Santa Ana is a city with a lot to offer. If you live there, you might lose sight of its attractions and high points because you see them all the time. Here’s a list of the top 15 things to do in Santa Ana – just in time for summer!

#1: Visit the Old Orange County Courthouse

The Old Orange County Courthouse is Southern California’s oldest courthouse. In addition to the courthouse itself, the building houses the Orange County History Center and the library of the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society. You can find more information here.

#2: Check out the Animals at the Santa Ana Zoo

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is a fun and educational experience for the whole family. It’s home to more than 80 species of animals. You can ride the Zoofari Express Train and learn about the zoo’s ongoing conservation efforts on behalf of endangered species. Get more information on their website.

#3: Explore Discovery Cube Orange County

Discovery Cube Orange County is a unique science museum with exhibits to appeal to every interest. Current exhibits include Dino Quest, Mission Control, and an Inspector Training Course that teaches kids how to protect their homes from pests and diseases. Click here for more information.

#4: Remember History at the Lyon Air Museum

The Lyon Air Museum features exhibits of historical military airplanes, motorcycles, cars, and other vehicles. A visit here is a great way to teach the kids about history. Learn more on their website, here.

#5: Get Some Culture at the Bowers Museum

The Bowers Museum features an array of exhibits that create a multi-cultural experience. Current exhibits include a collection of couture clothing, gemstone carvings, and the art of the Pacific Islands. They also feature special exhibits. Visit their website to learn more.

#6: Hike Along Santiago Creek

Santiago Creek is one of the longest waterways in Orange County and features some breathtaking scenery. The trail passes by several historical sites and is the perfect outing to enjoy the Southern California Sunshine. Learn more here.

#7: Appreciate Arts at the CSUF Grand Central Art Center

CSUF Grand Central Art Center features ongoing exhibitions of modern art in a variety of media, including installations and performance art. Their goal is to explore topics of social relevance through art. You can learn more and see a list of their current and upcoming exhibits here.

#8: Get a Helicopter’s Eye View of the OC

Things look different when you see them from above. OC Helicopters features beach tours, a UFO tour, and charter tours. Click here to visit their website.

#9: Peek into the Past at Kellogg House

Kellogg House was the home of W.K. Kellogg, the founder of Kellogg’s cereal. His historical manor was built in 1926 and features sweeping views and tons of history. It’s open to the public and for private events. You can check out their website here.

#10: Cook up a Storm at Hipcooks

If you’re looking for a fun, adult evening, consider taking a cooking class at Hipcooks. They have classes for novices and experienced cooks, and every class includes a wine tasting. Click here for a class schedule and additional information.

#11: Catch Some Live Music at The Observatory OC

One of Orange County’s most unique music venues is The Observatory OC. They have two rooms, The Observatory and The Constellation Room. Check out their schedule of upcoming shows here.

#12: Eat Dinner at The Playground

Ready to let somebody else do the cooking? Check out delicious Asian fusion food and an impressive beer list at The Playground. You can check out the full menu here.

#13: Shop at the Outpost Trade Show

The Outpost Trade Show is a unique outdoor market where brand can show off their new products (and consumers can learn about the latest trends.) You can get additional information on their website, here.

#14: Hit the Links at River View Golf Course

If golf is your game, check out the beautiful views on the River View Golf Course. Stretching over 6,190 yards, the course offers especially good views in the early morning and at sunset. You can get details about the course here.

These 15 attractions represent the very best that Santa Ana has to offer – and they show why visitors flock to the area every year.

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