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Orange County Great Park

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Address: Irvine, CA
Phone Number: 8668293829
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7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
9:00 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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More like a "getting better" than "Great Park".

Formerly El Toro Marine Corps Air Station this is a huge piece of open space land in a very densely populated area. Only a very small part of it has been developed but new... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Lake Forest, California
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I took my three year old grand daughter to this maze of undeveloped desert! To be specific, once you get there, there are no direction of where anything is 😫 There is a visitors center with very unqualified people working in it, a backyard size merrygoround , a garden the size of the one you have on your patio, a... More 

Thank Ramrod38
Lake Forest, California
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57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Formerly El Toro Marine Corps Air Station this is a huge piece of open space land in a very densely populated area. Only a very small part of it has been developed but new features are being added all be it slowly. Main attractions are a tethered Balloon which ascends to 400 ft offering views across OC and an old... More 

Thank violinmaker1964
irvine, ca
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Just not much to do here. Lot's of space. Huge potential. Still "planning" after all these years and wasted money.....

Thank ptirvine
Irvine, California
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We went to the Great Park Soccer Fields for a weekend tournament. The fields are in great shape, but the parking and access is not ideal. At the parking lot next to the fields, nothing is open on several times we showed up (x4), so you need to drive to adjacent parking lot that's a short walk from the fields.... More 

1 Thank KiwisInUSA
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65 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This weekend was my second visit to the park and though I live quite close by never get an opportunity to visit it again and again. It was such a vast difference in experience from my last visit (I don't know how long back) to now. From WOW to PHEW. Except for the balloon ride nothing worth visiting about in... More 

Thank RUBY_110
Newport Beach, California
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It's great in size but not so great in substance. Not much to do. Just lots of wide open spaces, concrete, some greens. The nice thing about it is there are no crowds but there's a reason for it.

1 Thank emendem323
east coast
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99 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

LIKED: Big open space; plenty of free parking; nice cold AC visitor Center, airplane hanger with old plane & exhibits; merry-go-around; tied down "hot" air balloon; handicapped accessible DISAPPOINTING: This our 3rd attempt to do a balloon ride. But unfortunately it was too windy(15 mph). So we didn't stay long after cooling off in the visitor center. This might be... More 

Thank GoMNTwins
Irvine, California, USA
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44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Every time we have gone we go on the ride for free. I don't know if that is still the case. We also have been to events here like Cirque de solei and circus vargus. The parking is always free and easy to get in and out.

Thank Eric G
Irvine, California
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Even though the label "Great Park" conjures images of a grand tourist attraction, at this time, it is a 1300 acre open area (with some historical significance) in a neighborhood that is being built out densely with little breathing space. For the locals, it is wonderful that at least the core of the park will remain an open area with... More 

Thank Thomas J
Lake Forest, California
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264 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Wow! Talk about a disappointment… It is just a big area of nothing… Even to call it a "park" is unfair to most parks anywhere else. I am serious. This place started off as a great dream with a lot of very cool ideas. But then… Nothing really happened… Except for the balloon that is filled with hot air and... More 

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