Chances are, if you’ve made the trek to The OC recently, Disneyland was your destination. Just a quick flight or half-day road trip away, Orange County has so much more to offer than just Mickey Mouse: stunning beaches, family-friendly culinary experiences and tons more things to see and do while you’re there. Winter and spring are great times to plan a trip down south as the weather is warmer than our sometimes-dreary Bay Area days. We’ve gathered a boatload of options for you, so tack on some extra days to your next Disney trip to explore all that The OC has to offer.
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
Snoopy runs the show over at Knott’s Berry Farm where even the smallest adventure-seekers will be in heaven. Start your visit off by taking a stroll through the ghost town to hop aboard the Calico Railroad for a round-trip tour of the park. Camp Snoopy caters to the super shorties with rides like Rocky Mountain Trucking Company (where they can drive the most adorable mini 18-wheelers) and Linus Launcher (where kids go belly-down on Linus’ blanket). Splash down in the family-favorite Timber Mountain Log Ride or enjoy a wild west stunt show at Frontier Feats of Wonder. There are giant roller coasters for the grown-ups and even the Pony Express ride where you climb aboard your trusty steed and get launched into the air!