long-beach-aquariumAquarium of the Pacific
One of the largest aquariums in the U.S.; highlights include Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest and ethereal sea jellies. Daily 9 am-6 pm. $14.95-$28.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100 Map west of C1

Balboa Fun Zone
The zone is shrinking. Remaining rides include the Ferris wheel. Su-Th 11 am-6 pm; F until 9 pm, Sa until 10 pm. Pay per ride. 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach Map N15

Big Air Trampoline Park
Bounce off the walls: indoor jumping surfaces include trampoline dodgeball courts; plus rock-climbing wall and mechanical bull. Open daily; call for hours. 8320 On the Mall, Buena Park, 844.550.5867. 23251 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949.305.9788  Map B2, G16

Billy Beez
Slide, bounce, jump and run at indoor jungle- and bee-themed arena for kids and their families. M-F 11 am-9:30 pm, Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm. Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 657.207.4841 Map I10

Family entertainment centers: bumper boats, batting cages, go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag. Open daily; call for hours. 16800 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley, 714.842.1111; 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.559.8341 Maps L9, K14

Bean-to-bar chocolatier and factory. Tours Tu-Sa (ages 6 and up) with samples of cocoa nibs, cocoa liquor and products; call for schedule. 9461 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.825.5781 Map D5

Christ Cathedral
Architect Philip Johnson’s glass cathedral, other buildings by Richard Neutra and Richard Meier. Tours M-Sa 10 am and 1 pm. Free. 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, 949.375.5763 Map J10

Discovery Cube Orange County
Hands-on exhibits and live shows in the science center and Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $12.95-$17.95, under 3 free. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.542.2823 Map G13

Mickey Mouse’s first theme park recently marked its diamond 60th anniversary. Main Street looks back with Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln; Tomorrowland looks to the future with Star Wars—construction has begun on a Star Wars-themed land. A mountain range of thrill rides include Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Call for hours. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map I10

Disney California Adventure
Park marks Disney’s diamond 60th anniversary. Soarin’ Over California; California Screamin’; Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. World of Color water-and-light show tells Walt Disney’s story. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $93-$99. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map I10

Downtown Disney
Twenty-acre pedestrian promenade adjacent to Disney parks offers dining, shopping, cinema and nightlife, including Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and ESPN Zone. More than 1,000 plants at the new Starbucks create a giant coffee cup. Non-gated, free admission. 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800 Map I10

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Aerial dogfights use very realistic F-16 fighter jet cockpit simulators. No experience necessary. Minimum age 11, height 4 feet 11. Starts at $59. Tu-Su 11:30 am-8:30 pm. 1650 S. Sinclair, Anaheim, 714.937.1511 Map I11

Fullerton Arboretum
O.C.’s largest botanical garden; 4,000 plant species set amid ponds and streams. Four main collections: Mediterranean, woodland, desert and cultivated. 8 am-4:30 pm. Free; $5 suggested donation. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407 Map A3

K1 Speed
Indoor kart racing offers challenging track for speed enthusiasts. Call for hours. Arrangements for private parties or corporate events possible. $20. 17221 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.250.0242; 1000 N. Edward Court, Anaheim, 714.632.6999 Map J14 and B4

Knott’s Berry Farm
More than 165 rides and attractions include Voyage to the Iron Reef. Premier collection of coasters includes GhostRider and Xcelerator. Camp Snoopy for younger children. Call for hours and prices; under 3 free. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200 Map G8

Legoland California
Theme park features some 60 rides, shows and attractions. Call for hours. $85-$91, under 3 free. Sea Life Aquarium, add $18. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.LEGO Map south of F6

Medieval Times
Dinner theater show with jousting knights, pure Spanish horses, swordsmanship and falconry, four-course feast. Plus Medieval Torture Museum. $36.95-$61.95. 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 866.543.9637 Map G8

Ocean Institute
Presentations aboard tall ship Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor; tide-pool sessions; marine-mammal exploration cruises; blue-whale safaris. Sa-Su 10 am-3 pm; behind-the-scenes tour Th-F 3:30 pm. $4.50-$6.50, under 3 free. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274 Map J16

Old World Huntington Beachold-world
Since 1978, Old World has been delighting visitors with its world famous Oktoberfest celebration, award-winning German restaurant and Dachsund races, farmers markets and more. 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020.

Orange County Great Park
Huge in-progress park. Tethered-balloon ride, $5-$10, under 18 free with accompanying adult. Carousel, $2. Farmers market, Su 10 am-2 pm. Sand Canyon Avenue at Interstate 5, Irvine, 866.829.3829 Map D5

Orange County Zoo
Rustic zoo; animals of the Southwest. Audio tours available. M-F 10 am-3:30 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-4:30 pm. $2, under 3 free. Parking $3-$5. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.973.6847 Map C5

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
Swordplay, pyrotechnics, comedy, romance aboard Spanish galleon replica. Call for hours. $36.95-$59.95, under 3 free. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.690.1497 Map G8

Pretend City Children’s Museum
Inter-connected, interactive miniature city for children from infant to 8 years old. Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm; M until 1 pm. $12.50. 29 Hubble, Irvine, 949.428.3900 Map D5

Queen Mary Ship and Seaport
Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, dining, art deco lounge; Russian Foxtrot Submarine adjacent. Self-guided/guided tours, Daily 10 am-6 pm. $14.95-$30.95, under 5 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511 Map northwest of C1

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum
25th anniversary; Reopens after renovation on Oct. 14. Provocative exhibits at Nixon birthplace; presidential helicopter, presidential tapes, Watergate gallery. Weekend garden tours. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. $4.75-$11.95, 6 and under free. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.983.9120 Map A4

Indoor climbing facility with instruction at all levels. M-Th noon-10 pm; F noon-9 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm. $11-$16. 1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.556.7625 Map J12

Safari Parksdz-safari-park
Wildlife preserve with vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. $48; children 3-11 $38; kids 2 and under free. Cars $10-15. Open daily, call for hours. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702 Map southeast of F6

San Diego Zoosan-diego-zoo
Renowned zoo has 4,000 rare and endangered animals in state-of-the-art environments. $48; 3-11 $38; 2 and under free. Free parking. Open daily, call for hours. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515 Map southeast of F6

Santa Ana Zoo
Modest, idyllic zoo. Attractions include the Crean Family Farm and Zoofari Express Train Ride. Daily, 10 am-4 pm. $7-$10, under 3 free. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, 714.836.4000 Map H14

Home of Shamu. Marine-themed attractions include new Explorer’s Reef, thrill ride Journey to Atlantis and Blue Horizons show. Open daily. Call for hours. $83-$89, under 3 free. 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, 800.25.SHAMU Map southeast of F6

Sherman Library & Gardens
Intimate botanical collection features 10 gardens. Library research center. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. Library open M-F 10:30 am-4 pm. $1-$3, under 12 free. Free on Mondays. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261 Map M16

Sky High Sports
Fun center features 360 degrees of trampoline walls; free-bounce, dodgeball and AIRobics. $12 per hour. Call for hours. 2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.437.5867 Map J13

Teatro MartiniGroup-Teatro-Martini-2
Cabaret experience for couples and groups; comedy, acrobatics, magic, singing,dancing and dining. Th-F 8 p.m., Sa 9 p.m., Su 8 p.m. $69.95. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 844.249.7865  Map G8

Thrill It Fun Center
Indoor family-fun center features laser tag, rock climbing walls, ropes course and mechanical bull. Open M-Th 10 am-9 pm; F-Sa 10 am-11 pm; Su 10 am-8 pm. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange, 714.937.1600 Map J11

The TriangleThe-Triangle_Stairs_BN
Dining and entertainment destination. Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl, nightclub Sutra, Starlight Triangle Cinemas plus La Vida Cantina, Saddle Ranch Chop House and Black Knight Gastro Lounge. 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.0732 Map K12

Vans Skatepark
Skateboard mecca has combi pool and open street course; Vans store is adjacent. Daily 10 am-10 pm. $12 weekdays; $15 weekends. 20 City Blvd. West No. 2, Orange, 714.769.3800 Map J11

Waterfront-AdventuresWaterfront Adventures
One-stop shop on the boardwalk for a memorable day at the beach: Rent surfboards, bodyboards, beach cruisers, Surrey bikes, beach chairs and even a fire pit with a beach butler for s’mores. Surf lessons and kayak tours can also be arranged. 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.536.4863