Orange County and Catalina Island

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Orange County and Catalina Island - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Casino

    Building/Architectural Site

    This circular white structure is one of the finest examples of art deco architecture anywhere. Its Spanish-inspired floors and murals gleam...Read More

  • 2. Crystal Cove State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Midway between Corona del Mar and Laguna, Crystal Cove State Park is a favorite of local beachgoers and wilderness trekkers. It encompasses...Read More

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  • 3. Disneyland

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    An imaginative original, Disneyland was an unproven concept when it opened in 1955. But Walt Disney himself could never have predicted the park...Read More

  • 4. Mission San Juan Capistrano

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1776 by Father Junípero Serra (consecrated as St. Serra), Mission San Juan Capistrano was one of two Roman Catholic outposts between...Read More

  • 5. Catalina Island Museum


    The exterior of the Catalina Island Museum is a nod to Catalina Island's developer William Wrigley Jr.—it's modeled after Wrigley Field in Chicago...Read More

  • 6. Green Pleasure Pier

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Head to the Green Pleasure Pier for a good vantage point of Avalon. On the pier you can find the visitor information, snack stands, and scads...Read More

  • 7. International Surfing Museum


    Just up Main Street from Huntington Pier, the International Surfing Museum pays tribute to the sport's greats with an impressive collection...Read More

  • 8. Laguna Art Museum


    This museum displays American art, with an emphasis on California artists from all periods. Special exhibits change quarterly. ...Read More

  • 9. Muzeo


    Encompassing a Carnegie Library building dating from 1908, this stunning 25,000-square-foot exhibition space hosts touring art and cultural...Read More

  • 10. Newport Pier


    Jutting out into the ocean near 20th Street, Newport Pier is a popular fishing spot. Street parking is difficult, so grab the first space you...Read More

  • 11. Ocean Institute


    Marine science and history are the focus at the Ocean Instutitue, where you'll find indoor tanks with touchable sea creatures, an accessible...Read More

  • 12. Queen Mary

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The Queen Mary , though berthed, is an impressive example of 20th-century cruise ship opulence and sadly the last of its kind. The beautifully...Read More

  • 13. San Juan Capistrano Library


    Near Mission San Juan Capistrano is the San Juan Capistrano Library, a postmodern structure built in 1983. Architect Michael Graves combined...Read More

  • 14. Sherman Library and Gardens


    This 2½-acre botanical garden and library specializes in the history of the Pacific Southwest. You can wander among cactus gardens, rose gardens...Read More

  • 15. Store

    Newport Coast | Store/Shop/Mall

    The Store carries fine art works by local plein air artists, as well as jewelry, children's toys, and beach apparel. ...Read More

  • 16. Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden


    Two miles south of the bay is Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden, home to plants native to Southern California. Several grow only on Catalina...Read More

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