Things to Do in Anaheim
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From Breweries to Ballparks, Here’s How to Spend 48 Hours in Anaheim

Dine, Drink and Play Your Way Through This Orange County City

We have a certain fondness for Anaheim and not just because it’s home to The Happiest Place on Earth. It takes a lot to tempt Californian kids to leave their beloved coastline, but this inland icon lures beach lovers left and right. Why do we love it so much? Well, what’s not to love? It has viral eats and treats, cool cocktail bars, activities galore and not one but two professional sports teams. It’s a cultural melting pot with so much personality and way more to do than just Disneyland® Park. You can see a show, go line dancing, ride a rollercoaster, catch a pop fly and shop till you drop. It’s pure entertainment for adults, fun for families and your kids will get a kick out of this city too. Planning a visit? Here’s how to maximize two full days in Anaheim.

 

DAY 1

Check-in at The Anaheim Hotel or The Viv Hotel, Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

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Few destinations have the variety of hotels available in Anaheim. From elegant suites to family-centric accommodations, Anaheim’s hotels provide the perfect home base for your 48-hour epic adventure. Two hotels making a splash this summer are The Anaheim Hotel and The Viv Hotel, Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel—here’s why these are our favorite places to stay!

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The Anaheim Hotel, situated in the heart of the city, is a premier destination for travelers seeking comfort and convenience near Disneyland® Park. With its recently renovated rooms and suites, guests are greeted with modern amenities and stylish decor. The hotel’s prime location offers easy access to Disneyland® Park, Disney California Adventure® Park and the Anaheim Convention Center, making it ideal for both leisure and business travelers. From the inviting outdoor pool to the two Topgolf Swing Suites, every aspect of The Anaheim Hotel is designed to ensure a memorable stay, complete with an outdoor recreation area teeming with competition-friendly lawn games. They have a slew of specials for future guests to take advantage of so be sure to scope out what offers they are running during your visit.

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Another sensational stay awaits at The Viv Hotel. Also located near Disneyland® Park, this boutique hotel offers a distinct blend of contemporary design and personalized service. Each meticulously curated room and suite boasts chic furnishings and thoughtful amenities, creating a sanctuary for guests to unwind after a day of adventure. With its convenient location near major attractions, The Viv Hotel caters to families and solo travelers alike. Kids can enjoy the pool scene and splash pad, while adults can seek refuge on the rooftop terrace where cocktails await. The Viv also has family game and movie nights, themed cocktails, cooking classes and multi-course dinners with alcohol pairings for an unmatched Anaheim experience.

 

Morning

Brunch at 8th Haus Cafe

8th Haus Cafe is serving up delectable dishes like bulgogi Benedicts, breakfast burritos and other brunch favorites. Known for its inviting atmosphere and creative take on culinary favorites, this Anaheim restaurant is a hotspot for locals and visitors alike. Their menu showcases a variety of brunch classics made quirky, such as crème brulée matcha pancakes, ube waffles sprinkled with nostalgic ‘90s cereal and cookie butter lattes to wash it all down. They have $5 frosés on Fridays (the best deal in town) and plenty of other photo-friendly foodie finds. Open 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, 8th Haus Cafe is a must-visit destination for brunch enthusiasts looking to kickstart their Anaheim adventures the right way.

 

Thrifting at RARE by Goodwill

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RARE by Goodwill offers a unique thrifting experience, blending sustainability with style. Their curated selection of vintage and designer clothing, accessories and home goods ensures every visit is a hunt for hidden treasures. From trendy streetwear to one-of-a-kind gently used finds, this thrift store in Anaheim caters to those fashion-forward folks who are always looking to score high-end yet affordable pieces. The store’s welcoming atmosphere and organized layout make browsing a breeze, while their commitment to sustainability aligns with eco-conscious shoppers’ values. Whether hunting for hidden gems or simply looking to score an insane deal, RARE by Goodwill promises an exciting thrifting adventure you can’t help but feel good about. Look good, feel good, give back.

 

Midday

Lunch at Los De Juarez Burritos

¡Vamonos! Let’s go to lunch at Los De Juarez Burritos. This authentic hidden gem is a flavorful foray into the humble burrito. These aren’t your everyday burritos, folks, they read more like an oversized taquito stuffed with savory fillings like carne asada, al pastor or tender chicken. Each dish is perfectly complemented by fresh toppings and homemade salsas for an ever-so-satisfying bite that’s a symphony of textures and tastes—all for just $7! Whether you’re craving a classic burrito or eager to try their signature creations, Los De Juarez Burritos promises a fool-proof lunchtime delight that will leave you craving more. And if you are—get some of their handmade flour tortillas to go!

 

Catch an Angels Game

Things to Do in Anaheim
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It’s time to play ball! Get a little taste of an Americana summer at the ballpark rooting for the Los Angeles Angels. Speaking of taste, are you unsure what to order at the park? Check out our guide on what to eat and drink at Angel Stadium this season. Slow sip a Michelada in the summer sun and enjoy the sounds of America’s favorite pastime. Angel Stadium has a great selection of craft beers from local breweries like Golden Road and Ballast Point if you prefer your bunts with a brew. Nothing beats a classic ballpark hot dog either, and Angel Stadium serves up some that rival the Dodger Dog. Whether you prefer yours loaded with chili and cheese or just topped with mustard and onions, it wouldn’t be a complete baseball game experience without one.

 

Afternoon

Caffeine Fix at LAMILL Coffee

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There’s a new caffeinating kid in town and he goes by the name of LAMILL. Located right across the way from Angel Stadium, this is a must-stop after a day of eating and drinking at the game. Just one look at their Instagram and you’ll be pining for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Known for their cold brew with plenty of other decadent latte options for the less serious caffeine drinkers, this Anaheim coffee shop is here to fuel your 48 hours in Anaheim. Enjoy your beverage at their spacious shop or take it to-go for your next adventure.

 

Shop and Browse at Anaheim GardenWalk

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Anaheim GardenWalk is a vibrant outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment destination conveniently located near Disneyland® Park and the Anaheim Convention Center. With its modern architecture and lush landscaping, GardenWalk offers a serene setting for visitors to explore a diverse array of retail stores, restaurants and entertainment options. The center boasts over 50 unique shops and boutiques, ranging from fashion and accessories to home decor and specialty gifts. When it comes to dining, GardenWalk plays host to an eclectic mix of restaurants and eateries, showcasing flavors from around the world. Whether you’re craving sushi, Italian cuisine or classic American fare, there’s a restaurant to satisfy every palate. Visitors can catch a movie at the state-of-the-art AMC Theatres, enjoy live music at The FIFTH Rooftop Restaurant & Bar or challenge friends to a game of bowling at Bowlmor Lanes.

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Evening

Dinner at Céntrico

Dinner at Céntrico in Anaheim promises a culinary journey featuring authentic Mexican flavors with a modern twist. This new Anaheim restaurant offers a sophisticated yet inviting ambiance, perfect for intimate dinners or gatherings with friends. From flavorful street tacos and savory enchiladas to mouthwatering seafood dishes and tender grilled meats, every bite at Céntrico is a celebration of Mexican cuisine. Pair your meal with handcrafted cocktails or a selection from their extensive tequila and mezcal menu for a truly unforgettable (or, er, maybe forgettable depending on how much tequila you drink) dining experience. With impeccable service and a commitment to quality, Céntrico is a standout destination to bookend your day with. 

 

DAY 2

Morning

Beans and Buns at Okayama Kobo Bakery & Cafe

Okayama Kobo Bakery & Cafe is a pastry pit stop you don’t want to skip. This charming bakery and cafe combines Japanese craftsmanship with traditional baking techniques to create an irresistible selection of treats. Their coffee menu features a variety of specialty brews, including rich espressos, creamy lattes and flavorful pour-overs, sourced from premium beans for a satisfying sip every time. As for pastries, Okayama Kobo offers an assortment of freshly baked goods, including croissants, danishes and muffins, baked to perfection daily. But the highlight of this cafe is their adorable character buns, which are just as cute as they are delicious. These whimsical buns come in various shapes and designs, such as pandas, bears and pigs, and are filled with sweet or savory fillings for a delightful treat that’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

 

Explore New Exhibits at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

Things to Do in Anaheim
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Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center continually refreshes its exhibits to offer visitors a diverse range of immersive experiences. From captivating art showcases to thought-provoking historical displays, there’s always something new to explore. Recent exhibits have delved into topics like local history, contemporary art movements and cultural diversity, providing insight into the vibrant tapestry of human expression. Expect to encounter interactive installations, engaging multimedia presentations and curated collections that inspire curiosity and spark conversation. Check out their events calendar to see if they are hosting one of their fun concert series or wine and paint nights while you’re visiting! 

 

Midday

Build-Your-Own Charcuterie at Pique-Nique + Picnic at Yorba Regional Park

At Pique-Nique, located inside the Anaheim Packing District, visitors can enjoy a build-your-own charcuterie experience that is a fun departure from the usual grab-and-go. This charming French-inspired stall invites guests to create their own custom charcuterie boards, tailored to their unique tastes and preferences. You can choose from a large selection of artisanal cheeses, cured meats, fresh fruits, nuts, olives and gourmet spreads to assemble the perfect charcuterie masterpiece in four different sizes. Whether you’re craving creamy brie, savory prosciutto, tangy goat cheese or sweet fig jam, Pique-Nique serves up high-quality ingredients to satisfy every palate. Plus you can do a wine tasting while you curate! 

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Once you’ve got the goods, head to Yorba Regional Park for a Parisian-style picnic. Spanning 140 acres, the park features expansive green spaces, picturesque lakes and scenic trails perfect for picnics, fishing, hiking and biking. You can rent boats and bikes and take advantage of a little midday nature immersion.

 

Cool Off at The Rinks Anaheim ICE

Of course, Ducktown has a rink in its city center—this is a hockey town, after all. The Rinks Anaheim ICE is located just around the corner from the Anaheim Packing District and is the perfect place to cool off on a warm summer day. Get some fuel from Thank You Coffee on your way and get ready to enjoy an hour of ice time. General admission is $16 and skates can be rented for an additional $7. The open-skate sessions tend to get crowded, so arrive early to avoid wait times.

 

Afternoon

Lunch at Golden Road Brewing Anaheim

Lunch at a brewery is never boring and Golden Road Brewing promises a poppin’ good time. Located right next to Angel Stadium, this popular spot serves up a diverse menu of elevated pub fare and craft beers. Guests can chow down on delicious burgers, sandwiches, salads and shareable appetizers crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Pair your meal with one of Golden Road’s signature brews, ranging from hoppy IPAs to crisp lagers and refreshing ales. With its vibrant atmosphere, friendly service, and delicious food and drinks, Golden Road is a great spot for a satisfying lunch with friends.

Local Insight: Golden Road’s Anaheim location is the largest outdoor biergarten in Orange County!

 

See a Show at the City National Grove of Anaheim

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Not far from Golden Road Brewing is the City National Grove of Anaheim, a venue that hosts a wide range of concerts, comedy shows, theatrical performances and special events throughout the year. With a seating capacity of over 1,700 and equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, visitors are treated to an immersive experience while enjoying their favorite cover bands, duos and acapella groups. The venue’s intimate atmosphere and flexible seating arrangements make it a favorite among both audiences and performers. Mark your calendars for summer shows like, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac (July 23), The Australian Pink Floyd Show (August 13) and more!

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Evening

Dinner at Aum Beer House

Welcome to Aum Beer House! This gastropub is in Anaheim’s sister city, Garden Grove, and serves up an eclectic menu featuring inventive Asian fusion dishes crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. And their happy hour goes from 4-7 p.m. so you can take advantage of some sweet deals. We recommend the Philly cheesesteak eggrolls, birria quesa tacos, Dynamite Fried Rice and Sober-Up Noodles. Pair your meal with one of Aum Beer House’s handcrafted brews, brewed onsite, or choose from their extensive selection of local and international beers. Aum Beer House also has nightly DJs making it a super fun spot to sit and vibe out. After a couple of IPAs, you’ll even forget you can’t dance.

 

Late-Night

Cocktails at Hammer Workshop & Bar + Live Music at the Anaheim Packing District

Things to Do in Anaheim
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End your night at Hammer Workshop & Bar back at the Anaheim Packing District. This place has been around for over a decade serving up strong cocktails like the Nobody’s Baby, Consolation Prize and Fire Drill. All of their drinks are meticulously mixed to ensure it’s a balanced sip that’s not too sweet, not too spicy and always booze-forward. It’s a family-owned and operated business which makes Hammer Bar even easier to support. Touted as a blue-collar cocktail bar, this is a place to get a little down and dirty when the live music starts playing.

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Jane Adler is a marketing and branding consultant by trade, but a writer by preference. She shares a name with Meryl Streep's iconic character from It's Complicated and is presently trying to manifest that life (particularly that Santa Barbara house) for herself. Jane is an avid consumer of content and carbs and often used the latter to write on the former.

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