Lovely city, loads of history!
Lots of gang activity here, so sightsee during the day!
Still a lovely city rich in history and culture to see!
Santa Ana's version of the popular "art walk" outing, featured in various art colony cities in California, is sleepy and low-brow. This makes for a very intimate and unpretentious art scene. Galleries open their doors and participants are encouraged to buy, explore, and get interactive with exhibits. There is an assortment of activities, many are...more
Charles and Ada Bowers founded in 1936 The Bowers Museum. It is one of the largest museums in Orange County. It was closed temporarily in 1986-92 for self study. In 2007 it added the 30,000+ square-foot Dorothy and Donald Kennedy. Bowers goal is to educate through its exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children's art education...more
Regency South Coast Village 3 (formally Edwards) is small, ordinary looking theater from the exterior glance. I would not even mention it except for the fact that it often shows exclusive movies and is in a very ideal spot in the O.C. Located across from South Coast Plaza, Edwards is ideal for any movie buff who likes the small, independent flicks-...more
Thanks to the obsession of Americanized burritos and tacos, a scientific center especially geared towards kids was built in 1999. The Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (nowadays the Taco bell seems to be dropped in advertisements) is a very family-oriented hotspot of Oraneg County, well visible from the 5 freeway. One would be hard pressed to miss...more
Orange County Courthouse is a Californian and National Landmark that dates back to 1901. It is of granite and beautiful sandstone construction with 30,000 sq-ft building. It is not where the main seat of local government, but there are still some offices still being used. Now it serves as residence for the Old Courthouse Museum, Orange County...more
Built in 1889, this home is on the National Register of Historic Place and California Historic Point of Interest and as well as City of Santa Ana Historic Register. It is a Medial Museum and Carriage Barn.Built by Alvin and Willella Howe who were both physicians. It was originally located on Bush and Seventh Streets. It was moved in 1975 to it's...more
This wonderful center has more than 100 hands-on exhibits, live science exhibits you can participate in and so much more. There are two floors, plus a courtyard that has the Dino Quest with lots more to see and do. My youngest was absolutely enthralled with the Dino quest and wanted to see everything. He was smiling from ear to ear. A great...more
This is considered a museum but it's more than that. It's especially a great place for kids. The interactive exhibits explain the science phenomenon of why certain things do what they do. Considering what it costs to visit many of the venues, amusements and festivals, this is actually pretty reasonable. About what it costs to go to a movie here in...more
Discovery Science Center is Orange County’s leading destination for hands-on science fun. Guests can explore more than 100 hands-on exhibits in themed areas:Discovery Stadium, Techno Arts, Air & Space, Perception, Dynamic Earth, Quake Zone, KidStation, Digital Lab and Dino Quest. Visit the Science Center in Summer 2008 for Animal Grossology, Bob...more
in the Santora Arts Building ! It is the landmark in the downtown Artist Village. Also, several galleries are found in the heart of the city. Even if you are not much into art, you will be impressed by the colorful creations done here. Besides visual arts, there are poetry readings, theater performances and more for entertainment. Check out free...more
This is a tiny museum judging by its size but it is neverthless wonderful and worth a look. Bowers is arguably the premiere museum of Orange county. It is located near the heart of artistic downtown Santa Ana where the Artist Village thrives. Inside Bowers, there is a special focus on Californian, Native American, ancient Asian and African art and...more
We stayed at this hotel for four nights in January, 2008. We chose this hotel as it was one of the...more
2726 South Grand Ave., Santa Ana, California, 92705, United States
Good for: Couples
3350 Avenue of the Arts (formerly Wyndham Garden), Costa Mesa, California 92626, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
We were heading up to Orange County Airport for an afternoon flight and wanted to get something good to eat. So searched online and read the ratings for Olé Spanish Delishop...sounded good and since it was near the airport, we headed there for lunch to go. The owners welcomed us to their store, the food was delicious and was not expensive at all....more
CLOSED! (Read my review, anyway :-)If modern, sexy chic Japanese is what your craving, this is the place to go. The Dolce Group run establishment has added a hot sophistication to the Santa Ana eaterie scene. Geisha House is separated into two-levels, featuring a main dining area, sushi bar and sake lounge on the first level and a more cozy,...more
This is a really nice restaurant. The outside patio and the antique cars caught my hubby’s eye. He said lets eat here and I am always up for adventures. As you enter, you will enter an area that looks like a ballroom with a very unique bar. Lots’ to look at and see here, so you have to walk around and look at the antique cars in front and the wall...more
If you are craving something fast but healthy in Santa Ana, make your way to the cafeteria of Mother's Market. There are a few salad/entree bars with delicious organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for the health-conscious. Fill up a plate of hummus, veggie dolmas, vegan enchiladas, brown rice, a hearty vegetable soup. Most items are...more
Tired of the same old Mexican? Try El Curtido, a popular restaurant just outside the city buildings in Santa Ana on 5th and Broadway. This is a great medium-sized family restaurant that offer authentic Salvardorean meals as well as the usual Mexican options -but try to expand the palette. Whenevr in Santa Ana, I think about coming here. Fast and...more
For those curious about trying middle eastern, don't be scared off. Darya's is a good place to begin trying Persian cuisine. If you want to impress someone on a date, come to Darya in the evening. Romance is in the air, fulling the simple-elegant dining room with lovely table settings and cream-colored walls. On the exterior, the restuarant is...more
Well, you may think you're in a part of Mexico while at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center already but you can really go to Mexico from this point, to Baja California to be precise. Intercalifornias buses depart from the station regularly and arrive to the major stops of Tijuana and Mexicali. Wait time between buses is about 1-1 1/2 hours...more
The Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center is a vital stop for many travel options- not only in the city and county but to LA and even Mexico. Besides being a major stop for Amtrak and Metrolink train routes, the center is a hub for several OCTA buses and a few independent buses that head south of the border to Mexico. There is a cafe, snack...more
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This is a tradition that represent the coming of age for Hispanic Woman, her 15th birthday (XV Años) It is like a debutante ball when the girl gets to get all dresses up and the family has a huge party that begins with a mass and then a party with family and friends in attendance. It is almost like a wedding without an official groom. The reason I...more
South Coast Plaza may well be the ultimate California shopping mall experience. In all it is one of the largest shopping centers in the world. It's also the most profitable mall in the country (with nearly $1 billion in sales), and it attracts more shoppers than any other mall in America - over 20 million a year. Some tour groups from Japan plan...more
Santa Ana is a prominent chicano (Mexican-American) place. Chicano pride is seen all over the city- even on automobiles like this one pictured, painted with shades of brown and orangey-tan. These colors go well with Chicano pride.
In Santa Ana and various neighobrhoods of east L.A., cars (often "lowriders") are shown off, while on a stroll or when parked. People go wild over their cars in southern California , I tell you-- so much so, it's worthy to put on my pages even though I'm not a huge car person!
Almost anywhere in O.C., there could be the potential for crime, as any heavily populated area would have. Most likely, one will survive in Santa Ana but it is known for some crime activity, particularly that of gangs. Yet, mostly, major crimes occur after dark and in hard-hit affected neighborhoods of the city. Just take some precaution as one should anyway!
This plaza left no stone unturned in making sure Orange County recognizes all its veterans and public service personnel. This one is dedicated to the veterans of the Gulf War. Another lovely addition to all the memorials located here. Across from the Orange County Courthouse.Hall of Records12 Civic Center PlazaSanta Ana, CA 92701more
This is a memorial to those firemen who lost their lives serving the citizens of orange county. It is lovely sculpture that captures the heart and shows the ultimate dedication of paying with ones life to help, protect and serve.Located across from the Orange County Courthouse.Hall of Records12 Civic Center PlazaSanta Ana, CA 92701more
This is another Memorial to our veterans of WWI, WWII, Koren, and Vietnam. It is located in the plaza next to the Hall of Records. It is a lovely addition of what is already here to memorialize those who have served and died to "protect our safety and our freedom!"Located across from the Orange County Courthouse.Hall of Records12 Civic Center...more
The greatest achievement of Santa Ana is by far its arts community, in the heart of downtown. I look forward to coming back again and again to see and experience new acreations from artists.
Fondest memory: Here, I have served jury duty once here. I don't miss that courtroom, that's for sure!! Others in O.C. will the same way!