Things to Do in Anaheim + Best Place to Stay #CountryInns + Giveaway

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Things to Do in Anaheim + Best Place to Stay

1. Disneyland Park

The first thing that comes to-mind when you think of Anaheim is Disneyland Park.

What makes the park unique is that it was designed and built under supervision by Walt Disney himself. Since its inception in 1955, the park has gone through several renovations and expansions.   The most recent expansions and changes were for its 60th anniversary and included an updated ‘World Of Color’ water show, ‘Paint The Night’ electric parade, and a new fireworks show called ‘Disneyland Forever’. Also, Peter Pan’s Flight reopened on July 1st, 2016.

The park has eight themed lands, which makes it so you cannot visit Disneyland in one day and should allow several days to cover the park. See the bottom of this article for a suggestion on where to stay to get maximum park coverage.

2. Outdoor shopping at GardenWalk

In Europe, there are a lot of shopping streets rather than malls… you park your car in the area of your preference near a shopping street, and then you begin your adventure for the rest of the day going in and out of stores.  GardenWalk being outside and having many boutique shops gives that same feeling and experience.  The best part about outdoor shopping? Drop off your bags, and grab some food or a drink while enjoying the beautiful weather and palm tree surroundings.

3. Anaheim Convention Center

The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention center on the West Coast of the U.S.. It was first opened in 1967. One of the most popular events that is being held in this convention center is “VidCon”. VidCon is about online video such as those found onBuzzFeed or YouTube. Meet your favorite creators at this conference!

4. Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln

‘Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln’ is a stage show in Disneyland, featuring an audio-animatric version of former President Abraham Lincoln.

Initially, the show was designed to be part of a show that would bring all U.S. presidents in one entertaining show.  I know we already mentioned Disneyland, but this attraction is quite different from rides and other attractions of the park and hence deserved a special call-out.

5. Ralph B. Clark Regional Park

Just outside Anaheim, we find “Ralph B. Clark Regional Park”. The park offers many things to do such as hiking, cycling, boating, fishing, bird watching, and so on. There are over a 130 bird species in a relatively small area.

Team sports enthousiasts can enjoy two sand volleyball courts, three softball fields and a baseball diamond and four tennis courts.

In the “Interpretive Center”, you can see an extensive fossil collection which dates back to as far as one million years ago. All these fossils were found within the boundaries of Clark Park, and from the development of the Coyote Hills area nearby.  This makes the park quite unique from most any other I’ve ever visited.

6. Downtown Anaheim Farmer’s Market

The farmer’s market is every Thursday and is open from 9 AM till 1:30 PM. The market sells fresh produce from local farmers only. It is one of the best kept secrets in the region, I often run out of room in my car after

There are also regular musical performers and other entertainment.  The quality of music at the Farmer’s Market was outstanding a few times we attended.

7. Art Crawl Experience

The Anaheim Art Crawl Experience runs 4 times per year. Each event has over 50 artists and craft vendors gathered in the center to show their work.

The art you will see in Downtown Anaheim will capture your imagination. If that is not enough for you, there are also gourmet food trucks and local entertainers to make it a fun evening. Bars and restaurants will transform the front of their shops to have the artists showcase their magnificent art!

8. Amazing Cakes

Who doesn’t love cakes? Whatever shape, color or size they come in – we always seem to want more.

Amazing Cakes has been around since 1991, and for good reason. They have proven to make such delicious and beautiful cakes that they’ve managed to work together with both Sheraton Hotel and Radisson Hotels.

There is a whole team if cake experts ready to decorate your cake to your exact specifications.

9. Seascape Kids Fun

Check your children into paradise at the Seascape Kids Fun Park! The park has three stories with lots of things to do.  From enormous slides to mounted turrets that shoot balls. And while your children are playing, you can enjoy spending time with a spouse, friends or even kid-free self for a few hours.

Mounted turrets at Seascape Kids Fun

10. Sea Fishing

Davey’s Locker offer exciting trips that take you to the deep waters for the entire day with a good chance of catching some very big fish. This is a rather rare opportunity you are very unlikely to find elsewhere.

Davey’s Locker will supply all the required equipment, all you have to do is bring your sun screen, some spare clothes and a great attitude for the day ahead. You can fish for yellow-tail, tuna or sand bass. The staff know where to sail to catch the best fish and get the biggest catches.

If you wish, you can also keep the fish that were caught. The staff will gut the fish for you to take home.

Tip: Davey’s Locker is also on Groupon if you would like a discount!

Country Inns Suites Anaheim

Country Inns & Suites

We recommend staying at the new “Country Inns & Suites” hotel in the area. There are 174 rooms to choose from.  The rooms themselves are spacious with spa inspired bathrooms and modern interiors that have a great touch of stylish furnishings. The rooms have an amazing view of Disneyland’s beautiful fireworks, which really caps off an enchanting night.

The bar serves spirits, wine, beer, and a light menu fare.   There’s a large outdoor patio that is accompanied by a pool and whirlpool. For your daily workout, the hotel has a fitness center that is open 24/7.

A couple of additional perks included:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Complementary Hot Breakfast

Country Inns Suites Anaheim

 

Congrats to our winner ( picked randomly with list randomize via random.org): Clare O’Brien 

Want to win a free night stay at any #CountryInns hotel? One winner will be chosen ramdomly from the comment box below.

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70 Comments

  • Reply flagler2 Jan 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    One of my favorite hotel chains to stay at… Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Linda G Jan 15, 2017 at 9:46 am

    my favorite amenities include:
    •Complimentary, Hot Be Our Guest Breakfast
    •Complimentary Cookies and Coffee All Day
    •Inn Case MarketSM, Open 24 Hours
    •Free Parking

  • Reply Amy Jan 15, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Did someone say shopping AND cakes?!

  • Reply amymarie619 Jan 15, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I just love the read and return program

  • Reply Leigh Borders Jan 16, 2017 at 7:20 am

    I love that at this particular place you can purchase Disneyland tickets. Plus, I also love that they have a pool. We are always looking for places that have pools to enjoy.

  • Reply Donna C. Jan 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I love that you can watch Disneyland’s spectacular fireworks show from the comfort of the outdoor heated pool.

  • Reply Donna C. Jan 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm

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  • Reply @jenvargas Jan 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve never stayed at a Country Inns & Suites but from all the amenities, they look like a brand I’d choose!

  • Reply Andrea johnson Jan 17, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I’ve never stayed there before but complimentary breakfast, coffee and cookies looks great! So does being able to see the fireworks

  • Reply aarone Jan 17, 2017 at 1:35 am

    The free parking

  • Reply Angela Newsome Jan 17, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Free Parking & a Hot Breakfast are always a big deal for me. This place looks amazing and the fact that you can see the fireworks would seal the deal 🙂

  • Reply Michelle Snow Jan 17, 2017 at 3:48 am

    The location, comp hot breakfast, and free wi-fi are my fave amenities.

  • Reply illyjunus Jan 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    My favorite is complimentary, Hot Be Our Guest Breakfast, complimentary Cookies and Coffee All Day (awesome, loves cookies), free wifi and free parking

  • Reply David Jan 18, 2017 at 9:49 am

    My favorite amenity is the complimentary hot breakfast. That seals the deal for me.

    I tweeted at https://twitter.com/1brisket/status/821776217405788160

  • Reply Caroline Jan 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Gotta say its the complimentary hot breakfast. A great way to start the day.

  • Reply Elaina K Jan 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I love the pool and complimentary breakfast is always a plus.

  • Reply latanya t Jan 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I like the Complimentary, Hot Be Our Guest Breakfast

  • Reply Sharon Whitaker Jan 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I love the outdoor pool and whirlpool!!

  • Reply Leah Jan 18, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Whirlpools are always my favorite amenity!

  • Reply Kimberly Kihega Jan 19, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Love the complimentary breakfasts!

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  • Reply kellierose wilson Jan 19, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I love the 24 hour fitness center!

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  • Reply Jen Jan 20, 2017 at 9:57 am

    The Outdoor Heated Pool and Whirlpool Tub

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  • Reply Kenya F Jan 21, 2017 at 9:14 am

    You can’t go wrong with complimentary hot breakfast! I love any hotel that offers that. I think they all should.

  • Reply Carolsue Jan 22, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    My favorite features are the free breakfast and fitness center.
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  • Reply Anne N. Jan 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Walking distance to Disney and the free breakfast. Beautiful hotel.

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  • Reply Ashley Kolpak Jan 25, 2017 at 3:41 am

    I like that they have free wifi and breakfast

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  • Reply nidhi chauhan Jan 25, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I love free parking, complimentary hot breakfast, free wifi and outdoor pool. would love to surprise my hubby on our wedding anniversary. thanks for the chance to win a free hotel stay.

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  • Reply Ally Jan 25, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Hot breakfast and wifi. Two musts for me!

  • Reply dianne hall Jan 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    The free breakfast! Love that!

  • Reply Kenny H. Jan 25, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    The heated pool looks amazing. Also, I love the free wifi.

  • Reply Denise K Jan 25, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    The continental breakfast. Love saving money on trips with my kids. Especially because Disneyland is pricey..

  • Reply nicki joseph Jan 25, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    The location to Disneyland is awesome. This hotel looks beautiful and I love the free parking and breakfast. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Maria Jan 26, 2017 at 5:50 am

    WOW so many awesome amenities offered. I love Complimentary, Hot Be Our Guest Breakfast!

  • Reply Deanna Marissa Jan 27, 2017 at 10:52 am

    My favorite amenities includes Hot Complementary breakfast, free parking and free Wifi! would love to win a stay at Country inns.

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  • Reply sazzyfrazz Jan 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm

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  • Reply Susan D. Jan 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    The complimentary breakfast is the best! I would LOVE to stay here!

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  • Reply shockinglydelicious Jan 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Complimentary breakfast is THE BEST amenity, according to me. Also free wi-fi.

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  • Reply Teounna Jan 31, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Love the free wifi,Hot breakfast,Free Parking

  • Reply Kevin Alexander (@kjmaje) Jan 31, 2017 at 3:28 am

    I love that it is within walking distance to Disneyland, and the complimentary breakfast!

  • Reply Kevin Alexander (@kjmaje) Jan 31, 2017 at 3:30 am

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  • Reply Clare O'Brien Jan 31, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Their free hot breakfast is great! Totally recommend Country Inn.

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  • Reply 🎀Jessi🎀 (@idatchica87) Jan 31, 2017 at 6:57 am

    When it comes down to choosing a hotel to stay at, free breakfast and location near local attractions are a must for me!

  • Reply Jennifer Souveroff Jan 31, 2017 at 10:35 am

    The free parking and complimentary hot breakfast

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  • Reply Bridgette Jan 31, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    The pool looks nice!

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  • Reply Jill Trevarthen Feb 1, 2017 at 9:43 am

    The outdoor pool looks amazing and complimentary breakfast is an amenities must!!!

  • Reply Breanne Feb 2, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I like the pool.

  • Reply Agness of Fit Travelling Mar 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    This is a very useful guide for Anaheim, Rika! It is already on my bucket list!

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