Whether your loved one was a Santa Ana native or simply found joy there, this area is full of special places that make it a wonderful place for a celebration of life or a memorial to honor them. Santa Ana, also known as ‘The Golden City’, has a lively downtown, complete with a beautiful historic area, an active art community, and many museums and restaurants. Whatever your needs, Santa Ana has somewhere perfect for remembering your loved one’s life or decompressing after an emotional day.
After suffering a loss, it can sometimes feel helpful to do something that helps you feel close to the person you lost. If your loved one had an affinity for art or museums in general, Bowers Museum could be a great place to explore and spend time alone or with others following a gathering to honor a life well lived. They have a variety of ongoing and rotating exhibitions and are open Tuesday through Sunday. Located off of Main Street in downtown Santa Ana, there is also a restaurant inside the museum. In addition to this art museum, there are also numerous galleries around town. If you’re looking for a way to memorialize your deceased loved one, consider making a donation to one or more of the many local museums.
If you are looking to hold a celebration of life with food and drinks, El Mercado Modern Cuisine has space available to reserve for events. Located in downtown Santa Ana, El Mercado is known as one of the best restaurants in Orange County, with a unique Mexican menu. It is the perfect place to share a meal with others and remember the life of your dearly departed.
Centennial Park is an almost 70-acre park located in Santa Ana at 3000 W. Edinger Ave. This expansive space has plenty of parking, fields, and courts for various sports, trails, a lake, and picnic areas. This is the ideal place to spend the day outside in nature to unwind or hold an intimate get-together with family and friends to commemorate the life of your loved one.
Santa Ana is filled with enough beautiful spaces to meet any of your needs when planning a special gathering after losing a loved one. It is filled with great food, an active art scene, and plenty of places to walk or enjoy a sunny day outside.