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Art Galleries & Art Museums

Grand Central Art Center

California State University, Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center is collaboration between artists, students, and the community. This 45,000 square-foot, city-block long, three-level structure houses live/studio spaces for visual arts graduate students, the Grand Central Gallery, the Project room, the Grand Central Theater, Watermark Press, the Gypsy Den Café, classrooms and much more.

LOCATION:
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
714-567-7233

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 North Sycamore
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714.667.1517

The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) is artist operated and dedicated to the pursuit of professional excellence and freedom of expression in the arts.

Showcase Gallery - Orange County Fine Arts

Featuring a broad range of innovative and imaginative pieces created by artists ranging in style from traditional to contemporary and even to daring, experimental modalities.

All OCFA exhibits are comprised of framed original paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel as well as photography and mixed media pieces. Original sculpture, ceramics and jewelry are also on display for collectors and admirers alike while affordable pricing makes collecting original artwork attractive to both connoisseurs and amateurs who are seeking unique pieces to compliment their homes and businesses.

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Entertainment

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
America's Largest Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Our immensely popular shows are set in the present day. Unlike other scripted murder mystery dinner shows with obvious actors, hokey scripts and stilted dialogue, The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show is always on point, funny and unpredictable. Ticket includes a four course meal, award winning show, wait staff gratuity, drinks, prizes and so much more.

Located in the city of Orange

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Historical Things to Do

The Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum

The Dr. Howe-Waffle House was built in 1889 by Dr. Alvin Howe and his wife, Dr. Willella Howe. The House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as a California Historic Point of Interest, and as a landmark building on the City of Santa Ana's Historic Register. Tours are given by the Santa Ana Historical Society.

LOCATION:
120 Civic Center Drive

INFORMATION:
714 547-9645

Episcopal Church of the Messiah

Santa Ana's oldest church in continuous use, completed in 1888.

LOCATION:
614 Bush St

Floral Park

Located in the northern tip of Santa Ana, the Floral Park neighborhood is a community of more than 600 period (vintage) homes built in the 1920's through the 1950's. Recognized as one of Orange County's most established neighborhoods, our neighborhood is representative of a bygone era-one of gracious tree-shaded streets, abundant lawns and flowers, unique and stylish homes and, most importantly, friendly neighbors!

The Kellogg House at Heritage Museum of Orange County

The Kellogg House was designed by Hiram Clay Kellogg and was built in 1898. The house is built in the Queen Anne Victorian style, but contains a variety of unique architectural elements derived from Kellogg's personal love of ships. The most unusual, perhaps, is the salvaged ship's mast that forms the vertical core of the house.

LOCATION:
3101 West Harvard Street
(714) 540-0404

Old Orange County Courthouse

Located in the heart of Santa Ana, this structure stood witness to all of the local governmental transactions and court proceedings that shaped the early history of Orange County.

The facility, recently restored, houses a museum and Orange County Archives.

LOCATION:
211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
(714) 973-6605

 

Museums

The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and Bowers Kidseum

One of Southern California's finest museums and Orange County's largest, the Bowers Museum is one of the only museums in the United States devoted to promoting human understanding through art.
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA
(714) 567-3600

Discovery Cube

aginations run wild with over 120 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Cube, Orange County's leading destination for hands-on science entertainment. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine launch and explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur! Plus, with seasonal traveling exhibits and signature events throughout the year, there's always something new to experience.

2500 Main St.
(714) 542-CUBE

Heritage Museum of Orange County

Centennial Heritage Museum is a Victorian gem tucked away in southwest Santa Ana. The historic plaza features several buildings from the 1890s set among extensive gardens and citrus groves. Among these is the Kellogg House, familiar to teachers and students throughout Orange County as a favorite field trip destination.
3101 West Harvard Street
Santa Ana, CA
(714) 540-0404

The Santa Ana Fire Department's Firefighter's Museum

Firefighting history is preserved here. Interactive displays and tours are available.

LOCATION:
120 W. Walnut
(near Main and 1st Streets)

The Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum

The Dr. Howe-Waffle House was built in 1889 by Dr. Alvin Howe and his wife, Dr. Willella Howe. The House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as a California Historic Point of Interest, and as a landmark building on the City of Santa Ana's Historic Register. Tours are given by the Santa Ana Historical Society.

LOCATION:
120 Civic Center Drive

INFORMATION:
714 547-9645

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Music

Observatory Theater

Live music venue draws crowds with popular rock, alternative, jazz & blues acts, this Santa Ana club concealed in an industrial neighborhood hosts local and big-name indie bands; multiple bars serve reasonably priced drinks, with a great stage setup. Reserve a table the day of the show to guarantee a place to sit.

3503 S Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA
(714) 957-0600

OC Pavilion Performing Arts Theate

Located in historic downtown Santa Ana this intimate theater has a capacity of only 528 seats with the assurance of exceptional close up views for any event.

LOCATION:
801 N. Main St

INFORMATION:
714
550-0880

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Shopping

Main Place Shopping Center

Featuring newly remodeled stores, dining options and 6 movie theaters. This beautiful mall also offers a variety of services including a foreign currency exchange, one-hour photo developing, shoe repair, nail salons and three full service hair salons.

2800 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA Intersection of the I-5 & 22 Freeway at Main Street

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Zoos & Parks

Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park

Today the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is a public zoological garden occupying a unique urban site in the heart of Orange County. Situated on approximately 20 acres, it hosts more than 270,000 people annually.

1801 E. Chestnut Ave.
(714) 835-7484

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Other Things to Do in Santa Ana

Ronald Reagan Federal Building

This federal courthouse was nominated for the Presidential Design Awards 2000 and for the Presidential Millennium Award for Design Excellence. This building, which incorporates technology and tradition, since opening, has become a catalyst in the revitalization of downtown Santa Ana.

411 W Fourth Street
Santa Ana, CA

Santa Ana College

Educational programs are designed to provide academic transfer to four-year universities, courses for personal and professional development, and career training for business and industry. Their friendly and helpful counselors will help you choose from over 300 subjects in which you can earn an associate degree or vocational certificate of competency.

Visit the college at www.sac.edu or district at www.rsccd.org

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