If Anaheim is your destination for your next family vacation, you may be looking for things to do in Anaheim besides Disneyland. Rest assured, there’s plenty!
As an Orange County local, I’ve come up with a list of 15 different kid-friendly and family-friendly activities to fill up your time spent outside of the mouse house.
1| The Packing District
The recent renovation of Anaheim’s downtown historic district has created distinctive things that will make your vacation memorable. The Packing District and Packing House are part of this renovation, as they were once the site for packing and shipping oranges. They now boast unique artisanal eateries perfect for sampling the local flavor. If you’re there on a Sunday, the Farmer’s Market is something you don’t want to miss!
2| Adventure City
Adventure City is absolutely perfect for families with young kids! It’s a miniature city that offers a petting zoo, family roller coasters, a balloon ride, carousel, mini ferris wheel, an arcade, rock climbing wall, children’s theatre, party tree house, train rides, and a Thomas and Friends play area. Whew, that’s a lot!
3| Sky Zone Trampoline Park
This indoor trampoline center is a fantastic solution to help your kids get their energy out! It’s also a great alternative for a rainy day. Never been to an indoor trampoline park before? All you have to know is that it’s a blast! My husband and I took our toddler and we felt like a kid all over again.
4| Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center
Flightdeck simulates the experience of flying a military fighter jet or a Boeing 737 commercial airliner. A perfect activity for an aviation enthusiast, a young boy who loves planes, or a teen who’d like a chance in the cockpit.
Their website boasts that it’s “consistently voted as one of the top 10 things to do in Anaheim” and is only 2 miles from Disneyland. Win-win!
5| City National Grove of Anaheim
Looking for an indoor live music show? The City National Grove of Anaheim is the place to catch one. With a wide variety of musical performances, there’s bound to be something to match your musical tastes. Contrary to what you may think, not all the shows are for adults only. You may be able to catch Sesame Street Live while you’re there! Or…if you need a night away from the kids, get a babysitter and opt for a show from your favorite musical group or comedian.
6| Medieval Times
Step back in time by attending a live jousting tournament at Medieval Times featuring horsemanship, falconry, and chivalry – all while enjoying a delicious four-course meal done medieval style.
Keep in mind that this means the meal is eaten with your hands, so be sure to bring extra baby wipes in your purse or diaper bag. 😉 Bonus? Kids under 3 are free as long as they sit on your lap the entire time.
7| Camelot Golfland
Another entertaining medieval castle in Anaheim is Camelot Golfland. There’s plenty to do here, whether it’s bumper boats, laser tag, 4 different miniature golf courses, the arcade, or their new fastcar raceway. Plus, it’s open 365 days a year! Read what others have to say on Yelp and TripAdvisor.
8| Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City
What started out as a Chicken Dinner Restaurant on the Knott’s family berry farm has developed over the past century to become a modern day amusement park with thrilling roller coasters, children’s rides, and a waterpark. The entire family could easily spend a day of fun at Knott’s Berry Farm. If you’re visiting Anaheim during the summer, be sure to check out Knott’s Soak City as well!
9| Center Street Promenade
Located in the heart of downtown Anaheim, Center Street Promenade offers boutique shops and restaurants. Enjoy a vegan lunch at the Gypsy Den, Mexican fare at Cervantes, or sample gourmet cheeses at the Cheese Shop. Take a yoga class at The Yoga Mat or walk over to Muzeo and tour their current art exhibit. Stop by Ink and Bean Coffee Saloon if you like free books, antique card catalogues and 3rd wave coffee (like Stumptown). There’s also a fresh Farmer’s Market every Thursday. Check their seasonal events for wine tastings, art walks, and parades prior to your visit.
10| The Rinks Anaheim Ice
Conveniently located across the street from Center Street Promenade is Anaheim Ice, the official training facility of the Anaheim Ducks. With daily public skating sessions it’s a nice way to cool off from the southern California sun.
11| Vans Skate Park
The Vans Skate Park is an indoor skate park that consists of wooden ramps as opposed to concrete ramps at most skate parks. Private instruction is available for kids between the ages of 6 and 12. Beginners can get their feet wet on the warm-up course in a less intimidating environment.
Fun fact: Vans shoes originated in Orange County, as the solution to comfortable and casual shoes for southern California surfers and skateboarders.
12| Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
Similar to Medieval Times, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure provides a themed dinner along with live entertainment that integrates audience involvement. However, unlike Medieval Times, both kids AND adults can participate in the Pirate’s dinner show and you will be seated in the middle of an indoor lagoon! FYI, there’s a pre-show 30 minutes before the actual show begins so you may want to take your seats a bit earlier. Check our their Yelp reviews here and look online for a Groupon or Living Social deal prior to going.
13| Angel Stadium
At the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, you can catch a professional baseball game or take a tour of the stadium.
14| Honda Center
This indoor arena hosts numerous sporting events such as hockey, football, and basketball, along with music concerts and theatrical events (like Disney on Ice pictured above). Not only so, but the Honda Center is also the home of the Anaheim Ducks hockey team and the Los Angeles Kiss football team.
15| Anaheim GardenWalk
The Anaheim GardenWalk is a prime location for shopping and dining with a vibrant nightlife. It’s also the perfect place to fit in a game of bowling at Bowlmor Lanes or let the kids get their energy out at Billy Beez, an indoor activity center.