(credit: Fullerton Arboretum)

(credit: Fullerton Arboretum)


In other parts of the country, like the northeast for example, you can take a walking tour and find yourself surrounded by history. Fullerton doesn’t offer the historical significance of Boston, but still you can walk around downtown Fullerton and get a pretty good taste of the history and the vibe of the city. In fact, from a place that sells vintage furniture and unique accents to an arts colony, Fullerton offers an experience that you can’t really get anywhere else in Orange County. If you find yourself in Fullerton for a day, put these places on a list for a great walking tour.
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(credit: Richard L./Yelp)


Fullerton Museum
301 N Pomona Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 738-6545
www.cityoffullerton.com

Part of the history of Fullerton is the manufacturing of Fender Guitars. So while a lot of museums have art or other things to look at, Fullerton Museum has something much cooler on display: art guitars from Fender. The museum has also been known to display comic book art. That’s just another reason why this museum is cooler than a lot of museums you’ll find.

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(credit: Out of Vogue)


Out of Vogue
109 E Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 879-6647
www.outofvogue.com

Out of Vogue is just one of those fun places to visit because it’s pretty unusual for Orange County where chains are valued above independent businesses. This is a particularly good place to visit if you’re looking for furniture or things to accent your place. Out of Vogue specializes in unique items that you won’t find in other places. Whether you buy anything or not, it’s nice to see a place in Orange County that has some character.

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(credit: Brian P./Yelp)


Magoski Arts Colony
223/225 W Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 441-1504
www.magoskiartscolony.com

Downtown Fullerton has a monthly art walk, but even when the art walk isn’t happening, you can enjoy this art collective. This arts colony has a variety of places to check out from a photography studio to a bookstore where you’ll also find magazines. This place is a great celebration of creative minds, and it’s a good way to appreciate art without going to a stuffy museum.

Related: Best Art Museums In Orange County

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(credit: Jane Ouweleen)


Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W Malvern Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92833
(714) 738-6595
www.themuck.org

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center offers plenty of reasons to visit. First, Orange County doesn’t have nearly as many historical places as big cities on the East Coast, but Muckenthaler is one of those few historical places. Also you’ll find art exhibits here that change every couple months. This place also offers ceramics classes for both kids and adults. Finally, you’ll find music performances both under the stars and in the villa. This is not only a part of Orange County history, but it truly is a center of culture.

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(credit: Alan De Herrera)


Hopscotch
136 E Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 871-2222
www.hopscotchtavern.com

After all of this walking around Fullerton, you might want to treat yourself to a good meal and maybe a couple beverages. While Hopscotch isn’t a restaurant that has been in Fullerton for 20 or more years, it is as good a place as you’ll find some delicous food and beverages. The food ranges from starters like delicious fried pigs ears to entrees like elk loin. Plus, this place has an impressive selection of whiskeys and a good number of taps featuring craft beers.

Related: Best Bars With A Rotating Beer Menu In OC

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.