Amenities & Attractions

Please note: To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, some indoor facilities and outdoor recreational spaces may be closed or have modified access until further notice. 

Playgrounds and outdoor park spaces, including the Farm + Food Lab, are open for drop-in use. In accordance with state guidelines, gatherings of people from more than three households are prohibited, and individuals must maintain physical distance from others outside of their group. The Visitors Center is now open, and Balloon flights will resume May 6. The Carousel is currently undergoing renovations and is expected to open in fall 2021. The Sports Complex is now open for professional sporting activities, without fans in attendance.

Under current state guidelines, indoor galleries can re-open. The Great Park Gallery's newest exhibition is currently open. Hangar 244 is undergoing renovations, and exhibitions there and at the Artist Studios will re-open soon. Learn more at the City Facility Updates webpage



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

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, 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

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.