Irvine is one of the most beautiful cities in California. There’s no denying that! And one of the reasons is the ample park space dedicated to getting outdoors and enjoying the splendor of nature.
This gorgeous little piece of urban greenery is a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Take a stroll through the Bill Barber Memorial formal garden and check out the impressive roses on display around the grand fountain in the middle. It’s a perfect picnic spot or place for an Insta-worthy photo shoot. . The little ones will have the time of their lives on the massive playground. And if you are the sporting type, this park includes softball diamonds, soccer fields, batting cages, 6 lighted tennis courts, and more.
While this park isn’t technically in Irvine city limits, we’ll give it a pass because it shares the best name. There is almost too much to see and do at Irvine Regional Park. From train rides and pony rides to paddle boating on the lake to the OC Zoo, this place is worth repeat visits. Take the old fashioned Irvine Park Railroad between attractions or rent a Surrey and pedal your family along!
What once was a Marine Corps Air Station is now a 1,300 acre park featuring a carousel, multiple sports fields and courts, ice skating rink, playgrounds, a giant balloon that lifts you up to 400 feet into the air, and is home to the professional soccer team, OC Soccer Club. We know, it’s a lot to take in. There is plenty more to discover for yourself at the Orange County Great Park. Explore this incredible park and you may find your new favorite hangout.
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What's better than a carousel ride at the park? Bring your kids out to the Great Park later this week and enjoy unlimited carousel rides with an all-day pass for just $3 per rider! The Great Park Carousel is open 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Thursdays–Fridays and 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturdays–Sundays. Learn more at ocgp.org.
Get out of the house and find yourself at one of Irvine’s many amazing parks. The best part of living in southern California is there is no bad time of year to enjoy our lovely parks! Let us know about your favorite parks on Facebook or Instagram, and keep following our blog here for more Irvine discoveries!