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California Dreaming: Vacation In Orange Country

“California Dreaming” is one of our favorite songs and so it was that my husband Mike and I were doing just that. We spent three relaxing but fun-packed days in Orange County, California.

Knott's Berry Farm
We let our inner child out as we experienced Knott’s Berry Farm with five themed areas in Buena Park. The theme park had a lot more to offer than what I remembered from the ’50’s – you do not need to have a youngster with you to enjoy the beautiful laid-out park that was not crowded near the end of August.

Voyage to the Iron Reef, a 4D ride enchanted us the most. Wearing the three-dimensional glasses we saw all kinds of creatures coming toward us as the ride went through caves and caverns. We shot at them with special guns to get points, which were displayed at the end. Mike scored the best of the day.
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Pirate's Dinner Adventure
Across the street from Knott's is Pirates Dinner Adventure where the audience is transported into a theater of the high seas with acrobatic pirates and a princess and her handmaidens. Young children are delighted and are invited to participate.

Rock & Brews
Our fave dining experience was at Rock & Brews, also in Buena Park. Rock stars throughout the ages perform on super-sized flat screens all around the lively restaurant. There is an eclectic menu of high-level food with a California twist. Oak grilled artichokes and fire-grilled wings on the appetizer list filled our bellies. But we managed to eat our main course of Tri Tip Taco Lettuce Wraps, which included avocado, roasted corn and tomatillo salsas.

Huntington Beach
As evening fell, there was time for a romantic oceanside bonfire s’mores experience in Huntington Beach operated by Waterfront Adventures. A set up of chairs and a fire pit and table with marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and drinks were already in place.Now we’re back in Houston and California dreaming once again.

After a long day of excitement, choose from over a dozen comfortable & affordable Buena Park hotels -- most are located within walking distance to all major attractions. CLICK HERE for hotel deals. To start planning your SoCal vacation, order your FREE Travel Guide HERE.

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