Saturday, August 18, 2012

Irvine Park Orange County Family Day Trip

Irvine Regional Park
For over 100 years families have flocked to Irvine Regional Park for a day of outdoor fun.

 The 477-acre park contains some of the oldest coast live oaks in Orange County, and the preservation of  those trees is what led to the major renovations that the park has underwent.

Irvine Park attraction include six children's playgrounds, four softball fields, two horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, and a man-made lagoon and lake for fishing, a train ride, paddle boat rentals and miles of trail to explore.

There is also a Botanical Preserve, a Nature Area located on the south side of the park, as well as a pair of historical sites that include the Spanish American War/U.S.S. Maine monument, a Civil War cannon, Indian bedrock mortar, and a beautiful ornate 1920s cast cement bird bath.

The parks hours change depending on the season. From the colder months in the fall and winter the park is open for 12 hours a day from sunrise to sunset. When it starts to warm up the hours extend from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the spring and summer.

Reaching the park is pretty simple. From the Newport Freeway you take the Chapman Avenue East off ramp. From there you go east on Chapman for another five miles before making a left on Jamboree for a quarter mile to the park entrance.

Read our full review of  Irvine Regional Park