Southern California, and Orange County specifically, is the ideal place for endless activities and entertainment. Whether you’re new to the O.C. scene or you’ve lived here your whole life, make sure you check off each of these items on the ultimate bucket list for living in Orange County and get the ideal southern California experience.
Pay a visit to Disneyland AND Knott’s Berry Farm
These two iconic amusement parks offer hours of entertainment. As soon as you go once, you’ll never want to leave. Make sure to try the Dole Whip at Disneyland and the chicken dinner and boysenberry pie at Knott’s. Don’t miss the Main Street Electrical Parade and Disneyland Fireworks, and make a point to visit Knott’s during the Halloween season for Knott’s Scary Farm.
Rent a Duffy boat
Cruise around Newport Harbor in style with a trip on one of the iconic Duffy boats. Get a group of friends together to pitch in for a two-hour trip and a couple bottles of your favorite southern California wine. Don’t forget to check Groupon for a deal on one of these fun water cruises!
Watch the sunset at Laguna Beach
There are many reasons why California is so popular, and the stunning sunsets are not an exception. Find a spot on one of the picturesque rocks at Thousand Steps Beach or bring a towel and a picnic basket to enjoy the incredible orange and pink colored skies over the Pacific Ocean. Watching the sunset is the perfect way to end a relaxing day at the beach or spend a romantic evening with your significant other.
Take a surfing lesson in Huntington Beach
There’s a reason the US Open of Surfing is held at Huntington Beach every year. At any given point in the day, surfers line the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. If you choose not to learn to surf yourself, you can at least watch the talented surfers ride the waves by the famous Huntington Beach Pier.
Watch the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Each holiday season, view the spectacle that is 250 decorated boats parade around the Newport Harbor. Each boat is adorned with dazzling lights and Christmas-themed decorations, and a visit to the parade will not disappoint.
Watch a Ducks game
This exciting team guarantees an entertaining night out, complete with cold beers and ice rink fights. A playoffs game is even more of a bonus, as the crowd is that much rowdier and the energy in the Honda Center is unbeatable. Check out the season schedule and buy your ticket today!
Take a drive down PCH
The famed Pacific Coast Highway makes an appearance in countless songs and movies for a reason. The coastline-filled drive rings of classic, 1960s California and the views are breathtaking. Turn on the Beach Boys soundtrack and enjoy the views as you cruise down Highway 1.
Spend a day at the OC Fair
And don’t forget to indulge in deep-fried food, cold beers, and countless rides on the traditional carnival rides. Take a chance at the popular fair games in the hopes of winning an oversized stuffed animal!
Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano
This historic landmark is a must-see for anyone living in Orange County. This famous mission offers history tours and is a great place for sightseeing. In October, don’t forget to visit as the sun goes down and take the ghost tour of the “haunted” Los Rios St.
Hike to the Top of the World
This steep hike pays off with breathtaking views of the California coastline. Visit on a clear day to see the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific, gorgeous hillside mansions along the coast, as well as a chance to spot Catalina Island.
While there are countless other famous locations and activities to check off your Orange County bucket list, make a point to complete each one on this list. And give us a call today for more information about things to do in Orange County!