101 Things to Do Near Disneyland California

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The temperate weather, beautiful beaches, world-class dining, and luxury shopping experiences bring visitors to southern California year-round.

Oh yes, and so does a little place called Disneyland. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

Well, Disneyland is by no means the only thing to do or see in Anaheim and Orange County! If you’re searching for things to do near Disneyland, you needn’t travel far.

In fact, here is a list of 101 family-friendly activities and attractions that are all less than 30 minutes away from Disneyland.


101 Things to Do Near Disneyland – Orange County has lots of things to do! Here is a list of 101 activities and attractions that are all less than 30 minutes away from Disneyland.

This list is organized by the following categories:

  • amusement parks
  • activity centers
  • parks and nature centers
  • splash pads
  • zoos and aquariums
  • sports arenas
  • arts and entertainment
  • museums
  • shopping centers
  • beaches

Amusement Parks Near Disneyland

Amusement Parks Near Disneyland

  1. Adventure City (Anaheim)
  2. Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City (Buena Park)
  3. Balboa Fun Zone (Newport Beach)
  4. Downtown Disney (Anaheim)


Kid's Activity Centers Near Disneyland

Kid’s Activity Centers Near Disneyland

  1. Camelot Golfland (Anaheim)
  2. Billy Beez (Anaheim)
  3. The Rinks Anaheim Ice (Anaheim)
  4. Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center (Anaheim)
  5. Sky Zone Trampoline Park (Anaheim)
  6. Medieval Times (Buena Park)
  7. Sky High Sports (Costa Mesa)
  8. Discovery Cube OC (Santa Ana)
  9. Bowers Museum & Kidseum (Santa Ana)
  10. Frogg’s Bounce House (Fountain Valley)
  11. Boomers (Irvine)
  12. Pretend City (Irvine)


Parks and Nature Centers Near Disneyland

  1. Adventure Playground (Irvine or Huntington Beach)
  2. Sweet Shade Neighborhood Park (Irvine)
  3. OC Great Park (Irvine)
  4. Bill Barber Community Park (Irvine)
  5. Mike Ward Community Park (Irvine)
  6. Irvine Regional Park (Irvine)
  7. Citrus Ranch Park (Tustin)
  8. Inspiration Point (Newport Beach)
  9. El Dorado Regional Park & El Dorado Nature Center (Long Beach)
  10. Shoreline Aquatic Park (Long Beach)
  11. Hilltop Park at Signal Hill (Long Beach)
  12. Heisler Park (Laguna Beach)
  13. Tewinkle Park (Costa Mesa)
  14. Shipley Nature Center (Huntington Beach)


Splash Pads Near Disneyland

  1. Atlantis Play Center in Garden Grove is a playground and splash pad with a marine theme.
  2. Sigler Park Splash Pad in Westminster has a large splash pad with overhead water spouts.
  3. Harry M. Dotson Park in Stanton has a fun pirate themed playground with a “wet saloon” splash pad.
  4. Heritage Park in Irvine has a great playground with splash pad, in addition to a library and Fine Arts Center.
  5. Lemon Park in Fullerton has sports fields along with a playground, picnic areas, and a spray pool.
  6. The Splash Pad at Irvine Spectrum is a fun splash pad and playground within a large outdoor shopping mall.


Zoos and Aquariums Near Disneyland

  1. Santa Ana Zoo (Santa Ana)
  2. Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach)
  3. Reptile Zoo (Fountain Valley)
  4. Centennial Farm (Costa Mesa)
  5. Orange County Zoo (Irvine)
  6. Pacific Marine Mammal Center (Laguna Beach)


Sports Arenas Near Disneyland

  1. Honda Center (Anaheim)
  2. Angel Stadium (Anaheim)
  3. Outdoor sports – whale watching, paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, parasailing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, biking, hiking


Arts and Entertainment Near Disneyland

  1. Pirates’ Dinner Theatre Adventure (Anaheim)
  2. City National Grove of Anaheim (Anaheim)
  3. Carpenter Performing Arts Center (Long Beach)
  4. Huntington Beach Art Walk (Huntington Beach)
  5. City of Orange’s Art Walk and Food Tour (Orange)
  6. Santa Ana’s Artist Village Art Walk (Santa Ana)
  7. Laguna Beach Art Walk (Laguna Beach)
  8. Sawdust Art Festival (Laguna Beach)
  9. Pageant of the Masters (Laguna Beach)
  10. Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa)
  11. Irvine Barclay Theatre (Irvine)
  12. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Irvine)
  13. Live Jazz (downtown Fullerton)


Museums Near Disneyland

  1. Muzeo (Anaheim)
  2. Buena Park Exhibitions: Bodies & Titanic (Buena Park)
  3. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Fullerton)
  4. International Surfing Museum (Huntington Beach)
  5. Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace (Yorba Linda)
  6. Heritage Museum of Orange County (Santa Ana)
  7. Lyon Air Museum (Santa Ana)
  8. Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach)
  9. Queen Mary (Long Beach)
  10. Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
  11. Sherman Library and Gardens (Laguna Beach)
  12. Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)


Shopping Centers Near Disneyland

  1. Anaheim Garden Walk (Anaheim)
  2. Center Street Promenade (Anaheim)
  3. Anaheim Packing House (Anaheim)
  4. Brea Mall (Fullerton)
  5. Outlets at Orange (Orange)
  6. Main Place Mall (Santa Ana)
  7. The OC Mix (Costa Mesa)
  8. The Lab Anti-Mall (Costa Mesa)
  9. The Camp (Costa Mesa)
  10. South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa)
  11. The Pike at Rainbow Harbor (Long Beach)
  12. Shoreline Village (Long Beach)
  13. Fashion Island (Newport Beach)
  14. Irvine Spectrum (Irvine)
  15. The Marketplace (Tustin)
  16. The District (Tustin)


Beaches Near Disneyland

  1. Huntington Beach Pier (in the city of Huntington Beach)
  2. Huntington Beach State Beach (in the city of Huntington Beach)
  3. Bolsa Chica State Beach (in the city of Huntington Beach)
  4. Sunset Beach (in the city of Huntington Beach)
  5. Seal Beach (in the city of Seal Beach)
  6. Naples Island (in the city of Long Beach)
  7. Main Beach Park (in the city of Laguna Beach)
  8. Thousand Steps Beach (in the city of Laguna Beach)
  9. Newport Municipal Beach (in the city of Newport Beach)
  10. Balboa Island (in the city of Newport Beach)
  11. Balboa Peninsula (in the city of Newport Beach)
  12. Newport Back Bay and the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center (in the city of Newport Beach)
  13. The Wedge (in the city of Newport Beach)
  14. Crystal Cove State Park (in the city of Newport Beach)
  15. Corona Del Mar State Beach (in the city of Newport Beach)


Accommodations Near Disneyland

If keyless entry, private pools, hot tubs, outdoor grills, fully-equipped game rooms, fully stocked kitchens, and 24/7 concierge service sound like something that you would like during your family vacation, then you may want the peruse our vacation rentals near Disneyland.


Popular Attractions Further from Disneyland

In case you’re looking for other things to do within the area of southern California, then Universal Studios is only an hour’s drive away from Disneyland. Sites like Six Flags, Sea World, Legoland, and the San Diego Zoo are an hour and a half drive away from Disneyland.

By the way, 2016 is San Diego Zoo’s centennial year!



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Author: Andrea

Originally from Oklahoma, Andrea has traveled to 30 countries on 4 different continents and is now, along with her husband and daughter, happy to call the OC her home. Together they enjoy being outdoors, exploring new local places, and finding fun things to do as a family in Orange County.