Daycations - Santa Ana Downtown History Tour

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  • Perhaps it is time for you to discover Santa Ana’s Historic District. It’s more than the iconic Old County Courthouse with its Arizona red sandstone walls and Temecula granite base. There over 25 historic buildings, an emerging arts scene, plus a wide variety of farm-to-table restaurants.

    Santa Ana Downtown History Tour

    Downtown Santa Ana Historic District

    Modern glass and steel high-rise buildings now line the downtown Santa Ana skyline. It’s what you’d expect for the county seat of Orange County. Yet hidden in the shadows is a rich history and an amazing collection of 20th century buildings worth exploring.

    Tell me about the architecture!
    If you’re a history buff, take this architecture tour. It provides more details about 25 historic buildings such as:

    Santora Building
    Grand Central Market
    Minter House
    West End Theater
    Masonic Temple
    Old Orange County Courthouse
    Howe-Waffle House
    Old Santa Ana City Hall
    W.H. Spurgeon Building

    Getting here
    Most spots are under a half-mile walk from the Broadway and Fourth Street area. Take OC Bus route 83 west from the Metrolink station to Broadway then walk south until you hit Fourth Street.

    Fun places to take a break

    Exploring all those historic buildings in Santa Ana does require some nourishment. There are plenty of places to stop for refreshments including a great ice cream shop.

    Places to take a break
    La Michoacana Express
    The Den Café
    Discount available
    Chevitas Juice and Bagels
    Discount available
    4th Street Market
    Discount available

    The train station

    Be sure to explore the Santa Ana station when you arrive. Completed in 1985, its Mediterranean Revival design features arcades, decorative tile, curved outdoor staircases, two-faced clocks and beautiful wrought ironwork. It served as a filming location for the movie “Rain Man.

    As the Instagram post suggests, you can take your bike on Metrolink and explore Santa Ana on two wheels!

    Train schedules

    We always suggest when planning your adventure to check the Metrolink train schedule to Santa Ana. Both the Orange County Line and the Inland Empire Orange County Line serve this destination.

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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