Correspondent Lanee Lee

Have A Thrilling Time In The O.C. Credit: Visit Anaheim

Surfing, theme parks, reality shows and shopping are synonymous with Orange County, the second-largest county in Southern California. But there’s so much more than the usual distractions to explore around these parts. Here are our favorite things, some well-known and some off-the-beaten path, to do while in the O.C.

At Disneyland, it’s magical fun for the whole family with rides, Disney character photo ops and nightly light parades. If you’re a Jedi at heart, plan to visit the popular park in 2019 when Galaxy’s Edge, the world’s first Star Wars theme park, opens.

Luckily, you don’t need to wait on the Resistance to enjoy Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, a delightful resort that provides direct access to the park, newly renovated rooms, a host of restaurants and a pool area with so many options Mickey could probably get away with charging admission.

It’s a Buyer’s Market. Credit: Visit Anaheim

Go on an epic shopping spree
Los Angeles may have Rodeo Drive, but the O.C. has South Coast Plaza. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, the open mall has 250 boutique stores, offering mostly luxury brands (see: Prada and Fendi) and 20 restaurants — plenty to keep a shopaholic entertained for hours.

If you’re a fan of fashion, but prefer to avoid the crowds, check out the O.C.’s mall alternatives, such as The Lab or The Camp. These trendy spaces feature mostly small boutique shops and hip eateries.

Pedego Electric Bikes. Credit: Pedego Electric Bikes

Take a bike tour
With 42 miles of coastline, Orange County is ideal for a scenic bike ride. Rentals are available near most boardwalks for easy access to the self-guided beach bike trail.

If you prefer an inside track on the local sights, opt for a guided bike tour. Irvine’s Pedego Electric Bikes offers excellent 20-mile, two-and-a-half hour outings covering everything from natural wonders (Mountains to the Sea Trail) to urban history (The East Irivne Tour) from the seat of an electric bike — ideal for any fitness level.

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