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Santa AnaUnited States of America

Launch a simulated rocket, learn about culture and art from around the world, see antique aircrafts and meet some of the world’s smallest monkeys. 

Santa Ana is one of the liveliest and most populated cities in Orange County. It is packed full of attractions to entertain the whole family. Select from popular local spots, such as the Bowers Museum, Discovery Cube, Lyon Air Museum and the Santa Ana Zoo.

Take a tour of the Bowers Museum and attend seminars on culture and art from all around the world. Temporary exhibitions feature a variety of interesting subjects. The site offers art-house movies and documentaries about creative geniuses, such as Beethoven. Bring your children to the Kidseum, an exhibition specially designed to engage children with the arts. Watch them dress up in exotic outfits, try on masks and play musical instruments from around the world.

Make your way to the Discovery Cube, formerly the Discovery Science Center. It is now named after its spectacular 10-story solar array cube. Take part in interactive exhibits to learn about science the fun way. The Science of Hockey exhibit explains the physics behind the sport.

Watch a movie at the unique 4-D theater. Feel like you are part of the action as you are sprayed with water and air. See a genuine Delta Rocket engine and count down to a simulated blast-off at the Rocket Launch Station.

Find out about the history of aviation at the Lyon Air Museum. Hear stories about remarkable planes and pilots and explore antique aircraft, military vehicles and other artifacts.

Spend the day watching fascinating animals at the Santa Ana Zoo Their pygmy marmosets are some of the smallest monkeys in the world. See the exotic birds at the Colors of the Amazon Aviary. At Crean Family Farm, children can pet ponies and feed other animals.

Santa Ana is a 15-minute drive from Anaheim and a 40-minute drive from Los Angeles. You can also get there by bus or train, but driving is the most popular method of transportation. For additional fun, pack your swimsuit and head to nearby Huntington Beach or Newport Beach on the Pacific Coast.

Where to stay in Santa Ana

Lyon Air Museum which includes aircraft and interior views

Airport Area

4/5Very Good!(364 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Airport Area, Irvine Museum and Boomers are top sights worth seeing.

Airport Area
Santa Ana Zoo featuring signage and zoo animals

Lyon Street

3.5/5Good!(121 area reviews)

Though Lyon Street might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Santa Ana Zoo and Old Orange County Courthouse.

Lyon Street
Discovery Science Center showing interior views

Park Santiago

While there might not be top attractions in Park Santiago, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Bowers Museum and Discovery Science Center.

Park Santiago

Top Hotels in Santa Ana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn and Suites Santa Ana/Orange County Airport
Hampton Inn and Suites Santa Ana/Orange County Airport
2.5 out of 5
2720 Hotel Terrace Drive, Santa Ana, CA
The price is $93 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Santa Ana Zoo and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Segerstrom Center for the Arts. South Coast Plaza and The ...

4.2/5Excellent! (974 reviews)

"GREAT SERVICE UPON CHECK IN AND EXCELLENT ROOM LAYOUT"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hampton Inn and Suites Santa Ana/Orange County Airport
Embassy Suites by Hilton Santa Ana Orange County Airport
Embassy Suites by Hilton Santa Ana Orange County Airport
3.5 out of 5
1325 East Dyer Road, Santa Ana, CA
The price is $84 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Segerstrom Center for the Arts and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Santa Ana Zoo. South Coast Plaza and The ...

3.5/5Good! (1,038 reviews)

"Very nice place , inside feels and has a lot of tranquility"…"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton Santa Ana Orange County Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Orange County Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Orange County Airport
2.5 out of 5
2721 Hotel Ter, Santa Ana, CA
The price is $87 per night

Situated in Santa Ana, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Santa Ana Zoo and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Segerstrom Center for the Arts. South Coast Plaza and The Observatory ...

4.2/5Very Good! (718 reviews)

"Staff was friendly and check in process was quick and safe."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Orange County Airport

Popular places to visit in Santa Ana

Santa Ana Zoo
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Santa Ana Zoo

3.5/5(74 reviews)

Count the monkeys at this charming little zoo that promises at least 50 primates are always present.

Bowers Museum
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Bowers Museum

4/5(50 reviews)

This small museum in Santa Ana pulls big exhibitions from around the world.

Discovery Science Center
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Discovery Science Center

3.5/5(19 reviews)

Look for the big black cube to find a place where science engages both mind and body. 

Top things to do in Santa Ana

Get Your Feet Wet Helicopter Ride
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Get Your Feet Wet Helicopter Ride

$175
Per adult
Newport Beach Helicopter Tour
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Newport Beach Helicopter Tour

$199
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California

$10
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Laguna Beach Helicopter Tour
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Laguna Beach Helicopter Tour

$249
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California

$20
Per adult
Orange County Private Transfer To Palm Springs.
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Orange County Private Transfer To Palm Springs.

$398
Per adult

Reviews of Santa Ana

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
277
5 - Excellent 26.40610104861773%
4 - Good
476
4 - Good 45.3765490943756%
3 - Okay
247
3 - Okay 23.546234509056244%
2 - Disappointing
29
2 - Disappointing 2.7645376549094376%
1 - Terrible
20
1 - Terrible 1.9065776930409915%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

I love orange county. I had never seeing nothing like this it make me sad to see all this..

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

Lots of homeless hanging around parking and no control over smoking areas

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 17, 2020

Santa Ana is a great city to enjoy yourself and have wonderful adventures.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Apr 21, 2020

Leaving

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

It's a very clean and nice place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

Vwry peaceful & quiet

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