Top 20 Amazing Things To Do in Anaheim Beyond Disneyland

When most people think of Anaheim CA there is one attraction that pops into mind and that is DISNEYLAND. Look, we love Disneyland as much as anyone (grab discounted tickets here), however, the truth is Anaheim has SO MUCH MORE to offer traveling families coming in from both near and far. We recently spent a few days in Anaheim and I am SO excited to share with you the incredible things to do in Anaheim that we uncovered.

Things to do in Anaheim - Dave & Busters Mural at The Outlets at Orange | Global Munchkins

Top 20 Amazing Things To Do in Anaheim beyond Disneyland

I love that Anaheim, unlike a lot of Southern California, has an amazing public transit system. So, if you don’t have a car hop on the Anaheim Rapid Transit (ART) and with a couple of bucks, you can be anywhere. (You can pre-purchase discounted ART passes here)

1- Lessons at Vans Skatepark (Our Kiddos Favorite Thing To Do in Anaheim!)

One of our kids’ favorite things to do in Anaheim is the Vans Skatepark. This massive 20,000+ square foot skatepark is a skater’s paradise. My kids were complete beginners but thanks to their incredible instructor Devon they had a blast! Vans Skatepark in Orange County | Global Munchkins

The Vans Skatepark is located at The Outlets at Orange. Kids can take private lessons, rent equipment, enjoy open skate or BMX. There’s a warm-up area, mini ramp, main street course, and an outdoor course. Many skaters come for the Vans Combi pool- a replica of the original in the Upland Pipeline Skatepark.

My kids weren’t quite ready for the craziness but they did enjoy sliding down it on their bums 😉
Things to do in Anaheim Com Pool at Vans Skatepark in Orange County | Global Munchkins

Vans Skate Lessons in Orange County

2- SwingIt Trapeze Lessons

You have to experience SwingIt Trapeze! I was completely shocked that our whole family was able to fly. The staff is incredible and will guide you step by step so that you feel completely comfortable. Check Current Prices Here!

Woman swinging on a trapeze during a lesson at SwingIt Trapeze in Anaheim CA | Global Munchkins

Trapeze wasn’t easy but the instructors are so skilled at helping you learn! Check out my tricks below:

Ella also enjoyed the sideshow tricks while she was waiting for her turn.

Playing with Devil Sticks at SwingIt Trapeze in Anaheim while waiting for her turn to swing | Global Munchkins

3- Catch an Angels Baseball Game or 4- a Ducks Hockey Game

Nothing says summer like heading to the baseball fields. Anaheim is home to the Angels and the Angels Stadium is a  fantastic stadium for families. Sundays are family days so there are extra games and fun for the kiddos.

Angels Stadium located in Anaheim CA. Baseball in California | Global Munchkins

Delicious helmet nachos while watching a baseball game at the Anaheim Angels Stadium | Global Munchkins

Head across the street to the Honda Center and check out the Anaheim Ducks. Hockey at the Honda Center is a lot of fun. Plus, the Honda Center also holds concerts throughout the year.

Bonus Tips

AVOID PARKING HEADACHES- You can hop on the rail, bus, or grab an Uber from the ARTIC Transportation Center. 

DISCOUNTED TICKETS- Often times you can get discounted tickets from sites like StubHub. Click Here for Angels Prices!Click Here for Anaheim Ducks Prices!

5- Find Instagram-Worthy Food at the Anaheim Packing House

Seriously… you MUST check out the Anaheim Packing House!!! This once Sunkist Packing House built in 1919 got a whole new look a few years ago and is now a foodie hall full of amazing artisan eateries. There is always something new to discover and it is oh so tasty.

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I recommend trying the K2 Cro-Nut from Pandor. Just be sure you have someone to share it with.
Pandor K2 CroNut at the Packing House in Anaheim. Anaheim Packing District unique eateries just 5 minutes from Disneyland | Global Munchkins

A Rainbow Cloud from Snow Monster will be quite the treat. Its a Thai Tea with boba topped with freshly spun cotton candy and fruity pebbles.

Snow Monster at the Packing House in Anaheim. Anaheim Packing District unique eateries just 5 minutes from Disneyland | Global Munchkins

Check out the Instagram sensation known as Pop Bar. They serve gelato on a stick dipped in your favorite chocolate and rolled in the topping of your choice. Pop Bar at the Packing House in Anaheim. Anaheim Packing District unique eateries just 5 minutes from Disneyland | Global Munchkins

All the natural light flowing in, the succulent plants, swings… it’s so beautiful!!!

Things to do in Anaheim | Anaheim Packing House | Global Munchkins

If you are in the mood for a meal I suggest checking out the artisan tacos at Urbana

Urbana at the Anaheim Packing House | Global Munchkins

or a fresh plate of Tikka Masala from Adya. The warm fresh naan is to die for!

Adaya at Anaheim Packing House | Global Munchkins

BONUS TIP– More Instagram worthy photos can be taken at the GardenWalk located on Harbor Blvd. You will enjoy delicious places like The Cheesecake Factory and crazy desserts from Snowopolis!

6- Visit the Flightdeck for a Totally Unique Thing To Do in Anaheim 

Flightdeck is amazing! You get to take a flight course, jump in a suit like Maverick & Goose and dog flight inside simulator pods in front of a giant screen. And, the Flightdeck in Anaheim is the ONLY place in the world you can do this!!! Check Current Prices Here!

Flightdeck experience in Anaheim CA | Global Munchkins

My boys LOVED competing against each other. My middle son, Owen, who loves video games said this was his favorite activity all summer long.Unique experience to fly in a simulator and pretend dog fight at the Flightdeck in Anaheim | Global Munchkins

7 – Check Out Center Street – One of the Coolest Things To Do in Anaheim!

If you are over at the Packing House you can hop on “Polly the Trolley” noon to 9 PM Fridays through Sundays! It’s a FREE ride from the Packing House to Center St. Promenade and back, every 15 minutes!

Ink & Bean Artisan Coffee and Writing Lounge located on Center Street in Anaheim CA | Global Munchkins

8- Stop by Ink & Bean for a nitro cold brew… then stroll the farmers market or sit and relax with a book from the airstream free library.

Free library on Center Street in Anaheim. One of the things to do when in Anaheim with kids. | Global Munchkins

9- Just make sure you save room for Pour Vida. Their tacos and fresh pressed juices are divine.

Pour Vida on Center Street | Global Munchkins

10- Take the Family to Medieval Times

A family favorite for us is always Medieval Times. But, we had not been to Medieval Times in ages. I was shocked by how much the kids still loved the show and dinner.
Multi-Racial Family at Medieval Times | Global Munchkins

The place was PACKED! The show was better than ever and the kids loved the food. They also loved eating without silverware. I ordered their vegetarian meal, it came with all the regular sides plus pita, hummus and fresh veggies and then a lentil soup. Yum!

Family enjoying dinner at Medieval Times in Buena Park CA | Global Munchkins

The knights are fun to watch, but what I really love is watching all of the magnificent horses. They brought out some who were literally dancing to the music. It was so beautiful to see. Grab discounted tickets here!
Man riding a beautiful black horse in a dark arena at Medieval Times in Buena Park | Global Munchkins

11- Grab Lunch at Dave & Buster’s… 12- AND save time for the Arcade

Another find at The Outlets at Orange was Dave & Buster’s. We had a delicious lunch here with the kids. They have a huge menu so there is something for everyone!

Steak Salad at Dave & Buster's at the Outlets at Orange | Global Munchkins

Turkey Club at Dave & Buster's | Global Munchkins

Of course… it’s not the food the kids cared about but the MASSIVE arcade. Our kids played for a good hour and a half before we could pry them off the machines. They had a blast!!

Dave & Buster's Arcade located at the Outlets at Orange | Global Munchkins

And, once they were done they got to go to the most incredible ticket redemption store I had ever seen with the best prizes. Ella could hardly believe she had enough tickets to buy the adorable stuffed raccoon below 😉

Awesome Dave & Buster's Prizes i| Global Munchkins

13- Moms & Dads will LOVE the Anaheim Brewery

I know breweries are not really for the kids but this one was too good not to mention. Anaheim Brewery is a revived prohibition brewery. Even though this stop is for the grown-ups, you can sandwich it with fun activities for the kids.

Anaheim Brewery sign. Located across from the Packing District in Anaheim.| Global Munchkins

All beer is made right there on site. The founders Barbara and Greg are so passionate about brewing beer and it shows! The beers are light, airy and absolutely delicious.

Anaheim Brewery | Global Munchkins

14- Find Hands-On Fun at the Discovery Cube

Last but certainly not least The Discovery Cube in Orange County is another fantastic place to take the kids. They have a ton of hands-on educational activities that will entertain your little ones for a full afternoon. Make sure to check out the Eco-Challange!

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My bigger kids love checking out the Science of Hockey area and the Inspector Training course. If you live in SoCal their family annual pass is a really affordable way to keep the fun going all year long.
Discovery Cube Orange County

Bonus! 15- Round 1 Bowling & Amusement 

Anaheim attractions

The newest addition to Anaheim Attractions is Round 1 Bowling and Amusement. Technically it is in the neighboring city of Santa Ana, but it’s just a couple miles away. You can check it out here!

Some Other Stops in Anaheim

16- Shop at Anaheim GardenWalk 

17- Listen to Music at The City National Grove of Anaheim

18- Find Some Thrills at Adventure City 

19- Eat Famous Chicken and Waffles at Roscoes 

20-Ralph B. Clark Regional Park 

21- or Yorba Regional Park

22- Visit Thursday Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market

23- Walk Around and Dine in Downtown Disney 

24- Skate at Anaheim Ice 

25- Hit Another Amusement Park Knott’s Berry Farm in Nearby Buena Vista 

26- & Knott’s Soak City (buy discount tickets here!)

27- See Some Animals at the Santa Ana Zoo 

28- Head to a convention at the Anaheim Convention Center

29- Hike at the Oak Canyon Nature Center

30- Grab a Drink at Unsung Brewing Company

Family Friendly Accommodations Near Disneyland

Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance Hotel

I have to tell you about the amazing resort we found; Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance Hotel! This brand new hotel features an on-site water park called Surfside, a beautiful fitness center, rooms designed with families in mind and you can even see fireworks from the pool area and some of the rooms.

We stayed in a family suite which had two queen beds + a bunk bed. Even with all 6 of us we never felt squished. Check Prices Here!

Marriott Courtyard Theme Park Entrance in Anaheim | Global Munchkinsphoto provided by Courtyard Anaheim

My favorite feature was the dual showers, meaning that two people can shower simultaneously! This was so wonderful during our hectic mornings.

Bathroom at the Marriott Courtyard Theme Park Entrance in Anaheim | Global Munchkinsphoto provided by Courtyard Anaheim
Marriott Courtyard Theme Park Entrance in Anaheim | Global Munchkinsphoto provided by Courtyard Anaheim

Great Wolf Lodge  

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Another great place to check out is the Great Wolf Lodge. It is so family friendly and located about 3 miles away from Disneyland. You can check out my Great Wolf Lodge Southern California review here!

There’s a water park inside the hotel, don’t miss out check current prices here!

 

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*a special thanks to Visit Anaheim for arranging our stay for purpose of our reviews as well as Vans Skatepark, The Outlets at Orange, Flightdeck, Medieval Times, Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance, SwingIt Trapeze and the Discovery Cube for hosting the munchkins on our recent visit. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

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