Anaheim Tourist Attractions
Orange CountyLocation and originUntil about thirty years ago Anaheim was a rather unremarkable, sleepy place in the slowly developing Orange County, which takes in a 40mi/64km stretch of coastline, and reaches almost 25mi/40km inland. It was founded in the year 1857 by German immigrants. The name is derived from the river Santa Ana and the German word "Heim" (home).Citrus fruitsThe cultivation of citrus fruits, especially oranges, proved so successful that this stretch of country became one of the most important orange-growing regions in the USA. So it is not surprising that the county founded in 1889 - an offshoot of Los Angeles County - should be named "Orange County". However, Santa Ana was nominated as the capital of the area, not little Anaheim."Utopian" colonyIn the year 1876 Anaheim attracted a group of Polish intellectuals, whose intention was to found here one of the many "Utopian Communities" found in the United States in the 19th century. The writer Henryk Sienkiewicz (later a Nobel Prizewinner for his novel "Quo Vadis") and the actress Helena Modjeska and her husband were at the head of the group. However, their dreams quickly vanished; only two years later the author returned to his homeland. Modjeska remained, however, and started a successful theater career (there is even a town in Orange County which bears her name).UpswingNot until 1955 when Walt Disney decided to choose Anaheim as the site for his Disneyland Pleasure and Leisure Park, did Anaheim develop rapidly into an industrial town. Since then the number of visitors annually has been in the millions. Hotels have mushroomed, some with over 1,000 rooms, and there is also plenty of accommodation for meetings and congresses.SportAnaheim is the smallest of the 20 American towns which have a first-class baseball team. The Angels play there from the middle of April until the beginning of October.How to get thereBy air, Anaheim can be reached from Los Angeles airport (40mi/64km away) and from John Wayne Orange County Airport (14mi/22km to the south). There are direct coach connections from both airports.By car, you can drive to Anaheim from Los Angeles via Freeway No. 5 (Exit 78, Katella Ave. and Anaheim Blvd. lead direct to Disneyland).
Flightdeck Air Combat Center
The Flightdeck Air Combat Center is an incredibly popular attraction in Anaheim. This is a flight simulator that allows you to experience what it's like to fly an F-16 Fighter jet. You done flight gear and are given training and instruction before taking off and in the cockpit. The experience includes take off, landing, combat and aerial maneuvers.Flights last one hour in length and are of priced accordingly. You have to be at least 13 years of age to participate. Reservations are recommended, particularly if you are visiting during one the busy periods during the year.
Established in 1949 in Los Anegeles, Mott's Miniatures is home to dollhouses, dolls, accessories and hobby tools.
Adventure City has ten rides for kids, a rock climbing wall and an arcade.
Address: 1238 South Beach Boulevard, United States
Opening hours: Jun 1 to Sep 15: 10am-5pm; Sun: 11am-7pm; Sat: 11am-8pm; Closed: Mon, Tue, Wed
Always opened on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $13.95, Child $13.95, Senior over 55 $9.95, Child 1 & under FREE