Fullerton was founded in 1887 as a railroad town on the Santa Fe route. The town quickly changed to an agricultural community before oil was discovered in the area in the early 1900s. After the oil boom, Fullerton turned to manufacturing, which is still active in the south-eastern and western portions of the city. The historic downtown area has been revitalized into a shopping and entertainment district.
Fullerton Visitors information, . This website provides information on downtown shopping, dining, and art. It also details parking and transportation.
The Fullerton Municipal Airport is Orange County's last strictly general aviation field, and with it's 3,121-foot (951 m) runway, it is a great airport to fly in to if you want to stay in Fullerton.
Amtrak has a station in Fullerton at 120 E. Santa Fe Avenue. It is served by the frequent Pacific Surfliner train between San Diego and Los Angeles and the daily long-distance Southwest Chief which runs between Los Angeles and Chicago through the southwest. The regional Metrolink commuter rail service also serves the station with two different lines: the Orange County Line between Union Station in Downtown L.A. and Oceanside in San Diego County, and the 91 Line which runs between L.A. Union Station and Riverside.
Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA), . Fullterton is services by several OCTA lines.
Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, ☎ +1 714 278-3407 (fax: +1 714 278-7066), . 8AM-4:30PM (extended hours in summer months). A collection of 4,000 plants from around the world on 26 acres. Of note is the 100' tall Ombu tree and the large collection of desert plants.Free - suggested $3 donation.
Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave., ☎ +1 714 738-6545 (FMC@ci.fullerton.ca.us, fax: +1 714 738-3124), . Tu, W, F-Su: Noon-4PM; Th: Noon-8PM; M: Closed. General Admission: $4, Seniors 65+: $3; Students (13+ with I.D.): $3; 6 to 12 $1.00; 5 and under: Free.
Heritage House, 1900 Associated Road (on the grounds of the Fullerton Arboretum). Sa-Su: 8AM-4:30PM. An Eastlake-style cottage built in 1894 by one of Fullerton's pioneers. The home and grounds have been restored to portay life in turn-of-the-century Fullerton.
Fullerton Market, On Wilshire Avenue, between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue (Downtown Plaza), ☎ +1 714 738-6545, . Apr 3-Nov 20; Th: 4PM-8:30PM. Street fair, craft and farmers market.Free.
Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours, 301 N. Pomona Ave., ☎ +1 714 738-6545, . Sept.-Nov: 6PM. A 2½ hour, 1½ mile (2.4 km) guided tour of haunted locations in downtown Fullerton. See the website for the exact dates. Note that the tour involves climbing stairs. Not recommended for children under 13.$18 (pre-paid reservations required).
Moped Museum at Myron's Mopeds, 1879 W Commonwealth Ave, Unit L , Fullerton, CA 92833, ☎ (714) 992-5592. This is a collection of classic vintage mopeds from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. If you're looking for a unique place to visit in Orange County this is it.
Cal State University of Fullerton (CSUF), 800 N. State College Blvd., ☎ +1 714 278-2011, . CSUF is a 4-year university that offers 105 degree programs, including a doctorate in education.
Fullerton College, 321 E. Chapman Ave., ☎ +1 714 992-7000, . Fullerton College is a two-year college offering 90 Associate degree programs.
In-N-Out Burgers. Most television series based in California will pay homage to In-N-Out at some point. It's classic California. Californians can't resist the fresh-cut potato fries, the Grade A beef (never frozen), and the spread. The spread used to just come on the burgers but they had to start packaging the spread for easier distribution because their customers always ask for extra to smother their fries in. The menu is as simple and classic as their image, but there is "the secret menu" that any local, or even the cashier, can tell you about. If you want to pretend to be in the know, just Google it before you go. Harbor and Orangethorpe
Taqueria de Anda. Part of a Southern California chain. They make the most authentic tacos north of the border. Drive-thru is open 24-hours. Enough said. 300 W. Valencia
Rutabegorz. This quaint and creative restaurant will steal your heart. Over thirty years ago, the Man tried to pave this paradise and literally put up a parking lot, but the hippies that owned Ruta's wouldn't let that happen. Today Ruta's is a landmark in Fullerton. The food is extraordinary. You won't believe how gigantic their salads are or how fresh their vegetables. Ruta's Killer Chili is vegetarian, but even meat-lovers will be smitten. The cookies in the bakery case look like regular-old cookies, but don't be fooled-they're heavenly. The staff does not wear uniforms, but don't worry they'll make themselves known. Do: seat yourself (there are no hosts to seat you). Don't: order falafel, it's the one thing on the menu that everyone agrees is horrible. 211 N. Pomona Ave.
Kimmie's Coffee Cup. A classic American diner with a woman's touch. Independently owned, with just two locations, the Fullerton Kimmie's boasts an outdoor heated patio. It's only open until 2pm, so you have to come by for breakfast or lunch, but no matter what time you show up, you should order from the breakfast menu because that's where the goodies are. Banana-nut pancakes, build-your-own omelets, and the coffee, of course, you have to try the coffee. The waitresses are all smiles, and their aprons all handmade. 1605 W. Commonwealth Ave
Whimsical Tea's. High tea in downtown Fullerton. Though most people come to Whimsi's for high tea (scones, pot of tea, salad, tea sandwiches, and dessert, served in four-courses) some do come for the scones or soups as a treat in and of themselves. The coconut tea here is not to be missed! It's especially fun if you make an afternoon of it, because you dine in a room decorated to resemble an English cottage, complete with frilly tea hats (for dressing up and photo-ops). Men are encouraged to join in the fun. Newcomers be aware that the average high tea meal in Southern California costs about $20. 115 Commonwealth Ave
Thai BBQ. The best and most expensive Thai in Fullerton. There are cheaper options at nearly every shopping center but what you sacrifice in cost you also sacrifice in authenticity and variety. If you are just getting your monthly Pad Thai fix, then any place will do and you'll save a few bucks, but if you're looking for the quality of a home-cooked Thai meal, then hit up Thai BBQ, and ask your server for recommendations. Be adventurous. Drink the Thai tea, with or without boba. Harbor and Orangethorpe
Roman Cucina. Dark decor and fabulous dim lighting to set the mood. It's great to go with a date or a group of friends for an intimate dinner. Go Monday for Martini night, all menu martinis $5, or go on Wine Wednesdays when all bottles are 1/2 price. Their pasta dishes are hearty and delectable. They are only open for dinner. 211 N. Harbor Blvd
The Mulberry St. Ristorante. The Italian food is good, but go for the seafood. Ask your server for a good wine pairing. Go on the weekend when there is live entertainment. The entertainment won't be as good as the food, but it adds ambience to a night on the town. Monday night is Karaoke night. Open for lunch and dinner. 114 W. Wilshire Ave
The Cellar. Fine French cuisine underground. The restaurant is beneath the historic Villa Del Sol, a beautiful building and plaza in the heart of downtown. The wine list, as you may have guessed, is impressive and the menu is, well, French. Foie gras, escargot, and the like. A lovely experience for any day, but an excellent place to mark a special occasion. 305 N. Harbor Blvd
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Fullerton Marriott at California State University, 2701 East Nutwood Avenue, ☎ +1 714 738-7800 (fax: +1 714 738-0288), .
Chase Suite Hotel, 3100 E Imperial Hwy Brea, ☎ 714-579-3200, . checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. Rates from $89 to $249 (Subject to Availability).