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Irvine Outdoor Recreation


Irvine gives birders plenty to chirp about, whether it's snapping pictures of the free-roaming peacocks at Irvine Regional Park or identifying the many species at the ponds of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. (Hint: the Sea & Sage Audubon Society can help you out!).

If you love hiking, biking and outdoor adventure, Irvine might just become your new go-to getaway for miles of trails through preserved open space and perfect weather for all-year outdoor enjoyment.

Having ranched and farmed here for generations, the Irvine family was close to the land, and the city's original planners understood the importance of preserving wildlands, parks and places to connect with nature as a respite from urban life.

In fact, one of Orange County's most beautiful nature escapes, Irvine Regional Park, was once the private picnic grounds of James Irvine, Jr., and now offers the public 160 stunning acres of trees and trails. City planners also understand the ecological importance of open land, creating preserves like the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary that serve as refuges for local and migrating wildlife.

Of course, the shining stars of outdoor recreation in Orange County are the beaches — stretches of beautiful shoreline, quaint seaside towns, surfing, sailing and family fun. Irvine is less than half an hour from 15 beautiful, sandy miles of Orange County's best beaches: Laguna Beach to the south, Huntington Beach in the north and everything in between.

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  • 309 Palm St STE A
  • Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Phone: (949) 675-0551
  • Visit Website

Enjoy $16 whale-watching cruise special year-round! Click "Visit Website" for offer. Enjoy Southern California Whale Watching at its finest. Newport Landing provides multiple whale watching trips More >>

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  • 4727 Portola Parkway
  • Irvine, CA 92620

Nearly 40,000 acres of open space on the historic Irvine Ranch have been designated a Natural Landmark by both the State of California and the U.S. Department of the Interior. This honor recognizes More >>

  • 4624 Barranca Pkwy
  • Irvine, CA 92604
  • Phone: (949) 274-7944

Irvine has one of the best infrastructures for biking in the world and Pedego is here to make sure you enjoy it having the ability to pedal as much or as little as you want with their electric bikes. More >>

  • 19145 Von Karman
  • Suite 108
  • Irvine, CA 92614
  • Phone: (949) 863-1982

We have a great line of rental bikes available from Cyfac, Jamis, and Scott in a wide range of sizes. Our Bike Concierge program is a unique opportunity for traveling cyclists to keep up on their More >>

  • Campus Drive and East Peltason Drive
  • Irvine, CA 92612
  • Phone: (949) 824-5011

19-acre area offers winding paths cut through the park's lawns and groves of eucalyptus trees, while the campus buildings stand along its fringes. Cyclists and pedestrians share Ring Road, the path More >>

  • Deerfield Park
  • Irvine, CA 92619-0845

The Bicycle Club of Irvine is a recreational and social cycling club for men and women of all ages and skill levels. We are not a racing team. We have members from all over Southern California; in More >>

  • 1 Bommer Canyon Rd
  • Irvine, CA 92603
  • Phone: (949) 724-6738

Irvine's outdoor programs, such as camp-outs and wilderness access hikes, take place in Bommer Canyon, which was the center of the Irvine Company's cattle operation.

  • 6405 Oak Canyon
  • Irvine, CA 92602
  • Phone: (949) 724-7740

2.8 acres of off-leash joy for pets of all ages and sizes. Open between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.

  • 4 Civic Center Plaza
  • Irvine, CA 92606
  • Phone: (949) 724-6714

This locale is a quiet knoll that overlooks the rest of Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park. The hill's gentle winding oath leads up to its symbolic flagpole.

  • 1 Irvine Park Road
  • Orange, CA 92869
  • Phone: (714) 538-5860

Country Trails and Riding School is a horseback riding facility located within Irvine Regional Park. Nestled among chaparral plants, coastal live oaks and California sycamores, we offer riders a More >>

  • 34624 Golden Lantern
  • Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Phone: (949) 923-2253

Dana Point Harbor is not only a beautiful harbor in one of the most romantic areas of California, it is also a bustling portside community, offering many amenities to both residents and guests.

  • 55 Deerwood West
  • Irvine, CA 92614
  • Phone: (949) 724-6725

A beautiful 10-acre park featuring volleyball, tennis and racquetball courts, disc or Frisbee golf, bike trails and play areas.

  • 14701 Harvard Ave
  • Irvine, CA 92606
  • Phone: (949) 724-6830

Visit this 10,000 square-foot concrete skateboard park with bowl, rails, fun box and street obstacles.

  • 1 Irvine Park Rd
  • Orange, CA 92869
  • Phone: (714) 997-3968

A 1/3 scale train ride through scenic, historic Irvine Regional Park. Enjoy the park's many other activities including the Zoo, Wheel Fun Rentals® bike and paddle boat rentals, pony rides, hiking More >>

  • 13042 Old Myford Rd
  • Irvine, CA 92614
  • Phone: (866) 627-2757

The Irvine Ranch Historic Park is the site of the original Irvine Ranch headquarters. Several original buildings still stand, including the home of James Irvine II.

  • 1 Irvine Park Rd
  • Orange, CA 92862
  • Phone: (714) 744-7272

The rolling foothills surrounding the park are filled with a variety of wildlife. Trees and shaded turf areas provide a serene setting.

  • 18712 University Drive
  • Irvine, CA 92612

Newport Harbor has been acclaimed as one of the finest small boat harbors in the world.

  • 2222 Michelson Drive
  • Suite 2470
  • Irvine, CA 92612
  • Phone: (866) 596-4453

Largest hiking club in Orange County. Beginners to advanced, with over 100 family-style hikes per month. Connect with nature; hike coastal hills, forests, lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls, deserts More >>

  • 34 Shady Canyon Dr
  • Irvine, CA 92603
  • Phone: (714) 508-4757

The 2.8-acre Quail Hill Trailhead provides a great location to connect to souther Irvine's extensive trail network. Dogs on leashes allowed.

  • 5 Riparian View
  • Irvine, CA 92612
  • Phone: (949) 261-7963

The Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses 300-plus acres of coastal freshwater wetlands. Visitors can walk along 12 miles of trails.

  • 5380 3/4 University Dr
  • Irvine, CA 92612
  • Phone: (949) 653-2256

Tanaka Farms is a living reminder of Irvine's agricultural past. An organic, family-run operation that, offers year-round, hands-on tours of its gardens and U-Pick Pumpkin Patch in the fall.

  • 2 Irvine Park Rd
  • Orange, CA 92869
  • Phone: (714) 923-3191

  • Culver Drive and Bonita Canyon
  • Irvine, CA 92603

Visitors can observe the nesting and breeding sites of at least 12 species of migratory birds and study a variety of aquatic plants.

  • 1 Sunnyhill Dr
  • Irvine, CA 92603
  • Phone: (949) 724-6738

This five-acre nature preserve is both a home for wildlife and an outdoor classroom.

  • University of California, Irvine
  • just south of the corner of Campus Drive and Jamboree Road
  • Irvine, CA 92614
  • Phone: (949) 824-5833

The UCI Arboretum is a 12.5-acre botanic garden and research facility. The Arboretum provides an introduction to the unique flora of coastal California from Irvine south into Mexico, as well as other More >>

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