Amenities & Attractions

Great Park features facilities, programs, on-site amenities, and attractions that reflect the City of Irvine's dedication toward historical preservation, sustainable practices, and family-friendly activities.

See a list of things to do and see at the Great Park below. For a more detailed breakdown of current features at the Great Park, visit our current Great Park Features web page.

Camps & Classes

For information on camps and ongoing recreational programs at the park, visit the Camps & Activities web page.

Calendar of Events

For current special events at the Great Park, visit the Great Park Calendar of Events.

Interactive Map

Explore the Great Park through our interactive map here.

Things to Do & See at the Great Park

Visitors Center

The 4,762-square-foot Visitors Center provides guests with a welcoming first stop for rides on the Great Park Balloon Sponsored by FivePoint and Carousel. It features a large lobby, restroom facilities, and office space. 

Umbrellas and shade chairs are available to rent for $5 during normal Visitor Center hours. A variety of sports equipment is also available for rent. All supplies are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Runway Café

Located inside the Great Park Visitors Center, Runway Café is the perfect spot to take a break and enjoy a snack with your friends and family. Stop by the Runway Café Friday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m., to enjoy a variety of pre-packaged treats and beverages. 
*Runway Café is subject to closures due to inclement weather and/or City programming.

Great Park Balloon Sponsored by FivePoint

The Great Park Balloon, Sponsored by FivePoint, is Great Park’s iconic attraction, soaring 400 feet above the surrounding landscape. Learn more about the balloon and flight hours here.

Farm + Food Lab

A unique hands-on outdoor agricultural classroom featuring themed planters and information displays. Learn more about the Farm + Food Lab here.


Certified Farmers Market

Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Great Park Certified Farmers Market offers fresh, locally grown produce; handcrafted artisan products; and gourmet food trucks. Learn more about the Certified Farmers Market here.

Children's Play Areas

Great Park features various themed playgrounds across multiple locations, including newly opened play areas near the Sports Complex, and Kids Rock, which aims to educate young guests about conservation ecology and the water cycle while they have fun. For more information, call the Visitors Center at 949-724-6247.

Guests looking to rent umbrellas and shade chairs can do so during normal Visitor Center hours. Supples are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a $5 rental fee.

Palm Court Arts Complex

The Palm Court Arts Complex is home to the Great Park Gallery and the Great Park Studio. This civic space also features Hangar 244, a 10,000-square-foot event center; a shaded outdoor performance plaza enhanced by 54 Canary Islands date palms; and the Great Park’s first site-specific permanent public art installation.

Visitors will discover that the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro’s World War II-era atmosphere and architecture have been preserved by means of adaptive reuse of existing buildings, a strategy that aligns with the park’s ecological values. The Palm Court’s repurposed military structures now form a cultural campus supporting the development of a fresh approach to establishing an interdisciplinary, public arts program.

*Great Park Studio and Hangar 244 are subject to closures due to private event rentals and/or larger city-wide events. For building closure status, please call 949-724-6599. 


The Great Park Gallery, Great Park Studio, and Hangar 244 tie the history of the park with its future through a robust exhibition calendar. 

Learn more about the Irvine Fine Arts Center and City Hall exhibitions.

As part of the City of Irvine Fine Arts Program, the Great Park Gallery and Great Park Studio present a varied exhibition program from year to year, with shows scheduled 12 to 24 months in advance. For more information, see the Exhibition Proposal Requirement form here

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Great Park Trails

The Great Park Trails feature 1.5 miles of walking and biking space throughout the Upper Bee and Bosque area.  For a trail map and more information, visit the trails page

Guests looking to rent umbrellas and shade chairs can do so during normal Visitor Center hours. Supples are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a $5 rental fee.