Amenities & Attractions

Please note: By emergency declaration, City of Irvine community centers and indoor facilities, as well as athletic facilities such as tennis courts, pickleball courts, athletic fields, basketball courts, and stadiums are closed until further notice. This includes the Great Park Balloon, Carousel, Visitors Center, Great Park Gallery, Artist Studios, and Sports Complex (including all fields, courts, and stadiums). This preventative measure is in response to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The Irvine City Council and City staff offer our sincere apologies for this inconvenience. Please visit cityofirvine.org for updates.

City of Irvine outdoor park spaces remain open for passive use, and visitors must practice social distancing, following federal guidelines to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 is spread through close person-to-person contact, and the Centers for Disease Control warns that some spread might be possible before people show symptoms. For more information on the City’s measures to prevent spread in our community, visit cityofirvine.org.

 


 

The Orange County 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 ocgp.org/events.

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, office space, and a Runway Cafe with prepackaged food and beverage options for sale. 

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.

Great Park Balloon Sponsored by FivePoint

The Great Park Balloon Sponsored by FivePoint is the Orange County 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

The 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

Preserving El Toro’s World War II era atmosphere and architecture, the Palm Court Arts Complex now serves as the park’s cultural campus, supporting the development of fresh and interdisciplinary, public arts programming. It includes the Great Park Gallery, Great Park Artist Studios, and the Heritage and Aviation Exhibition in historic Hangar 244. See the latest art exhibition on display, learn about the Great Park's history, and more. Learn more at ocgp.org/arts.

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.