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When I write “things to do” lists, I like to mix fundamental must-sees with practical tips. What’s the point of coming up with a list of best boutique stays if your chic but affordable hotel is too far away from the main attractions? This time, I’m pairing this list of best things to do in Anaheim with the best boutique hotels that are close to the attractions.
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Everyone’s Favorite: The Disney Parks
I couldn’t leave this one off the list, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park are probably the first things that come to mind when you think about things to do in Anaheim.
After a day packed with excitement, you’ll feel like taking it down a notch, but you won’t want to put too much distance between the parks and the place for your much-needed rest. The Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort is, literally, right next door and has an on-site Disney Desk where you can buy discount tickets for the attractions. Do you have any questions about the parks? Ask the Disney staff at the desk!
Calling All Baseball Fans: Attend an Angels Game
Big or small, local sports teams have the gift of bringing people together around one simple goal: winning a game. If you like to see that side of a destination, don’t leave Anaheim without attending an Angels game during baseball season. You’ll have a great time even if you don’t care about sports rivalries. The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort – Convention Center is a six-minute drive away from the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
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Low-Key and Family-Friendly: Adventure City
The Disney parks comprise a very well-oiled marketing machine, and it’s hard not to be impressed by their trademarked fantasy environment. If you’re feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the glitz and glitter, however, it won’t hurt to tone it down a bit and look for something a little cozier. At the Adventure City, kids learn while they play, and the grownups are welcome to take part in the fun.
The Alamo Inn & Suites is unpretentious, cozy, and family-friendly. It’s also a 15-minute drive away from the theme park.
Need a Bit More Action? Unleash Your Inner Skater
Even if you don’t have an inner skater to unleash, this last one is a double feature. If you’re a master of skateboarding, the Vans Skatepark is most likely on your must-visit list. If you like nothing better than gliding on the ice, check out the Rinks Anaheim Ice instead. Whatever type of skater you choose to unleash, the La Quinta Inn & Suites Anaheim is 10 minutes from the ice rink and 20 minutes from the skatepark.
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This is a post written in collaboration with the Hipmunk Boutique Hotels campaign.