Whether you’re traveling for work, leisure, or your child’s soccer game, Orange County Great Park is a must-see for any OC visitor.
The Orange County Great Park, located on a section of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, is still a diamond in the rough as it grows to over 1,300 acres. The City of Irvine-owned Great park is an art and sports recreational hub, with 688 acres of parkland currently under development.
The completion of a 194-acre Sports Complex brings public amenities for soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball, and more open to the public. Additionally, the 270,000-square-foot Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena was officially completed in 2018. Look for more expansion to come with public-private partner FivePoint opening its adjacent private land with new homes. We hope this will ensure that Great Park continues to function as a hub of agriculture, arts, attractions, and more in Orange County.
Our Comprehensive Visitor Guide to Orange County Great Park
The Orange County Great Park boasts a variety of attractions and activities centered around fitness, agriculture, and the arts. The Great Park also offers venues for special events including an amazing restored hangar and a terraced lawn.
1. Great Park Balloon
The Great Park Balloon ride might as well be the parks claim to fame. Opening on July 14, 2007, the balloon ride — designed by Aerophile SA—was the first attraction to open in the park. It carries visitors to a height of 500 feet (150 m) for a one of a kind panoramic view of the county.
Amazingly. The balloon’s gondola can fit 25–30 people, making it the perfect outing for a class of students.
2. Great Park Trails
The Great Park Trails feature 1.5 miles of walking and biking space throughout the Upper Bee and Bosque are. This includes 53 acres of natural landscape, lighted pedestrian and bicycle trails, trailside shaded benches, connections to neighboring streets, and more.
Looking to unwind after a long business meeting and travel? Great Park Trails are the perfect escape!
3. Great Park Farmers Market
Sundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by fresh produce and fun at the Certified Farmers Market. Each and every week, the market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, and a selection of gourmet food trucks.
Hours and Directions: The Certified Farmers Market is open every Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., weather permitting. Parking and admission are free. For directions to the Great Park, visit ocgp.org/maps
4. A World-class Sports and Recreation Complex
From a whimsical playground to the 25 tennis courts and Championship Soccer Stadium, the brand new Sports Complex is already Orange County’s premier recreation destination.
- 5,000-seat Championship Soccer Stadium – Home to Orange County SC of the USL Championship
- 24 additional soccer fields
- 2 sand volleyball courts
- 4 basketball courts
- 25 tennis courts
- 2 softball and baseball fields
- Kids Rock
- Kids playground
- North Lawn
- South Lawn Sports & Fitness Complex
- Reflecting Ponds and Viewing Pier
5. Palm Court Arts Complex
The Palm Court Arts Complex is home to the Great Park Gallery and the Great Park Artist Studios. The new civic space also features Hangar 244, a shaded outdoor performance plaza, and the Great Park’s first site-specific permanent public park installation.
According to the City of Irvine, repurposed military structures now form a cultural campus supporting the development of a fresh approach to establishing an interdisciplinary, public art program.
As an added bonus, the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro’s World War II-era architecture has been preserved by means of adaptive reuse of existing buildings, a strategy that aligns with the Park’s ecological values. The Palm Court’s re-purposed military structures now form a cultural campus supporting the development of a fresh approach to establishing an interdisciplinary, public art program.
There are always amazing galleries and exhibitions popping up at the Palm Court Arts Complex, so don’t miss out! For a full list of upcoming exhibitions click here
June 22, 2019 (8:15 pm): Movies on the Lawn: ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’
June 29, 2019 (8:15 pm): Movies on the Lawn: ‘A Dog’s Way Home’
July 11, 2019 (12-4 pm): A Brief History of the El Toro Air Show: 1950-1997
July 12, 2019 (8:15 pm): Movies on the Lawn: ‘Little Giants’
July 13, 2019 (9 – 9:45 am: Parent & Me: Kick & Play
July 13, 2019 (9 – 11 am): Garden Workshop: Planning & Planting the Small Space Veggie Garden
July 14, 2019 (11 am – 3 pm) Family Game Day
* For a full list of upcoming events click here
* For a full list of food options near the park click here
Orange County Great Park Hours
Location: 8000 Great Park Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92618
Hours: 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.)
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