As the home to the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Anaheim sees a constant stream of visitors seeking a taste of Mickey Mouse magic at the iconic Disneyland Resort. This family-friendly city also boasts warm Southern California weather throughout the year, making it a popular destination all year long.
Disneyland is undoubtedly the main draw of Anaheim, and it greets visitors with princesses, rides and a non-stop procession of Disney-caliber entertainment 365 days a year. Across from the historic resort is California Adventure, a second amusement park with California-themed attractions and nightly entertainment on its waterfront. Downtown Disney adds to the experience with its myriad of shops and restaurants. Surely there’s plenty here for visitors to explore over a day or two, but beyond the sprawling Disneyland Resort, other local gems wait to be discovered.
Nearby, more thrills and excitement await at Knott’s Berry Farm, an amusement park known for both its jam and themed holiday offerings, such as the Halloween-themed Knott’s Scary Farm, when costumed actors take over the park for evenings filled with fright.
For dining and shopping, visitors can wander the dozens of stores and restaurants that line the outdoor galleria of The Anaheim GardenWalk. Sports fans have plenty to enjoy in Anaheim as well, thanks to Angels Stadium, the home stadium of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Major League Baseball team, and the neighboring Honda Center Arena, home of the Anaheim Ducks. Plus, the iconic beaches and attractions of Los Angeles are just a half-hour drive away.
Anaheim enjoys warm and sunny weather throughout the year, so there is truly no bad time of year to visit. June, July and August bring slightly warmer weather and a steady stream of crowds to Anaheim, though, as families descend upon the kid-friendly draws of the city while school is out for the season. Off-peak season is generally January, February and March, while April through May and October through December make up the shoulder season. The cheapest time to visit Anaheim is usually January through March.
The Orange County Transportation Authority maintains public buses throughout Anaheim and surrounding Orange County, though the vast majority of visitors opt to rent a car to get around the city. Popular landmarks and destinations in Anaheim are spread throughout the city and generally not easily reached by foot. Taxis can also be arranged to get around the city, and in general, they are pre-booked over the phone rather than hailed on the side of a street.