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When is the best time of year to visit Orange, Anaheim and Orange County in general?

The answer depends on what you hope to do during your visit—and where exactly you plan to stay.

Weatherwise, it’s mild year-round. Overall, we enjoy a Mediterranean climate—with warm, dry summers and occasional (maybe? If we’re lucky?) rain in the winter.

Any time. Any time of year is good.

If you plan to stay on the coast, you’ll have cooler weather overall—and you’ll experience even more of what is known as May grey and June gloom. (Which, essentially, is a marine layer that blankets the coast in the morning and usually burns off by lunchtime. We see it here in Orange too – and we’re 20 minutes from the beach.)

So, with all of this lovely weather – your next consideration might be crowds. Like most tourist destinations, summer is going to be a lot more crowded than other times of the year. Prices for hotels, car rentals, etc., will reflect this.

That said, with longer days, many destinations are open longer. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm (the lesser known but still fun amusement park) both have extended summer hours.

From a local’s perspective – summer is not my favorite time of year to visit anywhere touristy for this very reason. I prefer fall or winter – when crowds are much more manageable. Even though the weather is cooler and daylight is limited, it’s easier to see/do more simply because it’s not as crazy.

If you don’t mind crowds and paying the premium for hotels, etc., summer and spring are still awesome times to visit.

One of the things I love about Orange County – and California in general – is that even when it’s hot during the day, it cools off at night. Dining al fresco is one of the great joys of summertime living in SoCal. Also, opening your windows and letting the fresh air in.

I’ve lived in other locations where it stayed hot and humid all night long – and it was miserable. Typically speaking, that doesn’t often happen here.

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