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Orange County Great Park

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Address: Irvine, CA
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Thu - Sun 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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A work in progress

There is great potential here, just give it some time. In the meantime, there are occasional events that are unusual and interesting.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Orange County, CA
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Newport Beach CA
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163 reviews 163 reviews
41 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This " park" far from the center of anything in Orange county does not deliver of its promise. There is very little to do and it's a long drive from central orange county. Don't waste your time unless there is a doe isl event.

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Orange County, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There is great potential here, just give it some time. In the meantime, there are occasional events that are unusual and interesting.

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Escondido, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

hot air balloon, carousel, art, and just plain fun for all-nice to be outside-and it is all reasonably priced in Orange County-take the family and spend as much time as you like, genreally not crowded, this place is a find

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Ely, England, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We go here all the time. The zoo is brilliant ($3 per person), the animals are well looked after and in decent sized accommodation. The mountain lion feediing is quite a spectacle! The rest of the park is lovely, spacious, reasonably priced cafes, picnic areas, bikes and pedalos to hire, it's all good fun. The special events are fun too,... More 

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Irvine, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The Great Park is big and good for special events, but I found it generally lacking in atmosphere. It think this is mainly due to it being incomplete. You can take the kids on the Merry Go Round but it is not always open. The big orange balloon has a long wait but has good view from the top. It's... More 

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Lake Forest, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I went back to see what has happened since the great park was stolen. (see previous "Great Park Mystery" review). Not much has changed. The market has shrunk, the number of food trucks are down. The path leading to the market is now lined with trees. Were the full grown trees in boxes used? Of course not. Little saplings have... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
69 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Pretty funny that they're calling this corrupt place a park. A tethered balloon and a merry go round = a park. Many who fought to make this a park are dead now and all the place has is concrete. Money is a mystery because its been flushed into someones pocket. Sad it has come to this.

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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The balloon ride used to be free. Now I heard there is a charge of 10.00 per person. On a clear day you can see not only Orange county and El Toro but also the mountains of Los Angeles county. The orange balloon is the only interesting attraction to this park. Hope they have more in the future.

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Laguna Beach, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
8 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

There is a lot of dirt here but only a small part of it has been developed or appeared accessible. We had a great time despite this. There are some very cool attractions (the organic garden was our favorite). We also loved the farmers market too

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Irvine, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I agree with Michael K below. Sad, frustrating, mysterious, confusing, yet what limited things they do have... mainly the big orange Balloon, is nice. But, they charge now for the balloon rides and the carousel. I'll be generous here. Maybe $2 million for the balloon, $1 million to fix up some of the old buildings as art space, another million... More 

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