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Around Anaheim


by SIOP Administrative Office

With over 400 hours of conference programming SIOP Annual Conference attendees might have difficulty finding time to leave the convention center complex while in town for #SIOP16.  But those who do will find that Anaheim hosts a wide variety of attractions.

Disneyland, the happiest place on earth, has been a marquee attraction since the 1960s. April 12 was the last day for conference registrants to purchase discounted tickets, but you might just win a park-hopper ticket from the Electronic Communications Committee if you participate in their Twitter promotion.  Stop by their booth in the Wi-Fi Lounge on Thursday to enter.

The Conference News publication, available at the conference registration desk, lists several other LA area activities and restaurants.  

The Visit Anaheim website also offers a wealth of information about the region. Anaheim has a rich agricultural history, dating back its settlement in the mid-19th Century by a group of German vintners, which is preserved and celebrated in the architecture of the nearby Anaheim Packing District.

(Left: Anaheim Packing House)

Centered on the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Santa Ana Street, the Packing District is just short of 3 miles north of the Convention Center, where most of the SIOP conference sessions will take place. The Mission Revival restorations evoke the heyday of Southern California in the early 20th century, while the resident businesses, including microbreweries, a juice bar, a speakeasy, restaurants offering nouvelle versions of comfort foods from around the globe, and a build-your-own popsicle bar, give the district a distinctly hipster vibe. There are free yoga classes and live band performances in the outdoor spaces on the weekend.

The Center Street Promenade, in the same neighborhood as the Packing District, offers another baker’s dozen independent shops and restaurants along with a Farmers’ Market and Craft Fair that operates on Thursdays.

There’s plenty of night life to be found.  The House of Blues, located in Downtown Disney along with several restaurants, regularly programs acts, and park admission is NOT required for entry.  Fans of craft beer might want to sample the offerings on the microbrewery list, while sports fans will be interested in the basketball and baseball games listed in SIOp's Conference News.  Visit Anaheim also lists six area golf courses.

The Getty Center, LA County Museum of Art, La Brea Tar Pits, and Griffith Observatory are just some of the many museums in the region.   If you want to visit downtown LA cultural attractions or beaches, you can get to them without braving the freeways via public transportation. Anaheim’s LEED-certified, eye-pleasing ARTIC Station, a hub for public transportation, is a destination in its own right.

(Left: Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center)

For additional information on getting around, stop by the conference hospitality booth, located near registration, and speak with the volunteers.

Have a great stay in Anaheim!