Free & Almost Free

Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you have to break the bank. Check out our list of free and almost free activities in Anaheim and OC.

Bowers Museum

One of Southern California’s finest museums and Orange County’s largest, the Bowers Museum promotes human understanding through art. Its state-of-the-art facilities enable the Bowers to present world-class exhibitions from the greatest museums in the world. Its own collections are particularly strong in the areas of African, South Pacific, Asian, Native American, pre-Columbian art, and California plein-air paintings. Its location, close to four major freeways and four miles south of Disneyland, makes the Bowers an ideal destination for visitors to Southern California.

Fullerton Arboretum

Established in 1979, the Fullerton Arboretum has served the community as a premier resource for ecological, horticultural and historical education.The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. Encompassing 26 lush acres, The Fullerton Arboretum has assembled a permanent collection of over 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world. With its ponds, streams and wildlife, the Fullerton Arboretum offers a tranquil retreat from a fast-paced urban life.

Visitor amenities include: 26 acres, 4000 plants and trees, 1894 Victorian “Heritage House”, Visitors Center, OC Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum, The Potting Shed, Nature Center, Children’s Garden, Membership, volunteer opportunities, and educational classes.

Visit Huntington Beach

The closest beach to Anaheim and the Disneyland® Resort with ten miles of golden sand beaches (the largest beach in Southern California), Huntington Beach is Surf City USA®! Visit Huntington Beach promotes the premier overnight beach destination in Southern California. Free Visitor Guides and destination information at 800-729-6232 and www.surfcityusa.com.

Anaheim GardenWalk Art Installations and Murals

Through their Art on the Walk program, Anaheim GardenWalk has invited local artists from all disciplines to display their works across the property for guests to enjoy.  Pieces range from massive murals, to eclectic window displays, to live art demonstrations, to full-blown galleries.  The success of this program has led to the property being granted an award for Best Public Art from the Anaheim Arts Council, and GardenWalk continues to serve as a fixture in the Anaheim art scene.

For more information on the program, or for details about their quarterly Art on the Walk events, please visit AnaheimGardenWalk.com/Art-on-the-Walk