Find the perfect California vacation in Santa Ana, CA, a thriving southwestern suburb of Los Angeles with plenty of family-friendly attractions, including a zoo and several historical museums. Be sure to check out our hotels in Santa Ana near the best local hot spots, including:
Start your vacation with a stop at the Discovery Science Center, an eye-opening, hands-on science museum for all ages. Between day camp programming for kids and a rotating series of interactive exhibits, there's plenty of learning and fun for the whole family.
Next, cruise over to the Santa Ana Zoo for a train ride among 80 species of animals. Don't forget to ride the carousel and hand feed farm animals in the petting zoo. For fresh air, take a walk through citrus groves that give Orange County its name while touring the Heritage Museum, featuring manicured gardens and buildings from the 1890s.
If history and photography is what you crave, take a stop at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse. The building has won several architectural awards and is worthy of a snapshot or two. Then head over to The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and Bowers Kidseum to learn about ancient history.
Finally, sample one of the city's many family-owned restaurants for some west coast cuisine. Cafe Calacas serves up fresh sandwiches piled high with meats and veggies and homemade fruit salad topped with a special yogurt-based sauce and granola.
After all that fun, you'll be looking for a cozy place to rest up. Our friendly staff and comfortable rooms are waiting nearby! Book today with Choice Hotels in Santa Ana, CA!
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