Anaheim California is the most populous city in Orange County and boasts a warm, Mediterranean climate year round and very little rainfall, making it the perfect spot for camping. With a ton of world-class attractions, beautiful outdoor spaces and world-class food, Anaheim sees thousands of RVers each year, each looking to explore some part of the city's diverse people, culture and activities.
You can expect a wealth of great attractions in the city, and most are perfect for family adventures. Some prime activities include:
1. Aquatica near Anaheim offers a ton of excellent rides and exhibits from serene to extreme and family-friendly water play as endless as the sea itself. The park is home to a variety of exotic animals and park leaders offers educational tours to help visitors develop a deeper appreciation of the ocean and the state's landscape.
2. The Newport Landing Sportfishing is great for both novice and experienced fisherman, with day fishing trips offered in the morning, afternoon and evening daily. Within just a few hours, you an catch over two dozen different species of fish including giant yellowtail up to 40 pounds, halibut, kelp bass, barracuda and red snapper and Catalina Island day trips are offered every day and you can catch giant yellowtail up to 50 pounds, 60 pound white sea bass and even yellowfin tuna in the summer months.
3. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching offers year-round adventures for every kind of outdoor enthusiast. View the majestic oceanic creatures that call the area home, and all under the knowledgable guide of local professional fishermen and oceanographers. On a tour, you might catch sight of a California Gray Whales or even a blue whale which grows up to 100 feet.
4. Knott's Berry Farm Soak City is uniquely attractive, drawing thousands of groups and families to the 13-acre water adventure park immediately adjacent to Knott's Theme Park. Whimsically themed to Southern California beach towns of the 1950s, Soak City boasts 17 speed, tube and body slides; the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wave pool; the one-third-mile Sunset River; and the three-story Toyota Beach House, featuring 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers and other interactive surprises.
5. Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a popular tourist attraction so buy your tickets early and head there during the off-season. You can get up close to over 125 incredibly life-like wax figures from the world of film, music, sports and politics, and enjoy an action-packed adventure in the Marvel 4D Superheroes Theater.
6. And of course, no trip to Anaheim is complete without a trip to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park; there, campers can enjoy the safari paradise landscape, home to more than 3,000 animals representing more than 375 species. You can expect guided tours, and interactive activities to keep everyone engaged and intrigued! At nearby Seaworld, you can enjoy exhibits, shows and presentations, or get a chance to feed and touch dolphins and get up-close to beluga whales, polar bears, sharks and penguins. Plus, there's flocks of exotic birds and turtles to view.
You can also look out for iconic attractions like the Anaheim GardenWalk, Disneyland Resort and Park, ESPN Zone, The Grove of Anaheim and Anaheim Ice. There's also the Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center, Anaheim Hills Golf Course, Oak Canyon Nature Center and MUZEO, an Art Museum located in Downtown Anaheim. Plus, the city is home to great nightlife, so after a fun day exploring the city, shopping or enjoying some great eats, stay up a little later to take advantage of The Downtown Disney District, perfect for spontaneous fun and nighttime entertainment, and filled with live music and a unique variety for restaurants and shops to explore. There's also the House of Blues Anaheim for a soulful intersection of food, music and art at the House of Blues Anaheim at GardenWalk; Lucky Strike, a world-class combination of bowling, dining, lounging and multi-media art; and the Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen which delivers an authentic New Orleans dining experience, and founded on New Orleans' dual legacies - food and music.
During your visit, you can look forward to excellent local eateries, showcasing the area's international cultural influences. With flavors hailing from Italy, the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, no matter what your preferences, you're guaranteed to find excellent dining options during your camping trip. You can take advantage of popular restaurants such as FiRE+iCE, Olive Tree Restaurant, Carthay Circle and the Munch Thai Food & Sweet Tea. There's also some really amazing wineries and breweries int he area, including Anaheim Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Noble Ale Works and the Hoparazzi Brewing Co.
Campgrounds and Parks
The best way to visit Anaheim is to camp Anaheim. You can look forward to excellent facilities, friendly and knowledgeable staff and great nearby attractions at the Anaheim RV Park. Just beyond the campground, you can have fun at Knott's Berry Farm, Catalina Island, the Angel Stadium or just head over to the beach for some easy-going fun. SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo are also nearby, but many RVers stay onsite to enjoy the pool, RV cafe and clubhouse, hot tub or the park's amenities like cable TV, laundry facilities, restrooms, showers, RV supplies, dog run and pull thrus. There's also other stellar spots like the Anaheim Harbor RV Park, Canyon RV Park and Orangeland RV Park, each offering a unique camping experience, perfect for every type of traveler!
Anaheim is home to a number of historic sites and museums, all displaying exhibits and artifacts that delve into some part of the state and city's rich past.
This is one of Southern California’s finest museums and promotes human understanding through art, presenting world-class exhibitions from the greatest museums in the world. Its own collections are particularly strong in the areas of African, South Pacific, Asian, Native American, pre-Columbian art, and California plein-air paintings.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the mission was founded in 1776 and is the seventh among the 21 California missions. You can enjoy the lush gardens, museum rooms, adobe buildings, ruins, and koi-filled fountains at Orange County's number one historic site.
Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum
Southern California’s most exciting venue and a stunning replica of the historic White House East Room, the museum is perfect for receptions of all sizes, most beginning with a cocktail reception in the First Lady’s Rose Garden where guests can also enjoy viewing the expansive exhibit galleries. Watch eyes light up as guests enter the elegant White House East Room for candlelight dining and dancing beneath magnificent crystal chandeliers surrounded by golden silk draperies and imported marble fireplaces. Not only is the site filled with history, but it's also great for an enchanting night out!
The Queen Mary
Located at Long Beach, The Queen Mary has become a must see hotel and attraction, featuring 314 original art deco state rooms and offering a variety of historical and paranormal tours, unique shops, 80,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities and three award-winning ocean view restaurants.
USS Midway Museum
Located in downtown San Diego, the USS Midway Museum was America’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Today, the interactive museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family as guests walk in the footsteps of the 225,000 young men who served on Midway. Visitors can explore the floating city at sea, the amazing flight deck and its aircraft, flight simulators, and are inspired in the Battle of Midway Theater.
Hope to see you soon to enjoy this great mix of culture, history, fun and food!