers an all-day event along the Center Street Promenade. All proceeds benefit a local non-profit, and you don’t want to miss out on the mariachi bands, cultural dances, altars and plenty of authentic fare.

Both events take place October 29th.

November Events

On November 2nd, the Anaheim Cemetery hosts a Ballet Folklorico Donaji featuring the RHYTHMO Mariachi Kids. The free event includes masks for children and a selection of Pan de Muertos and marigolds for offerings. Refreshments and desserts are also included. The family-friendly event is a chance to honor those who have passed in a culturally sensitive environment.

On November 6th, visit the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace from noon – 4 p.m. for a special opportunity to put your loved one’s photo inside a traditional Day of the Dead altar. Folk dancers, mariachi bands and activities for children take place, while giving visitors the opportunity to explore one of the city’s most revered destinations.

 

An Anaheim Halloween

October 20th, 2017

 

With non-stop thrills throughout Anaheim, there are Halloween options for visitors of all ages. Join the Halloween L.A. Pub Crawl and let someone else worry about driving from one spooky destination to the next. Every Friday and Saturday night in October you can snag the VIP pass to gain access to the best spooktacular events at bars and clubs with no lines, no covers and drink specials.

The nearby Zombie Crawl in Santa Monica kicks off at Rusty’s Surf Ranch where you and scores of other zombies crawl, claw and stagger your way to the best Halloween-themed bars in the area. You won’t want to miss the Anaheim Halloween Parade, the biggest celebration in the state that’s been frightening folks since 1924. It’s a day of ghoulish fun for the whole family.

Tricks and Treats

Of course, Disneyland is always a hub for spooky frights during the haunting season with the entire park decked out. Enjoy seasonal treats (with just a few tricks) at the numerous vendors and restaurants along Main Street. If you’re anti-candy corn, you’ve never seen it elevated like this! For many, it’s not Halloween without a Disney getaway.

Check out the Motel 6 Feet Under Thursdays – Sundays in November, dubbed the scariest haunt in Anaheim. Animatronics, live actors, and a little magic help make this fundraiser a hair-raising one. You’ll find it at the Business Expo Center throughout October.

Anaheim Packing District

September 22nd, 2017

 

The historic Packard Building gave the popular Anaheim Packing District its namesake. Part farmers market, cultural hub and hands-on museum, the Packard Building boasts the title as one of just a few historic commercial buildings left in Orange County. It has survived urban development, and what was once a citrus packing house has turned into a landmark of downtown.

Originally built in 1925 as a mission revival building, it’s flooded with light and features an open space. Similar to car showrooms, it’s lived a hearty life as a plethora of auto showcases. However, now restored to its original Art Deco glory, it’s home to the famed Umami Burger (a local chain of escalated pub grub) and the Anaheim Brewery.

Farm On

Adjacent to the Packard Building is Farmers Park, a lush two-acre area with a boardwalk, olive grove, grassy knolls and community gardens. It connects the Packard Building with the Anaheim Packing House, and is a popular spot for special events. The Packing House opens every day at 9 a.m. for breakfast and many stalls stay open until the wee hours.

Check each restaurant for their hours of operation, but expect bars to stay open until midnight. Vendors include Pandor boulangerie and café, the SEED People’s Market, Urbana and many more. The Packing District is a must-see during any Anaheim visit, perfect for families, individual adventures and dates.

 

Christ Cathedral

September 2nd, 2017

 

Both a historical landmark and an active place of worship, Christ Cathedral is open for daily tours that let guests discover the incredible beauty of this Anaheim institution. Famous for those of all faiths, Christ Cathedral was once known for Rev. Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power” evangelized television show. However, the Diocese of Orange bought the church along with all 34 acres a few years ago and turned the cathedral into an open, welcoming destination for residents and tourists alike.

Cathedral Ceiling

Totaling nearly 320,000 square feet, buildings on the campus include the towering Christ Cathedral, an arboretum, the Tower of Hope, Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center, Crean Tower, large and small Galleries, and the Cathedral Cultural Center. There’s a cemetery on site as well as the Cathedral Memorial Gardens. With natural landscaping, sculptures, fountains and more, it’s become a peaceful retreat for many.

A Real Beauty

The campus’ history, beauty, scale and significance has made it a favorite destination for all visitors to Anaheim. Arts and cultural events take place year-round, and exhibit hours (tours) take place Monday – Saturday. Whether visitors are interested in meditation or prayer, education or architecture, Christ Cathedral can’t be missed.

Join a docent-led tour or pick up a guide for a peaceful self-guided tour. It all starts at the Cathedral Cultural Center with the “Becoming Christ Cathedral: Faith and Transformation” exhibit. With 55 volunteer docents representing 30 parishes, tours last about 40 minutes. Private tours can be scheduled for 15+ guests.

Visit Santiago Oaks Regional Park

July 12th, 2017

 

Nestled just a few miles away in Orange, the Santiago Oaks Regional Park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk year-round. Parking is $3 on weekdays and $5 per day on weekends. It’s the ultimate getaway for residents and visitors alike, hugging the Santiago Creek and offering 1,269 acres of sheer paradise. Secluded and brimming with trails, it’s a favorite for bikers, hikers and equestrians who want to experience the beauty of southern California’s mountains and orange groves first-hand.

Stroll beside a gorgeous creek and discover what the forest has to share with you. You’ll see an impressive number of native plants and trees along with resident animals and birds. Find the lookout that offers an incredible view of the foothills and city of Orange, or pack a picnic and dine in the true Anaheim way, al fresco style.

Plan Your Trip

Five years ago, almost 200 coastal live oaks were planted as part of a restoration project. The trees have provided a fantastic background to the visitors exploring the interconnecting trails. Linking to the Anaheim Hills Trail System, there’s also a nature system where programs and exhibits take place throughout the year.

Join a nature walk, interpretive activity or connect with a local equestrian club to schedule a ride. The park is the perfect complement to an otherwise busy trip of beaches, Disneyland and legendary shopping.