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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Outlet Mall
“Tree-lined open-air outlet mall with 25 restaurants, and indoor skate park and an IMAX cinema.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Entertainment
“If you enjoy live performances and seasonal plays, this is a unique approach to a cultured attraction. Attire may be more formal.”
  • 73 locals recommend
History Museum
“Charles Bowers was a land developer who lived in Orange County and before he passed away he donated a plot of land to the city of Santa Ana. In 1931 after his wife had died, a building was constructed on the land and in 1936 the Charles W. Bowers Memorial Museum was opened for the first time. Over the decades the museum has had various refurbishments and the museum’s size has increased tenfold. The museum is a great place to take a look at the different cultures in the world and there are over 100,000 items to peruse.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Science Museum
“This is a fun place for kids to learn and explore about science, health, and environment!”
  • 46 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“If you're into indoor Malls then I recommend The Main Place Mall. they have Macy's and JCPenney's as their anchor stores .It is approximately 5 1/2 miles away. 2800 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705”
  • 31 locals recommend
Zoo
“Explore the amazing and exotic animals in the world in one central location!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Museum
“Free Admission | Free Parking | Free tours Saturday & Sunday at 2pm Thursday 11-8pm | Friday-Sunday 11-6pm | ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Huge park with a pond, ducks, soccer field, archery lessons and kid's playground.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Dim Sum Restaurant
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“Shanghai soup dumplings or xiao long bao are little pockets of meat filling with hot and clear broth packaged inside a dumpling wrapper. Dumplings come out in stacked steamers along with savory noodle dishes and veggie dishes (we really like the cucumber salad and the chili oil wontons). The wait can be long especially for large groups, so we recommend putting your name down and then going shopping at the beautiful South Coast Plaza where the restaurant is located. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A renowned global shopping destination, South Coast Plaza defines the luxury shopping experience with more than 250 boutiques, restaurants, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and upscale amenities.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Fine dinning and exceptional panoramic view of the city of Dubai for the hard to please.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Entertainment
“South Coast Repertory is a professional theatre company. Holds contemporary plas, classic works & Broadway hits.”
  • 8 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“If you are looking for a great place to have something to eat then turning up at The Playground is a great idea. The restaurant is owned by the same people who own the Lime Truck gourmet food truck. At The Playground you will find a mixture of craft beers, excellent food and a team of staff that are buzzing with energy. The food is all made with fresh ingredients that have been prepared with skill, passion and love. This is a business that has expanded at a pace that is staggering and after just one trip here you will understand why.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Water Park
“Families love this - it is a pretty big deal - you may or may not want to spend all your money here! ha :) ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Food
“Yelper -"Love this spot! It's like a smaller version of the Packing House district. I never knew it existed until I was looking spots up on yelp. You can get everything you are craving under one roof. P.S. AFNG is going to have a spot there, which I am really excited about!"”
  • 17 locals recommend
Warehouse Store
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  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Dim Sum Restaurant
“Shanghai soup dumplings or xiao long bao are little pockets of meat filling with hot and clear broth packaged inside a dumpling wrapper. Dumplings come out in stacked steamers along with savory noodle dishes and veggie dishes (we really like the cucumber salad and the chili oil wontons). The wait can be long especially for large groups, so we recommend putting your name down and then going shopping at the beautiful South Coast Plaza where the restaurant is located. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“If you are looking for a great place to have something to eat then turning up at The Playground is a great idea. The restaurant is owned by the same people who own the Lime Truck gourmet food truck. At The Playground you will find a mixture of craft beers, excellent food and a team of staff that are buzzing with energy. The food is all made with fresh ingredients that have been prepared with skill, passion and love. This is a business that has expanded at a pace that is staggering and after just one trip here you will understand why.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Stylish, rustic space housing a variety of local retailers, from quaint eateries to design stores.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“good place for tea, coffee, boba drink Local Brand. you can find many locations”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“This is one of the local favorites. No matter what is on the menu, you won't go wrong!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Housed in an ex-book store, this modern tavern serves cocktails, beer & pub grub to a hip crowd. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sleek cafe with an eclectic New American menu, including breakfast fare, plus wine & craft beer.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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