New to the City of Orange is Best Buy, conveniently located near the Block at Orange.
1500 E. Village Way, Suite 2298 Orange, CA 92865 (714) 998-0440
The Village at Orange features more than 100 specialty shops, restaurants, and other services.
The Plaza Intersection of Glassell and Chapman Hours vary by store
Residents and visitors have repeatedly voted historic Old Towne as Orange County’s favorite downtown. The plaza conjures up images of Main Street, USA complete with outdoor dining, specialty shops, and the central plaza park. More than 60 antique dealers line the downtown streets, making Orange the antique capital of Southern California.
Irvine Park 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869 (714) 633-2022 Call for Hours
Attractions at this 477-acre park include the Orange County Zoo, nature center, lagoon, mini-railroad, pedal boats, bike rentals, picnic areas with barbecues, and several miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. Facilities include four ballfields, a volleyball court, and eight horseshoe pits.
Irvine Lake 4621 Santiago Canyon Road Silverado, CA 92676 (714) 649-9111 Daily 6 am – 4 pm
A quiet, scenic fishing lake nestled at the base of the Cleveland National Forest, the 700-acre Irvine Lake is fed by Santiago Creek. The area boasts a variety of different features, including steep rocky cliffs, shallow coves, deep creek channels, submerged high spots, and overhanging trees. Irvine Lake provides an excellent fishing and family park environment, and a fishing license is not required. Irvine Lake features a fully-stocked bait and tackle shop, rental boats and private launch, and café.
Orange County Zoo 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869 (714) 633-2022 Daily 10 am – 3:30 pm
Located inside Irvine Park, the zoo houses 130 birds and animals native to the southwestern United States. Wildlife includes coyotes, deer, a mountain lion, and the famous Sampson – the hot tub bear. In the petting zoo, children can feed cows, goats, sheep, and other barnyard animals.
Peters Canyon Regional Park offers a unique blend of native habitat and man's influence on the land. The park encompasses 354 acres of coastal sage scrub, riparian, freshwater marsh and grassland habitats. The 55-acre Upper Peters Canyon Reservoir is home to many resident and migrating waterfowl. Willows, sycamores and black cottonwoods line the lake and Peters Canyon Creek which meanders through the canyon.
This 350-acre wilderness park has five miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian paths, which access 10 miles of trails to the adjoining Anaheim Hills. The Nature Center features natural history exhibits.
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road Orange, CA 92869 Daily 9 am – 4 pm
More than 150 species of birds have been sighted here, including scrub jays, California quail, and the sanctuary’s popular hummingbirds (which are seen in the greatest numbers during March and April). Rodents and reptiles are on view in the nature center.
William Harding Nature Center 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869 (714) 633-8074 Call for Hours
Located inside Irvine Park, the William Harding Nature Center contains a self-guided trail and interpretive center with nature films and exhibits of fossils, plants, and mounted animals.
Dave & Buster’s 20 City Boulevard West, Building G, Suite 1 Orange, CA 92866 (714) 769-1515 Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 1 am, Friday – Saturday 11 am – 1:30 pm
Dave & Buster’s is located at the Block at Orange and according to them, “there’s no place quite like it.” From a hand-crafted world-class pocket billiard table to the vast array of games in their million dollar midway, Dave & Buster’s provides one of the most unique entertainment outings you’ll ever experience. It also offers a broad selection of menu offerings and beverages to complement the fun you’ll experience.
Dromo 1 1431 N. Main Street Orange, CA 92867 (714) 744-4779 x105
Dromo 1 - The indoor racing experience. Dromo 1 allows you to go head to head in a fun and competitive environment. With up to nine drivers competing in each race, find out who has what it takes to finish at the front of the pack.
Orange County Badminton Club 1432 N. Main Street Orange, CA 92867 (714) 639-6222
The Orange County Badminton Club features the largest badminton facility in the Western Hemisphere. It is also the National Badminton Training Center.
Vans Skate Park One City Boulevard Orange, CA 92868 (714) 769-3800 10 am - 11 pm daily
Vans Skate Park is a 46,000 square feet, this is the world’s largest and most technically advanced skate facility. Vans Skate Park is located in the Block at Orange.
American Legion Hall, Post 132 143 S. Lemon Orange, CA 92866
Post 132 organized in 1919, but met for almost a decade in Orange City Hall’s basement. The Legion Hall was dedicated June 3, 1928, and looked much the same as it does today (except for the white paint that now covers the original tan stucco).
The Exchange Fine Arts Gallery 195 S. Glassell Street Orange, CA
Formerly the Sunkist Orange County Fruit Exchange Building, the structure was constructed in 1922 at a cost of $20,000; the exchange itself, however, had incorporated considerably earlier, on November 13, 1893. A few years after the Exchange closed its doors in 1994, colleagues Tom Porter and Lydia Passannante renovated and restored the structure, creating a fine art gallery with an Italian Renaissance-themed interior. In its new incarnation, the gallery re-opened on October 4, 1997.
Grijalva Adobe Site Rancho Santiago and Hewes
Original site of Juan Pablo Grijalva’s – the first ranchero, builder, and colonizer of Orange – Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana adobe home. The home has been destroyed, but a plaque marks the site of this California pioneer’s homestead.
The Plaza and Old Towne Orange Historic District Residents and visitors have repeatedly voted historic Old Towne Orange the County's favorite downtown. The Plaza conjures up images of Main Street, USA complete with outdoor dining, specialty shops, and the central Plaza Park. More than 60 antique dealers line the downtown streets, making Orange the antique capital of Southern California.
The Plaza is located at the heart of the Old Towne Orange Historic District. The Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, and is the largest National Register District in California. The Plaza commercial district and the surrounding historic neighborhoods encompass one square mile and approximately 1,300 buildings representing a diverse array of early California commercial and residential architectural styles.
Plaza Park is located at the intersection of Glassell and Chapman. According to State Historic Resource Surveys, Orange is unique among the region and the state in that it has the second largest concentration of historic buildings.
Pitcher Park 204 S. Cambridge Orange, CA Daily 9 am until sunset (714) 744-7274
Pitcher Park was formerly the home of Henry and Grace Pitcher beginning in 1912, and the property was gifted to the City of Orange in 1988. The park features stone pathways through the property which lead you around clumps of trees, a lively flower garden, and vegetable plots, and stone tables – some of which have inlaid checker/chess boards. Pitcher Park is also home to the Honey House and Orange Fire Museum. Unlike your typical park, bike riding, skateboards, roller-blading, and picking fruit are prohibited at Pitcher Park.
Villa Park Orchards Association 190 N. Cypress Orange, CA
Though it bears the name of a neighboring city, the Villa Park Orchards Association packinghouse has been located in Orange for more than 30 years. The association was established in Villa Park in 1912, when 48 local fruit growers organized to harvest, pack, and market their fruit; the organization incorporated in 1913. A second packing house, located at the former Santiago Orange Growers Association packinghouse in Orange, was required to handle the overflow of fruit from the Villa Park-based packinghouse. By 1981, though, the Villa Park plant had been vacated and sold. Now Orange’s VPOA is one of only two operating packinghouses located in Orange County, and walk-in customers can still buy fresh fruit there.
Watson Drugs & Soda Fountain 116 E. Chapman Avenue Orange, CA 92866 (714) 532-6315 Monday – Saturday 6:30 am – 9 pm, Sunday 8 am – 6 pm
Established in 1899, Watson is the oldest drugstore in Orange County and the oldest on-going business in the City of Orange. The interior and exterior has been used to film many movies and commercials, including Tom Hank’s film, “That Thing You Do,” Barbara Eden’s film, “The Stepford Children,” and Burt Reynolds’ film, “Cannonball Run.” Town officials and newcomers alike receive a friendly greeting as they stop in for a hamburger and shake.
Woman’s Club House 121 S. Center Street Orange, CA 92866
The Orange Woman’s Club got its start in 1915 at a gathering of ten local women. Ground was broken for the clubhouse in 1923, and the building was completed within 120 days at a cost of $13,488.
The City of Orange Community Services Department plans several holiday events each year. Click on each of the above events to learn more.
Orange International Street Fair Old Towne Orange Street Fair President - Mike Winger Street Fair Vice-President – Adam Feliz Event information: 714-633-4816 OISF website link: www.orangestreetfair.org
The Orange International Street Fair is held by a not-for-profit organization each Labor Day weekend at the Plaza Square in Orange. A tradition since 1910, the event is a celebration of the diversity that has made Orange the community it is today. This annual event draws more than 400,000 visitors per year.