Orange County Fair: The Ultimate Family Fun Experience

With so much to do and 23 fun-filled days to enjoy it, the 2018 Orange County Fair is one of the year’s top events in Anaheim for family fun.


Since its opening in 1890, the Orange County Fair has entertained visitors from all over the world with its variety of fun events, competitions and contests. This year, the fair will take place from July 13th to August 12th, and will feature a mix of classic attractions and new thrills bound to entertain guests of all ages. If you’re looking for family fun in Anaheim, there’s simply nothing like it. 

Competitions and Contests 
Sticking to tradition, the 2018 fair will feature classic competitions and contents, including competition pies, quilts, paintings, giant pumpkins and more. Whether you’re competing or simply spectating, these classic events will bring a smile to your face.

What would a fair be without live entertainment? Great tribute bands, racing pigs, acrobats, hypnotists and more will capture your attention, and if you want to join on the fun, you can enter the OC Fair Community Entertainment program share your own talents. If you’re looking for even more thrills, make sure to check out the Action Sports Arena for demolition derbies, motorcycle racing, bull riding and more.

Carnival, Shopping and Food
As if that wasn’t enough, guests can also enjoy a variety of fun carnival rides, unique food and great shopping. You won’t find another fair in Anaheim where you can enjoy a deep-fried filet mignon on a stick, shop for a hammock and ride a carousel.

The Marriott Suites Anaheim is the best starting point for exploring the top attractions and events in Anaheim, including the OC Fair. Book your stay now for the ultimate family fun trip. 

Shopping In Anaheim: Your Retail Therapy Destination

In Need Of Some Serious Retail Therapy? Shopping In Anaheim Should Do The Trick

Shopping woman bagsTravelers from all over the world visit Orange County for its shopping destinations, and considering the great selection, it’s not difficult to see why. With some of the world’s best shopping locations, including South Coast Plaza Mall, right around the corner, there’s something for everyone.

The Outlets at Orange

With over 120 outlet stores and a pleasant open-air design, The Outlets at Orange is one of the top shopping malls in Orange County. It’s home to many designer and high-end speciality brands that we all know and love. 

South Coast Plaza Mall

South Coast Plaza Mall, arguably the most famous of all the Orange County shopping malls, is one of the largest shopping attractions in the country. It features 250 boutique shops, 30 fantastic restaurants and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where visitors can see a great show after shopping.

Anaheim Marketplace

The largest indoor swap meet in Orange County, the Anaheim Marketplace houses a strong variety with its 200-plus specialty shops. Open daily, shoppers can also enjoy live entertainment and special events in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

MainPlace Mall

MainPlace Mall is a one-stop spot for shopping, weekly events and movies. MainPlace’s Second Saturday Art Walk offers visitors an opportunity to explore original art pieces, and kids can create handmade picture frames at workshops.

Marriott Suites Anaheim South is a great starting point for all of your shopping adventures, and the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Located less than two miles from both The Outlets at Orange and Anaheim Marketplace, and just a few minutes from South Coast Plaza Mall, we’re right in the middle of it all.

Looking for Hotels in Anaheim?

With so many hotels in Anaheim for you to choose from, we want to make it easy.

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Anaheim is the number one place for family fun. After a great day out, we think there's nothing better than being able to enjoy the comforts of home and having a little extra space for everyone to relax and unwind. We've got just what you need. 

Conveniently Located

With so much to do in the Anaheim area, we couldn't be more convenient. Some of the world’s best shopping malls are nearby, and both the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center are just minutes away. Not to mention Orange County’s picturesque beaches!


Our two-bedroom suites provide the perfect setup for families. Each spacious suite features a separate bedroom, giving parents privacy and kids a comfortable and quiet place to nap. There’s even a living room area with a sofa bed for relaxing or watching a movie together.

Comforts of Home, Plus Much More
We offer a wide variety of extra amenities to ensure all of our guests have a comfortable stay.  

  • Amenities include high-speed wireless internet access, dry cleaning and laundry services, two televisions, a mini refrigerator, room service, and a coffee and tea maker. Everything you could possibly need to help the day get off to a great start.
  • If you need to get some work done while you're away, each suite includes a large, well-lit desk. We also have a 24-hour business center for you to use as needed.
  • Our heated outdoor pool is perfect for a relaxing, afternoon swim, and our 24 hour fitness center is there whenever you need it. 

Where to Stay in Anaheim

From our convenient location to the luxury and comfort of a spacious two room suite, when you're looking for places to stay in Anaheim, we're the perfect home-away-from-home choice for you and your family. We want you to have a fabulous time when you visit Anaheim, and look forward to welcoming you soon to the Marriott Suites Anaheim

Find Your Bliss in One of 57 Parks in Anaheim

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If you love the outdoors, you’ll love the exceptional Parks in Anaheim

With so many to choose from, you may want to give yourself at least a week to explore them at your leisure.
Parks are a great choice for family fun in Anaheim. They offer playgrounds, waterfalls, nature centers, and museums, all set in the dramatic natural beauty of the California landscape.

Parks in Anaheim — A Sampler

With all these choices, you might find yourself wondering how to experience all the nature in Anaheim with your family in tow.
One of the best parks for families is Oak Canyon Nature Center. This expansive park features caves and waterfalls, a mining exhibit, easy trails for beginners,  and an interactive nature center. Don't forget to peek inside their museum before you go. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon picnic or a day out hiking with the kids.

Or try Yorba Regional Park, a gorgeous 131-acre park filled with waterfalls, lakes, playgrounds and plenty of trails. Bring your picnic lunch, pack comfy clothes and sneakers for a day to remember. 

To explore all of the wonderful hiking trails in Anaheim and enjoy the beauty of nature, why not stay with us here at the Marriott Suites Anaheim? Not only are we just 25 minutes from Oak Canyon, but we’re central to many of the other outdoor spaces. We’re even pet-friendly, so your dog is welcome to stay with us and enjoy the parks along with you!

Get a Taste of History - Visit the Anaheim Packing District

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The renovated, historic Anaheim Packing District is right in the heart of Downtown

Historic Downtown Anaheim just got even better with the renovation and revitalization of the Anaheim Packing District. The 1919 Anaheim Packing House and surrounding property has been converted into an amazing communal space filled with artisan eateries, gorgeous outdoor spaces, live music, and more.

What’s in Store at the Anaheim Packing District?

If you want to experience an olive grove and community garden nestled between two historic landmarks, then you must visit Farmers Park in AnaheimYou can enjoy yoga or gardening classes on the grassy knoll, or stop by one of the new park cafes as you stroll the boardwalk on your way to hear some live music.

Set in newly refurbished historic buildings filled with nostalgic architecture, the District offers one of the best live music venues in AnaheimYou’ll hear diverse sounds like western swing, jazz, acoustic rock and blues, and get the chance to participate in fun interactive games like Trivia Nights and tabletop games.

Whatever style of entertainment you crave, you’re bound to find something to liven up your evenings in this unique, historic Anaheim venue.

Pack in the Fun at the Marriott Suites Anaheim. When you stay at the Marriot Suites Anaheim, you’re only 13 minutes away from food, fun, and fantastic music at the District. Take your time wandering through the historic buildings or meeting up with friends for dinner and drinks, then head back to our luxurious suites where you can rest and relax in comfort. We’ve got everything you need to stay, and play, at the historic Anaheim Packing District.

Zoos in Anaheim Are Fun for Everyone

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There's no better way to enjoy the lovely California weather than spending a day at one of Anaheim's unique zoos. Anaheim zoos are perfect for children, grandparents, and folks of all ages in between.

Get Ready for a Family Day Out in Anaheim

The Reptile Zoo is especially fun for kids in Anaheim. This zoo has over 100 species of exotic reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids. Previously known as "Prehistoric Pets," the Reptile Zoo offers a unique hands-on experience with animals you won't find anywhere else.

The Santa Ana Zoo is the only place in Anaheim where you'll find 50 monkeys. In fact, the owner specifically requires 50 monkeys on the grounds at all times – can you find them all? Children and adults alike can enjoy the train ride, Ferris wheel, and several learning experiences the Santa Ana Zoo has to offer. The reasonable admission fee makes this zoo a great option for any family day out in Anaheim.

When it comes to fun for kids in Anaheim, you can't beat the Orange County Zoo, thanks to its affordable admission prices. This interactive zoo has a variety of animals and plant life native to America's southwest like black bears, mountain lions, and great horned owls.

Plan Your Trip to Anaheim

If you're planning a trip to one (or several) of the exciting children's zoos in Anaheim, consider staying with us at Marriott Suites Anaheim South. We're not far from them at all, and our two room suites have a separate bedroom and living area, which makes us the perfect place to stay for you and your vacationing family.

Browse the Interesting Art Galleries in Anaheim

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If you're planning an art-centric trip or just looking for something to do while you're in town, there are plenty of art galleries in Anaheim to keep you busy.

Where To Find It

The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center celebrates the local community's diverse heritage and culture. The exhibits here focus on unique local history through art in Anaheim. Muzeo also hosts many classes and special events like award ceremonies, book signings, and fundraisers.

The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is one of many excellent museums in Anaheim. This nonprofit museum focuses on social justice and intellectual exchange. Like many other museums in Orange County, this one is completely free.

The Center Gallery at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center hosts a rotating lineup of local and regional artists. Each exhibit lasts six to eight weeks.

If you're planning a trip around art in Anaheim, mark your calendar for the downtown Art Crawl Experience. This community event takes place the second Saturday of February, May, August, and November.

The Downtown Fullerton Art Walk provides the perfect opportunity to absorb the best regional art in Orange County on the first Friday of every month. This local event is free and takes place at multiple venues.

Plan Your Visit to Museums in Anaheim

If you're planning to visit a few museums in Orange County, consider staying with us at the Marriott Suites Anaheim. We have many amenities to help you make the most of your trip like a heated outdoor pool, 24-hour business center, restaurant, and coffee shop. Marriott Suites Anaheim is a pet-friendly hotel.

Planning a Meeting or Conference in Anaheim


Planning a Meeting or Conference in Anaheim? Take a look at our Event Space! 

We want every event to be a success, which is why we can help you plan, organize and host your next meeting or conference in Anaheim. From delicious catering to the most up-to-date technical services, we’ve got you covered.  

Why choose us?

  • From boardrooms to ballrooms, we have over 9000 square feet of flexible meeting venues in Anaheim.
  • Our 24/7 Business Center means you can catch up on work whenever you need to.
  • High Speed Internet in all of our meeting rooms in Anaheim helps attendees follow presentations on their laptops or tablets.
  • Sales and meeting professionals are onsite and ready to help you plan, organize and host your event
  • Our luxurious, 2 room suites are comfortable and spacious with a living room and a separate bedroom. Extra amenities include a large, well-lit desk, wireless and high-speed Internet access as well as a coffee maker and refrigerator.
  • We have a delicious catering menu that can easily be personalized to fit your needs.
  • Create your own meeting package with our expert Orange County event planners. Just give us the details, and we’ll figure out the rest.   

So, whether you're planning a local meeting in Anaheim, or organizing an international business conference, we are the perfect destination. With our convenient location, flexible meeting spaces, and professional team of experts, everyone here at the Marriott Suites Anaheim will make sure that your next business event is a great success.

These Pet Friendly Places in Anaheim Make Traveling Easy

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Traveling with your furry friends isn't always easy, but lucky for us, Anaheim is a very pet friendly city. Filled with pet friendly beaches, dog parks and experiences, you can happily bring the whole family along on your next trip.

Traveling with Pets in Anaheim

Bringing your dog to Anaheim isn't just easy, it's a genuinely fun experience with no shortage of exciting activities and places to stay.

Pet Friendly Beaches and Dog Parks in Anaheim

The Huntington Dog Beach is an ideal (and free) location for you and your buddy to relax and soak up the California sun. Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach is a short 30-minute drive along the beautiful Cali coast.

Orange County has over a dozen dog parks for hanging out or getting some exercise. OC Dog Friendly provides all the details you need about restrooms, water, terrain, and shade to keep you and your pup comfortable.

Pet Friendly Restaurants 

Anaheim has several dog friendly restaurants with outdoor patio seating. These restaurants give you the opportunity to enjoy a meal and the beautiful weather with your pal by your side. The Lazy Dog even offers a special menu just for dogs.

Pet Friendly Hotels and Lodging

Next time you're traveling with your pets to Anaheim, stay with us. We're always happy to welcome you and your furry friends here at the Marriott Suites Anaheim.  

What’s Free to Do in Anaheim?

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You don’t have to have a boring summer just because your budget won’t allow you to fly out of town for a few weeks. There are plenty of free and low-cost entertainment options in Anaheim that families can enjoy even on the tightest budget.

Enjoying Anaheim on a Budget – Free and Affordable Things for Families to Do  

Having fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are a few affordable activities that you can enjoy during the summer, or any time while you are in Anaheim.

Bolsa Chica Wetlands

The Bolsa Chica Wetlands is a wonderful place to learn and appreciate more about the environment and wildlife in the area. Free events are held all throughout the year including Animal Feeding Day on March 3rd.

Centennial Farm

This working animal and agricultural farm has everything from oxen and pigs to learning how to grow and harvest your own crops. Have the children get up close and personal with the farm animals and let them explore what a real farm is like and where their fruit and vegetables really come from. Bring your family, or ask your favorite teacher to plan a school trip.

Huntington Beach

This free beach is one of the most popular around. Check out the iconic Huntington Pier, go for a swim in the ocean, and enjoy the warm California sunshine. There are always fun and free events held in the town and nearby communities.

The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center has plenty of free exhibits and special events throughout the year, including family days and meet-the-artist presentations. You can also volunteer at the museum and spend some time helping others enjoy the arts.

Where to Stay on a Budget in Anaheim

If you are looking for a place to stay while enjoying these and other affordable attractions, consider staying with us at the Marriott Suites in Anaheim. We're close to all the great attractions in the city including Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center, and, we offer spacious and comfortable rooms at a price guaranteed not to break your budget.