100 Things to Do in Orange County, California

Orange County, California

Orange County, California: It seems like anyone with cable television has heard of the place. Unbeknownst to some, there is more to do in Orange County beside shopping, drinking lattes or driving down PCH with the top down. Between the beaches, amusement parks, sports arenas, music venues, art, food, history, housewives and the weirdos, there are plenty of things to do. Thus, completing this list of 100 things to do in Orange County was relatively simple. Some items on the to-do list cost money, some are free. Some require physical activity, some don't. In the end, no matter what your interests, or where you come from, I'm confident you can find something on this to-do list that tickles your fancy.

100 things to do in Orange County

The links in the following list will lead you to all the information you will need on that particular subject:


Catalina Island at night
Catalina Island at night
  • Visit Little Saigon in Westminster to stock up on all your Vietnamese-made supplies.
  • Visit the Fullerton Arboretum.
  • Look creepy and wander the streets of Laguna Beach while stalking the cast of MTV's hit reality TV show.
  • Ride 500 feet in the air on the Great Park Ballon Ride in Irvine.
  • Ride the miniature railroad through Irvine Park.
  • Get your speed fix at the K1 Racing Indoor Go Karts.
  • Fly a kite at Main Beach in Huntington.
  • Buy and eat locally grown fruits and vegetables at one of the many farmer's markets.
  • See a movie in 3D at the Irvine Spectrum IMAX Theatre.
  • See your favorite band perform at the Grove of Anaheim.
  • Watch surfers go over the falls at the Wedge in Newport when the waves are big. 
  • Disneyland California Adventure!
  • Visit Bowers Museum of Cultural Art.
  • Ride a jet ski off the coast of Dana Point.
  • Get a double scoop of ice-cream and ride the attractions while visiting the Balboa Island Fun Zone.
  • Take a drive on Ortega Highway; one of the most dangerous highways in the US.
  • Have dinner at The Hobbit in Orange, a small home transformed into a restaurant.
  • Get your cowboy gear on head to San Juan Capistrano's finest watering hole, The Swallows Inn.
  • Get spooked at the haunted Queen Mary ship in Long Beach.
  • Get together with friends for a beach bondfire.
  • Eat Mexican food…anywhere.
  • Have tea and martini's on Saturdays at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.
  • Get friends together for a game of beach volleyball.
  • Have a romantic sunset dinner at The Beachcomber in Crystal Cove.
  • Watch pig races and eat deep-fried twinkles at the Orange County Fair.


The list could go on, but I'm stopping at 100 because it's a nice even number. I do appreciate your dedication... reading through the entire list and all, but really, what are you still doing here? Grab your friends, family members, pets and lovers and go do something!

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Healthy Living Is 6 years ago from allergies, people, flowers. health, diet, art, medicine, mental health

Man, how I would love to be there. i heard it is beautiful there.

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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

yes the sun often shines...

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dawnM 6 years ago from Camarillo, CA

Loved it, especially the plastic! Ok so I learned a few new places to go, love fashion island and not to far is Legoland for kids. Have to try out some of the other ones being myself a California Girl!!!

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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

That's good to hear. I'm glad this has inspired you to go check out somewhere new. I could write another list of 100 things to do, but I don't want to give away all the secrets....thanks dawn!

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OnlinePharmTech 6 years ago from Hawaii

Awesome list...I want to add

1. The Lab - Costa Mesa

2. Santa Ana Art Walk - Downtown Santa Ana

3. Japanese Garden - Across from South Coast Plaza

4. Korean Town - Garden Grove

5. Orange Circle - Downtown orange

6. Kayaking in Newport Newport Beach

7. Huntington Beach Library - Most beautiful library in OC

8. Snorkeling in Crescent Bay - Lobster

9. Pageant of the Masters - Summer only

10.Santa Ana Court House

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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

onlinepharmtech - I love it! I am a fan of the lab, snorkeling Cresent Bay and the Pageant of the Masters especially...Thanks for the input. I may have to update the list to 110 things to do. Thanks for reading and commenting...

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Major Tom 6 years ago

Can'r neglect's #1 ranked attraction in Anaheim: Flightdeck Air Combat Center. Get in touch with your inner Top Gun in authentic F-16 fighter jet flight simulators.

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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

major tome - good one. I'll leave it here in the comments as number 101. Thanks for the addition.

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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Love this hub! Born and raised in Southern California, and have done many of the things you mentioned in your hub. Just a couple months ago I went to San Juan Capistrano Mission, to Rubys, many of the OC beaches, and much more. The links with the suggestions are so helpful. This last summer we fished with our sons on Balboa Pier. So much to do, absolutely great hub! The art in Laguna is spectacular, grew up going to Pageant of the Masters. Can vouch for how wonderful that is!

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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

oceansunsets - Nice to hear! San Juan is my hometown...lots of history there. I'm happy to see you can agree. Thanks for the comment.

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orangecountyjill 5 years ago from Orange County, California

You must be a Kings fan! They'll get there someday ;)

Great article (other than the Ducks reference) with a lot of good ideas!

For those reading...the Ducks are the one of the most successful NHL hockey teams in the past decade, having been to the playoffs six of the last eight seasons. In that time they have won the Western Conference twice. They have been to the Stanley Cup Finals twice, having lost game 7 in 2003, and winning the Stanley Cup in 2007 :)

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Thanks for creating the list. I've lived in Orange County for a number of years. You've helped expand my "to do" list for weekend fun.

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sailove 4 years ago from Los Angels, Canada

Thanking You for Creating the list .I will be Lived in India a number of year.You will be expand my "to do"list for weekend fun.I m come to plan the vacations of Oranges Country.............

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tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

Great list! Whale watching out of Dana Point was awesome. We actually didn't see any whales (:(), but we saw literally thousands of frolicking dolphins. And just spectacular scenery.

Sarah 21 months ago

Your list had some good ideas but maybe next time leave out plastic surgery and buying medical drugs. Don't play into the stereotype of what everyone thinks SoCal is about

Amelia Huckabee 5 months ago

Don't forget Painting UR Way in Anaheim Hills.

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