Places to go

Places to go: Things to Do in Southern California Before or After Congress

(all times approximate)

Orange County is a great family destination. Plan to bring the family and grandkids and make a vacation out of it! Check out the Orange County Visitors Bureau for more information, maps, etc…







Nixon Library
Bowers Museum (10 to 20 minutes)

Autry Museum of the American West (1 hour)

J. Paul Getty Museum (1 hour)

Getty Villa (1 hour)

Huntington Library & Gardens (1.5 hours)

Places of Interest

Newport Back Bay

Queen Mary, Long Beach (40 minutes)

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach (40 minutes)

Battleship Iowa (45 minutes)

Catalina Island

Amusement Parks

(may be a bit crowded in July)


Knotts Berry Farm

Arts and Theater

Irvine Art Museum (5 minutes)

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (5 minutes)

South Coast Repertory Theater (5 minutes)

Laguna Beach Art Festivals (20 -30 minutes)


South Coast Plaza

Fashion Island

The Lab “Anti-Mall”

Irvine Spectrum

Fun Activities

Electric Boat rental


Bike rental (regular or electric)

Angels Baseball

Newport Beaches

Huntington Beach

Dana Point

San Diego

(90 minutes)

San Diego Zoo

Balboa Park

U.S.S. Midway

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Wine Tasting

Orange County

Temecula (90 minutes)

Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez (3 hours)