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Orange County Great Park

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Address: Irvine, CA
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Hours:
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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The park is not as planned. Where did the money go??? There is a tethered balloon ride which is fun. A Sunday morning fresh food market with food trucks. There was an antique... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Irvine, CA
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Irvine, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The park is not as planned. Where did the money go??? There is a tethered balloon ride which is fun. A Sunday morning fresh food market with food trucks. There was an antique market but the park did not renew the contract. sucks. There is a community garden. But this work in progress may never be finished. No entrance fee.

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Newport Beach CA
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165 reviews 165 reviews
41 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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70 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
8 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 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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