Anaheim-Disneyland Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Anaheim-Disneyland

If you have extra time, Anaheim GardenWalk is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Anaheim-Disneyland
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    #2 in Anaheim-Disneyland
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Described by recent visitors as hip and a cool place to dine, 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 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.

    Recent visitors highly recommended making a stop (or two) at the Anaheim Packing District. Both travelers and locals love its eclectic vibe and the variety of cuisines (catering to many different budgets) that are available here. Those who also visited Disneyland said this space provided a relaxing and interesting reprieve from the at times chaotic atmosphere of the theme park.

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    Huntington Beach
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    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Known as the center of surfing culture in California, so much so that the city's official nickname is "Surf City USA" and the Vans US Open of Surfing is held there every summer, Huntington Beach is the perfect place to enjoy the waves, either on a board or from shore. Located about 20 miles southwest of Anaheim, it also makes for a good daytrip.

    Recent visitors praised the beach's cleanliness, and many note it's an ideal spot for families.

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    Anaheim GardenWalk
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    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Anaheim GardenWalk is an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex, with one of the main attractions being the House of Blues. Other businesses at the 460,000-square-foot complex include GO VR Gaming, Mission Escape Games and Bowlmor Lanes. Restaurants, like Johnny Rockets, The Cheesecake Factory and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. are among the family-friendly restaurants. Located steps from Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center, it's an easy place to relax and dine.

    Recent visitors who knew what to expect at the complex were happy with what they found, saying there were good restaurants and prices, but others who thought they were going to an actual garden were disappointed. They also mention that several shops seemed to be closed.

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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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