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There’s more to Anaheim than Disneyland

As far as sports traditions go, the custom of going to Disneyland after winning the Super Bowl has to be most fun.

This year, the New England Patriots will be making their way in style to the California-based theme park, and it will be that little bit more special as it celebrates its 60th year. But the area surrounding it is also a place shouldn't be ignored because Anaheim is a city that has many an attraction. Here are just a few.

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Anaheim's baseball stadium is a must for any true sports fan. Seating 45,483 people, it's a venue known for its amazing atmosphere. Fan participation includes shouting "Light up the Halo!" when a 210 ton halo is turned to mark a win. The world class ground has also been used for scenes in many Hollywood productions and was also the setting for the 2002 World Series which the Anaheim Angels won. Watching a ball game here is sure to make you feel like stepping into a piece of modern history.

A nighttime ballgame

Downtown Disney District

Still hankering after a Disney experience? Well, its no fee 'Downtown' area is an agreeable compromise. It's a lively area of Anaheim, with many restaurants such as an authentic pizzeria, a New Orleans style 'Jazz Kitchen' and Tortilla Jo's - a noteworthy Mexican joint. Retail therapy is also on offer if that's your thing, and the area even boasts a House of Blues - a fine music venue that regularly puts on upcoming artists and accomplished performers. Alternatively, a lovely nighttime saunter around the vicinity is a romantic way of capping of a night.

Downtown Disney

City National Grove of Anaheim

The building may have had a few blips on the way, starting out as an unsuccessful 'awards ceremony' styled eatery, but it is now a top music venue. Located a short walk from Disneyland, the venue has played host to blues king B.B King and the fantastic Bob Dylan.

The National Grove looks great in the evening. Image courtesy of their official Facebook account

Adventure City

If you're in the mood for some rides, but don't quite have the money to pay for Disneyland then Adventure City is just the ticket. Entry will only set you back a mere $16:96 (£11.96) and includes thrilling draws like Drop Zone which is a 45-foot drop and an old-style carousel. Moreover, the company are working on a $2 million dollar roller coaster, Rewind Racers. There's even a petting zoo for those more interested in a spending time with some animals.

There's nothing like a good old carousel ride

Richard Nixon Library

To add balance to the previous leisure activities, the Richard Nixon Library is worth visiting for those with an interested in contemporary American history and politics. It is an archive consisting of audio snippets of debates between Kennedy and Nixon, articles relating to the Watergate scandal, Nixon's Lincoln Continental limousine that he travelled in during his time as president and many other artefacts concerning the 37th head of state. It is even where he is buried. For an exploration into one of the country's most notable eras of modern times, this area is worth the 10 or so mile trip to its Yorba Linda location.

The front of the Library. Image courtesy of the Nixon Foundation.
 

 











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