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    Voted Orange County’s favorite downtown – repeatedly

    This is not your stodgy historic town. Old Towne Orange bustles—with visitors, college students, and people of all ages who love to eat, shop, and stroll in a one-of-a-kind town. Old Towne Orange contains the largest Nationally Registered Historic District in California and its distinct look makes it a popular location for film and television production—so Insta-worthy!

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    The Best of Orange

    Make the most of your visit with our carefully curated ideas. Watch for exclusive deals courtesy of our Metrolink partners – just show your Metrolink ticket. Enjoy like a tourist. Act like a local.

  • FUN THINGS TO DO

    Old Towne Plaza Historic District

    More than 60 antique dealers line the downtown streets, making Orange the antique capital of Southern California. Because shopping can make you hungry, enjoy all kinds of food from classic soda fountain fare to Cuban specialties to Mexican favorites

    Walk from station: 5 minutes
    The Plaza Square Park

    In the center of the Orange Circle is a lovely park that’s the perfect spot to meet friends or relax with a coffee and pastry or picnic lunch. The crowning glory is the fabulous tiled fountain, funded by bake sales in the 1890s to bring a bit of charm and class to what was previously a crossroads for livestock and carriages.

    Walk from station: 5 minutes
    Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University

    This unusual collection focuses on the “California Scene” painting movement of roughly the 1920s through the 1970s and beyond and includes oils, watercolors, sketches and lithographs of rural and urban scenes, coastal views, farms, ranches, freeways and landscapes of everyday life in the Golden State by California artists.

    Walk from station: 15 minutes
    California’s Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archives

    The joy that the late TV legend Huell Howser shared with generations of Californians infuses a new permanent exhibit housed in Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries. The exhibit includes images, text, and artifacts, which outline Howser’s career and legacy in California.

    Walk from station: 15 minutes
    Orange Circle Antique Mall

    Look for hidden gems in one of the largest and best-organized vintage shops on the Orange Circle.

    Walk from station: 10 minutes
    The Santiago Creek Bike Trail

    This six-mile paved trail begins in Hart Park (Orange) and ends at Cannon Street (Villa Park). Cyclists, joggers, and nature lovers enjoy views of the creek's native vegetation and natural habitat. It’s easy to bring your bikes on Metrolink.

    Walk from station: 5 minutes

    GREAT PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

    Ruby’s Diner and Streamliner Lounge

    Located next to the station, Ruby's Diner is a classic '40s-style diner serving American comfort fare, salads & shakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner every day in a fun environment. The adjacent Streamliner Lounge is great for people-watching and happy hour.

    Walk from station: At the station
    Deal: Free shake, draft beer or glass of house wine with the purchase of adult entrée
    Watson’s Soda Fountain & Café

    Established in 1899, Watson is the oldest drugstore in Orange County. The interior and exterior appeared in many movies and commercials, including “That Thing You Do,” “The Stepford Children,” and “Cannonball Run.” A recent remodel kept the vintage charm and added a liquor license, so along with the delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner specials patrons can still get a great milkshake – or a martini.

    Walk from station: 10 minutes
    Deal: Save 10% on food and non-alcoholic drinks
    Don Jefe Jalapenos Grill

    Affordable, delicious Mexican food and friendly staff. Tip: Enjoy the freshly made chips and tortillas and salsa bar.

    Walk from station: 10 minutes
    Deal: 10% off food.
    The Pie Hole

    Experience unique sweet flavors like early grey and honey custard, classics like apple and key lime, and savory treats such as chicken, mac & cheese, and shepherd’s pot pie. Pair your pie with a barista coffee treat for a perfect-size afternoon or date-night indulgence.

    Walk from station: 10 minutes
    Deal: 10% off food
    Felix Continental Café

    Recognized by the LA Times, OC Register, and Westways for its distinctive Cuban and Spanish food, this classic restaurant on the Orange Circle is reason enough to visit Orange. Tip: Order the outstanding, authentic paella.

    Walk from station: 10 minutes
    Old Towne Orange Walking Food Tours

    Why settle on one restaurant when you can try a bunch? Before you visit, book a tour with this unique business that serves up food tastings at some of the city’s best restaurants along with a side order of fascinating Orange history.

    Walk from station: 10 minutes
    Snooze, an a.m. eatery

    Vibrant, retro chain serving a seasonal menu of creative breakfast & lunch fare, plus cocktails. Try unusual pancake flavors like blueberry danish, peachy keen, and the sweet potato or the savory shakshuka or avocado smash.

    Walk from station: 5 minutes
    Urth Café

    Farm-to-table coffee and food for breakfast and lunch in a distinctive, meticulously restored building near the Orange Circle.

    Walk from station: 5 minutes
    Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen

    Out-of-the-ordinary food with great ambiance and impeccable service featuring the diverse regional cuisine of Mexico. Tip: Gabbi’s does not have a sign.

    Walk from station: 10 minutes
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  • Good to Know Before You Go

    • Kid-friendly activities include Hart Park’s pool and jungle gym and the authentic soda fountain at Watson’s.

    • Metrolink’s specially marked Bike Cars have multiple stalls designed to hold three bikes each. Also, each regular Metrolink train car can accommodate three bikes.

    • Be sure to check the last train departure time for your ride home.

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