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San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

Address: 5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone Number: (949) 261-7963
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Irvine
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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73 reviews 73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I had no idea this Sanctuary was in the middle of Irvine! We came tonight for the Bat Walk program and it was great ($18 each for adults, less for children). Biologist Stephanie and the volunteer guides gave a great presentation on bats, followed by an evening walk where we saw numerous bats flying around. It was a great experience.... More

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Irvine, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

If you enjoy bird viewing or photography, then this is great place to visit in Southern California. It doesn't have a lot for those who are not very interested in birds.

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Fairfax, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is really a reservoir. It occupies a prime piece of land and holds reserve water that the Irvine Water District does not have to tap. So, with a little magic, the water company turned it into a wildlife sanctuary, hiking trail, and park. It's minimal - a small visitors' center, restrooms, pamphlets, and lots of gravel paths. What you... More

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Tustin, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

If you come here, there isn't much to do besides the bird-watching trails, which gets old really fast and are pretty lame, so don't come here.

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Irvine, California
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I go quite often to what is called the "Marsh Campus" of the Irvine Ranch Water District. The trails start off from there, so you can walk through trees and some meadows to see the birds. In the campus itself, you can visit the headquarters of the Audubon Club, which has displays and some gifts. It's in a beautifully restored... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I used to love coming here to pick up some berries and for bird watching. For bird watchers, this place is still pretty good. Spectators can view a small variety of migrating birds during the nesting season: blue heron, snowy egrets and storks if they are lucky. However, due to construction, the place is not as inviting as it is... More

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Newport Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a nice place to walk around. It is not very special. Having grown up in the Bay Area, I'm used to a bit more nature. It is very dry here. Even though there are lakes, all the vegetation is dry. If you like birds this is the places to be. We encountered a couple different birds on our... More

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Irvine, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

It is easily missed, but when you find it, it's lovely. This is a low key, undeveloped spot. Nice for a walk or a picnic. But we always see something interesting.

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Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
50 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Excellent facility, very well maintained. I went there a few days ago (in August) for the birding opportunities. Be aware that your navigation device may give you the wrong directions as to how to approach the entrance. Some construction has blocked the main route. From the 405 you have to come in on Campus Drive, make a U-turn at University... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I went on a wildlife walk that is held the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. It is a short drive off the 405 Fwy in Irvine. We mostly did bird watching, but the walk around the water reservoirs was different from the beach wetlands. The grasses were taller than me, so it was fun to walk around.... More

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