Free Things To Do In Anaheim

Fun Is Free At Our Resort Near Disneyland®

Want to spend all your money at Disneyland® Resort? No problem. There are plenty of free things to do in Orange County near Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort. Here are six picks for fun, free things to do near our hotel.

Huntington Beach

Pacific Coast Highway

Huntington Beach, California

Anaheim's nearest and best beach, Huntington Beach, is a perfect place to enjoy the waves and relax in the SoCal sun. Bring your pet to their pet friendly beaches, or stay indoors for a day spa. Historic downtown has classic sights, and the beach is always great for volleyball, surfing, and other sports. Come to Surf City USA to enjoy California's best (and cheapest) attraction: The Pacific Ocean.

Anaheim Packing District

440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

Phone: (714) 533-7225

Visitors and locals alike come to this new community gather place in downtown Anaheim. The district's refurbished historic structures include the restored Packard Building, Farmer's Park, Cook's Chapel, and The Backyard, an outdoor event area with a fireplace and an orange grove. The Packing House features over 20 artisan eateries, with live music on the Mezzanine Stage every weekend.

Oak Canyon Nature Center

6700 E Walnut Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807

Phone: (714) 998-8380

A 58-acre park nestled in the Anaheim Hills, the Oak Canyon Nature Center is perfect for experience California's stunning natural beauty. Three adjoining canyons have four miles of hiking trails. See one of the few remaining areas of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub in the region. A year-round stream runs through the park, and native wildlife make the canyon perfect for animal spotting. The Nature Center is perfect for beginners looking to experience the wilderness, or experienced travelers who want to relax on a short hike.

Yorba Regional Park

7600 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807

Phone: (714) 973-6615

This day park, over a mile long and 140 acres, lies at the mouth of the Santa Ana Canyon. Park of the official Orange County bicentennial project, the site recaptures the river setting of the adjacent Santa Ana River. Yorba is ideal for family activities, with over 400 picnic tables. Four lakes with streams are great for fishing and model boat sailing. Bicycle trails also wind through the park and connect to the Santa Ana River Trail, which leads to the Pacific Ocean. The park has volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, two ball diamonds, a physical fitness course, and 200 barbecues.

Fullerton Arboretum

301 Main St., Suite 208, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Phone: (714) 969-3492

The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. For over 35 years, it has served Anaheim with resources for ecological, horticultural, and historical education. 26 lush acres collect over 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world. Ponds, streams, and wildlife make the arboretum a tranquil retreat from a fast-paced urban life. The Heritage House Visitor's Center is a historic Victorian building built in 1894.

Bowers Museum

2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

Phone: (714) 567-3600

Bowers Museum promotes human understanding through art. One of SoCal's finest museum, and the largest in Orange County, its state-of-the-art facilities present world-class exhibitions. It has collections from Africa, the South Pacific, Asia, Native Americans, pre-Columbian art, and California plein-air paintings. The Kidseum, a children's museum two blocks away, educates kids about art and the world. The Bower Museum has family cultural arts festivals, lectures, film series, symposia, and workshops throughout the year.

Downtown Disney

1580 Disneyland Dr. Anaheim, CA 92802

Phone: (714) 781-4565

Dining, shops, entertainment, and even free parking. Downtown Disney District has unique shops for kids and adults alike. Have cocktails or fine coffee at an open-air cafe, then visit one of the largest Disney Stores in the world. Other shops let you build your own toy car and turn your child into a star. A blizzard of Frozen experiences have descended on Downtown Disney lately, sure to make any child shiver with joy.


Waltz around the best couture and latest fashions in SoCal's sunny shops. Want the latest from Paris, Milan, or Tokyo? The Outlets At Orange have major brands, with just about everything from Aldo's to Zumiez. There's also an AMC Theater as well as a plethora of lunch options. For a more upscale shopping experience, head to The Irvine Center, with its interesting shops like Skinfood, selling food that's good for the skin, and StoryMakery, a self-publishing experience for young children. And window shopping, of course, is always free.