Anaheim is one of Southern California’s most popular travel destinations, thanks to its warm weather, friendly residents, and close relationship with Mickey, the world’s favorite mouse. While Disneyland is one of Anaheim’s biggest draws, this beautiful city has plenty more to offer, from beautiful scenic parks complete with fishing lakes to museums and world-renowned sporting arenas. If you’re planning a vacation in this sunny, family-friendly city and you’re looking for an ideal location that puts you close to all the action, this list of top 11 Anaheim vacation rental spots can help narrow down your options.

1. Southwest Anaheim

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If Disneyland is on your travel agenda, then Southwest Anaheim is the perfect vacation rental location. Lodging options in this area put you just minutes from the theme park, so you and your family can get there bright and early and be among the first few people to ride the rides. Spend your days at the theme park, then head over to Downtown Disney for a little shopping or a great meal.

2. Yorba, Anaheim

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The Yorba neighborhood sits in close proximity to Yorba Regional Park, making this location a great choice if you’re hoping to spend a little during your vacation getting back to nature. Visit the park and take a leisurely hike along the nature trails, or pack a picnic and take advantage of the nature trails. Bring your binoculars for a little bird watching, as you’re sure to spot an Olive-backed Pipit or two.

3. Anaheim Colony Historic District, Anaheim

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If you’ve got a history buff in your travel group, consider a vacation rental in the Anaheim Colony Historic District, also referred to as simply “The Colony.” Stroll through the neighborhoods to enjoy historic architecture that dates back to the 1800s, and be sure to stop by the Rea House, once owned by Anaheim’s earliest residents. If you’re visiting Anaheim during Halloween, the Rea House is decorated to take visitors on a trip back in time, complete with old-fashioned scenery.

4. Deer Canyon, Anaheim

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Vacation Rentals in the Deer Canyon neighborhood are ideal if you’re looking for a peaceful, quiet neighborhood. The community surrounds Deer Canyon Park Preserve, a beloved nature area complete with hiking trails and a small creek that runs into the Walnut Creek Reservoir. True to its name, you’ll definitely find a few deer in the preserve, and the hiking trails are perfect for morning walks in the fresh air.

5. Hermosa Village, Anaheim

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Hermosa Village is centrally located just minutes from downtown Anaheim, and there, you’ll find an abundance of shops and restaurants, including the Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market. Stroll along Commonwealth Avenue and peruse the antique shops, then pop by the Farmer’s Market for some fresh veggies to grill up at your vacation rental.

6. Anaheim Shores, Anaheim

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Anaheim Shores is a great location if you’re hoping to do a little fishing, as this cozy community sits just minutes from Santa Ana River Lakes. This unique fishing spot features a fully stocked lake filled to the brim with catfish and tilapia, and you can fish day or night without a license. Pack up some gear and spend the morning fishing along the shore, or spend the night at the campgrounds and partake in a 24 hour fishing session. Santa Ana River Lakes also has a special “Huckleberry Kids Pond” for the little fishermen in your family.

7. West Anaheim Junction, Anaheim

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If you’ve got a family of sports fans, West Anaheim Junction, consider a vacation rental in the West Anaheim Junction area. This bustling community puts you just a short drive away from Angel Stadium, where you can catch a game or take a guided “behind the scenes” tour of the ballpark. When you’ve soaked up all the sports you can in one day, take a short walk over to Flame Broiler or Chronic Tacos to refuel.

8. West Anaheim, Anaheim

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West Anaheim is a great location for families, as vacation rentals in this area are just a short drive away from Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Park and K1 Speed Racing Track. Hang out with Snoopy and the gang at Knott’s, or take the family on a go-kart adventure at the track. If you’re new to go-karting, never fear, as K1 offers beginner classes for a warm-up before you get behind the wheel.

9. Anaheim Hills, Anaheim

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Anaheim Hills is home to the Anaheim Hills Golf Club, making this community a must if you want to spend a portion of your holiday unwinding on the golf course. The club is open to the public, so you can easily book a tee time. It also offers kids’ golf camps for your little ones to learn the basics and stay busy while you play a few rounds.

10. Platinum Triangle, Anaheim

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Platinum Triangle is one of Anaheim’s busiest areas, surrounded by restaurants and shops, and just minutes away from the world-famous Honda Center. Take in a car show or concert at the Honda Center, then enjoy a meal at one of several restaurants along nearby East Katella Avenue. The community is also within close proximity to several family friendly venues, including Adventure City, the beloved, low-cost alternative to Disneyland, and Camelot Golfland, where you’ll find the coolest mini-golf course in all of Anaheim.

11. Northwest Anaheim, Anaheim

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If you plan on getting a little family recreational time in during your stay in Anaheim, vacation rentals in Northwest Anaheim are a great option. Northwest Anaheim is home to Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, where you’ll find gorgeous greenery, hiking trails for walking, jogging, or exploring, picnic areas, and a small lake for boating. Take the family on an early morning nature hike to burn off all the sweet treats you enjoyed at the theme parks, or rent a paddle boat and cruise around the lake.