Daycations - Santa Ana

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    Santa Ana

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    Bring curiosity and an appetite

    Your visit begins at the Metrolink station (also known as the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center) and moves on to world-class museums, a charming zoo, and Downtown Santa Ana, an artsy area with a vintage vibe featuring galleries, theaters, boutiques, and sidewalk cafés.

    Metrolink train lines
    • Orange County Line

    • Inland Empire-Orange County Line

  • Plan Your Daycation

    The Best of Santa Ana

    Make the most of your visit with our carefully curated ideas. Watch for exclusive deals courtesy of our Metrolink partners – just show your Metrolink ticket. Enjoy like a tourist. Act like a local.


    Downtown Santa Ana

    Downtown Santa Ana packs eclectic restaurants, one-of-a-kind retail shops, independent breweries, weekly pop-up markets, art studios, historic buildings and fascinating architecture into a strollable smorgasbord. Spend a few delightful hours enjoying this unique area.

    From station: Take Route 862
    Bowers Museum and Kidseum

    Voted the Best Museum in Orange County, this gem features carefully curated exhibits from the Ancient Arts of China to First Californians the magical art of Disney. The perfect activity for the whole family, with a special Kidseum for children.

    From station: Take OC Bus 83
    Discovery Cube

    In this tall black cube balancing on one corner, there’s always something new to discover at the more than 100 hands-on exhibits that engage all ages.

    From station: Take OC Bus 83
    Santa Ana Zoo

    Adventure awaits at this right-sized, conservation-friendly, chock-full-of-monkeys zoo where you can see a camel with two humps, bright red birds with long curved beaks, and even a giant anteater – then ride the train and 50 Monkeys Ferris Wheel.

    From station: Take OC Bus Routes 83 & 59


    Chapter One

    Show your Metrolink ticket or OCBus pass and get 20% off your total purchase.

    From station: Take OCBus 862
    20% off
    Buqqa Mediterranean Grill

    Show your Metrolink ticket or OCBus pass and get 20% off food purchases.

    From station: Take OCBus 862
    20% off food
    4th Street Market

    Voted Best Food Hall in Orange County with a delicious and always-changing selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    From station: Take OCBus 862
    Crave Restaurant

    Gourmet seasonal food prepared with the freshest ingredients. A local favorite.

    From station: Take OCBus 862
    Café Cultura

    Located in Downtown Santa Ana, Café Cultura has a variety of great coffee, fresh pastries and authentic Mexican food.

    From station: Take OCBus 862
  • Area Map

How to Get There

Everything you need to know, including train schedules and tips on buying tickets and riding Metrolink trains. Easy!

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  • Good to Know Before You Go

    • Taking OC Bus is easy and inexpensive. OC Bus is free with your Metrolink pass! Ride convenient Route 862 from the station direct to Downtown Santa Ana.

    • Have kids 5 years old and under? Each paying adult can bring up to three free on Metrolink. Those aged 6 to 18 receive a 25% discount off regular one-way or round-trip fares

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