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Best Ways To Spend 24 Hours In Orange County

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With beaches, theme parks and a wealth of culture, Orange County offers visitors plenty of options for a full day of fun. With the 55 Freeway acting as the backbone of your day, these five attractions and restaurants are efficiently located, making it easy to get to them all in a single day. A morning at the beach, a day at the museum, and a night of fun and fantasy peppered with some casual and fine-dining offer visitors a small taste of the diverse entertainment available in beautiful Orange County.

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Balboa Bikes N Beach Stuff
601 E. Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 723-1516

A day in Orange County has to begin at the beach, and Balboa Bikes has everything needed to get around in the sand and sun. Affordable bike and surrey rentals are perfect for riding up and down the bike path along miles of bright beaches. Balboa Bikes prides itself in total customer satisfaction, and has earned a loyal local fan base and rave reviews. As an added bonus, Balboa Bikes also serves up freshly-made taffy and is located right next to the Balboa Fun Zone, where visitors can ride the ferris wheel for a bird's-eye view of the gorgeous harbor.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 24: Ondrej Kase #25 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates after scoring a penalty shot goal on goalie Brian Elliott #37 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

See An Anaheim Ducks Game
Honda Center
2695 E Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806

The Anaheim Ducks don't play year round but during the winter months, it's a perfect place to go to see some action. Head to the Honda Center in Anaheim and watch the action unfold as the Ducks take on their opponent!

Bowers Museum

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600

Following a fun morning and fine dining, a little Orange County culture is in order, and the Bowers Museum is one of OC's cultural hot spots. From now through mid-March, visitors can explore "China's Lost Civilization: The Mystery of the Sanxingdui" exhibit, containing artifacts that have historians rewriting ancient Chinese history. Beginning in March, the "Where Ends Meet" exhibit will feature work created by a local artist who was an instrumental part of the Bowers Museum itself for many years. Additional ongoing exhibits include art from the Pacific Islands, ancient Chinese art and exquisite temple murals.

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Go To Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802

A list of the best events to do in Orange County could never be complete without mentioning a visit to Disneyland. As one of the most recognizable places on Earth, and in Orange County, Disneyland is fun for kids and adults alike. This theme park has been one of Orange County's unofficial must-visit spots for decades. Jump on fun rides and attractions like Alice in Wonderland, or Buzz Lightyear Astro Blazers, or ride the Disneyland Monorail!

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The Hobbit Restaurant
2932 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 997-1972

After a busy day exploring Orange County, it's time to relax a bit and treat yourself to an exquisite seven-course meal at the award-winning Hobbit Restaurant. Guests will feel like royalty as they are invited to the wine cellar to choose a wine for the evening while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres. Following the wine cellar, visitors are led to their tables to enjoy their meal which is served in courses and includes a 10- to 15-minute intermission to stretch the legs before the main course. The Hobbit restaurant is a one-of-a-kind dining experience you won't want to miss on your day out in Orange County.

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Downtown Disney District
1580 S Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 300-7800

To top off a fun and fantastic day in the OC, a trip to Downtown Disney offers countless options from ice cream to cocktails. To keep the good times rolling, the House of Blues offers live music and drinks, or visit the ESPN Zone for exciting sports action. For visitors looking to slow things down, ice cream and a movie might wrap up the day perfectly, or maybe a little shopping at one of the many boutique shops along the promenade. Whatever you fancy, the bright and fun atmosphere of Downtown Disney provides an uplifting denouement to a thrilling day in Orange County.

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David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on


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