On your trip to Santa Ana, don’t miss the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, which has brilliant ethnographic displays exploring the history of indigenous peoples around the world. There’s also a children’s section of the museum with interactive displays.
Another must-see museum here is the Discovery Cube Orange County, formerly the Discovery Science Centre, which has over 100 hands-on models and exhibits tracing scientific endeavours of the last century. They include a real rocket engine and a two-storey high dinosaur.
Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is especially good for younger kids with its creative environments for exotic animals such as South American parrots and other species.
Find out more about the hip side of Santa Ana’s artistic scene by visiting the Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art. It’s a small and cosy museum bursting with colour and innovation, a showcase for the area’s vibrant modern art movement in all its forms.
Anyone interested in the aircraft used in World War II or just aviation history in general will love the Lyon Air Museum. Based at John Wayne Airport, the museum is home to a fleet of vehicles and aircraft from the period and has a hands-on approach that kids and adults alike will enjoy.