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The original home of Disneyland which has been casting a magical spell on children for over 45 years. Together with America's oldest theme park, Knott's Berry Farm which is also located here, Anaheim has grown into one of the world's major tourist centers. Over the years Anaheim has spawned a vast range of attractions and activities which cater for its millions of visitors. There are 100's of Hotel's & Motel's in Anaheim ranging in price from $30 up with accommodation readably available. A visit to the Anaheim visitors center on your arrival would prove to be more than useful as they will arrange accommodation for you. Below you will find a selection of what Anaheim has to offer its visitors, including official Anaheim websites.
Hotels and Visitor centers have free weekly "What's on Guides" to Anaheim containing many special offers. The Southern California City Pass is another bargain available which will save you over 30% on admission prices to Disneyland, Disney's Californian Adventure, Knott's Berry Farm, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo go to www.citypass.net for full details.
1313 Harbor Boulevard Anaheim Tel:-714-781-4565.
Opened in 1955 this is the original home of Mickey & friends still as magical for children as ever. New for 2001 is Disney's brand new Californian Adventure Park 55 acres of amazing attractions including Screaming California roller coasters, the Grizzly River rafting expedition and a Hollywood Pictures Back lot tour where you can learn all about the movies.
Visit the official website. www.disney.com
Berry Farm 8039 Beach Blvd Buena Park Tel:-714-220-5200.
America's first and oldest theme park situated just 10mins.from Disneyland.
Recreates the atmosphere of the Old West with its 1880 ghost town and authentic western memorabilia. Great Roller Coaster Rides, entertainment, shops and specialty rides make Knott's Berry a great family day out. Knott's Soak City is right next door. Visit the official website: www.knotts.com
Soak City Next to Knott's Berry Farm 8039 Beach Blvd Buena Park
Get soaked at Soak City, Knott's newest attraction. Situated right next to the world famous Knott's Berry Farm, Soak City consists of 21 water rides and attractions themed to the Southern California of the 50's & 60's all the fun of the water. Includes the World's Tallest, Steepest and Wettest water ride - Perilous Plunge.
Visit the official website: www.soakcityusa.com or www.knotts.com
Movieland Wax Museum. 7711 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park. Tel:- 714-522-1154.
One Block North of Knott's Berry Farm.
Open since 1962, the Movieland Wax Museum exhibits over 290 celebrity waxfigures of Film &Television Stars. Set in realistic settings with original costumes & studio props, these full size figures are uncannily life like in their appearance. Your welcome to bring your camera and snap away to your heart's content. Movieland also has its own "Walk of Fame" featuring the autographs, foot and handprints of celebrities immortalized in cement. Joint tickets available for entry to both "Movieland" and "Ripley's Believe it or Not" Official Website:- www.movielandwaxmuseum.com
Ripley's Believe it or Not! 7850 Beach Boulevard Buena Park Tel:- 714-522-7045.
Ripley's "Believe it or Not" in Buena Park have assembled a collection of real life phenomena and scores of curiosities that are so obviously strange and yet so mystifyingly true. Ponder all the possibilities, as you step into the unbelievable world of Ripley's "Believe it or Not". Joint tickets with "Movieland" which is opposite are available.
Official Website:- www.ripleys.com
The Crystal Cathedral 12141 Chapman Avenue Garden Grove. Tel:- 714-971-4000.
The largest glass structured building in the world, built by TV evangelist Robert Schuller. This majestic building is somewhat like a four pointed star, consisting of over 10,000 panes of glass forming the translucent walls. Don't miss the chapel in the cathedral tower, where your find a stunning glass cross. Each week the Sunday service is broadcast live across the nation as "The Hour of Power" and often feature celebrity guests. Guided tours every half hour Monday - Saturday or wander around yourself. Official Website www.crystalcathedral.org
Nixon Library and Birthplace
18001 Yorba Linda, Boulevard. CA. Tel: (714) 993-5075.
Birthplace of America's 37th. President. Incorporates presidential papers, museum, bulletproof limousine, gowns and gardens where you can view his grave. Dramatic roller coaster ride through a half century of US & World history. Just 15 minutes north of Disneyland. Official Website:- www.nixonfoundation.org
Museum 241 S. Anaheim Boulevard. Anaheim Tel:- 714-778-3301.
Located in a 1908 Carnegie Library, this museum displays exhibitions of Anaheim's history. Late 19th. century until today,
from its grape industry origins, to orange groves, to Disneyland. All of Anaheim's unique history can be found here. Museum lovers can pick up a list of the many museums in the Anaheim area from the visitors center.
This is but a small selection of the many attractions in
and around Anaheim. The complete list can be obtained at the visitors center
together with maps, guides and money off coupons all free of charge.
Shopping in and around Anaheim.
Anaheim Marketplace. 1440 S. Anaheim Boulevard Anaheim. Tel:-714-999-0888.
Orange County's largest indoor marketplace, with over 200 variety shops selling branded goods 50%-70% below retail. Free parking and free shuttle bus from Anaheim area hotels. Call for schedule of pick up times.
The Block at Orange. Chapman Avenue Near the Crystal Cathedral Tel:- 714-769-4100.
Entertainment, dining and shopping for the entire family. Includes Dave & Busters, Gameworks, AMC 30, TGI Fridays and an indoor skate park.
Duty Free Shopping. North America Hilton Anaheim 777 Convention Way
Pre-order duty free for all international passengers leaving on a flight to a foreign destination.
Center Harbor Boulevard/Orangethorpe Tel:- 714-738-6877.
Offers a host of retail, entertainment and dining outlets. Includes Orangefair Marketplace and Fullerton Town Center.
Mainplace 2800 N. Main Street Santa Anna Tel:- 714-547-7000.
Macy's, Nordstrom, Food court and over 190 stores are in this massive mall. Shuttle service from most hotels.
Orange Historical District Chapman Ave/Glassel Street Orange Tel:- 714-284-7278.
Roundabout surrounded by over 50 antique and collectable shops.
South Coast Plaza 3333 Bristol Street Costa Mesa Tel:- 714-540-7334.
A colossus of a mall one of the largest in the USA and considered by Visa to be one of the top ten streets in America to shop. An official state tourist destination with over 300 shops and nine department stores. Also containing luxury hotels, dozens of restaurants, fountains, art gardens and theatres. It's virtually a small city in its own right.
Please note this is just a selection of the larger shopping centers of Anaheim. There are literally 1000's of shops throughout the area selling virtually everything there is to buy.
Nightlife and Dining.
You will find an abundance of nightlife and dining in Anaheim, ranging in price from the cheap to the very expensive.
Whatever your taste you will be catered for in Anaheim. Visit the Visitors Center or pick up a copy of the weekly
"What's on Guide" in your hotel for a full list of night & dining spots. Listed below are a selection you may wish to try.
Times 7662 Beach Boulevard Buena Park Tel:- 714-521-4740.
11th. Century Medieval banquet with colorful attired knights and horses competing in tournament games and jousting fights. Diner included. Official website:- www.medievaltimes.com
Bill's Extravaganza 7600 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park Tel:- 714-522-4611.
Wild West Spectacular featuring stars from around the World. You'll enjoy an evening of interactive fun with characters from the old west. There's singing, dancing and specialty acts plus you'll feast on a family style four course dinner which is included.
Sun Theatre 2200 E. Katella Avenue Anaheim Tel:- 714-712-2700.
A dinner theatre, elegant and intimate. Call for entertainment schedule.
Basement Cattleman's Wharf 1160 W. Ball Road Anaheim Tel:- 714-563-8930.
Located at Cattleman's Wharf close to Disney contains three floors of entertainment. including Top 40 and dancing, full bar, wine menu. 21 and over, dress code Thurs, Friday & Saturday 9pm. - 2am. Reservations are recommended.
White House 887 S. Anaheim Boulevard Anaheim Tel:- 714-772-1381.
Honored as one of Orange County's finest restaurant's (including the coveted Golden Sceptre Award) Bruno Serato's White House exemplifies the highest standards of fine dining, service and ambiance. Official website:- www.anaheimwhitehouse.com
Brown's 1751 S. State College Boulevard Anaheim Tel:- 714-634- 2211.
The friendly atmosphere and garden view dining room are ideal for families and couples. There's also a sports bar with 10 TV's and NTN trivia games. Ask for Charlie Browns Sunday Brunch (9.30am -2.30pm) its among Anaheim's most elaborate and tasty meals.
Train McDonald's 7861 Beach Boulevard Anaheim.
As you enter the lot of this unique McDonald's you're greeted by a turn of the century exterior. Upon entering you'll see one of the most high tech amusement rides found in a McDonald's anywhere in America. McThriller simulates the thrill of a roller coaster ride, jet fighter flight or a downhill ski run.
Nationwide chain of eateries found right across USA. Their excellent menu including vegetarian dishes, coupled with children's portions and reasonable pricing make Denny's a firm favorite. With meals starting from $3, unlimited coffee, free parking, 24hr.opening and branches throughout Anaheim you'll find a warm welcome at Denny's.
Whilst in Anaheim if you were a fan of "The Carpenters" you can see the grave of Karen Carpenter who is buried within 15 min. of Knott's Berry Farm at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress. Also buried there is Eddie Cochran rock-n-roll singer who died in a car crash in England (1961). For fans of John Wayne a short trip to Newport Beach is where you'll find the Duke's grave, in the Pacific View Cemetery
For further information on Anaheim visit the official web sites listed below:-
|Anaheim Visitors Center
1770 South Harbor Blvd
|Buena Park Visitors Center
6280 Manchester Boulevard