HB Visitors Guide 2017

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Family-Friendly Day Trips Let’s make some memories | By Marcie Taylor


'LVFøHU 2UDQJH &÷QW\ Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Anaheim, CA Distance: 20 miles “The Happiest Place On Earth” is only about a 30-minute drive from Huntington Beach. New at Disneyland: Moana joins Mickey and the gang, and “Star Wars” fans will love Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Star Wars Launch Bay, and Star Wars: Path of the Jedi—all minted in summer 2016 and leading up to the highly anticipated opening of a “Stars Wars”-themed land, slated to open in 2019. New at Disney California Adventure: Come summer 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT!, formerly the Tower of Terror, offers new adventures and that classic terrifying free-fall sensation. disneyland.com

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Knott’s Berry Farm Buena Park, CA Distance: 15 miles Remember to enjoy a taste of boysenberry while you’re experiencing all 160 acres of the amusement park. The delicious trademark berry dates back to when Knott’s, opened in 1920, was actually a working farm! Be sure to stop in the Visit Buena Park California welcome center right outside the park. New at Knott’s: Sol Spin, a topsy-turvy adventure, sends riders spinning over six stories high in all directions. Join the interactive show “Ghost Town Alive!,” returning for its second year in summer 2017. knotts.com Discovery Cube OC Santa Ana, CA Distance: 17 miles Combine fun and learning at the original Discovery Cube in Orange County. This science

center offers interactive exhibits including a helicopter tour, Dino Quest, and Mission Control, a replica of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab control room. discoverycube.org

'LVFøHU /RV $QJHOHV Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach, CA Distance: 15 miles Take a short ride to nearby Long Beach and go under the sea without getting wet! At Southern California’s largest aquarium, view more than 11,000 animals, sign up for a Behind the Scenes Tour, and board a whale-watching cruise. In the summer, check out The Urban Ocean: World Port and Sea Life Cruise. aquariumofpacific.org

Universal Studios Hollywood Los Angeles, CA Distance: 50 miles Hooray for Hollywood and a studio backlot tour that can’t be beat! Add to that some exciting 3D rides like King Kong 360 3-D and Transformers: The Ride 3D, and the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter. New at Universal: Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at adjacent CityWalk. universalstudioshollywood.com

'LVFøHU 6DQ 'LHJR Legoland Carlsbad, CA Distance: 60 miles Lego fans must make the pilgrimage to this 128-acre theme park organized by age groups and housing more than 60 interactive rides, shows, and attractions—all made of Legos! Upgrade your ticket and visit Legoland Sea Life Aquarium