You want pool time; they want roller coasters. What’s a family to-do? Perfectly nestled between the hustle and bustle cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Anaheim offers a warm, laidback California attitude with tons of exciting activities for families to dive into together. Read on to see 17 reasons why it’s the perfect family getaway.

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It’s every family’s dream to make an escape to Disneyland in sun-drenched southern CA, and the land of magic is ready to welcome back families who have missed Mickey and Minnie over the past year! The park reopens on April 30, and you can find reopening details here.

Beyond the magic of Disney, there are tons of other incredible reasons ​to visit Anaheim​. Let your children’s imagination soar during a Flightdeck Flight Simulation. Choose from a fighter jet or commercial airliner, then take over the controls for a one-of-a-kind aviation adventure.

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For even more adventure, check out over 40 attractions and award-winning rollercoasters at Knott’s Berry Farm. If you’re visiting on a sunny day, be sure to add Orange County’s largest water park Knott’s Soak City to the itinerary!

Ready to get back to live music? Catch a live show at City National Grove of Anaheim. Not your thing? Sports fans can catch a baseball game and see championship team the Angels!

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Feeling hungry? Anaheim’s many family-friendly restaurants range from American to Asian, from Mexican to Italian. Grab a plate of pasta at Naples Ristorante e Bar in the Downtown Disney®District, cast iron mac & cheese at Tru Grits, made-from-scratch favorites with a side of music at House of Blues® at Anaheim GardenWalk or a sweet treat at Joe’s Italian Ice. Or just wander around the Anaheim Packing District and its many unique culinary offerings.

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Families in the mood for shopping will find plenty to browse at places like the Center Street Promenade, Anaheim GardenWalk, The Outlets at Orange and the Downtown Disney District. Whether you’re window shopping, engaging in some retail therapy, or simply buying gifts, there’s something for everyone.

Need more convincing to plan a weekend trip to Anaheim? Find a place to stay is so simple. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Playground has been one of Anaheim’s most popular hotels for over 50 years and has a water park area featuring  a 30-foot pirate ship with 200-gallon drench bucket, water cannons, slides a toddler pool and more. For thrill seekers who want to be first in line, the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance is just a five-minute walk from the Disneyland theme park entrances!

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