California’s Orange County is known for its stunning natural surroundings, wide beaches, theme parks, world-renowned shopping malls and districts, and the Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) is working harder than ever to promote the destination as a top summer hotspot to MENA travellers.
“Orange County’s casual luxury lifestyle and environs are perfect for all families wanting to mix educational experiences with entertainment and nature for active, enlivening and above all fun for the whole family escapes,” said president and CEO, OCVA, Ed Fuller. “We hope a great number of visitors from the Middle East can join us this summer to enjoying all that the OC has to offer.”
OCVA has rounded up a number of thrilling activities for visitors from the MENA region of all ages and interests:
- Top Educational Activity: Discovery Cube OC
Discovery Cube Orange County gives families a chance to experience multiple interactive exhibits revolving around learning and is the perfect place for kids to have a great time learning about science and space. Visitors can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space rocket and can operate a 34m radio telescope from the Discovery Cube. Children get to learn the basics of black holes and planets, as well as meet superheroes such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman as an introduction to discovering their own unique superpowers.
- Top Fun Activity: Disneyland Park Anaheim.
There’s magic in the streets, on the rides and in the kitchens of Anaheim’s Disneyland – the original home of Disneyland. The family-friendly entertainment and food served inside the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ are an integral part of the visitor experience. Visitors will enjoy the projection show of ‘Mickey’s Mix Magic’ which is lighting up the night at Disneyland Park as a celebration of the one and only Mickey Mouse. This nightly extravaganza creates a family-fun dance party throughout the park, with DJ Mickey spinning the new celebration song, ‘It’s a Good Time’ along with new, fun takes on favorite Disney songs.
- Top Nature Activity: Whale watching in Dana Point.
Known as the ‘Whale Watching Capital of the West’, Dana Point is the best whale watching destination, including the greatest concentration of blue whales and dolphins on earth. From Dana Point Harbor, gray whales can be seen just seconds away by boat, and nearby are gigantic and gentle blue whales, fearsome killer whales and marine life in their natural habitat. Thousands of dolphins, sea lions, and sharks can be found year-round off the scenic coast of Orange County. Visitors can lean back and enjoy the abundant ocean life without leaving the comfort of the ship.
- Top Adventure Activity: surfing & fishing in Huntington Beach
Dubbed internationally as ‘Surf City USA’, Huntington Beach is regarded as one of the most important surfing cities in the US. Visitors can register their kids in the surf school, where expert instructors are safety certified to teach private, group and corporate event lessons. All surfboards and wetsuits are provided. Parents can experience a deep sea fishing trip by renting a private boat offered by locals.
- Top Dining Activity: Pirate Dinner Adventure.
As the ‘World’s Most Interactive Dinner Show’, The Pirate Dinner Adventure takes the entire family on a journey featuring seafaring pirates, theatrical musical performances and action-packed stunts for a unique live entertainment experience. Family members will enjoy a swashbuckling time aboard an 18th century ship for a night filled with laughter, excitement, drama and treasure.