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Things to do + places to see
in the OC

When the 71st Annual Key Club International Convention rocks Anaheim, California, next summer (July 2–6, 2014), Key Clubbers from around the world will meet up in the famous “OC”—Orange County. In this part of southern California, there’s every type of entertainment, shopping and dining option your heart desires—and then some. So save up some mad cash and be prepared to make a mad dash. Don’t miss these SoCal sights.

Good eats
Hit the Hilton Anaheim food court for convenient lunch or dinner options from Baja Fresh Express, Just Grillin’, Sbarro and Submarina. Vegetarian? Check out the veg-friendly options on Anaheim’s Center Street, including the Gypsy Den’s eclectic coffeehouse and Healthy Junk, which offers sandwiches, salads, juices and vegan selections. If you’re more of a carnivore, Umami Burger remains a wildly popular West Coast eatery. Its gourmet burgers are worth the money—even if one will set you back about US$12. 

Disney’s delights 
Disneyland rules in the OC with attractions such as the Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland California Adventure Park. The Downtown Disney District, which is less than a mile from the Anaheim Convention Center, is the hot spot for dining of all sorts, along with entertainment and shopping options. Amp up your adrenaline with Disneyland California Adventure Park rides, such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Hollywood Land, Space Mountain and Star Tours—the Adventures Continue in Tomorrowland. 

Get your thrill on 
Feel the need for speed or want to make a splash? Anaheim’s got you covered with roller coasters and water parks. Knott’s Berry Farm, just a short Anaheim Resort Transport ride away, combines them both. Test your mettle on its wide variety of roller coasters and water-park rides, including the 2,100-feet-long Timber Mountain Log Ride. Not exactly an adrenaline junkie? Anaheim 300 is right up your alley—bowling alley, that is. This upscale hangout features 41 bowling lanes, five tournament-quality billiard tables and 16 projection TVs. Or visit Van’s Skatepark, an indoor skateboarding complex, in the Outlets of Orange open-air shopping mall. 

Walk the walk 
Want to just chill out with friends (old and new) and stroll around the heart of downtown Anaheim? Explore the Farmers Park with its picturesque rolling green hills, beautiful wooden boardwalk, community garden and olive grove. 

Know before you go
Check out the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau's map of attractions near the Anaheim Mariott, the convention hotel.  

Be money-smart
You don’t have to be Hollywood-rich to have fun here. Try these money-saving tips: 

  • Show off your badge. The Anaheim Orange County VCB's “Show Your Badge and Save” program lands you discounts at more than 100 participating retail, entertainment and dining establishments just with the flash of your convention badge. 
  • Click and print. Check out the Anaheim Orange County VCB’s website at anaheimoc.org/coupons for printable deals on famous attractions and restaurants. 
  • Skip the cab. See where five bucks or less will get you on the Anaheim Resort Transportation shuttle system. Buy a day pass to take you many places your tired feet won’t.
Photos courtesy of Anaheim Orange County VCB