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Santa Ana, CA

Travel Guide
Lyon Air Museum showing an airport and aircraft

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

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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $104 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
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 ...
4/5Very Good! (965 reviews)
"Cleanses of the room, very comfortable bed"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Orange County Airport
Best Western Plus Orange County Airport North
Best Western Plus Orange County Airport North
2.5 out of 5
2700 Hotel Terrace Dr., Santa Ana, CA
The price is $108 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (947 reviews)
"Rooms are clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Best Western Plus Orange County Airport North
DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana - Orange County Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana - Orange County Airport
3.5 out of 5
201 E MacArthur Blvd, Santa Ana, CA
The price is $118 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Segerstrom Center for the Arts and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from South Coast Plaza. The Camp and Irvine ...
4/5Very Good! (974 reviews)
"My wife and I come to visit our children often in Orange County and I'm always trying different hotels. Mostly based on how close it is to where we'll be doing and where everyone lives here. It's been hit or miss lately. I usually try to use a Hilton hotel because they are in my opinion one of the ..."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana - Orange County Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Master Bedroom With Directv & HS Wifi 12 Mins -disneyland&5 Min-christcathedral
Master Bedroom With Directv & HS Wifi 12 Mins -disneyland&5 Min-christcathedral
Santa Ana, CA
The price is $90 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Situated in Santa Ana, this vacation home is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from The Outlets at Orange and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from The Outlets at Orange. Vans Skate Park and Bowers ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Nice!!
"This was a very nice stay! Very responsive and helpful. We loved the room and the beautiful yard!"

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Master Bedroom With Directv & HS Wifi 12 Mins -disneyland&5 Min-christcathedral
1925 Spanish Villa Retreat Near Disneyland In Historic Park Santiago 3 Bedroom Home
1925 Spanish Villa Retreat Near Disneyland In Historic Park Santiago 3 Bedroom Home
2405 Valencia Street North, Santa Ana, CA
Located in Park Santiago, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Discovery Science Center and Children's Hospital of Orange County. Chapman University and ...
1925 Spanish Villa Retreat Near Disneyland In Historic Park Santiago 3 Bedroom Home
of Dtsa, Arts Districtmural Loft98 Wlkscrac
of Dtsa, Arts Districtmural Loft98 Wlkscrac
Santa Ana, CA
The price is $163 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located in Lacy, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Old Orange County Courthouse and within 3 mi (5 km) of Santa Ana Zoo and Children's Hospital ...
of Dtsa, Arts Districtmural Loft98 Wlkscrac
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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