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Best Things To Do in Anaheim-Disneyland

The main attractions here are obviously the rides and amusements of Disneyland. But the city of Anaheim also offers a hoard of other worthwhile ventures too. Knott's Berry Farm and Adventure City are traveler-approved amusement parks that are especially appealing to younger kids. And during baseball season, a game at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim should be a high priority. Plus, the beaches of Laguna, Oceanside and even San Diego are less than 100 miles away.  

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#1 in Anaheim-Disneyland

Many travelers say this original Disney resort lives up to its motto as "The Happiest Place on Earth." You'll find three unique areas inside Disneyland: Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney district.The main park is still the favorite among reviewers and frequent guests, as it harbors several differently themed areas like Tomorrowland, Frontierland and Mickey's Toontown. At California Adventure, you'll find Golden State-themed lands like Paradise Pier, which is modeled after California boardwalks similar to the one in Santa Monica, California. And after its recent enhancement, visitors can also explore the worlds of "The Little Mermaid" and "Cars." For a tasty meal and some entertainment, head to Downtown Disney.
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More than Full Day Time to Spend
Disneyland
Many travelers say this original Disney resort lives up to its motto as "The Happiest Place on Earth." You'll find three unique areas inside Disneyland: Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney district.The main park is still the favorite among reviewers and frequent guests, as it harbors several differently themed areas like Tomorrowland, Frontierland and Mickey's Toontown. At California Adventure, you'll find Golden State-themed lands like Paradise Pier, which is modeled after California boardwalks similar to the one in Santa Monica, California. And after its recent enhancement, visitors can also explore the worlds of "The Little Mermaid" and "Cars." For a tasty meal and some entertainment, head to Downtown Disney.
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#2 in Anaheim-Disneyland

Both baseball aficionados and casual fans agree: If you're in Anaheim, you should make a point to catch a game at this historic, 45,050-seat venue. Home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since 1966, Angel Stadium (or The Big A) is baseball's fourth-oldest active Major League Baseball stadium, behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium. Single game ticket prices start at $8 and vary depending on the day, time and opponent. Parking at the stadium costs $10 per car (cash only).
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Sports Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Both baseball aficionados and casual fans agree: If you're in Anaheim, you should make a point to catch a game at this historic, 45,050-seat venue. Home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since 1966, Angel Stadium (or The Big A) is baseball's fourth-oldest active Major League Baseball stadium, behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium. Single game ticket prices start at $8 and vary depending on the day, time and opponent. Parking at the stadium costs $10 per car (cash only).
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#3

#3 in Anaheim-Disneyland

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Described by recent visitors as a "hipster food court," the Anaheim Packing District features more than 20 artisan eateries, live music, a farmers market and an event area with a fireplace and orange grove. Housed in the former Anaheim Citrus Packing House, which was built in 1919, this two-level facility features a central atrium with a communal dining area flanked by cafes and kiosks. Outside, there are picnic gardens and a marketplace, Farmers Park.
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Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Anaheim Packing District
Described by recent visitors as a "hipster food court," the Anaheim Packing District features more than 20 artisan eateries, live music, a farmers market and an event area with a fireplace and orange grove. Housed in the former Anaheim Citrus Packing House, which was built in 1919, this two-level facility features a central atrium with a communal dining area flanked by cafes and kiosks. Outside, there are picnic gardens and a marketplace, Farmers Park.
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#4 in Anaheim-Disneyland

For all the would-be pilots out there and all those "Top Gun" fans, the Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center is for you. Here, you can pretend you're taking off, dogfighting, and completing death-defying aerial maneuvers in fighter jet and Boeing 737 flight simulators that make it feel real. 
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Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center
For all the would-be pilots out there and all those "Top Gun" fans, the Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center is for you. Here, you can pretend you're taking off, dogfighting, and completing death-defying aerial maneuvers in fighter jet and Boeing 737 flight simulators that make it feel real. 
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#5 in Anaheim-Disneyland

Approximately 10 miles east of downtown Anaheim in the mouth of Santa Ana Canyon, Yorba Regional Park is an oasis of green in a city heavily blanketed in concrete. Among its four lakes and connecting streams, biking and jogging paths, equestrian trails, there are more than 400 picnic tables, barbecue grills and restrooms, making it the ideal place to take a family tuckered out by all the crowds at Disneyland. There's also a bicycle rental shop at the park (Wheel Fun Rentals), which rents out a variety of bikes, kayaks and pedal boats. Consider renting a bike if you want to ride the 20-mile-long Santa Ana River Trail, which eventually leads to the Pacific Ocean.
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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Yorba Regional Park
Approximately 10 miles east of downtown Anaheim in the mouth of Santa Ana Canyon, Yorba Regional Park is an oasis of green in a city heavily blanketed in concrete. Among its four lakes and connecting streams, biking and jogging paths, equestrian trails, there are more than 400 picnic tables, barbecue grills and restrooms, making it the ideal place to take a family tuckered out by all the crowds at Disneyland. There's also a bicycle rental shop at the park (Wheel Fun Rentals), which rents out a variety of bikes, kayaks and pedal boats. Consider renting a bike if you want to ride the 20-mile-long Santa Ana River Trail, which eventually leads to the Pacific Ocean.
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#6 in Anaheim-Disneyland

If you're sick of Disney  or just want try out some big roller coasters  you should check out nearby Buena Park's Knott's Berry Farm, a popular theme park that features some thrilling attractions. The park contains the quaintness of a Wild West reconstruction with some of the attractions of a multimillion-dollar theme park. It also contains a log ride, a Wild West stunt show, a boardwalk-themed area and a playground area called Camp Snoopy that is geared toward young children. Highly recommended thrill rides include the Boomerang roller coaster, the Sky Cabin and the super-fast coaster, the Xcelerator.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Knott's Berry Farm
If you're sick of Disney  or just want try out some big roller coasters  you should check out nearby Buena Park's Knott's Berry Farm, a popular theme park that features some thrilling attractions. The park contains the quaintness of a Wild West reconstruction with some of the attractions of a multimillion-dollar theme park. It also contains a log ride, a Wild West stunt show, a boardwalk-themed area and a playground area called Camp Snoopy that is geared toward young children. Highly recommended thrill rides include the Boomerang roller coaster, the Sky Cabin and the super-fast coaster, the Xcelerator.
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#7 in Anaheim-Disneyland

If you're on a budget and you've got young children in tow, you should consider a trip to Adventure City, according to recent visitors. Many reviewers said this small theme park is a less stressful and less expensive alternative to the pricey, crowded entertainment mecca of Disneyland. But keep in mind that this park is geared toward younger kids (most travelers said children between the ages of 2 and 10 will enjoy what Adventure City has to offer). The park does boast two roller coasters, but the focus here is less on thrilling rides and more on engaging pint-sized visitors with interactive attractions, such as the Thomas Tank Engine attraction where kids help one another build train layouts.
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Amusement Parks Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Adventure City
If you're on a budget and you've got young children in tow, you should consider a trip to Adventure City, according to recent visitors. Many reviewers said this small theme park is a less stressful and less expensive alternative to the pricey, crowded entertainment mecca of Disneyland. But keep in mind that this park is geared toward younger kids (most travelers said children between the ages of 2 and 10 will enjoy what Adventure City has to offer). The park does boast two roller coasters, but the focus here is less on thrilling rides and more on engaging pint-sized visitors with interactive attractions, such as the Thomas Tank Engine attraction where kids help one another build train layouts.
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