WOW! What a charming and lively town. More than what I expected. Arrived on Monday and had a peaceful week visiting the local amusments, intended to leave Friday early but didn't. The downtown area "woke up" on the weekend and it was fun late into the night. A lot of live music at different places, all within easy walking distance. Even the Amtrak train station had a band on the weekend. Highly recommend a visit. Wish I had know about the towns website before I went, it would have helped to plan ahead. The site URL is FullertonDownTown.com.
There are many interesting shops and restaurants in the historic downtown Fullerton area (moderate to expensive in price) along Harbor Blvd. in the mile or so south of the hostel. Explore and enjoy!
There is a Farmers Market festival every Thursday in Fullerton, with music and lots of food. Great location for Disneyland, Knox Berry Farm, California Adventure, and other scenic adventures.
Fullerton, located just north of Anaheim between Los Angeles and San Diego, is less than a twenty-minute drive from Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. It is also possible to reach these nearby parks from your hostel by public bus transportation, but this will take closer to an hour.
Downtown Fullerton has a bustling nightlife/music scene, which features a variety of bars from jazz clubs to cantinas to hardcore punk venues. Downtown Fullerton is also characterized by public art works commissioned by the historic Works Progress Administration. The main shopping and dining area is also downtown. From April through October, the Fullerton Market is held here on Thursdays. Other attractions include the Fullerton Arboretum; recreational trails; and the Santa Fe Depot, built in the Spanish Colonial style.
Options for hostels in Fullerton are limited, but expect a homey and relaxed atmosphere. You can stay between the downtown area and Fullerton Arboretum, about a ten-minute drive from either one. Male, female, and mixed dorms are available and there is no rate increase for the weekend. Staying at a hostel in Fullerton provides a convenient central location to several major metropolitan areas, and tours are offered to Disneyland, Hollywood, San Diego, and Tijuana.
Fullerton was founded as a railway town, and an Amtrak station still provides access to and from San Diego and Los Angeles. Be aware that there is no Greyhound station in Fullerton, but a nearby one in Anaheim can be reached by public bus. If you are driving, Fullerton is located along the I-5. There is also an airport, the Fullerton Municipal Airport.