Visitor Information - Things to Do
Aquarium of the Pacific
Location: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 908029
Phone: (562) 590-3100
Sunday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit organization that features a collection of more than 11,000 animals that represent over 500 species that are located in the Pacific Ocean. The Aquarium features 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, including the Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest, Shorebird Sanctuary and Whales: Voices in the Sea, to name a few. Volunteers are always welcome and much appreciated. Admission fees: $24.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-11 and $21.95 for senior citizens (62+).
Peterson Automotive Museum
Location: 6060 Wilshire Blvd.(at Fairfax,) Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (323) 930 - 2277
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Visitors of the Petersen Automotive Museum can explore more than 300,000 square feet of exhibits and authentic dioramas, featuring more than 150 coveted classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Across the four-floor museum, guests can enjoy the up-close-and-personal experience of permanent and rotating exhibits. Admission fees: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and active military with valid ID, $3 for children 5-12 and children under 5 are free.
Nixon Library & Museum
Location: 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Phone: (714) 993-3393
Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
While visiting the Richard Millhouse Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace, guests can view the permanent galleries featuring images, videos and artifacts related to President Nixon's political career and family life. Guests can walk about the beautiful gardens and experience special exhibits showing a variety of rotating galleries. Admission fees: $11.95 for adults, $8.50 for seniors (62 +), $6.95 for college students and active military, $4.75 for children ages 7-11 and children ages 6 and under are free.
Orange County Museum of Art
Location: 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 759-1122
Wednesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The Orange County Museum of Art’s collection comprises nearly 2,500 objects, with a concentration on the art of California from the early 20th century to present. It’s the premier visual arts organization in Orange County, and critically acclaimed exhibitions such as Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterpieces from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone, and Birth of the Cool: Art Design, and Culture at Midcentury, draw more than 40,000 visitors annually. Admission fees: $12 for adults, $10 for students with valid ID and senior citizens (65+), and children 12 and under are free.
Orange County Zoo
Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Phone: (714) 973-6847
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Orange County Zoo is located in Irvine Regional Park and houses animals native to the southwest U.S., including black bears and mountain lions.
USS Midway Museum
Location: 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 544-9600
Sunday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., last admission is at 4 p.m.
Visitors of the USS Midway Museum can enjoy a self-guided tour through more than 60 exhibits as they walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors. Guests can also view 25 restored aircrafts or experience one of three flight simulators. Admission fees: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (62+) and students with valid ID, $10 for retired military with valid ID, $10 for youth ages 6-17 and children 5 and under are free.
Location: 2301 Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068
Phone: (213) 850-2000
One of the most renowned theaters in California, the Hollywood Bowl has hosted some of the greatest talent in the world. This open-air theater features the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra during the summer and can hold 18,000 people. Guests can enjoy a pre-concert dinners or stop by the Hollywood Bowl Museum.
Location: 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: (714) 567-3600
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Bowers Museum enriches lives through the world’s finest arts and cultures. To achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children’s art education programs and other special community programs. It’s one of California’s finest and Orange County’s largest museums. Admission fees: Tuesdays through Thursdays, adults are $12, senior citizens and students are $14, children 6-17 are $12 and children under 6 are free. Fridays through Sundays, adults are $23, senior citizens and students are $19, children 6-17 are $14 and children under 6 are free.
The area of Balboa has many restaurants and shops, as well as the Newport Pier. East of the pier, visitors will find rental shops for bikes and skates, including four-wheel bikes the whole family can ride. While guests sit on the beach, they can observe waves coming in from three different directions, as well as see boats going in and out of the harbor. Guests can also take a ride on the Balboa ferry, which transports automobiles, bikes and sightseers to Balboa Island.
Reagan Library & Museum
Location: 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Phone: (805) 522-8444
Sunday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Visitors of the Reagan Library & Museum can take a self-guided tour through more than five decades of Ronald Reagan’s life, including a recreation of the oval office and the cabinet room. During the tour, guests can walk onboard the actual Air Force One aircraft, tail number 27000, which flew several U.S. presidents. Guests should allow 2 ½ to 3 hours to view all the galleries and exhibits. Admission fees: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for youth and children are free.
The Irvine Museum
Location: 18881 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: (949) 476-0294
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930), The Irvine Museum embraces a principal role in the education and furtherance of this beautiful and important regional variant of American Impressionism that has come to be associated with California and its remarkable landscape. Admission fees: $5 for adults. Children, students and senior citizens are free.