A quaint and quieter alternative to staying in Anaheim for your Disneyland vacation, Garden Grove offers affordable accommodations for your family while providing a super convenient location. As a smaller suburb of Orange County, it offers a healthy balance of home-away-from-home necessities like supermarkets, family-friendly restaurants, and access to major freeways alongside theme parks, closeness to beaches, and incredible weather. Book your family vacation at one of our comfy and convenient Garden Grove vacation homes!
Where Is Garden Grove?
About 35 miles south of vast and varied Los Angeles and just six miles away from the magical city of Anaheim, Garden Grove is one of the friendliest communities in Orange County. California Route 22 connects to Interstate 5 just outside Garden Grove, making it easy to travel in all directions. Disneyland is as close as five miles away, making our Garden Grove vacation rentals a fantastic possibility for anyone seeking a chance to meet Mickey.
What To Do in Garden Grove
Though small, Garden Grove is not without fun. There are many family-friendly activities, parks, and restaurants to make your Disney vacation unique and convenient.
One of the most striking sites in Garden Grove is its crown jewel, the Crystal Cathedral. Whether or not you have a Sunday morning ritual, the attraction is a must-see with its reflective all-glass building that will inspire many shares on Instagram. It houses the Hazel Wright organ, one of the largest musical instruments in the world.
In addition to one of the happiest places on Earth, you'll find theme parks like Great Wolf Lodge and the local Knott's Berry Farm, which offer even more thrilling rides and day-long activities. Let the kids romp around Nickel Nickel arcade, a venue that is smaller and more manageable than the theme parks. In the central Orange County town of Santa Ana
is a science museum for all ages, Discovery Cube of Orange County, as well as the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art.
Picky eaters are sure to find a favorite with the myriad options in Garden Grove. Dine on global cuisines like Mexican and Mediterranean, or opt for the classic burgers and fries. Find fresh Hawaiian fare at Low-key Poke Joint and vegan eats at Hug Life. Garden Grove is also known for its collection of authentic, homey Asian food from all over the eastern end of the continent, like Vietnamese Bahn mi, Chinese dumplings, and Thai curries.
Staying at a dog-friendly Garden Grove or Anaheim vacation home? Take your family pet for a walk in Garden Grove Dog Park to meet other furry friends. Head down to Huntington Beach for a ‘pawty’ with other dogs at one of the SoCal Corgi Beach Day meetups.
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Held every Memorial Day weekend, the popular Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is a reason to visit in itself. You'll enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of a great American county fair while under the SoCal sun. Sample more varieties of strawberries than you knew existed and possibly nab a slice of the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. But don’t stuff yourself too much, as the festival hosts many carnival rides. It wouldn’t be a trip to California without spotting a celebrity! Luckily, the festival brings many each year, with past guests including Debbie Reynolds and Hilary Duff to get your dance on.
Day Trips from Garden Grove
In addition to spending a few days in Disneyland, you'll easily be able to visit the beach when you stay at one of our Garden Grove vacation rentals. Sunny Southern California beaches ranging from the exclusive to the bustling are less an hour's drive from Garden Grove.
Rollerblade or grab a smoothie on the famous boardwalks at Santa Monica and Venice Beach on the edge of Los Angeles. See the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Take a quiet run or walk your dog on Huntington Beach, or watch pro surfers tackle huge waves in Newport Beach. Sample a bit of luxury in Laguna Beach. Whatever sand you end up shaking out of your sneakers, you’ll have a private rental home to return to in Garden Grove.
Make the most of your California adventure, from the beach to Sleeping Beauty’s castle, when you stay at a family-friendly Garden Grove vacation rental!
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