When you think of Anaheim, CA, the first thing that comes to mind may be Disneyland. But if you’re in the mood for an experience that’s a little more unique, or allows you to have some PG-13 fun, you’ll be pleased to know that Anaheim has a lot more to offer than roller coasters and people dressed in giant mouse costumes.
All PG-13 fun begins with drinks and luckily, there’s plenty of high-quality craft beer to choose from in Anaheim. The first brewery in the area opened in 1870 and, today, the craft beer community is thriving.
The three highest rated breweries on RateBeer.com include Bottle Logic Brewing, Noble Ale Works and Bruery Terreux. According to several online reviews, all three of these breweries have the following in common: a unique and wide selection of beer to choose from, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and a bustling atmosphere.
At the Anaheim Garden Walk, not only will you have access to a variety of popular restaurants and shops, but you’ll also be able to enjoy exhibits featured at the Artists Republic gallery. Since their location switched from Laguna Beach, Artists Republic has been able to open one of their most popular exhibits, the Mural Garden. Here you’ll find seventeen large-scale, evolving murals right above the gallery.
When you think theatre, chances are, the east coast comes to mind and, more specifically, Broadway. What many don’t know is that California has a rich community of talented performers and writers. South Coast Repertory (SCR) is a Tony-award winning theatre featuring plays and performances by some of America’s most creative talents. With a mission to bring human experience to light, SCR is rated one of the best theatres in America and a must-see when visiting Anaheim.
If live music and good food are on your radar, you’ll want to check out Anaheim’s new House of Blues located on the Garden Walk. This venue will hold up to 2,200 guests in its main concert while still having space around the building for other private events, art displays and a restaurant serving southern-inspired dishes. Every week they have rotating theme nights such as “Geeks Who Drink” trivia nights on Tuesdays and “Nashville Night” where happy hour is served till last call.
Drinking with friends is more fun when games are involved. The Blind Donkey is on the same page which is why they’ve set up pool tables, dart boards, shuffleboard, arcade games and a photo booth so you and your friends will have plenty to choose from.
If you’re really making the most of the local nightlife, you’re probably waking up with just enough time to make yourself presentable and head out to brunch. At Habana, you can enjoy a Cuban-style, all-you-can-eat, alfresco brunch buffet with a little bit of background music to set the mood.
Just like with any other buffet experience, you’ll need some time to recover. If you build up enough of an appetite for dinner, you can splurge at THE RANCH where several of the reviews on TripAdvisor begin with “best” and end with “ever”.
And finally, when you’re ready for dessert, you can’t back away from Anaheim without enjoying one of Sweet Cup’s famous dessert tacos (only served on taco Tuesdays). These delicious treats are made with a waffle cone taco and rolled ice-cream base with a wide variety of toppings.
The first stop on your Instagram journey is the Anaheim Packing House located in a shopping center referred to as the Packing District. Built in 1919, the Packing House was a spot for local farmers to bring their fresh citrus and packed it into wooden crates. Today, this building acts as a food hall where the community comes together for food and entertainment. Scattered greenery and natural lighting will catch many eyes in an Instagram newsfeed.
For your second stop you can hop right next door and visit The MAKE Building. This adult beverage paradise opened in the early 1900s as a marmalade factory and is filled with bygone-era decorations, a perfect backdrop to put on your Instagram feed.
At Adventure City, there are plenty of age-appropriate activities for the littlest members of your family. If your family doesn’t have patience for long lines, this is the place for you.
For some educational fun, be sure your family stops by Aquarium of the Pacific where you can get up close and personal with over 12,500 different marine species. Family members of all ages will be in awe as the family will learns some valuable information on better ways to respect our planet and enhances their appreciation for marine life.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the happiest place on earth.. Disneyland opened its doors on July 17, 1955 and has fueled Orange County to open up several of aforementioned businesses for a more high-quality and diverse tourist experience. You’ll become a part of the nostalgia, magic and wonder that Disney movies are famous for when you enjoy the cinematic experience Disneyland has to offer kids and adults of all ages and interests.
Regardless of the reason for your visit, you’ll find that Anaheim has something for everyone to appreciate. Colleagues, family members, clients and friends will love taking part in the world-famous attractions and events found here. Start planning your visit today!