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The Reptile Zoo

November 14th, 2017

 

Creepy and crawly? The Reptile Zoo gives visitors a new perspective on reptiles, and it all starts with the famous ambassador Frank the Zila Monster. A warm (albeit cold-blooded) welcome from Frank gives guests a sneak peek at what to expect. In 1988, owner Jay Brewer’s Prehistoric Pets shop kept growing at such a rapid clip that it eventually turned into a zoo-like environment. Now full of exotic reptiles, there are more reptilian species here than at the largest zoos in the world.

Part entertainment and part educational, you’ll find more than 100 species of arachnids, amphibians and reptiles from all over the world. Each has its own unique backstory. Many are rescues, and some were born right here while others are on loan from private collections. Learn more about these misunderstood creatures with presentations and interactive displays.

Get Closer

Kids can feed turtles and even “walk the spider.” Special celebrations, like children’s birthday parties, are also possible—and they’re Jurassic themed. Choose the type of party, date and customize details with a party planner. The Reptile Zoo is the perfect venue for an exciting outing that’s memorable and fun for all.

The Reptile Zoo is just 20 minutes from Disneyland and off the 405 Freeway at 18818 Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., no visit to Anaheim is complete without visiting some of the local residents, including those who have traveled far and wide to represent their species at this one of a kind destination.

 

 

Get Your Run On

November 4th, 2017

 

November in Southern California has the perfect weather for a run, whether you’re challenging yourself to your first 5k or you’re in the midst of marathon season. The Anaheim area is full of race options, like the Pants Off Racing Almost 5k and 10k in famous Calabasas. The fundraiser encourages costumes, meerkats greet you at the finish line and overall the November 4th event is a time to dress crazy and act silly while raising funds for those battling cancer.

The Beach Fiesta half marathon in Malibu November 5th also has a 15k, 10k and 5k option. It’s known for being one of the most affordable fun runs in the area, and half marathoners often use the breezy course as a Boston qualifier. Hosted by A Better World, the finish line comes with plenty of swag as well as delectable locally sourced treats.

Turkey Trots

The Conquer Our Run Turkey Quest at nearby Hermosa Beach is a 5k on November 18th sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Also with a 10k option, the run/walk whisks you along Manhattan Beach on paved paths. The goal? Best your PR! Whether you run, jog, walk or stroll, it’s all about doing better than last time while raising funds for breast cancer and Lupus LA.

You’ll also want to check out the Turkey Tri and Pumpkin Pie Kids Duathlon/Triathlon in San Dimas November 19th. There are courses for both adults and kids, and the whole family can get their pie on at the finish line.

 

 

South Coast Plaza

October 15th, 2017

 

Just a few miles south of Costa Mesa is South Coast Plaza—the ultimate, international shopping destination. Your favorite shops, boutiques, restaurants and more are complemented with local designer stores and pop-up shops. With state of the art entertainment cinemas, South Coast Plaza is the perfect destination for a solo venture or outing with friends or family.

Known as a major landmark in the region, visitors will find over 250 boutiques and restaurants as well as the adjacent Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Bottega Veneta, Can Cleef & Arpels, Roger Vivier, UNIQLO, Cartier and much more are balanced with the best concierge services. Serious shoppers and diners will need more than one day at South Coast Plaza to really experience everything, especially if you’re stopping by the performing arts center for a show.

Planning Your Journey

A number of fine dining establishment are located at the Plaza, including Antonello Restaurant which takes diners to the Old World in an elegant dining hall with authentic Italian dishes. Try Darya Fine Persian Cuisine for the best hospitality and genuine Persian cuisine. Morton’s the Steakhouse is a classic, and Seasons 52 is the fresh grill and wine bar offering nightly live entertainment.

Watch the events and promos page to keep up to date on the latest happenings, giveaways and more. Special dining options, gift bags and designer events help make South Coast Plaza the can’t-miss shopping oasis near Anaheim.

Boysen Park

September 21st, 2017

 

Looking for the perfect outdoor space to celebrate Labor Day weekend and the end of summer? Nearby Boysen Park, slightly northeast of downtown Anaheim, features nearly 25 acres in honor of the former parks superintendent Rudy Boysen. The founder of Boysenberry is famous in Orange County, and his namesake park is the ideal place for an outdoor barbeque as there is a maintained children’s play area near the grills.

Also known as “Airplane Park,” Boysen Park’s landmark feature is a massive U.S. Navy Cougar jet plane retired from the Korean War. It’s been a favorite fixture on the playground since 1959. There’s also a well-lit baseball and softball field that allows friends and family to enjoy a post-barbeque game. Alternatively, there are lit tennis and pickleball courts at the ready.

Fun and Games

With a big open play area and plenty of managed restrooms, Boysen Park is unique and easily accessible from Anaheim hotels. There’s also a volleyball court and an un-lit softball field for day games. Pack a picnic from a local restaurant or food truck (perhaps from the Anaheim Packing District) and say farewell to summer in style.

Anaheim is rich with beautifully landscaped parks and trails. Escape the bustle of the adventure parks and carve out a little time to enjoy the natural wonder of Anaheim. The weather is getting cooler and it’s prime for BBQing. Which park will be your first stop?

City National Grove of Anaheim

September 15th, 2017

 

The premier venue for concerts, performances and special events in Orange County is located at 2200 East Katella Avenue right next to Angel Stadium. Regular visitors to Anaheim often opt for a premium seating package ranging from gold (one ticket for 20 concerts) to bronze (one ticket for six concerts). A VIP premium padded reserved seat, priority exit lane, access to the private Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge and the ability to purchase VIP tickets to a number of Nederlander Concerts events are included in all packages.

The beautiful venue is an homage to the golden age of Hollywood, a true piece of nostalgia in the heart of Anaheim. Visitors can also upgrade per event with the Mercedes-Benz Premier Package or by adding dinner tickets. The former includes lounge access, VIP parking and an incredible selection of desserts. Enjoy a private bar, entrance and massive flat screen monitors for your special night out.

Dinner and a Show

Some events offer a dinner addition upgrade. A three-course fixed menu includes a locally sourced salad, selection of three entrées and a decadent dessert. “The Grove” is also a popular venue for your special event with professional staff and catering working wonders just for you. State of the art equipment and space with the iconic palms as the backdrop is sure to wow guests.

Featuring a proscenium-style stage, plenty of seating options and hi-def screens, the Grove is suitable for up to 4,000 guests. Wi-Fi throughout the building, a pro in-house production team, 40-foot ceilings and plenty of parking, including curbside grand entrance features, makes this the ultimate venue for any occasion.

 

Ethiopian Picks in Anaheim

September 2nd, 2017

 

Southern California has long been known as a foodie paradise, but visitors don’t need to drive into Los Angeles to experience the eclectic diversity of cuisine. There are two drool-worthy Ethiopian restaurants right in Anaheim, each offering up a unique take on authentic Ethiopian treats, entrees and of course that addictive injera bread.

Tana Ethiopian Restaurant and Market features a casual eatery tucked into an Ethiopian market, which allows visitors to easily pick up their favorite ingredients and ready-made options. Favorite dishes include the “Gored Gored” with finger strips of lean-cut beef simmered in seasoned butter, chilies and onion. Try the Tana Special Kitfo with chopped prime beef and “mitmita,” a powder-based spicy chili. There’s also the famous Doro Wot with chicken chunks sautéed in butter with lemon juice, onion, fresh-grated ginger and served with hard-boiled eggs on the side.

Fresh Eats

Abysinnia Restaurant is another fantastic pick known for their Quanta Firfir, made with injera bread soaked in a special stew of Quanta with dried, seasoned meat. Next, it’s sautéed in “kibbe,” or spicy butter, and served with fresh ginger, garlic and onion.

Don’t miss the Gommen with Meat, a special collard green with ginger, garlic and a variety of meats. The Byainetu is popular with vegetarians and carnivores alike. Choose to add beef if you like, or stick with the veg options with injera soaked in sauces and seasoned butter, garlic, ginger and onion. Try them both and discover your favorite!

 

September 1st, 2017

Anaheim Packing District

Shop, taste and stroll at The Packing House, open daily for breakfast starting at 9 a.m. (note that individual stalls and restaurants have various hours). Bars on-site are open until midnight, making this the perfect destination for early birds and night owls looking for a unique dining experience in Anaheim. The communal hub, located in downtown Anaheim, features renovated historical buildings alongside brand new, contemporary spaces.

You’ll find the Packing District at Anaheim Boulevard and Santa Ana Street, featuring the Packard Building and former Car Showroom. Here, the Farmers Park and renovated citrus Packing House is nestled against Cooks Chapel, a popular spot for private events. In The Backyard, visitors are treated to a sprawling outdoor event space with an orange grove and outdoor fireplace.

Fine Dining

With over 20 artisan restaurants and stalls, along with live music every weekend on the Mezzanine, this family-friendly destination completes any Anaheim visit. Merchants include Adya for spicy fresh Indian cuisine, BXCR the underground wine society, Georgia’s Restaurant highlighting the best of soul food, i am for smoothies and shaved snow, and so much more.

On Farmers Park, explore two acres including a boardwalk, olive grove and community gardens. The Packard Building is one of just a handful of historic commercial buildings still standing in Anaheim post-urban sprawl. Built in 1925, it’s a must-see and a fantastic piece of the OC’s history.

 

 

Best Bakeries in Anaheim

August 30th, 2017

 

Is your sugar craving kicking in? Anaheim is home to some sweet bakeries, like JK Bakery and Cookies Design. Cookies are the stars here, and you can customize an order for a special event. However, many fans stop by to check out what’s been whipped up for the day like special cupcakes, eclairs, sweet croissants and more.

La Ideal Bakery is known for their perfectly prepared doughnuts, flaky chocolate croissants, parfaits and variety of cookies, cakes and more. Always fresh and homemade, it’s the sweet secret of locals who know the importance of having dessert first. Custom orders are available, and don’t forget to ask about the day’s special.

Sweet Beginnings

Nothing Bundt Cakes is a local chain featuring in all things bundt, from traditional favorites to bite-sized mini portions. From the little bundtinis to bundtlet towers and a variety of sizes, you’ve never seen a bundt like this. Flavors include red velvet, white chocolate raspberry, cinnamon swirl, white chocolate and much more.

Jolly Holiday Bakery Café is located in Disneyland and brings the sweetness of the holidays year-round. Featuring coffee and sandwiches alongside sweet surprises, it’s located at the top of Main Street and is one of the newer additions to the park.

August Races Near Anaheim

August 1st, 2017

 

It’s peak summer season, but gorgeous early morning runs and races are a great way to see the Anaheim area from a fresh perspective. The Hansen Dam Superhero Run in Lake View Terrace is a popular triathlon that gives you a chance to cool off during the swimming portion of the event. Stick around to splash in the lake after the race (or root on the contenders!).

The Tiki Beach 5k and 10k on August 13th at Huntington Beach gives you the option of two distances so you can pick your challenge. Huntington Beach is one of the closest golden coasts to Anaheim, just a short drive away and boasting a charming coastal town. You’ll want to linger afterwards for some fresh seafare and boutique shopping.

A Race to Remember

On August 5, you can Rock the Bayshore with a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon at nearby Long Beach or check out the Conquer Our Run 5k or 10k at Manhattan Beach. The coastal breeze and Pacific waters make for the perfect race environment. Run the Marina takes place on August 6th in Long Beach, ranging from a 5k to full marathon.

There’s the Blast the Marina on August 12th at Long Beach, featuring a variety of distances up to a marathon. The Griffith Luau is a family-friendly favorite in Los Angeles with a 5k, 10k and kids 1 mile fun run. Join a southern California tradition and strap on your running shoes for an early morning event like no other.

 

Fullerton Museum Center

July 27th, 2017

 

Just a few miles from your downtown Anaheim guest room is the Fullerton Museum Center featuring the Leo Fender Gallery. OC Weekly calls it the best art museum in the region, and it features a variety of multidisciplinary exhibits as well as educational programs. Focusing on art, science, history and humanities, the FMC is all about critical and creative thinking coming together to stimulate conversations.

General admission is just $5. The current trending exhibit is the new Fullerton Public Art by Jun Blanco featuring “A City Rich in History.” It’s a nod to the agricultural history of Fullerton along with the city’s industrial past. Public art has long been a staple in the city, starting in 1935 with the Works Progress in downtown showcasing art by local creatives.

Art from the Heart

Around town, you’ll find “Pastoral California” by Charles Kassler on the Plummer Auditorium wall. It’s one of the biggest frescoes in the area. There’s also “Flight” by Aldo Casanova at City Hall. All are governed by the museum and regional committees.

The temporary exhibit Audio Visuals: The Photography of Henry Diltz opened in April. Discover the work of the famed photographer who’s created albums for the likes of James Taylor and The Eagles. Check the calendar for special events and listings.