It's true that Irvine offers convenient access to many of the activities of Orange County, but it's also true that Irvine attractions offer much to see and do right here.
One of Southern California’s most popular shopping, entertainment and dining destinations, the Irvine Spectrum Center, has two of Irvine’s most popular attractions: the 108-foot-tall Giant Wheel featuring over 50,000 LED lights that project a dazzling 16 million color schemes and the carousel with antique-designed horses and a menagerie of animals.
The Orange County Great Park, an incredible reincarnation of what was once the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, features fun family activities including an OC icon – the Great Park Balloon – a 118-foot-high helium balloon that soars to 400 feet with a 360° view of up to 40 miles; the Great Park Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Palm Court Arts Complex and the new Sports Complex and Championship Soccer Stadium, home to Orange County's only professional soccer team, the OC Soccer Club.
Pretend City Children’s Museum – this hands-on Exploratorium is a magical, interconnected “city” designed to “build better brains.” Here, kids can pretend they’re grown-ups through 17 interactive exhibits, purposeful play, role playing, educational programming, and hands-on learning experiences.
For art lovers, Irvine offers a must-see, the Irvine Museum, where masters of California's turn-of-the-century impressionist movement capture the delicate play of light breaking over hills and ocean cliffs and prove that when it comes to natural beauty, France has nothing on California. Even better, admission is FREE!
Nearby Irvine Regional Park offers biking, horseback riding, paddle boat rentals, pony rides, a nature center, Irvine Park Railroad and the Orange County Zoo, home to animals and plants native to the Southwestern U.S.
With all of this plus everything from hiking to biking, golf to go-karts, skateboarding to harvest festivals and local farms, let your Orange County experience begin and end with Irvine attractions.