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“We went there for a concert!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Orange County Great Park

Orange County Great Park
Ranked #15 of 43 things to do in Irvine
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Orange County
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“We went there for a concert!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

It was fun to be in an open air concert, different setting than a regular amphitheater setting, like the Irvine Meadows. It was different. They served drinks in a reserved bar area for beer and wine only. The only thing, you had to finish your drink in the reserved bar area... The concert was fun, being out with friends and family. I would recommend to bring blankets, it was close to winter, and it was coooold! Somehow, some people went on the Orange Balloon, it went up, still tied to ropes, and then back down... they must have had a great view from up there... I would recommend this venue. It was Aug. 2010. But I could not put the right date in.

Visited December 2010
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“Great Fun and it's all FREE !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2011

This beautiful park was formely the public area of the Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. Now it's a beautiful metropolitan park with several fun things to do and see and nice areas just to relax in.

You can ride in a huge orange helium balloon that takes you up 400 feet and gives you an incredible overview.

There is also a beautiful carousel you can ride on.

At the Farm + Food Lab, we attended a gardening workshop that was very educational and timely as more people are starting to grow their own fruits and vegetables in the interest of good health. They have raised beds growing a lot of different types of fruits and vegetables that grown in the area. They will be planting a Community Garden next year

Kids Rock Playground is a small play are for the kids with a varity of things for the kids to climb on, crawl through.

Palm Court Arts Complex has a gorgeous courtyard and different exhibits are shown inside.

North Lawn recreation area had some sports activities

All in all a fun place to hang out for the day and the people in the information center - SUPER!! All very nice and helpful and made you feel like they were really excited to have you come visit

The historic Hangar 244 was holding a priva.

Visited October 2011
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San Jose, California
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“Call Ahead if you want to ride the balloon”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

I was excited to hear about the free helium balloon rides at the OC Great Park, but disappointed when I got there and found out that the balloon was not flying due to bad weather (it was hazy out, at 2:30 in the afternoon). We ended up letting the kids go up and down the small slides and taking 2 FREE carousel rides. There were no events that day, so parking was FREE and plentiful. My advice, call before going to see if the balloon rides are running.

Visited October 2011
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