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Here are some fun, family-friendly things to do in Anaheim

Things to Do in Anaheim - Anaheim Gardens
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Matt Claiborne
March 25, 2021

While Anaheim is home to the undeniably famous Disneyland, the city offers many world-class entertainment options. One of our top things to do in Anaheim is trying as many delectable foods as possible. From vegan Loaded Bunny Fries to Hungarian chimney cakes, you'll find something new and tasty to satisfy your hunger. You can shop for souvenirs, a new outfit, or the perfect accessories.

If you're looking to stretch your legs and enjoy a natural park instead of a theme park, you'll love walking a hiking trail and picnicking by the river. End the day with a unique, handcrafted dessert before calling it a night. If you're looking for places to stay near Disneyland, we know you'll love exploring Anaheim.

Anaheim Packing District

Anaheim Packing District

The Anaheim Packing District features several historic landmarks. The Packard Building used to be home to a Packard car dealership but now houses Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery. Originally built in 1917 as a marmalade factory, the building is now The MAKE Building, home to Unsung Brewing Company, Pali Wine Company, and Jav's BBQ. Farmer's Park features gardening classes and community yoga.

The Anaheim Packing District's main attraction is the Packing House, where vendors line the hall to offer every food item and treat you could desire. Finding your favorite treat at the Packing District is one of the top things to do in Anaheim.

Anaheim GardenWalk

Just one block east of Disneyland, Anaheim GardenWalk is a wonderful place to walk, shop, dine, and listen to live music. The House of Blues Anaheim features live music and southern food. Anaheim GardenWalk has fan favorite chains such as The Cheesecake Factory, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, the California Pizza Kitchen, and P.F. Changs. Shop for jewelry, clothes, and shoes. Don't forget to find the perfect souvenir!

Yorba Regional Park

Yorba Regional Park View

Yorba Regional Park offers visitors a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy this refreshing green space. This scenic park borders the Santa Ana River. Several human-made lakes dot the park, adding to the serenity. Stroll, jog, or bike along the trails. It's a great spot for a picnic, bringing the family, and enjoying the day outdoors in nature. Rent an Instagram-worthy swan boat or a family bike, and have fun!

Center Street Promenade

Center Street Promenade Sign

Center Street Promenade was the historical center of Anaheim in the early 1900s. Now, it's been revitalized and features charming local shops and eateries. Don't miss the House of Chimney Cakes. Also known as Kürtöskalács, chimney cakes are a Hungarian treat you'll fall in love with. Okayama Kobo Bakery & Cafe offers fabulous bread rolls, coffee, and tea. If you're looking for a new spin on fries, try the Carne Asada Fries at Cervantes Mexican Kitchen or vegan Loaded Bunny Fries from Healthy Junk.

Oak Canyon Nature Center

Oak Canyon Nature Center offers visitors a respite in the city. This shaded 58-acre park features a peaceful, meandering stream. Four miles of hiking trails ramble over three canyons. Trails are great for beginning adventurists or those looking for a quick hike. Choose your trail and keep an eye out for local wildlife.

Oak Canyon Nature Center is home to the John J. Collier Interpretive Center. This small museum has live animals and regional natural history exhibits.

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