The 10 Best Things to do Good for Big Groups in Orange County, Orange County

September 15, 2021 Natalie Tallman

Beyond its epic theme parks and perfect weather, Orange County is celebrated for outdoor dining, entertainment and beach-bound adventure. Treat yourself at South Coast Plaza for the finest in luxury shopping and superlative restaurants. Spend an afternoon aboard a whale watching cruise in Newport Harbor, or cast a reel from the Huntington Beach Pier. Stop to smell the flowers at the Sherman Library and Gardens, or explore Laguna’s vast variety of boutique shops along the Pacific Coast Highway.

1. Heisler Park

375 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1623 +1 949-497-3311 http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/pw/parks.asp
Excellent
84%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 1,297 reviews

Heisler Park

Reviewed By RalphR193 - Farmington, United States

Long walking path well above sea level with great ocean views, great landscaping, e. g. flowers, palm trees, etc. Public rest room building and plenty of close by parking. Charcoal grill and picnic area for public use. Not much seating along the way. Very enjoyable.

2. Radiator Springs Racers

1313 Disneyland Drive Cars Land, Anaheim, CA http://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disney-california-adventure/radiator-springs-racers/
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 229 reviews

Radiator Springs Racers

Reviewed By jeepncolo - Denver, United States

This ride is unlike any other ride in both Disney parks!! The physical experience is unlike any other ride. The ride immersion is like any other ride in both parks. The ride vehicles are unlike any other in the park! A great ride for a wide variety of ages. FastPass recommended.

3. Dana Strands Beach

Salt Creek Beach Park Strand Vista Park, Selva Road west of Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 64 reviews

Dana Strands Beach

Reviewed By Z4886QWannev - Monterey, United States

If you are looking for a beautiful beach for a walk, surfing, tide pools and to watch surfer Strands beach is the to go to. I moved away from Orange County four years ago and when I visit this is the first beach I want to visit.

4. Disneyland Park

1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802 +1 714-781-4636 https://disneyland.disney.go.com/
Excellent
64%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27,350 reviews

Disneyland Park

Welcome to the place where imagination is the destination. For young and old, big and small — it's the happiest place on earth! Come build memories with your family that last a lifetime as you discover the wonder of this magical, fantastical world. When you enter the lands that comprise Disneyland Park, stories come to life around you, immersing you in tales from some of your favorite Disney films.

Reviewed By silvia_martins - Katy, United States

We had a wonderful time there! It was not supposed to be crowded, according to crowd calendars, but I did think it was quite busy and some lines were long, which makes it difficult with two very young kids. It is natural to compare with Orlando and the possibility of getting Fastpass for almost everything (which does not happen at Disneyland!), so in that sense we could not go to all the rides we wanted to as it would be too tiring for the kids, but we definitely enjoyed it a lot and we were able to go to many. Since a lot of the rides do not have a minimum height limit, we really enjoyed a lot of options! We really enjoyed Buzz Lightyear (it is definitely one of our favorite ones - we got to go twice on the same day!) and the classicals like Small worls, Dumbo, Storybook Canal, Finding Nemo, Space Mountain (single rider line was really helpful as only my husband and I could go and we needed to go separately!) Highlight for the kids was Toontown!!! They loved every bit of it and had major fun to greeting the characters (including Goofy and Pluto that were just walking around!!!!)

5. Irvine Spectrum Center

670 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618-4956 +1 949-753-5180 http://www.irvinespectrumcenter.com
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1,185 reviews

Irvine Spectrum Center

Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Southern California's most popular shopping, dining and entertainment lifestyle destinations. The center features Nordstrom and Target, along with more than 130 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, including Improv Comedy Club and Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX & RPX.

Reviewed By rdsw - Grand Rapids, United States

This place has it all! It is the most beautiful outdoor mall, with fountains, lights, greenery. Great shopping and plenty of restaurants are available. A large movie theater, outdoor screen, Ferris wheel, and other entertainment are located here. Our family especially loves coming here at night at Christmas time.

6. Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2601 +1 949-234-1300 http://www.missionsjc.com/
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1,583 reviews

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum, welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year. Enhance your visit with our multi-language Audio Tour available in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian and now offered free with admission. Enjoy permanent exhibits featuring historic and religious artifacts, precious and rare paintings, and more. Experience the tradition of bell ringing daily honoring the legacy of Saint Junipero Serra, who founded the Mission in 1776. Visit the newly conserved Serra Chapel, California’s only chapel still standing where Saint Serra celebrated Mass and where the Eucharist has been celebrated daily.

Reviewed By HBSnowFlower - Huntington Beach, United States

Walking through the nearly 250-year-old mission is stepping into California’s Spanish Catholic history. I went to see the Christmas lights, illuminating the mission grounds two weeks ago, and it was like dropping into a time capsule. Beyond exploring the early padres’ simple rooms and the ruins of the old church, there are several exhibits essential to California’s mission and native history long before statehood. Be sure to see the small but stunning chapel – California’s only surviving chapel where Father Serra celebrated Mass. Recently canonized, Serra is renowned for starting the first nine of the 21 missions in California, starting with San Diego. Check the mission’s web site for special events like summer concerts and the annual battle of the mariachis.

7. Disney California Adventure Park

1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92803-3232 +1 714-284-6391 http://disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disney-california-adventure/?CMP=OKC-dlr_TA_173
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15,496 reviews

Disney California Adventure Park

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.

Reviewed By vicky255068 - Brisbane, Australia

So much to see and do , Cars Land is amazing and the cars ride is epic ???? world of color show is stunning , I did the dessert party , best seat in the house and scrummy food ???? plenty to do for young and old ????

8. Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949-494-3539 [email protected] http://www.crystalcovestatepark.com/
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1,230 reviews

Crystal Cove State Park

Reviewed By 691ac - Los Angeles, United States

This is such a special place to visit! Starting with the short bus ride from the parking lot to the beach, this park is worth at least half a day to visit. You can walk around the cottages, and spend time on the beach. There are various hiking trails on the grounds and the Beachcomber restaurant of course. It is a lovely and serene place to visit.

9. Downtown Disney District

Disneyland Dr at Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804 +1 714-781-4565 https://disneyland.disney.go.com/experience-updates/downtown-disney/
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8,768 reviews

Downtown Disney District

Make way for more magic with unique eateries, upscale shops and exciting entertainment for Guests of all ages at Disneyland Resort's Downtown Disney District! Check out Disney fan favorite shops like World of Disney, Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop, & Disney Home; and unique restaurants like Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes & Salt & Straw. For the most up to date health and safety measures and top things to know, go to: https: //disneyland.disney.go.com / experience-updates / downtown-disney / Check out Disney fan favorite shops like World of Disney, Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop, & Disney Home; and unique restaurants like Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes & Salt & Straw. For the most up to date health and safety measures and top things to know, go to: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/experience-updates/downtown-disney/

Reviewed By CMelam - Bend, United States

In addition to the two Disney parks, there's also Downtown Disney which is a must see when in Anaheim. We always have a great time walking around Downtown, shopping, having a great meal, and just hanging out. There are plenty of restaurants, great shopping opportunities if you've forgotten to buy your keepsakes in the park, and a great place to people watch. You can get many of the sweets that you can find in the park, and the huge Disney store has everything you could want.

10. Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA 92660-3267 http://www.newportbeachca.gov/
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1,447 reviews

Newport Beach

Reviewed By 723lisak - Richmond, Canada

Newport Beach is a beautiful area that always feels safe and is so clean. They take pride in their beautiful piece of paradise and it shows.

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