When my husband and I traveled to Orange County, leaving all 5 of of our kids behind, I had the opportunity to find out what 5 Things To Do In Orange County had to offer to just the grown ups.
It goes without saying that Southern California is a known attraction for families. Whether you are parents trying to sneak away for a few days or a couple looking for fun, Orange County is for you!
In this post I would love to show you why it also makes a great vacation choice just for the grown ups.
You knew I was going to start with this, didn’t you? I know that Disneyland is often thought of as ‘for the kids’, but honestly a lot of fun can be had by adults too. There are actually some parts of Disney that are better when it is just grown ups (newsflash, I know!).
These include: the singles line up, the wild coasters, cream cheese filled pretzels, just to name a few. As you can imagine, the craziness of Disneyland is decreased significantly when you aren’t towing around toddlers.
You can see the park at your own pace, not be constantly looking for a bathroom and no concern regarding the ‘scariness’ of the rides. If you enjoy rides and love to reminisce in the magic that is Disney (even if you don’t believe in Pixies anymore) then even as an adult, you can have the time of your life.
Surf City USA aka Huntington Beach
Just 20-30 minutes from our hotel in Anaheim you can find my new favourite beach. I don’t think I have ever been to a beach quite like it. Neverending white sand, quaint surf shops, a bike trail and a hidden gem boutique hotel.
There is nothing that Huntington Beach (also referred to as HB) is missing. Take a long walk on the pier, see some local wildlife and have an ice cream cone at then end. Our day at HB was one of my favourite parts of our trip.
At the end of the day curl up by the beach fire pit and make s’mores. With a little bit of everything, you don’t want to miss out on this town when you visit Orange County.
The Outlets Of Orange
Believe it or not, I am actually not a big shopper. However, this last trip with just my husband we spent a few hours at the outlet mall. There are over 120 outlet and value stores in this outdoor mall.
We took our time visiting the Bose Factory Store, Sacks off 5th and I even made a few stops in some kid stores. Shopping became fun again. We had the chance to stop for lunch and take our time exploring.
It is only a few minutes from the heart of Anaheim and easily accessible by ART (Anaheim Resort Transit).
The Anaheim GardenWalk
I will admit that I love food, who doesn’t, right? One of my favourite things to do is experience great restaurants. We spent two evenings at the GardenWalk. There are stores as well as restaurants and sometimes they have special events as well.
We had the chance to go to The Cheesecake Factory, one of my absolutely favourite restaurants (think Red Velvet Cheesecake). The Cheesecake Factory isn’t just about desserts. Some tips on how to save money when eating out with your family.
We enjoyed crab cakes, their amazing bread and I always enjoy the pasta or soup, while my husband takes on the Buffalo Blasts! We also had the chance to visit a restaurant that was new to us while in Anaheim.
Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine encompasses Hawaiian and Japanese recipes. It was a vibrant restaurant that allowed us to take our time and enjoy the evening. The T-Bone steak was to die for! There are many other dining options in the GardenWalk as well.
Buena Park and Medieval Times Dinner Theatre
I have to admit when I first heard about this event I was hesitant. I initially thought it was for kids. Wow, was I wrong. Perfect for all ages this was an amazing show filled with sword fights, horses and some real competition.
I will be honest and say I would also love to take my kids there, but we had fun just the two of us. The only scary part about the show? When I was told there was no cutlery, but my left hand was my fork and my right hand was my knife. We had a blast cheering on Team Blue!
This is just a taste of Orange County and what you can experience there. For more information on Orange County read a few more posts here or visit the Orange County Visitors Bureau’s Website.