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Things to do in Orange County

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Orange County. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Orange County attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Orange County to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Orange County.

  • Carolyne Brandon

    Carolyne Brandon is an expert on river cruises in a wide range of locations, from the Volga in Russia to the Yangze in China. With insider contacts... More
  • David Rubin

    Insider clout: Rubin’s connections open cultural doors: in Cairo, his clients were hosted for dinner by prominent gay (but closeted) Egyptians. Yea... More
  • Disneyland

    Walt's original California dream - charmingly retro and much more manageable than its Orlando descendant. More
  • Insight Vacations

  • Jordan Market

    Jordan Market sells pistachios and dried figs straight from the motherland. More
  • La Brea Bakery

  • Marianne Braly

    Insider clout: Braly books clients an unadvertised private tour of Río Secreto, one of Mexico’s cenotes (underground rivers), including a hike to s... More
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano

    Tour the Mission San Juan Capistrano, whose Serra Chapel is the oldest standing church in California (and in whose eaves the famed swallows arrive ... More
  • Pacific Marine Mammal Center

    Visit injured and sick sea lions; they’re rehabilitated here. More
  • Scandia Bakery

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