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Just 8 miles south of Anaheim, Santa Ana has built a reputation as a burgeoning arts district in Orange County. Entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and artists flock to this cultural haven, which boasts everything from contemporary galleries and studios to cocktail lounges and chef-driven specialty restaurants at 4th Street Market and beyond. While there’s much to explore throughout the downtown neighborhood, check out these seven spots that celebrate the independent spirit of Santa Ana.

March signifies many significant events: Daylight Savings, the start of Spring and Women’s History Month. The Anaheim Convention Center looks forward to the Natural Products Expo West, a five-day event encompassing educational seminars as well as an extensive trade show. As it continues to grow in size, adjustments are made to accommodate both new exhibitors and attendees. Here’s a rundown of some of those changes, as well as a few hints we’ve learned from personal experience.

Move over, Las Vegas. Orange County’s selection of live entertainment dinner shows offers loads of variety and unique options for fun family dinners out on the town. Magic, murder mystery, chivalry and adventure are all waiting for you. Immerse yourself in a medieval castle, in the tropical rainforest, at a glamorous hotel and even inside a giant pirate ship. Here are our picks for the best family dinner attractions in Orange County:

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Previously located at Downtown Disney, the House of Blues, has been a hot spot in the center of Anaheim for entertainment. At its new location, at the Garden Walk on Disney Way, the House of Blues is now home at a magical 44 thousand square feet musical majesty of multi rooms with art and history everywhere.

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Disneyland® Resort Hidden Mickeys are one more layer for the in-the-know Disney fan to discover during their Disneyland vacation. Typically, a disguised three-circle head of Mickey Mouse, the Hidden Mickey has become a phenomenon among Disney fans and the Walt Disney Imagineers who design the theme parks.

You can find Hidden Mickeys throughout the Disney theme parks. Some are obvious while others are very well disguised.

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Opened in 1990

It’s hard to believe that this July will mark 27 - years that the Richard Nixon Library and Museum opened in Yorba Linda. Both Bob Hope and Henry Kissinger were on hand with Nixon, along with former presidents Reagan, Ford and then-President George Bush, marking it the first time ever that four presidents had ever attended a public event. A crowd of 50,000 gathered for the ceremony and at the dedication Nixon said, "Nothing we have ever seen matches this moment–to be welcomed home again.”

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Are you looking for ways to swoon that someone special this Valentine's Day? We’ve got you covered! Whether your sweetheart is a food fanatic, art lover or adventurer, we’ve curated all of our Anaheim and O.C. favorites just for you! 

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Are you ready for some football but need a spot in Anaheim and Orange County to watch the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons? We’ve got the inside scoop on where to go and watch The Big Game this Sunday without traveling all the way to Houston. Here are some of our picks for a memorable game day experience.

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Shorts, sandals and sunglasses are always in season in Orange County, but on rare occasions—it might be time to bring the fun inside. While there are no shortage of outdoor fun for families, it can be tricky to find a creative way for children to release their excitement and energy indoors. But, don’t fret! We’re here to arm you with a variety of indoor activities that are guaranteed to keep the whole family happy and entertained.

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One of my favorite things about being based in San Francisco is the short flight proximity to so many different adventures!

A 90-minute flight in any direction can transport you to the welcoming waters of sunny SoCal, the earthy green forests of Oregon or the dry, deep deserts of Nevada, on any given weekend. Anaheim had been on my west coast bucket list for quite some time to check out the original Disneyland, but when I finally made it down south to visit my friend AP this Thanksgiving, little did I know how much else there would be to explore.

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