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Santa Ana (California)

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Santa Ana is a city in Orange County in the American state of California. The city is a suburb of Los Angeles and located within Southern California. It is the county seat of Orange County.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

John Wayne Airport (IATA: SNA), 18601 Airport Way, [1].

By car[edit]

Get around[edit]

The buses of The Orange County Transportation Authority [2] can get you around Santa Ana or most places in Orange County for $4 a day. A free trolley runs through the Downtown area on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Artist Village, Bounded by Broadway, First, Third, and Spurgeon Streets, (), [3]. A district containing art galleries, restaurants, and shops.  edit

The old Town Hall is now open as a museum for the city, registration may be required. In addition, 4th Street in Santa Ana is a street popular with locals. It has many small buisnesses and a small theater. The street is located about one block from the Old Courthouse, a still operating legal centre and museum.

The Heritage Museum of Orange County is a cultural and natural history center, highlighting historic homes and exhibits.

The Bowers Museum is a cultural art museum, known for its own exhibits and for its visiting exhibits.

The Discovery Science Center is a peculiar bit of architecture which hosts an ever-changing series of hands-on displays for children.

The Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is 20 acres of urban jungle, and one of several in the Southern California region. By its founder's wish, the zoo must be the home to at least 50 monkeys at all times.

Floral Park is a beautiful neighborhood with expensive houses.

Do[edit][add listing]

Go to MainPlace Mall. It is located near the boarder with Orange. It is an alternative to 4th Street. Across the street is Barnes and Noble and across from there is Santiago Park, the best park in the city. It has a beautiful bike path and a lot of squirels. Jerome Park is home to lovely gardens and the largest community center in the city. It has its own basketball court and boxing gym.

  • Santa Ana Artist Village Art Walk, Art District, bounded by Broadway, First, Third, and Spurgeon Streets, (), [4]. First Sa of every month 6PM. Free.  edit
  • The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd, 714.957.0600, [5]. Concert venue featuring many midrange acts.  edit
  • Sender One, 1441 South Village Way, (714) 881-3456. World-class rock climbing gym with 50-foot walls.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Stuff on 4th Street or at MainPlace Mall. There are other marketplaces but these two are the best. The Martinez Bookstore has books in both English and Spanish and is run by a very kind man. It is located on Broadway.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Playground, 220 East 4th Street, (714) 560-4444, [6]. One of the hippest, most unique eateries in Orange County, Chef Jason Quinn's gastropub serves modern American cuisine in a communal setting. $13-35 for entrees.  edit
  • Little Sparrow, 300 N Main St., (714) 265-7640, [7]. This award-winning New American bistro was recently featured on Bravo TV's "Best New Restaurants $15-35.  edit
  • Original Mike's, 100 S Main, [8]. Original Mikes is a local favorite serving American cuisine with live entertainment almost every night. $30 and under.  edit

The Gypsy Den, located in the Artist Village, is very popular, especially with the youth. It serves many diffrent types of food, including vegatarian friendly food. The Artist Village is also home to Pangea and several other food establishments and clubs that are very popular. Outside of the Artist Village, Pop's Cafe, located just off of Main Street, is very good and has excellently prices. Super Antojitos, near the Target across from the college, offers excellent Mexican food for a great price as well as karaoke.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Original Mike's, 100 S Main, [9]. Original Mikes is a local favorite with live entertainment almost every night. $30 and under.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Orange County Airport North, 2700 Hotel Ter, +1 714 432-8888 (toll free: +1 800 432-0053, fax: +1 714 434-6228), [10].  edit
  • Candlewood Suites, 2600 S. Red Hill Ave, +1 949 250-0404, [11].  edit
  • Courtyard Costa Mesa South Coast Metro, 3002 South Harbor Boulevard, +1 714 545-1001 (toll free: +1 800 321-2211, fax: +1 714 545-8439), [12].  edit
  • Days Inn Los Angeles - Santa Ana, 1108 N. Harbor Blvd, +1 714-554-1177, [13].
  • Holiday Inn, 2726 South Grand Avenue, +1 714 481-6300, [14].  edit
  • Motel 6, 1623 East 1st Street, +1 714 558-0500 (fax: +1 714 558-1574), [15].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Dial 911 for all emergencies. Note that dialing 911 from a cell phone will connect you with the California Highway Patrol who will connect you with local agencies resulting in a delay in response.

Santa Ana is generally safe, though visible signs show that crime is once again on the rise. Avoiding walking alone at night, especially in the Logan and French Park areas. Santiago Park is often used as a gang base at night, so avoid it if it is not day.

  • Santa Ana Police Department, 60 Civic Center Plaza, +1 714 245-8049 (dispatch), [16]. SAPD provides law enforcement protection in the city from three stations.  edit
  • Orange County Fire Authority, +1 714 538-3501, [17]. OCFA provides fire and emergency medical service from 10 stations throughout Santa Ana.  edit


Both of these hospitals have a 24-hour emergency room.

  • Coastal Communities Hospital, 2701 S. Bristol St., +1 714 754-5454, [18].  edit
  • Western Medical Center Santa Ana, 1001 N Tustin Ave., +1 714 953-3500 (fax: +1 714 953-3613), [19].  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Santa Ana
Los AngelesAnaheim  N noframe S  IrvineSan Diego

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