Sure, Disneyland is pretty great, but Anaheim and the surrounding areas have so much more to offer. When you get your fill of the Disney magic, head to these lesser-known, hidden gems to round out the perfect vacation.

1. Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens

The last home of Polish poet and artist Helena Modjeska, the stunning home designed by architect Stanford White has now been turned into a museum. Located next to the Santa Ana mountains, the large trees provide the perfect shade to escape the California sun.

2. Fairview Park

Only 20 minutes from Anaheim is an outdoor lover’s dream. The 210 acre park has horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and more. The park is also known as a great place to fly a kite. But if you are heading out that way in July, check when Fish Fry festival is happening as the park draws large crowds.

3. Fullerton Arboretum

The largest botanical garden in Orange County will treat you to a tranquil break. The garden is filled with unique and unusual plants, a heritage house from 1894, and a children’s garden. Even better– the arboretum is free!

4. Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center

Ever dream of flying? The Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center will put you in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 or an F-16 fighter jet. And starting in July 2022, the center will also offer racing simulation so you can take to the skies or the roads.

5. Pirate Tower 

Live out your own fairytale at Pirate Tower at Laguna Beach. Just 30 miles from Anaheim is a tower that looks like it came from Rapunzel. The 60-foot tower can only be accessed at low tide on Victoria Beach.

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6. Little Arabia

All the knafeh you can eat! Head to Little Arabia to get your fill of Arabic food including the sweet cheese knafeh, manakeesh, and more. The area has been around for over 20 years so you know these restaurants have stood the test of time.

7. Blind Rabbit

The hidden bar you didn’t know was there. The Blind Rabbit dates back to before prohibition. The speakeasy is located through hidden doors in the Packing House. Reservations are required as this is a hot spot and not very big. But it is worth it for their unique cocktail list.

8. Disney’s Oldest Attraction

It might not be the most exciting attraction at Disneyland, but for Disney fans, the prehistoric stump is dated in history. The petrified tree stump in Frontierland was donated by Walt Disney’s wife Lillian. The story goes that Walt gifted the stump as a 31st wedding anniversary gift in 1956 after visiting the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Allegedly, Lillian wasn’t impressed and gave it to the park. However, their daughter Diane, has since said the story of it being an anniversary present is made up, but both were in on the joke when donating the stump.

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