We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone Number: (949) 261-7963
Website
Today
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 43 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
little spot of wonderful in the middle of no where

Stopped by the santuary to check it out. Very nice building, in the middle of no where. Impressive scenes and nice staff

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Julie V
,
Fresno, Ohio
Add Photo Write a Review

43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 40: English reviews
Fresno, Ohio
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped by the santuary to check it out. Very nice building, in the middle of no where. Impressive scenes and nice staff

Helpful?
Thank Julie V
Orange County
Level Contributor
35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short way from highways and heavily trafficked streets is this refuge for birds, four legged creatures of the animal kingdom, and homo sapiens.Road runners, glimpse of a mountain lion, once, water and land birds galore, and holes in the earth suggesting small woods animals including, perhapss, ground squirrels. A nice respite in a busy city.

Helpful?
Thank rpmcestmoi
Atlanta
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

I had some time to spare between a day-long conference and a late dinner. I took an Uber to the sanctuary, located close to the UC Irvine campus. I checked out some binoculars and just started walking. There are birds everywhere. The ponds are loaded with waterbirds as well. You can follow the marked trails, bordered by beautiful flowers and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Glen M
Irvine, California
Level Contributor
115 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

This may sound strange but my wife and I love to go to IN and Out get Hamburgers and a drink. Then leave the UCI campus In and Out and go to the wildlife Santuary and watch the birds feed until way after sunset. Great to do in the Winter but best on a warm summer night. Great pics and... More 

Helpful?
Thank James S
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

I am an intermediate level birdwatcher and was amazed at this sanctuary. The local Audobon chapter has a welcome house , where I checked out a pair of binoculars, as I was in the area traveling on business and had an open afternoon. A short walk to the first pond and I was surrounded by birds.. Ducks, waders , swallows... More 

Helpful?
Thank Greg M
MA
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Next to UC Irvine campus this is a water reclamation facility offering a great variety of water birds including; avocet, stilt, ibis, whimbrel, many varieties of ducks and grebes, and many more.

Helpful?
Thank ManjidelMondo
Level Contributor
65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

This place brings so many different and rare kind of birds! It's nice to walk around but be aware that those trails it might be lil tricky. Have a map, and go follow it; otherwise you may wind up going around circles..

Helpful?
Thank Da Y
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

I had an hour to kill and wanted a walk. Found this on tripadvisor. It certainly doesn't exactly get you back to nature but is far superior to walking along a roadway. There are several ponds with some lovely birds but for the most part you can't see it since the reeds along the trail are seven feet high. Still... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank mlbourgault
Irvine, California
Level Contributor
107 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I know, the idea of visiting the wastewater treatment plant probably isn't high on most peoples' list of attractions. But, I assure you, the Irvine Ranch Water Treatment Plant and Wildlife Refuge is impressive. No smell. Clean and modern and in the middle of everything. Trails around the water ponds to look at the wildlife. A small historic park with... More 

Helpful?
Thank Rexflash
Irvine, California
Level Contributor
34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

My husband and I come here often. It's a great place for a walk and/or bird watching. The interactive center is a wonderful place for kids to learn about birding.

Helpful?
1 Thank Janet E

Travelers who viewed San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary also viewed

 
Irvine, Orange County
 

Been to San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?