Top Things To Do in Costa Mesa

Once known for being a small farming community, now with only a couple left, Costa Mesa is the home to many large corporate office buildings, great shopping centers, and fine dining restaurants.  The city of Costa Mesa is now is a bustling part of Orange County. Its original charm blends with a variety of entertainment and enterprise. Here is a list of the top things to do within the city.

  1. South Coast Plaza

    Shop and dine at one of the nations most prestigious indoor shopping malls located in Costa Mesa. Shopping at this beautiful well-kept mall has two floors with fine retail stores ranging from Zara, Sephora, H & M, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, to Ralph Loren, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci.  It has family-friendly features like a large indoor merry-go-round for kids and a fun restaurant that feels like it would be a ride at an amusement park called The Rainforest Cafe.  There is something for everyone at this mall.  There are top hair salons, great restaurants, and a second two-story mall across a bridge walkway or street that takes you to another center with more of the same fine retailers including the Apple store, Pottery Barn, Guess, Puma, and more.

  2.  Segerstrom Center of the Arts – Costa Mesa

The beautiful Segerstrom Performing Arts Center is a mecca for musicals, concerts, and plays all year long.  If you’re visiting Orange County and a fan of the performing arts, be sure to check and see what performances are in town for the dates of your visit.  Musicals such as the Nutcracker during the holidays are a must-see, not to mention all the best in local and national concerts, dance performances, jazz, and more.

  1.  Orange County Marketplace and Pacific Amphitheater – Costa Mesa

Summertime is the best time of year to visit the open-air Orange County Marketplace.  During the Orange County Fair, the playground for adults and kids alike are a wonderful way to introduce young children to the wonders of nature in a butterfly garden, farm animals with a petting zoo, rides, carnival games and food stands.

Year-round weekend entertainment complements shopping, food trucks, and a farmers market at the Orange County Marketplace. Nearby, one of the top things to see in Costa Mesa, CA is drive by or tour the headquarters of Trinity Christian Center International day or night as it is well-lit and beautiful. No matter what religion you practice, it is a sight to admire its architectural design and landscaping.

  1.  Orange County Great Park – near Costa Mesa

Locals and tourists enjoy reliving the excitement of yesterday with a ride on the antique carousel at Orange County Great Park. The more adventurous visitors frequently choose to soar upwards in the park’s giant helium balloon in addition to a ride on the merry-go-round. Although it is securely anchored much of the time due to the wind, scheduled flights during the day provide jaw-dropping aerial views and photo ops!

  1. Pretend City Children’s Museum- nearby in Orange County

This museum is a kid-sized city that encourages knowledge and understanding about everyday activities at places like the post office, café, and farm. It’s a popular spot for birthday parties and other events because there are so many activities in which to participate.

This close-knit community advocates family, business, and learning experiences. The inviting attractions draw thousands of people to participate in assorted events each year.