Located in Southern California, Santa Ana, is the second most densely populated city in Orange County and it has been ranked as the fourth safest city in the US. The area is dotted with many parks that provide ample recreation to the residents and visitors alike. Popular nearby destinations include the busy metropolis of Irvine, Anaheim and the renowned Disneyland. A number of coastal communities and beaches are easily accessible within a short distance to the south. They offer great opportunities for swimming, surfing, boating, shopping and dining.
Santa Ana is known for its range of interesting museums. The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art exhibits the art and artifacts of the indigenous people around the world. Discovery Science Center has numerous hands-on exhibits on display that can spark the natural curiosity in children. The Westfield Main Place is a one-stop mammoth store for all your shopping needs and a range of dining options to provide you with a pleasurable experience.
Santa Ana has rich cultural offerings as seen in the architecture of the downtown. A visit the Old County Courthouse should be on visitors list as it is an important National Landmark and now serves as a museum. The Howe-Waffle House stands testimony to the historic architecture of the early Victorian era. A visit to the “Artists Village” will give you access to the Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center which has two galleries and an interesting shop with books and jewelry for sale.
The Santa Anna Zoo at Prentice Park is a great recreation place with an Amazon rainforest, Zoofari Express train, Endangered Species zone and a Children’s Zoo where youngsters can interact with the pet animals.
The warm and dry summer months extend from June to September, when the temperatures reach a daytime high of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Most schools in California have their summer breaks from June to August. Holidays in the summer means more visitors and competitive prices everywhere.
The winter months from December to March have an average daytime high of 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of the rainfall occurs from November to April.
The months of April, May and September are usually great months to travel with less crowds and good weather.
The Orange County Transportation Authority runs regular buses in and around Santa Ana and to other places in Orange County. Make use of the free trolley that runs to the central area on selected days. A network of Amtrak and Metrolink rail service provides affordable rail service to the major attractions in and around the Orange County area.