Hours & Directions

Please note: The City of Irvine has taken several precautionary safety measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. By emergency order, some indoor spaces, amenities, and athletic facilities at the Great Park may be closed or have modified access until further notice. This includes the Great Park Balloon, Carousel, Visitors Center, Artist Studios, playgrounds, and Sports Complex (including all athletic fields, basketball courts, and stadiums). The Irvine City Council and City staff offer our sincere apologies for this inconvenience. 

The Great Park Gallery and Hangar 244 are closed until further notice effective July 1, in accordance with state guidance from the California Department of Public Health. For more information, see the California Department of Public Health's press release here.

Irvine outdoor park spaces remain open for passive use, and tennis and pickleball courts have been reopened. The Farm + Food Lab has now reopened, and visitors are required to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing. The Sports Complex is now open for professional sporting activities, without fans in attendance. Learn more at the City Facility Updates webpage

 


 

Great Park Hours

General park hours are 8 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

The 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

The Orange County Great Park is located at 8000 Great Park Boulevard, Irvine. The 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 Left 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

Orange County Great Park Monday-Wednesday Thursday-Friday Saturday-Sunday
General Areas1 8 a.m.–10 p.m. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. 8 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

2019 Holidays

Available Amenities

Tuesday, January 1 New Year's Day General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Closed
Monday, January 21 Martin Luther King Day General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Closed
Monday, February 18 Presidents Day General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Closed
Monday, May 27 Memorial Day General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Open
Thursday, July 4 Fourth of July General Park Areas Open
All Amenities will close 4 p.m.
Monday, September 2 Labor Day General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Open
Monday, November 11 Veteran's Day General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Closed
Thursday, November 28 Thanksgiving Day General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Closed
Friday, November 29 Day After Thanksgiving General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Open
Tuesday, December 24 Christmas Eve General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Closed
Wednesday, December 25 Christmas Day General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Closed
Tuesday, December 31 New Year's Eve General Park Areas Open
All Amenities Closed

 

The 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 the Orange County 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. The 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.