When you don’t have the luxury of spending all day in one place, you can still have tons of fun in the city of Anaheim. Disneyland is obviously a great place to have fun but it usually requires at least one full day to enjoy. You don’t want to pay $100 to get in and then leave after two or three hours. If you want something fun to do that can be done in half a day or less, you have many options.
While you may have to reach into your wallet to enjoy, you don’t have to reach too deep. Each of the following five Anaheim outings are both fun and affordable.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Angel Stadium in Anaheim is considered to be one of the most fan-friendly places to watch a major league baseball game. Whether you are just a casual observer of the sport or you live-and-breath everything baseball, you are sure to have a great experience. Attending a game is more than just watching the action on the field. You can fill up on a few hot dogs, munch on some popcorn, and wash it all down with a cold drink. You can buy banners and Angel souvenirs and you can try to get autographs from your favorite players.
On Friday nights, there are live music concerts before the game. Live Music in the Garden runs from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and features the best local bands. The concerts are inside the stadium at Gate 1 and you can enjoy the performances for free with your paid ticket to the game.
Baseball is still great and affordable family fun. Tickets in the outfield and the upper deck can cost as little as $10. If you want the prime seats directly behind home plate, it can cost close to $200 per ticket. A typical game usually runs about three hours.
If you have younger kids, a trip to this smallish amusement park located at 1238 South Beach Boulevard, will be a big hit. No, it is nothing like Disneyland, but the many kid-friendly rides and attractions will keep your kids entertained for hours. Admission is under $20 and infants under one get in for free.
Adventure City includes a petting farm, children’s theater, train rides, and a number of other interactive attractions. The 1946 carousel with twenty hand-painted horses is very popular. Kids can pretend to be a fireman or police officer at Rescue 911. You can take up the challenge and play arcade games and you can indulge in some tasty snacks. You don’t have to walk miles to see all of the attractions and you can usually see and do everything you want in two to three hours.
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Experience the solitude and beauty of this natural park located in the Anaheim Hills. Stay on the trails and follow the meandering stream through any of the three adjoining canyons. Visit the small museum that sits on the 58-acre site and see live animal and regional natural history exhibits. While there are no admission or parking fees, small donations are accepted to help fund the operation and maintain the park. Enter at 200 S. Anaheim Boulevard and stay as long as you like.
The Rinks – Anaheim Ice
The practice home of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, also provides ice time for figure skaters, amateur hockey teams, and the general public. If you want a cool place on a hot Anaheim day, why not lace up your skates and show off your ice skating skills. Don’t worry, everyone from beginner to expert is welcomed at this great facility.
Bowlmar Lanes at Anaheim GardenWalk
Come and experience an entertaining new twist on the old sport of bowling. Step into a club-like experience that centers around the sport of bowling. The lanes glow in the dark and while you are shooting for a strike you can place a food or drink order. Lane-side servers will bring your order to your lane in VIP style. Everything is cool in this high-energy bowling party that comes to life after the sun goes down.
Whether you are coming to Anaheim for a day, a week, or even longer, you will find that there is never a shortage of fun things to do. Be adventurous and explore all that Anaheim has to offer.
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