Your Complimentary Southern California Area Guide
Our Buena Park Hotel's Near Popular Anaheim Attractions - Including Knotts Berry Farm, Downtown Disney, Honda Center and Many More!
Discover the beauty of Southern California with our Area Guide, specially designed to help you experience Southern California like never before. Portola Inn's accommodations are conveniently located near these popular Southern California attractions.
Knotts Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620
Visit the exciting Knotts Berry Farm, the world's first amusement park! Knotts Berry Farm is filled with world-class thrills, fun, and family entertainment. What was once an actual berry farm is now 160 acres of exciting rides, unique family shows and one-of-a-kind attractions. Take a riveting ride on the world's first wooden roller coaster, or take a stroll over to Camp Snoopy to hang out with the beloved PEANUTS gang. Read More
7662 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620
A legendary entertainment mecca, the fortress-like, Spanish palace is the perfect restaurant for a chivalrous night of family fun. Enjoy stunning battle sequences and authentic medieval food as you and your family root for your knight of your choice. Read More
1313 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Capture your imagination and explore a magic kingdom where life is a fairytale and dreams really do come true. From the charm of Main Street, U.S.A to the whimsy of Mickey's Toontown, adventure through eight fantastic "lands" of nostalgia, color and delight. Read More
Universal Studios Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Go behind the scenes for some movie magic at Universal Studios, Hollywood. Enjoy a full day of action-packed adventure at this movie-based theme park with thrilling rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and Hollywood's best shops and restaurants. Read More
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
Experience the largest convention center on the west coast, featuring over 1.6 million square feet of exhibit space. The Anaheim Convention Center is dedicated to providing a versatile, state-of-the-art venue that allows people to interact, learn and exchange ideas. Just 5 short miles away, our Anaheim Convention Center hotel gives you the ability to enjoy your trip with ease of mind. Read More
California State University of Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
Cal State Fullerton is an affordable Orange County university offering undergraduate and graduate programs, including doctorates in education and nursing practice. Visit the comprehensive and engaging university that offers its students an array of degree programs when you’re in the Orange County area. Read More
Anaheim Angels Stadium
2000 E Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
Share America's favorite pastime with your family. The stadium features family-oriented seated section so you and your family can catch the action of an Angels' game while enjoying some quality family time. Other unique features of the new Angel Stadium of Anaheim include terraced bullpens in the outfield, widened concourses, new restroom and concession areas, a spacious and modernized press box and broadcast booths, state-of-the-art club-level and dugout-level suites, the Pepsi Perfect Game Pavilion (a youth-oriented interactive game area) and landscaped courtyards. Our Anaheim hotel's near Angels Stadium, allowing you to spend your vacation enjoying family fun near the best attractions and events.
2695 East Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Nestled in the heart of Orange County, Honda Center stands as one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the country. Watch the Anaheim Ducks hit the ice, or enjoy a scintillating show featuring some of today's most popular artists. Stay in convenience at our hotel near Honda Center Anaheim.
Ripley's Believe it or Not
7850 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA
Treat yourself to an adventure of the unimaginable. Ripley's Believe it or Not houses some of the world's most unique attractions and mind-boggling sights. From an eight-legged pig to a human unicorn, you and your family won't believe your eyes.
At Venice Beach, dig your feet into the sand and soak up the sun or shop until you drop on the Ocean Front Walk. When strolling Venice Beach be sure not to bump into the many street performers, instrumental musicians, and soul searchers alike.
Santa Monica Beach
Relax with the constant, gentle breeze on your face and relish in the sun's glistening rays at this white sandy beach in Santa Monica. Cool off with a refreshing swim, get in on a game of volleyball, enjoy the ocean breeze as you fish, or catch some gnarly waves at this picturesque paradise.
Cruise Newport Beach
Choose from our Fiesta Newport Beach Cruise with live Latin music complimentary chips and salsa, and a unlimited drink special of only $15 (icey legendary Newport Beach margarita is highly recommended) ! Or our Newport Beach Sunset Cruise with beautiful sunsets, live Spanish music, complimentary chips and fresh salsa, and of course the unlimited drink special of $15! Both cruises are 1 1/2 hours and tour Newport Bay as well as the famous Newport Beach coastline. Upstairs sundeck, indoor salon, and many other comforts will leave you wanting more.
Davey's Locker in the Historic Balboa Pavilion (famous Orange County landmark) next to the Balboa Funzone has over 40 years of history providing whale watching cruises. Endorsed by the Orange County Cetacean Society, Davey's Locker provides year round whale watching cruises daily. During the winter and spring months witness the grey whale migration and during the summer and fall months the giant blue whales. With the nutrient rich waters just outside Newport Bay providing ideal habitat for several species of whales and dolphin, Davey's Locker has one of the highest number of sightings in California. Davey's Locker takes great pride in their 96% success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin. Sightings are so good, that they guarantee sightings on each whale watching cruise. A specifically built for whale watching ship provides viewing opportunities from any point on the ship.
FLIGHTDECK Air Combat Center
Authentic military flight simulation center providing civilians the opportunity to pilot a fighter jet in actual flight simulators. Flight gear, training and in-flight instruction are provided to ensure a challenging aviation-themed adventure. Open to the general public with special programs for corporate events, team building and group parties.
Irvine Park Railroad
Irvine Park Railroad is a one-third scale train that takes both children and adults on a scenic, 12-minute ride through beautiful and scenic Irvine Regional Park. The train ride is narrated by the engineer. Other activities inside of the park include Irvine Park Rentals' paddle boats and Wheel Fun Rentals bikes (single surrey bikes, deuce coupes, choppers, beach cruises and more), the Orange County Zoo and pony rides. Annual events include an Easter Eggstravaganza, Anniversary Celebration, Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Train. Located in the foothills of Orange, Irvine Park Railroad opens daily at 10:00 AM.
Overlooking San Clemente pier, this 1928 estate was the home of the city's founder, Ole Hanson. The renovated 2.4-acre site features historic exhibitions, literary symposia, musical attractions, special events, and diverse educational and cultural opportunities that encourage visitors to explore the Romance and Reality of the Southern California experience.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago. Today it is a monument to California' multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage.
Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace
The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace opened its doors on July 19, 1990 with celebration, fanfare and more than 50,000 friends and well wishers including Presidents Nixon, Bush, Reagan and Ford and their First Ladies. It is a privately supported, non-profit institution dedicated to educating the public about the life and times of the 37th President and encouraging interest in history, government and public affairs.
Ronald Reagan Federal Building
This federal courthouse was nominated for the Presidential Design Awards 2000 and for the Presidential Millennium Award for Design Excellence. This building, which incorporates technology and tradition, since opening, has become a catalyst in the revitalization of downtown Santa Ana.
Docked at the Ocean Institute, the Pilgrim is a full size replica of the hide brig immortalized by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. in his American seafaring classic novel 'Two Years Before the Mast'. Dana said of the Pilgrim, "The vessel I am going on is small, but strong and a remarkably fast sailer having been built for the smuggling trade."
The Hour of Power from the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California
The public can join their scientists aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for an in-depth study of whales, dolphins and sea lions using customized state-of-the-art equipment including plankton nets, grab samplers, video microscopes and the dolphin-cam! Free Marine Mammal Lecture Series 2002 will run January through March.
Wild Rivers Waterpark
The perfect place to have a full day of fun cooling off from the summer heat. Only 40 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and just yards away from the 405 freeway where the 5 meets the 405 in Irvine. Cool off in any of their over 40 rides and attractions. Enjoy rides designed for all ages from toddlers to adults.
Newport Landing Whale Watching-Newport Beach/Newport Harbor
Newport Landing offers multiple whale watching cruises daily year round. View giant blue whales to over 100 feet in length during the summer and fall months and grey whales on their annual migration during the winter and spring months. Huge pods of several varieties of dolphin, finback whales, minke whales, humpback whales, killer whales, and sea lions are viewed as well. A 96% success rate in viewing whales and/or dolphin means almost every trip has viewing opportunities. Our whale watching ship was built just for whale watching with seating and viewing options from almost any part of the ship. 65 feet in length the stability and comforts are great for those concerned with being on the ocean. Sightings are Guaranteed: You will get a free trip if we do not see whales or dolphin!
Orange County Zoo
The Orange County Zoo is located inside beautiful Irvine Park. The park is located within the city limits of the City of Orange. The zoo is nestled among the majestic 477 acre wilderness park. The zoo specializes in the animals and plants from the southwestern United States.
Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park
Today the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is a public zoological garden occupying a unique urban site in the heart of Orange County. Situated on approximately 20 acres, it hosts more than 270,000 people annually.
J. Paul Getty Museum
Spectacular museum boasts a most impressive collection by such luminaries as Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne, along with the architectural triumph of its six buildings and gardens.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Hollywood
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Museum featuring artifacts from the La Brea tar pits.
Autry Museum Of Western Heritage
The Autry is a museum and cultural center that celebrates the history and diversity of the American West. Come see historical and contemporary exhibits, participate in engaging lectures and workshops, and enjoy the wonderful view of Griffith Park.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Named for Robert Peterson, publisher of Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines, this salute to the car industry takes you back through history and into the future with over 200 innovative, and sometimes interactive, exhibits of cars and motorcycles that enthrall not only car aficionados, but also children and adults alike.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography-and represents Los Angeles' uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a new contemporary museum on its campus, BCAM. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection-more than 100,000 works strong. With this much to explore, we encourage you to spend an entire day with us, delving deep into the work of your favorite artists, taking a free tour, catching a film or concert, or just letting your curiosity lead the way.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
One of the nation's largest natural history museums.
Venice Beach Boardwalk
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Simon Wiesenthal Center
This museum helps visitors understand and experience discrimination.
San Antonio Winery
This wine shop in the heart of Los Angeles has been established as a Cultural Historical Landmark.