Great Park open space and balloon

Hours & Directions

Please note: The City of Irvine continues to follow state and local health and safety guidelines. Face coverings are required for visitors inside all City facilities, regardless of vaccination status, with some exemptions as outlined in the California Department of Public Health Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings. Recreational programming is available to the community for registration at yourirvine.org

Great Park Balloon flights and Carousel rides have resumed.

 


Great Park Hours

General park hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Special operating hours may exist for different park facilities and amenities, and hours may vary on holidays. Please see detailed information on park hours below.

Directions

Great Park is growing, and many GPS systems, online maps, or directions other than those provided on this website are not reliable. Find recommended detailed parking directions. For park and trail maps, please visit the Great Park Today webpage.

For questions, give us a call at the Visitors Center at 949-724-6247.

Driving Directions

Great Park is located at 8000 Great Park Boulevard, Irvine. Great Park is growing, and many GPS systems, online maps, or directions other than those provided on this website are not reliable. Please reference the directions and map below.

5 North

  1. Exit Sand Canyon Avenue and turn Right
  2. Turn Right at Marine Way
  3. Turn Left at Ridge Valley
  4. Follow the road signs to Parking

405 North

  1. Exit Sand Canyon Avenue and turn Right
  2. Turn Right at Marine Way
  3. Turn Left at Ridge Valley
  4. Follow the road signs to Parking

5 South

  1. Exit Sand Canyon Avenue and turn Left
  2. Turn Right at Marine Way
  3. Turn Left at Ridge Valley
  4. Follow the road signs to Parking

405 South

  1. Exit Sand Canyon Avenue and turn Left
  2. Turn Right at Marine Way
  3. Turn Left at Ridge Valley
  4. Follow the road signs to Parking

Great Park General Hours

Great Park Monday-Wednesday Thursday-Friday Saturday-Sunday
General Areas1 6 a.m.–10 p.m. 6 a.m.–10 p.m. 6 a.m.–10 p.m.
Park Amenities      
Visitors Center 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Balloon2 Closed 10 a.m.–3 p.m., 7–10 p.m 9 a.m.–3 p.m., 7–10 p.m
Carousel Closed 10 a.m.–10 p.m. 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Farm + Food Lab 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (closed Mondays) 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Artist Studios Closed Closed 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Gallery Closed Noon–4 p.m. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Heritage and Aviation Exhibition3 Closed Noon–4 p.m. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

1 Park hours may be extended for approved permit use
2 Balloon registration opens 1/2 hour prior to a.m. flights and 1 hour prior to p.m. flights
3 Exhibition hours may vary occasionally due to private events.

Great Park Holiday Hours

Date

Holidays

Available Amenities

Friday, December 31 New Year's Eve General Park Areas Open
Most Amenities Closed; 
Balloon and Carousel Open
Saturday, January 1 New Year's Day General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Closed

 

Great Park is situated in the geographic center of Orange County within the city limits of Irvine—approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, about 15 minutes away from John Wayne Airport (SNA) and accessible via the Interstate 5 and 405 freeways, and the 133 and 241 toll roads.

Bordering Great Park and the Irvine Spectrum shopping center is also the Irvine Transportation Center, a multi-modal facility supporting travel via Metrolink, OCTA bus service, Amtrak, bicycling, vanpooling and carpooling, and even walking. Great Park offers free shuttles to the Irvine Transportation Center for some special events — event listings will include shuttle information if available.

Lost? Need up-to-date exhibit hours or balloon flight information? Call the Visitors Center at 949-724-6247.