Disneyland Theme Park and Knott's Berry Farm are Orange County's top draws for fun family getaways. Other options are whale-watching cruises, riding a jet pack or watching a local professional sports team play.
Disneyland in Anaheim and Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park are the area's two big theme parks. Knott's has an additional water park next door called Soak City. The Orange County Fair is also held at the OC Fair & Event Center for 23 days each year, usually beginning in July and ending in August.
Whale-watching cruises depart from Newport Beach and Dana Point. The prime period for gray whales is December to April, and the prime period for blue and finback whales is May to November. Pods of dolphins, sharks and killer whales may also be seen during the warm months.
Jetpack America at Newport Beach is the home of the world's first recreational jet pack. The jet pack is water-propelled, and visitors can hover up to 30 feet during their 20 to 30 minutes of flight time per session.
Orange County is also home to the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Kiss arena football team. College sports fans can also take in games at Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and Chapman University.