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Things to do in Santa Ana

Santa Ana is one of those California cities with roots dating back to the Mexican-American war. You can tell by some of the architecture in certain areas. But for the most part, Santa Ana also started out as a railroad town, as several did on the Santa Fe train line. The city runs alongside the river it is named after and has a freeway that leads into the mountains. Santa Ana remains a community-orientated city, with the County being the largest employer and the school district coming in second, followed by the college. But Santa Ana isn’t all work and no play. Here are some things you can do when taking some time in Orange County.

Disneyland And Disney California Adventure

Before mentioning anything else about Santa Ana, remember that you are in Orange County, which is home to Disneyland. So, the happiest place on Earth is an option here, with Anaheim not being far from Santa Ana. You have the classic Disneyland park and the more modern California Adventure for a day of unforgettable fun. They just completed that new Marvel area this past year; it’s always worth checking out if you can.

Disneyland

1313 Disneyland Dr

Anaheim, CA

92802

About seven miles from Santa Ana

Bowers Museum

Let’s focus on some of the more local attractions that Santa Ana offers. The Bowers Museum is their foremost location for Pre-Columbian history, with more than 100,000 artifacts. Recently, they’ve been doing a Walt Disney Archies exhibit showcasing costume designs of storytelling’s biggest characters. Being so close to the park has its advantages; they get access to all the Disney artifacts from the park and the company’s history. Weddings and events are held here at times.

Bowers Museum

2002 N Main St

Santa Ana, CA

92706

Santa Ana Zoo

The Santa Ana Zoo has a specific focus on animals of Central and South America. However, their primates originate from all over the world. Animal residents include giant anteaters, iguanas, white-faced saki monkeys, several amazon birds, pigs, and ocelots. Nothing as momentous as an elephant or hippo, but still enough to draw in crowds of at least 250,000 every year.

Santa Ana Zoo

1801 E Chestnut Ave

Santa Ana, CA

92701

Orange County Museum of Art

Orange County Museum of Art is the go-to destination for more contemporary and modern art not found in the Bowers Museum. While they wait for their new building to be completed, they can still be visited for their galleries of artists from the last century –many of which are from the last 40 years. See early and mid-century modernism across various mediums to take a load off your mind for a day here.

Orange County Museum of Art

1661 W Sunflower Ave

Santa Anna, CA

92704

Irvin Park Railroad

Great parks have sizeable hiking trails, good picnic areas, a lake or two with water activities, and a playground where children expend some energy. Eventually, the slide gets a little old, but Irvin Park Railroad always keeps the little ones excited. Their titular miniature railway is a local favorite and often the main reason why parents bring their children to the park–that along with the pony rides. Seasonal events are also popular with the community at Irvin Park.

Irvin Park Railroad

1 Irvine Park Rd,

Orange, CA

92869

No more than 10 miles from Santa Ana

Adventure City

You could go big with Disneyland, or you could go small with Adventure City, the smallest amusement park in Orange County. Of course, that’s what gives it its charm. Adventure City is home to 11 family rides, including their Rewind Racers coaster, which is a park favorite. They also have a rock climbing wall, a petting zoo, an arcade, and stage entertainment.

Adventure City

1238 S Beach Blvd

Anaheim, CA

92804

About seven miles from Santa Ana

Downtown Santa Ana

Of course, the city itself is a great destination even for tourists. Not just as a commercial destination but also as a historical landmark–the Old Orange County Courthouse stands as a symbol of Santa Ana’s past and present as the County Seat. You’ll find more Romanesque Revival buildings throughout Santa Ana and Orange County. The Civic Center District is where most of these buildings stand in operation today. The Historic District is more so a tourist destination. Fourth Street is especially lively with its restaurants and shops. The Artists Village also showcases the creator community of Santa Ana.

Santa Ana, CA

92701

Marconi Automotive Museum

You have The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, the Batmobile, and KITT from Knight Rider all under the same roof at Marconi Automotive Museum. The museum wasn’t founded as a way to preserve automotive history but to safely store collector cars. Dick Marconi was the one who came up with the museum model after storing his own street and race cars. Now, over 100 vehicles are in the collection and used to raise money not for more cars but for children’s charities in Santa Ana and Orange County.

Marconi Automotive Museum

1302 Industrial Dr

Tustin, CA

92780

No more than three miles from Santa Ana

Discovery Cube

Orange County’s Discovery Cube is the county’s foremost children’s science museum, named so for its enormous solar cube helping power the museum. The Cube is mainly focused on the modern sciences of the 1900s to give children a better understanding of what life was like over a century ago. They also have exhibits on dinosaurs, geology, and air and space dynamics.

Discovery Cube

2500 N Main St

Santa Ana, CA

92705