Santa Ana (California)
The buses of The Orange County Transportation Authority  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.
The Artist Village has a gallery showing every first Saturday of the month.
Organic foods are available every first Wednesday of the month at the farmers market.
Original Mikes is a local favorite with live entertainment almost every night.
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 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. By its founder's wish, it must be the home to at least 50 monkeys at all times.
Floral Park is a beautiful neighborhood with expensive houses.
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.
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.
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.
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.