Fun things to do Thanksgiving holiday in Orange county including attractions, activities, parks along with a few hidden gems. Bookmark this list if you have out of town visitors or your local looking for affordable outings close to home.
Orange County Thanksgiving things to do:
Top attractions & Adventures
Knott’s Berry Farm Orange County’s most affordable theme park. Along with a selection of thrilling coaster rides Knott’s has camp Snoopy for the young crowd. After riding the coasters take time to visit the ghost town and take a mone ride or get wet on the log ride. Save $22.00 off with our print at home tickets.
Disneyland California its going to be busy but if you have out of town guest they are going to want to go. Best Savings are with a CityPASS that also gets you admission to SeaWorld and Universal Studios. A must do for Thanksgiving tourists but locals may want to wait until the holiday is over.
Pirates Dinner Adventure a wonderful show for a family adventure, date night or visiting relatives. Save $30.00 off ticket booth price with our discount tickets and you will have money left to visit Knott’s. This is an all new show so if you have not been in a while its worth a second visit.
Medieval Times Buena Parks other dinner show includes jousting knights in a huge arean along with a feat fit for a king. Tickets are not as discounted as much as Pirates but the show is rated as good or better by many guests.
Whale Watching its that time of the year agian and the whales are on the move down the coast. Whale watching trips leave from Newport Beach and Dana Point Harbor. You can save a bundle with many boat operators offering deep discounts in order to fill up the boats.
Adventure City give this little amusement park a try if you have younger children and your on a budget. Rides are geared towards kids up to about ten years old with even a few mom and dad can hop on. An all day ticket will not set you back a lot and your kids will have a blast.
Old Towne Orange Holiday Walking Food Tour Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas while experiencing the holiday magic of Old Towne Orange. During this tour you will stroll down historic Glassell and Chapman Streets past charming historic buildings decorated for the holidays.
Laguna Beach Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy. This annual event is not your typical gathering of local arts and crafts artisans. What makes it really unique, is that each booth is hand built and manned by the artist themselves.
Orange County Thanksgiving Activities Things To Do :
10 Thanksgiving day trips
Irvine Regional Park has something for everybody in your family. The Oarnge County Zoo, Irvine Park Railroad, two lakes, bike trails, hiking trails, play areas and picnic spots. As you can see there is more than enough to keep you busy for a day and it only cost a few dollars for a whole day of fun.
Newport Back Bay is a great place to spend the day. You can ride or run the back bay loop or take a family day hike. Stop by Newport Dunes for an ice cream or lunch after you explore the back bay. Kayaks and Stand up Paddle Boards can be rented at Newport Aquatic Center if you want to explore the bay by water.
Seal Beach a quaint seaside town with its soft sand, sunshine and temperate waters that provide the perfect aquatic playground for swimming, surfing and fishing, all while taking in a panoramic view of the majestic Pacific Ocean. Loads of beach close dining options on main street.
Laguna Beach seven miles of beautiful coastline are the main draw. Countless outdoor activities and a flourishing arts scene, it’s no wonder that Laguna Beach has been a favorite destination for southern Californians and other travelers in-the-know.
Discovery Science Center where else can you walk through a giant prehistoric creature. With more than 120 interactive exhibits and activities the science center is the perfect destination for families with active children. Proceeds of your ticket go toward operation of the non profit museum and other programs such as community outreach and teacher training. You can save a few dollars with our print at home tickets.
Mission Capistrano take a historic journey back in time with you visit this popular California Mission. After your tourof the mission there is plenty more to see nearby in the San Juan Capistrano Rios district. This day trip is possible to take by train with the Amtrak station only a short walk away.
Santa Ana Zoo a surprising little zoo tucked away in Prentice Park in Santa Ana. Along with a couple of big zoo exhibits this family-friendly zoo is a great place for younger children. Top off your visit with a trip on the zoo train or if you go on the weekend they have camel rides.
O’Neill Regional Park serves both as a day use picnic area as well as an overnight camping facility. Take your family for a hike or visit the nature center. There are play areas for kids and lots of shady trees for a picnic. O’Neill Park also has a great camping area perfect for a camping trip that not too far away from home.
Richard Nixon Library is a fascinating place for a day trip. Located in Yorba Linda the library houses a huge collection of historical artifacts including the presidents limo, helicopter and a wonderful display of statues of world leaders. Richard Nixon’s birthplace and final resting places are also on the grounds.
Fullerton Arboretum your passport to the world of plants. Without going far from home you can inhale the fragrances of the Mediterranean, feel the cool shade of the Redwood Forest, delight in the glorious fall color of the northeastern United States. Admission is free however they do appreciate a donation.
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