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45 Things to Do in Irvine

 45 feet is the highest elevation point in the City of Irvine

From the Great Balloon and the Giant Wheel to Diamond Jamboree and the Irvine Global Village Festival,  experience a plethora of outdoor recreation, family-friendly attractions and events along with globally diverse cuisine in Irvine. Click here for complete list of 45 Things to Do in Irvine.

  1. Get a bird's-eye view of the area 400 feet above ground aboard the Great Park Balloon, at the Orange  County Great Park

  2. Take a spin on the Irvine Spectrum Center's iconic 108-foot tall Giant Wheel, custom-designed and handcrafted in Italy. 

  3. Please your palate with a variety of cuisines and international flavors at Diamond Jamboree

  4. Learn how chocolate is made and enjoy post-tour samples at the ChocXo Bean to Bar Chocolatier

  5. Experience Korea's beautiful traditions at the Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival

  6.  Visit the Irvine Museum, the only museum in the state dedicated to the preservation and display of California Impressionism. 
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  7. Cheer on the University of California, Irvine athletes as the Anteaters compete in 18 different Division I intercollegiate sports. 

  8. Let the kids play grown-up at Pretend City Children's Museum.  

  9. Celebrate 50 different cultures at the Irvine Global Village Festival, Orange County's largest multicultural festival. 

  10.  Pay your respect at the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial, the nation's only memorial dedicated to honoring all of the fallen American service members in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. 
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  11.  Laugh at some of the best national, headlining comedians in the world at the Improv Comedy Club.

  12. Swim a lap or two at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center where Olympic Gold Medalist, Michael Phelps competed in the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Swimming Championships.

  13. Get an introduction to the unique flora of coastal California along with plants of southern Africa at the Arboretum, a 12.5-acre botanic garden and research facility located on the UCI campus.

  14. Enjoy thousands of gallons of waterlogged fun at Boomers' Buccaneer Cove.

  15. Pick melons, strawberries, and pumpkins at Tanaka Farms, an organic family-run farm.

  16. Sit rinkside as the NHL Anaheim Ducks practice at the Great Park Ice Facility.

  17. Watch a movie under the stars during the OC Great Park's Movies on the Lawn.

  18. Engage in conversation with local artists at The Palm Court Arts Complex.

  19.  Check out an impressive $30 million car collection of historical, exotic and classical cars at the Marconi Automotive Museum.

  20. Attempt a triple Salchow on the Irvine Spectrum Center's ice skating rink, OC Chill.

  21. Sample some of Irvine's best restaurants during Orange County Restaurant Week.

  22. Experience a sensory overload at one of Irvine's farmers market, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, as well as arts and crafts fair.

  23. Dine at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails where 100% of the restaurant's profits benefit the Andrei Foundation, a foundation established in honor of the owner's brother/son who was afflicted with an eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. The goal of the foundation is to find a cure for the disease and to help those affected.

  24. Dance, eat, Opa at Saint Paul's Annual Greek Food Festival.

  25. Enjoy contemporary dance, world music, theater, chamber music and family events at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

  26. Encourage the kids to explore, climb and create plenty of muddy, wet fun at Adventure Playground, one of only three in the U.S.

  27. Explore the area's history and learn how the city began with a visit to the Irvine Historical Museum and the Irvine Ranch Historic Park.

  28. Spend a day at Irvine Regional Park - picnicking, paddleboats, miniature train, biking and hiking trails, and trotting and walking ponies for the kids.

  29. Survey the area's vast open space on horseback.

  30. Hike the distinctive Quail Hill preserve with your furry, four-legged friend.

  31. Trek the outstanding trails of Bommer Canyon past ancient oak and sycamore groves and rough rock outcrops

  32. Discover hundreds of species of plants and animals at the IRWD San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn about the Marsh, water conservation and environmental protection at the interpretive center.

  33. Play at Mason Regional Park, one of Orange County's most popular regional parks with 345 acres; recreational activities include walking trails and a Frisbee course.

  34. Bike Irvine - 50 miles of off-road bicycle trails and 300 miles of on-road bicycle lanes.

  35. Take in a performance showcasing local talent at Musical Theatre Village.

  36. Shop at one of Irvine's retail and lifestyle centers.

  37. Interact with art at the Beall Center for Art + Technology, where new forms of creation and expression are promoted using digital technologies.

  38. Dine around the world via Irvine's wide selection of eateries from India, Persia, Thailand, Vietnam and other distant shores.

  39. View artwork and meet artists at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.

  40. Golf at one of Irvine's picturesque courses.

  41. Catch a professional soccer game as the Orange County Soccer Club takes on opponents.

  42.  Wear your kilt to The Irish Fair & Music Festival.

  43. Go around and around on the carousel at the Orange County Great Park, featuring hand-painted artwork inspired by vintage orange crate labels and Orange County scenes.

  44. Take a musical tour with free summer concerts throughout the city.

  45. View authentic aircraft, rare vehicles from World War II at the Lyon Air Museum.

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