With thrilling attractions, interactive dining experiences, and plenty of shopping options, Buena Park offers family friendly fun on just about every corner. So whether your perfect vacation has you fighting off evil Pirates, relaxing by the pool or soaring through the air, Buena Park has just the excitement you've been looking for!
Newport Landing Whale Watching
- 309 Palm St. #A
Newport Beach , CA 92661
- Phone: (949) 675-0551
Southern California Whale Watching at its finest. Newport Landing provides multiple whale watching trips daily departing from Newport Beach. Newport Landing offers whale watching tours year around. December through April is the prime Grey Whale migration period. We have been providing trips for over 20 years servicing thousands of patrons annually. Spectacular views provide for the backdrop to a fun filled event for the whole family.
- 8308 On The Mall
Buena Park , CA 90620
- Phone: (714) 828-7722
Buena Park Downtown is an exciting destination that offers 1.2 million square feet of shopping, dining, and family entertainment.
Buena Park Downtown is a comfortable walking distance from a host of family-oriented tourist attractions on Beach Boulevard.
Retail favorites like Walmart, Sears, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ross Dress for Less, DSW Shoes, 24 Hour Fitness and Sport, Kohl's, Dollar Tree, Office Depot, Michaels and Toys R Us/Babies R Us.
Dining and family entertainment include John's Incredible Pizza, Asia Buffet, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili's, Pat & Oscar's, Portillo's, Panda Express, Golden Bowl, Philly's Best, Krikorian Metroplex 18-screen Theatres and Howie's Game Shack.
The center is located adjacent to Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City and is within one mile of the intersection of Interstate 5 and State Route 91 at Beach Boulevard.
Buena Park Historical Society
- 6631 Beach Blvd
Buena Park , CA 90621
- Phone: (714) 562-3570
Come see museum displays including the Lynx Women's Softball Team from the 1940s, a wedding dress display, a pictorial history of Buena Park's entertainment venues and photos of the Dreger Clock in various stages of its life.
Visit the new Online Photographic Tour of the Whitaker/Jaynes House and Bacon House! - Special thanks to Dave Gionet of Gionet Photography for donating his professional photographic skills which made this page possible!
The Buena Park Historical Society is a non-profit (501 c3) organization of individuals and institutions who are concerned with and working for the preservation of their community's heritage. The Society believes that this legacy must not be lost and does in fact provide the basis and continuity for all aspects of community growth. Contact the Society if you would like to receive an informational glossy brochure.
Call (714) 562-3570 for hours of operation.
Clark Interpretive Center - Paleontology Museum
- 8800 Rosecrans Ave.
Buena Park , CA 90621
- Phone: (714) 973-3170
The Clark Interpretive Center, which opened in September of 1988, contains a paleontology museum that provides an educational view of prehistoric Orange County through exhibits, programs and guided tours. Among the fossils on display is a 9 million year old baleen whale skeleton --it is reputed to be one of the only complete ice age whale fossils in existence. Also the opportunity is provided to watch scientists and volunteers excavate and prepare fossil specimens for study and educational exhibits. Admission is FREE!
The museum is located inside the Ralph B. Clark Regional Park. The park offers large shaded picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, and children's playground areas. Team sports enthusiasts can enjoy spacious play areas including two sand volleyball courts, three softball fields and a baseball diamond. Children of all ages can enjoy fishing in the stocked three acre lake. Four tennis courts are located within the park and an amphitheater which overlooks the lake, is ideal for outdoor plays and recreation programs.
Park Hours: Fall - Winter Hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST
Park Hours: Spring - Summer Hours, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT
Interpretive Center hours vary, call park office in advance.
Davey's Locker Sportfishing
- 400 Main Street
Newport Beach , CA 92661
- Phone: (949) 673-1435
Davey's Locker Sportfishing – Half & Full Day...Davey's Locker Sportfishing has a rich fishing tradition dating back to the 1940's. That tradition has carried through the years and Davey's Locker's captain and crews are some of the best trained and respected fisherman in southern California. With multiple ½ day fishing trips offered daily, a huge selection of sport fish make these ½ day trips very popular. Species targeted include giant white sea bass, halibut, red snapper, kelp bass, barracuda, and over two dozen others. Full day trips (7 am to 5 pm) fish Catalina Island and catch giant yellowtail, white sea bass, and more. Davey's Locker is for both beginners and more seasoned fishermen. With a complete selection of rental gear and everything you would need for your trip.
- 8308 On the Mall
Buena Park , CA 90620
- Phone: (714) 676-7325
Howie's Game Shack ® is located inside the Buena Park Downtown Mall
8320 On the Mall Suite B1 Buena Park, CA 90620
Phone: (714) 676-7325
HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon-Thur: 2pm - Midnight Fri: 2pm - 2am Sat: 10am - 2am Sun: 10am - Midnight
Howie's has invented a new form of interactive entertainment, operating the largest PC and Xbox game centers in America, and introducing social gaming as never experienced before. Open 7 days a week – 12 hours on the weekdays, even longer on weekends, this extravaganza includes: state-of-the-art gaming PCs, Xboxes with high-def LCD displays and outrageous sound chairs, exclusive features like Monster Energy Alley, world premier game releases (analogous to new movie premiers), tournaments and competitions to win valuable prizes, and hot pizza, snacks and beverages consumed while playing to avoid breaks in the action.
Altruistic Business Philiosophy
What really distinguishes Howie's as a breath of fresh air, is a family-friendly atmosphere of safety and respect. Howie's was founded on principles none of which include reaping maximum dollars. As explained by Howie: “First, we love gaming. And, as parents, our mission was to deliver something that we believe is needed – a positive place for young people to spend time – that's affordable!” Howie's has become a favorite among parents, educators and religious leaders with a stringent attention to detail and surprisingly inexpensive pricing. “We evaluate every game in-house, fully immersing ourselves for hours, before deciding if it's appropriate for our public environment. We insist on clean facilities – both physically and mentally, generously support charities, and receive our guidance from a higher calling,” shared proudly by Howie.
Krikorian Premier Theatres - Metroplex 18
- 8290 La Palma Avenue
Buena Park , CA 90620
- Phone: (714) 826-7469
Krikorian Premiere Theatres is one of the world's grandest theatrical exhibition companies, with locations throughout Southern California and more to come. KPT sm is the leader in modern yet elegantly refined megaplex-style theatres featuring state-of-the-art amenities including:
- Wall-to-wall curved screens (including multiple giant 60 ft. screens for the ultimate blockbuster viewing experience!)
- Digital sound featuring Krikorian's exclusive Klipsch KMX sound system
- Digital projection providing the clearest picture for your movie-going experience
- Krikorian's exclusive Digital 3DX technology
- Stadium seating auditoriums with 18-inch risers for optimal sightlines
- Krikorian's exclusive Ultra-Plush rocking-chair-style seating
- High-speed, elegant concession stands featuring a variety of high-quality products including real butter for your popcorn and many other premium concession items
- Automated Ticket Kiosks for easy purchasing and advance ticket pick-up as well as online ticketing
- Krikorian's signature Premiere service
Meeting Space Available
Whether it's a professional meeting, community group, or family birthday bash, your group will enjoy the extras only a Krikorian Premiere Theatre can provide -- like comfortable, spacious, stadium-style seating providing unobstructed enjoyment for all attendees. Have a professional presentation to make? Give it the kind of powerful edge only our curved, wall-to-wall movie screens can provide. Then think outside of the box by providing popcorn with real butter and other gourmet concession items as special snack foods. Capacity for theatre style seating: 150 – 460. Please contact our events coordinator at (310) 856-1270 ext 118 for more information.
- 7662 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park , CA 90620
- Phone: 1-888-We-Joust
- Tollfree: (800) 899-6699
Opened in June 1986, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament brings history to life with a two-hour medieval tournament and four-course feast. The 70,000 square foot castle is located on seven acres in the heart of Buena Park's Entertainment Zone. Offering shows 365 days a year, the European-style castle features a soaring tower, elaborately decorated Hall of Arms, the Knight Club, an outdoor courtyard, an extensive gift shop, Museum of Torture and an indoor stable area where guests can view some of the castle's horses as they prepare for each evening's show.
The air conditioned Grand Ceremonial Arena seats 1,110 guests and features state-of-the-art sound, lighting and a special effects system. The castle prides in its snowy Andalusian Stallions, a Spanish breed served for royalty in the 11th century and one of the rarest breeds of horses in the world. The Andalusian horses are bred and raised at the Medieval Times Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas. The ranch is home to more than 200 Andalusian horses.
During the tournament, royal guests cheer for one of six Knights as he competes in medieval games, authentic jousting matches and ground battles with sword and shield. The action intensifies as the tournament continues in search of one Knight who will be crowned champion by the King.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is an evening of fun and feasting for all ages.
Price Range: $35.95 - $57.95
- 7600 Beach Blvd
Buena Park , CA 90620
- Phone: (866) 439-2469
- Tollfree: (866) 439-2469
ARRRRGH YOU READY: Pirate's Dinner Adventure is acclaimed as "the world's most interactive dinner show." Guests are entertained with an astonishing display of special effects, aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay and dynamic duels. It's a classic story of good vs. evil that offers the perfect blend of action, adventure, comedy and romance; the opportunity to interact in the adventure and a sumptuous dining experience.
BLOW ME DOWN : An authentically replicated 18th-century Spanish galleon measuring 46 feet long, 18 feet wide with 40-foot masts is anchored in a 250,000-gallon indoor lagoon with night sky lighting. Surrounding the lagoon is a six-sided showroom of six additional "ships" where the audience is seated.
YO HO, YOUR ADVENTURE: Guests can choose which adventure excites them the most and return later to experience the other show. There is no need to have to see one show before the other. The Broadway-quality shows are action-packed and filled with acrobatics, romance, comedy!
ALL HANDS ON DECK: More than 150 guests have the chance to play an actual role in each show as the evil Captain Sebastian the Black leads his crews of renegades to the ship, taunting the seaport "villagers" (audience members) along the way. In both shows, even youngsters can be part of the action, donning costumes to row dinghies in a crucial pirate race around the lagoon or board the galleon to brave the dastardly Sebastian the Black. For one shining moment, the fantasies of would-be pirates of all ages become uncannily real in the interactive arena of Pirate's Dinner Adventure.
FEAST YOUR EYES: Served during the show enjoy a fresh garden salad with house dressing or vegetable soup, choice of roasted 1/2 chicken or sliced barbecue pork tenderloin, buttery mashed potatoes or West Indies yellow rice with Caribbean seasonings and fresh broccoli floret. Warm apple cobbler and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Soft drinks and coffee are included.
BOOTY: (California only)
Adults (12 years and older) $56.95 plus tax
Children (3 - 11 years old) $37.95 plus tax
Group rates and are available for parties of 10 or more.
Wholesale rates are also available.
Prices and policies may change without notice.
- 100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach , CA 90802
- Phone: (562) 590-3100
Take a journey of discovery through the world's largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Explore our exhibits, and discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with, and even touch, the ocean's ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon. And hand feed lorikeet birds. With affordable prices and an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family, there is no better time to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific than now.
- 2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana , CA 92706
- Phone: (714) 567-3600
Celebrate world cultures through their arts.
The Bowers Museum enriches lives through the world's finest arts and cultures.
Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California's finest and Orange County's largest museums. In 1986, the museum closed its doors for a period of self-study. In response to community needs and input, it reopened in 1992 as a new cultural center, and expanded children's programming in 1994 with the opening of the Kidseum. The museum also recently celebrated the grand opening of the 30,000+ square-foot Dorothy and Donald Kennedy Wing in February 2007. To achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children's art education programs, and other special community programs.
The Bowers is proud to be honored by the local community and recognized by world-renowned museums and industry professionals as a cultural center that exemplifies excellence in its field. Evidence of program quality and distinctiveness includes:
The Bowers has been voted "The Best Museum in Orange County" by the readers of The Orange County Register for 14 consecutive years. In the past 15 years the museum has: produced more than 50 special exhibitions, many of which traveled nationally or internationally; published more than 24 exhibition catalogues; and increased its facility size from 7,000 square feet to its current size of 93,000+ square feet.
Bowers Museum, in Santa Ana, is centrally located in the heart of Southern California. The Bowers Museum has earned an international reputation through its world-class exhibitions, including Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China's Enduring Legacy, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor, Secrets of the Silk Road, and Mummies – Death and the Afterlife: Treasures from the British Museum, as well as its own extensive Art collections from throughout the Americas and the South Pacific. In addition, the Bowers' Kidseum, located one block south of the main museum, engages children through extensive activities designed to encourage creativity and inspire imagination.
Buena Park Farmer's Marketplace
- La Palma Ave & Stanton Ave
Buena Park , CA 90620
- Phone: (562) 449-9299
Buena Park Certified FARMERS' MARKETPLACE Every Saturday from 9am - 2pm at Buena Park Downtown (corner of La Palma & Stanton). Buy your farm fresh fruits and vegetables! Enjoy a variety of hot, fresh foods made to order.
- 2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana , CA 92705
- Phone: (714) 542-2823
Imaginations run wild through more than 100 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center, Orange County's leading destination for hands-on science fun. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine “launch”, explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur and try your best slap shot against the Anaheim Duck's goalie! Traveling exhibits and annual events such as Bug Invasion and Bubblefest throughout the year ensure that there is always something new to discover. Since 1998, Discovery Science Center has been a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. It is a community-wide resource where families come together to learn and have fun and school districts can use as an educational resource. Discovery Science Center welcomed its one-millionth visitor in 2003 and now hosts over 400,000 guests each year.
Open daily from 10am – 5pm. For further information, call us at (714) 542-CUBE or visit us online www.discoverycube.org .
- 1900 Associated Rd.
Fullerton , CA 92831
- Phone: (657) 278-3407
The Fullerton Arboretum is your passport to the world of plants. Without going far from home, you can inhale the fragrances of the Mediterranean, feel the cool shade of the redwood forest, delight in the glorious fall color of the northeastern United States, hear the rustle of the palm trees, take a break in a desert oasis, laugh at the funny forms of succulents, and breathe in the perfume of old fashioned roses. This collection of more than 4,000 plants, on 26 acres, is important for other reasons as well. The Fullerton Arboretum helps us to understand the diversity of the world's plant life and the importance of protecting the earth's plant treasures.
Welcome to our world and grow at the Fullerton Arboretum. From home composting to the care and pruning of roses, the Fullerton Arboretum offers community education classes during the week and weekends that help you to grow and connect with your garden. Other topics often included are: growing deciduous fruit trees, gardening with perennials, exploring California native plants, the selection and care of orchids, botanical watercolor painting, and the art of pressing flowers. Kid's classes for junior gardeners are also available.
Be sure to visit our Potting Shed and treat yourself to a new, unique plant from the Arboretum collection. It's stress-free shopping in a casual, friendly environment. Or, consider a nature tour of the grounds or a docent led tour of Heritage House or our Nikkei Museum. There are always lots of things to do at the Fullerton Arboretum.
Explore this website and you will find everything you need to know about the wonderful Fullerton Arboretum.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
The Fullerton Arboretum is open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Sunday.
From July through September, we have extended summer hours Monday through Thursday.
Special Summer Hours
July: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM August: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM September: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Note:Friday, Saturday and Sunday we close at 4:30 PM.
Free tours of the Heritage House and Museum are available on weekends and select weekdays.
Heritage House Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Museum Hours are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Note: Heritage House is closed the months of January and August. The Museum is closed during holidays and while new exhibits are under construction.
For group pricing, visit: http://fullertonarboretum.org/info_tours.php
Fullerton Museum Center
- 301 N. Pomona Ave.
Fullerton , CA 92832
- Phone: (714) 738-6545
The Fullerton Museum Center, home of the Leo Fender Gallery, is dedicated to developing and presenting the best multi-disciplinary exhibitions and educational programs in the areas of history, science, and art. Museum exhibits often highlight unique aspects of 20th and 21st century popular culture.
Our two galleries consist of a permanent display of the Leo Fender guitar and the history of its development here in Fullerton. In addition the museum features three to four exhibitions annually in our main gallery.
In conjunction with our exhibits, we offer programs including lectures, concerts, and art classes. We provide several kids' programs throughout the year that reach out to children from pre school through 9th grade including Wednesday Art Studio, Guitar Gateways, The Art of Nature Summer Camp, Spring Into Music Camp and more. One of our most popular programs is the Wednesday morning “Stroller Brigade” a free, in gallery program for toddlers and preschoolers.
The galleries are open six days a week from Noon to 4:00pm, and Noon to 8:00pm on Thursdays. In the meantime, you can check out our gift shop that opens at 9am on weekdays and noon on weekends. You will find Fender apparel, kids' toys, jewelry, books and more.