Nestled between Los Angeles and San Diego, Orange County offers something for everyone. Here are some of the best things to do in Orange County, from beaches, unique landmarks, and more!


Many associate Orange County with its beaches, and they do not disappoint. You'll find plenty of beautiful beaches here, from well-known tourist spots to hidden gems.


Hiking enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities here. Some favorites include Red Rock Canyon, the World, Limestone Canyon, and Quail Hill.

San Juan Capistrano

Learn more about the history of Califonia in this charming town. Visit the Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Los Rios District, the first neighborhood in California.

Theme Parks

Embrace your inner kid at one of Orange County's theme parks. Disneyland contains Walt Disney's original vision, while Knott's Berry Farm is inspired by the West.


Surfing is part of the culture here. Watch the surfers at the Wedge or Trestles, or catch the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, aka Surf City USA.

Pirate Tower

Visiting this quirky landmarks is one of the most unique things to do in Orange County. Hidden within Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, getting there is half the fun.

The Arts

Orange County has a thriving arts scene. Take part in the free self-guided art walk in Costa Mesa (aka the City of the Arts), or attend a summer arts festival in Laguna Beach.

Crystal Cove State Park

The park is home to some of the best things to do in Orange County, from coastal trails, stunning beaches, and historic cottages. Check out the Christmas tree here during the holidays!


Shopaholic rejoice! Enjoy world-class shopping at South Cost Plaza, the hipister boutiques at the LAB Anti-Mall, or the eco-friendly retailers at the CAMP.


Foodies will find everything from Michelin-starred spots, authentic ethnic eateries, and everything in between. Also check out the Anaheim Packing House and Rodeo 39, two of OC's unique food halls.