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Top 8 attractions to explore in Orange County

Third-most populous county in California, the sixth-most populous in the U.S. Although mostly suburban, it is the second-most densely populated county in the state, behind San Francisco County.

Attractions in Orange County

Balboa Pier1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

A popular fishing spot. The pilings are home to a large population of starfish that feed on the large colonies of mussels growing there, and are easily spotted at low tide.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve18000 CA-1, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA

A nature reserve to protect a coastal wetland, and its resident threatened and endangered species.

Bowers Museum2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706, USA

An art museum with a permanent collection of more than 100,000 objects and features notable strengths in the areas of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, Native American art, the art of Asia, Africa, and Oceania, and California Plein-air painting.

Discovery Cube Orange County2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705, USA

A science museum with more than 100 hands-on science exhibits designed to spark children's natural curiosity.

Disneyland Park1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

It is the only theme park designed and built to completion under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It is the oldest Disney Park in the world.

Fullerton Arboretum1900 Associated Rd, Fullerton, CA 92831, USA

26-acre (11 ha) botanical garden with a collection of plants from around the world. It is the largest botanical garden in Orange County, with a collection of over 4,000 plants. The Arboretum saves species that are extinct or near extinction and serves as a learning place for agricultural history.

Knott's Berry Farm8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, USA

160-acre (65 ha) theme park featuring 40 rides including roller coasters, family rides, dark rides and water rides. In 2018, it was the twelfth-most-visited theme park in North America and averages approximately 4 million visitors per year.

San Clemente State Beach225 Avenida Califia, San Clemente, CA 92672, USA

One if the most popular beach in the state of California. Its intense winds and dramatic location attracts significant number of visitors.

Map of attractions in Orange County