Anaheim is a city in California just outside of Los Angeles. While it’s known as the home of Disneyland Resort, there’s plenty more the city has to offer. If you’re planning a trip to Anaheim, learn more about top attractions, best places to eat, and where to stay.

Early Morning: Eat a Hearty Breakfast

With so much to see and do in Anaheim, you need to make sure you start the day off with a filling breakfast. If you love pancakes, you can’t beat the selection at The Original Pancake House. You’ll find traditional buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes, plus unique options such as bacon pancakes, coconut pancakes, and Georgia pecan pancakes. For a traditional American breakfast, head to Farmer Boys. Here you’ll get savory selections like a California omelet, a breakfast burrito with bacon, or the three-egg with sausage plate.

Midmorning: Spend Some Time Shopping

After breakfast, it’s time to start exploring Anaheim. To start, head to Anaheim GardenWalk to enjoy the shopping and outdoor entertainment. Situated just outside of Disneyland Resort, this 460,000-square-foot entertainment complex has plenty of exciting attractions to check out. Browse through the jewelry and apparel stores, get a sweet treat at the Scandinavian candy store Sockerbit Sweets + Swedish, or even knock down a few pins at the Bowlmor Lanes bowling alley.

Disneyland
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

Noon: Refuel With Lunch

When it’s time for lunch, you can stay at Anaheim GardenWalk and choose from popular chains like House of Blues, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, and California Pizza Kitchen, or you can head out and try something that’s uniquely Anaheim. For some classic pit-smoked barbecue, head over to Blake’s Place. Popular menu items here include the pulled pork sandwich, barbecue chicken sandwich, and beef brisket sandwich.

If you’re in the mood for an unbeatable burger, you need to go to Slater’s 50/50. The name comes from the original patty, which is 50 percent ground beef and 50 percent ground bacon. Try out the specialty beer cheese chili burger, with 100 percent Black Canyon Angus beef, Guinness bacon chili, barbecue spiced bacon, Frito’s, and house-made beer cheese on a brioche. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try the peanut butter and jellousy, which comes with 100 percent Black Canyon Angus beef, bacon, peanut butter, and strawberry jelly on a honey wheat bun.

Afternoon: Enjoy Some Time Outside

Take advantage of the beautiful Southern California weather by spending some time outside while you’re in Anaheim. If you have children who need to burn off some energy, Boysen Park, with its U.S. Navy Cougar fighter jet turned into a playground fixture, is always a popular choice. Boysen Park also offers lighted baseball and softball fields, lighted tennis and pickleball courts, a volleyball court, and an open play area.

You can also head to the Oak Canyon Nature Center and explore the 4 miles of hiking trails. This 58-acre natural park consists of three adjoining canyons, a year-round stream, and one of the last remaining areas of coastal sage scrub and oak woodland in the area. Plenty of native wildlife make the park their home, so you never know what you’ll spot as you hike through. The John J. Collier Interpretive Center is a museum with local natural history exhibits and live animals that’s also located in Oak Canyon Nature Center.

Dinnertime: Savor Cuisine From Around the World

No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can find it for dinner in Anaheim. For fine dining, head to The Ranch Restaurant. Here you’ll discover a menu filled with seasonal and farm-fresh meals, including the New York steak with house made pancetta, baby Dutch potatoes, and wild arugula.

If you’re not sure what you’re craving, go to Packing House. Inside you’ll find a two-level central atrium with communal dining surrounded by restaurants that serve Indian, Japanese, French, Vietnamese, soul food, and more. On the weekends, Packing House offers live music, and when the weather is nice, you can enjoy your food at the large, outdoor picnic garden.

Anaheim Intermoda
Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.

Late Night: Get a Hole in One

Whether you’re traveling with children or just want to let your inner child have some fun, wrap up your day with some amusement at Camelot Golfland. Here you’ll find multiple themed golf courses, including castles, jungle safari, and nautical. You can also head into the large arcade to test your skills to win prizes, blast your opponents away in the laser tag arena, or zoom around the go-kart track.

From amazing shopping to unforgettable dining, when you’re ready to see everything Anaheim has to offer, use GoDoTrip to plan and book your perfect vacation.