Unique Experiences You’ll Only Have On A Trip To Orange County

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Orange County, California has some of the best tourist attractions, nightlife, and food on the West Coast, and it also offers several unique experiences that any visitor has to try. Whether you’re looking for an adventure, some fun in the sun with friends or family, or are making a move to the area (possibly to retire), there are almost too many options to choose from.

Rent a boat

It may sound pricey, but if you can catch a Groupon or other deal, renting a boat is a fairly inexpensive way to see the sights and chill on the water for an afternoon. You can grab a Duffy boat a small, electric-powered watercraft–and head out with friends for a self-guided tour of Newport Bay. It’s about $100 per hour–with slight discounts as you move up–but each boat can accommodate up to ten people, and you can bring a cooler full of snacks on board. This is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.

Eat At The Hobbit

This fine-dining experience must be seen to be believed. With a full wine cellar and exquisite, elegantly-prepared dishes, this is a meal you’ll want to splurge on. You’ll start in the cellar with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, then move on to your table for the rest of your seven-course meal. Just keep in mind that guys should wear jackets, and the usual Orange County casual attire won’t fly here; no flip flops allowed.

See some history

If you like a little history with your vacation, check out Old Towne Orange, a historic district that offers tons of small antique shops and one-of-a-kind eateries, plus concerts in the park and a farmer’s market. Here you’ll find a bit of small-town atmosphere without going too far from the beaches.

Speaking of beaches…

Newport Beach is one of the best places to spend time; not only is it clean and inviting, you can rent cottages at Crystal Cove that were built in the ‘30s and ‘40s and experience a little piece of history while you enjoy the breathtaking views. Here you can also go whale watching, take in a golf game, check out the gorgeous Sherman Library and Gardens, or even go on a murder mystery scavenger hunt, all while spending time outdoors.


If you’re looking to do some sightseeing but don’t want anything too high-maintenance, check out downtown Santa Ana. Here you’ll find a ton of specialty shops, art galleries and exhibitions, and awesome local food. Head to the Gypsy Den for vegetarian fare, a relaxed atmosphere, and wonderful coffee. You might also be treated to live music while you’re downtown.

Of course, there are many other things to see and do in Orange County. But if you want to approach your stay in the region with an eye toward the unique, these options are a great place to start.