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Top things to do in Orange County

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Heisler Park (Laguna Beach)
Ranked #1 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Nature and Parks
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Mission San Juan Capistrano (San Juan Capistrano)
Ranked #2 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Missions; Museums; Gardens
Owner description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned... more » Owner description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned for return of the swallows. Guided tours daily and audio tour available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Vietnamese. Hands-on activities include California Missions Resource Studio, Curiosity Carts, Native American Basket Weaving, Koi Fish Feeding, and Panning for Gold and Adobe Brick Making. The site itself serves as a living outdoor museum with original buildings constructed by Native Americans in the 18th century including the Serra Chapel, Ruins of the Great Stone Church, and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing. Relax in peaceful and stunning gardens. « less
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Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach)
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$150* and up
Ranked #3 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Beaches
Popular surfing and bodysurfing beach.
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Pageant of the Masters (Laguna Beach)
Ranked #4 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Located on the Festival of Arts grounds is one of the most unique theatrical productions in the world, the Pageant of the... more » Owner description: Located on the Festival of Arts grounds is one of the most unique theatrical productions in the world, the Pageant of the Masters. Watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of art. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by a full orchestra. Shows are nightly. There is nothing like it anywhere... only in Laguna Beach. « less
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Crystal Cove State Park (Laguna Beach)
Ranked #5 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Beaches; State Parks
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$145* and up
Ranked #6 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Disney; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Experience the thrill of the an old wooden rollercoaster, but with modern twists, turns and technology, at "California... more » Owner description: Experience the thrill of the an old wooden rollercoaster, but with modern twists, turns and technology, at "California Screamin." Or enjoy a live performance by your favorite characters at Disney's newest theme park, featuring a slew of exciting rides and family entertainment. « less
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Huntington Dog Beach (Huntington Beach)
Ranked #7 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #8 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Historic Sites; Libraries
Owner description: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is a walk-through memoir that chronicles the life and career of America's... more » Owner description: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is a walk-through memoir that chronicles the life and career of America's 37th President. The grounds feature 22 Presidential Museum galleries, the faithfully restored home where the President was born and raised, the magnificent full-sized replica of the White House East Room, the 6-ton Marine One helicopter used by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford, and the flower-ringed memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon.The Nixon Foundation's year-round programming brings to the Library national policy conferences, patriotic celebrations and observances, educational student forums, and the acclaimed "In the Arena" speaker series which features high ranking government officials, bestselling authors and today's top political commentators. « less
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Balboa Island Ferry (Newport Beach)
Ranked #9 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Ferries/ Boats; Transportation
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Newport Beach (Newport Beach)
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$51* and up
Ranked #10 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Beaches
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Huntington Beach Pier (Huntington Beach)
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$159* and up
Ranked #11 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Orange County Coast (Huntington Beach)
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$51* and up
Ranked #12 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Biking Trails
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ShangriLlama (Yorba Linda)
Ranked #13 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Farms; Landmarks
Owner description: Learn about llamas from head to toe at ShangriLlama! Our guides will accompany you on a three-hour Llama Walk along a country... more » Owner description: Learn about llamas from head to toe at ShangriLlama! Our guides will accompany you on a three-hour Llama Walk along a country trail as you take turns walking each member of the pack: Barack O'Llama, Pajama Llama, Dalai Llama, Como T. Llama and Drama Llama. Halfway through the walk, you'll stop for Llama Lessons at a lovely park. Smiles and laughs are guaranteed. Minimum age is 12. « less
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San Clemente Pier (San Clemente)
Ranked #14 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
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Book a Tour
$145* and up
Ranked #15 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Disney; Amusement Parks

Hints and advice for folks travelling, especially with children.  Stay as close to the Park as you can - it's good to be able to come out for a break without losing too much of... more »

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Salt Creek Beach (Dana Point)
Ranked #16 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Beaches
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Crescent Bay Point Park (Laguna Beach)
Ranked #17 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Nature and Parks
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Dana Point Harbor (Dana Point)
Ranked #18 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
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Balboa Island (Newport Beach)
Ranked #19 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Islands; Nature and Parks
Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
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Ranked #20 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Art Museums; Children's Museums; History Museums; Museums
Exhibits specialize in the art of the world's indigenous peoples.
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Saddleback Church (Lake Forest)
Ranked #21 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #22 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Downtown Disney (Anaheim)
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$145* and up
Ranked #23 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Flea/ Street Markets; Amusement/ Theme Parks; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Specialty Shops; Specialty Museums

 Downtown Disney is a great addition to the Disney scene, offering many fine shops and restaurants to choose from.  There is now  a Sephora store and the World of Disney will give... more »

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1,000 Steps Beach (Laguna Beach)
Ranked #24 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #25 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Visitors are welcome to view rescued seals and sea lions.
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The Wedge (Newport Beach)
Ranked #26 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #27 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Canyons; State Parks; Nature and Parks
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Huntington Beach State Park (Huntington Beach)
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$159* and up
Ranked #28 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: State Parks; Nature and Parks
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Inspiration Point (Newport Beach)
Ranked #29 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Balboa Pier (Newport Beach)
Ranked #30 of 166 attractions in Orange County
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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