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From Theme Parks to Nature Parks - Exploring Anaheim as a Family

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Modern-day Anaheim was built around its status as a family-friendly destination. You and your children will have plenty of reasons to leave your hotel and embrace whatever magic the day has in store. Along with the city's famous theme parks, you'll also find other spots that cultivate their own sense of adventure and wonder.

Disneyland® Resort

 

Since 1955, this enchanted land of fun and fantasy has been inspiring childlike wonder in people of all ages. Several attractions offer a Fastpass option, which cuts down time spent in line. Special park-hopper tickets will let you explore both of the property’s parks over the course of 1 to 3 days.

 

Disneyland® Park

 

Your kids will be excited to meet their favorite Disney® characters and ride classic rides like It’s a Small World. Be sure to grab a spot on Main Street U.S.A. to watch one of the park’s daily parades.

 

1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802Tel: +1 714 781 7277

 

Disneyland® Park website

 

Disney® California Adventure

 

Explore the landscape of California (and a couple of Pixar movies) at this sprawling theme park. Several classic carnival rides are here for you to enjoy, as are innovative attractions like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

 

1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802. Tel: +1 714 781 4565

 

Disney® California Adventure website

Other amusement parks

 

Disneyland® Resort is not the only game in town when it comes to theme parks. The Anaheim area has a few other attractions designed to excite you and your family. You’ll find a mix of state-of-the-art thrill rides and easygoing attractions designed for little ones. You may even encounter a beloved cartoon character or 2.

 

Knott's Berry Farm

 

In business since 1940, this 160-acre property is packed with 15 roller coasters and thrill rides. A visit to Camp Snoopy gives kids the chance to shake paws with the world’s most famous beagle.

 

8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620. Tel: +1 714 220 5200

 

Knott's Berry Farm website

 

Adventure City

 

This compact, budget-friendly amusement park features rides specifically designed for children 10 and younger. Kids can also enjoy a rock climbing tower, live shows, and a petting zoo.

 

1238 Beach Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92804. Tel: +1 714 236 9300

 

Adventure City website

 

Experiences with nature

 

The Anaheim area is home to numerous parks, ideal when your family needs a break from the crowds. You’ll find simple hiking trails that weave around bodies of water, leading your crew past native trees, plants, and animals like the acorn woodpecker. If you wish to insert a little education into your vacation, some parks also feature museums and live animal exhibits.

 

Oak Canyon Nature centre

 

Explore 3 canyons filled with oak woodland and coastal sage scrub on a hike through this 58-acre park.

 

6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92807. Tel: +1 714 998 8380

 

Oak Canyon Nature centre website

 

Carbon Canyon Regional Park

 

If you take a 1-mile hike along this park’s well-marked dusty trail, you’ll find a secluded cluster of coastal redwoods: the only grove of its kind in Orange County.

 

4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823. Tel: +1 714 973 3160

 

Carbon Canyon Regional Park website

 

Family food options

 

There is no shortage of family-friendly food options in Anaheim. A healthy chunk of kid-centric dining can be found within a 1-mile radius of Disneyland® Resort, including several on the property itself. You can expect to find casual fare like burgers and chicken fingers in most places, while others create kid-sized versions of grown-up cuisine.

 

Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria

 

At this casual Italian restaurant in Downtown Disney, your kids can enjoy a simple cheese pizza, or more advanced items like chicken breast with roasted potato.

 

1550 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802. Tel: +1 714 776 6200

 

Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria website