La Palma is ideally located to take advantage of Southern California's attractions, museums, points of interests, beaches, and mountains. Just outside of the city boundary are parks located in Cerritos, Cypress, Buena Park, Fullerton and Anaheim. Disneyland is less than 10 miles away while Knott's Berry Farm and Medieval Times are less than two miles away. During the summer, residents can travel to nearby Costa Mesa for the annual Orange County Fair for games, rides, crafts, and food vendors.
Shopping malls are close by in Buena Park, Brea, Cerritos, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Newport Beach. Pristine beaches with shops, restaurants, fishing, swimming, sun bathing, and shell collecting are nearby in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach showcases sea life from the area. Live performances of every type can be seen at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has a variety of exhibits on early Orange County as well as traveling exhibits. Locals can also check out the burgeoning arts scene in downtown Santa Ana. For sports enthusiasts, sports arenas include The Honda Center in Anaheim—where the famed Anaheim Ducks hockey team calls home—and Anaheim Stadium, home of the world champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim major league baseball team. Nearby Los Alamitos racetrack features quarter horse and trotter racing.
Nearby colleges and universities include the University of California, Irvine, California State University, Fullerton and Chapman College. There are numerous community colleges in the area including Orange Coast and Golden West Colleges. John Wayne Airport and Long Beach Airport provide easy access to and from the area.
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