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5 Things You Can Only Do In Orange County

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Here is a look at some great ways to spend a day in the OC. It is of little wonder that Anaheim is the smallest U.S. city to house a major league baseball team; the support from the surrounding OC communities has always been tremendous. Avoid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles; take advantage of the many activities available in Orange County. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Visit An Old Mission
Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-1300

Founded over 230 years ago, this well-known historic landmark is a must-see. Founded in 1775 by Father Lasuen, and then refounded in 1776 by Father Serra, this beautiful mission has been very well preserved. One can almost feel the history while strolling through the hallways, churches and beautiful garden areas. Capistrano is one of 21 California missions, and it remains one of the most popular. Bring your camera and a good attitude, and you will not be disappointed. Amazingly, all these years later, the Swallows still return in March of every year. Come on out and learn all about it.

Go To Disneyland
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Disneyland Park
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92803
(714) 781-4565

While not exactly a secret, Disneyland Park is too grand not to mention. Since opening in July of 1955, its popularity seems to increase every day. There were roughly 28,000 guests on opening day in 1955, and the numbers have gone steadily up since then. This is the jewel of Orange County, and its worldwide popularity contributes heavily to the local economy. As holidays and weekends can be quite crowded, it is advised that Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best days to attend. Disneyland is something everyone should do at least once in their life. If you are not into theme parks, the many shops and restaurants in the Downtown Disney area outside the park are also worth the trip.

Ferry Around Balboa Island
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Balboa Island Ferry
410 S. Bay Front
Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 673-1070

New York has the Hamptons; Orange County has Newport Beach. While a leisurely stroll around Newport Beach is always an option, there is the added allure of Balboa Island and the Balboa Island Ferry. From the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, the Ferry, which has been in operation since 1919, allows access to pedestrians, wheelchairs, vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. After a short scenic trip across the water, you will have access to the quaint marina area, as well as the sidewalk cafes and specialty shops of Balboa Island. There is also the option of renting kayaks and jet skis. This is a great way to spend the day.

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Check Out Art In Laguna Beach
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Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8971

Located in breathtakingly beautiful Laguna Beach, since 1919, the Laguna Art Museum has been dedicated to California art. Unlike any other art museum in California, all pieces in the museum were either created by California artists or represent California life. Upon taking a tour through the museum, one will find impressive works of art which represent many historical time periods, dating from contemporary, all the way back to many decades ago. For anyone wishing to broaden their horizons while increasing their knowledge of the history of the state, this is definitely a great destination. There is no finer collection of California-centric art.

Visit Discovery Cube
Discovery science center - Cube Staff Showing Off Bugs
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Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 547-7840

Boasting over 100 interactive exhibits which feature everything from jet propulsion labs to the study of insects, Discovery Cube is a great place to feed the curiosity of young minds. The Discovery Science Foundation is a non-profit organization, which for over 35 years has been focused on positively impacting the lives of children. All exhibits are designed to engage and challenge, either mentally or physically. In addition to the ongoing exhibits, Discovery Cube keeps things fresh by bringing in temporary exhibits every few months. Whether kids are motivated by dinosaurs, dynamic chefs or the science of ice hockey, there is something for all. Bring the kids for a visit; you will not be disappointed.

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