Stroll west along Center Street Promenade in downtown Anaheim, just a few miles from the world-famous Disneyland® Resort, and you’ll see how this leisure and convention capital has been experiencing a renaissance.
Contemporary sculptor Peter Shire’s installation of illuminated birdhouses are perched near the Frank Gehry-designed Anaheim ICE practice rink for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. New merchants, one-of-a-kind boutiques, Good Food Hall, outdoor cafes and chef-driven concept restaurants that have reclaimed and restored historic buildings on this two-block stretch between Harbor and Anaheim Boulevards. Modern residential lofts and retail stores share a five-story building with the MUZEO museum and cultural center, which houses its Main Gallery around the corner in the 1908 Carnegie Library.
Gaze farther south on Anaheim Boulevard and spot the Anaheim Packing District. The Anaheim Packing House, formerly a 1920s-era citrus-packing facility, is now a trendy, two-level food hall with more than 20 artisanal eateries surrounding communal dining areas. The 1925 Packard Building, once home to its namesake motor-car dealership, has been reborn with Umami Burger and the Anaheim Brewery.
By night, downtown Anaheim hosts a thriving nightlife. By day, during its seasonal art shows and street fairs, Center Street Promenade transforms into an open-air gallery. On exhibit are not only the vibrant local art scene but also the transformation of Orange County’s most populous city. From its past, Anaheim creates its presence.
Disney and Beyond
Indeed, Anaheim has evolved since its 1850s beginning as a small colony of German winemakers whose heritage now inspires the city’s award-winning craft beer movement. It has grown beyond Disneyland® Park, which continues its Diamond Celebration until September 2016; Disney California Adventure® Park, where rides and attractions honor the Golden State’s history and culture; and the lively Downtown Disney® District for dining, shopping and entertainment.
Its sports and entertainment scenes have flourished in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle with Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center and City National Grove of Anaheim. Near all three venues now hails the architecturally spectacular ARTIC, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center that opened in 2014 as Southern California’s transit hub. Anaheim’s location is central in Orange County, just 13 miles from the beaches and Orange County’s 42-mile stretch of scenic Pacific Ocean coastline and charming seaside cities such as Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach (Surf City USA). With Los Angeles to our north and San Diego to our south, Anaheim is close to every attraction you might want to explore on your Southern California adventure.
A record 22.5 million people visited Anaheim in 2015, setting a mark for the third consecutive year. Hotel, restaurant and retail development has been booming, largely in the Anaheim Resort district, to continue to surprise and delight visitors with something new, distinctive and even unexpected in this dynamic destination.
The Anaheim Convention Center, the West Coast’s largest venue for conferences, trade shows and mega events, is expanding to offer more than 1 million square feet of flexible, multipurpose space by late 2017. And just 3 miles away from the convention center, within view of Disneyland® Park’s fireworks display, Anaheim continues to embrace its small-town roots, its culture and its history in the Anaheim Packing District and Center Street Promenade.