Santa Ana, California, is in Orange County. Santa Ana means Saint Anne in Spanish. California was won in the Mexican American War, but some of the names stayed the same.

Santa Ana is famous for the Santa Ana Mountains, Santa Ana Freeway, and the Santa Ana Winds, which come in Autumn. These winds help spread the yearly fires caused in California from the cool, hot, high-pressure dry weather. 

Below are some of the things to do in Santa Ana. 


Explore the city on fun scavenger hunts in groups which lead you to the cultures and historic sites. Here are some of the top places to visit: 

  • Santora Building
  • Old Orange County Courthouse
  • Dr. Howe-Waffle House

John Wayne Airport

Named after the well-known actor John Wayne is a great tourist site to explore or relax. This one location offers dining, shopping, public art, rotating exhibits, trained therapy dogs, live music. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the statue of John Wayne!.

Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park 

The zoo shows over 350 animals. One of the most beloved zoo memories is riding an 8000-pound elephant. This attraction is only offered in a few zoos in the country. Other zoo attractions include:

  • Camel ride
  • African animals
  • Monkey Row known as the 50 monkeys
  • Plants from Central and South America

There is so much more to be seen in person. Near Santa Ana are even more famous attractions, numerous beaches up and down the coast, and countless amusement parks.