Museums & Historic Sites

Lyon Air Museum

Popular with aircraft buffs, the Lyon Air Museum on the west side of John Wayne Airport showcases military planes, rare automobiles and motorcycles from the World War II era. Its thought-provoking and meticulously researched exhibits are designed to give visitors a better understanding of the role the United States has played in shaping world history.

19300 Ike Jones Rd, Santa Ana, CA | Distance from hotel: 2.5 miles

Aquarium of the Pacific

One of the world’s preeminent aquariums, the Aquarium of the Pacific has been hailed for its exhibits of Pacific sea life. Some 12,000 creatures occupy more than 100 exhibits, an astonishing representation of the diversity of the Pacific. Hands-on activities, multi-media presentations, lectures, cruises and more work together to inspire the visitor with a sense of wonder and respect for marine life.

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA | Distance from hotel: 29.8 miles

Santa Ana Zoo

When the delightful Santa Ana Zoo was established, its founder insisted that there always be at least 50 monkeys in residence. The zoo has never fallen below his quota, and has since added more than 80 additional species to its menagerie, including the world’s smallest monkey, the pygmy marmoset. It’s a fun way to spend the day with family and friends.

1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA | Distance from hotel: 6.2 miles