Consistently ranked as one of the best cities and places to live, Irvine is an Orange County gem just waiting to be discovered. Built up in the 1960s by the combined efforts of the Irvine Company and the University of California, this town now has a population well over 200,000. For visitors on business or traveling with the family, there are plenty of must-see attractions in Irvine. If getting outdoors is at the top of your list, guests are encouraged to visit Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Bommer Canyon and Irvine Lake for beautiful outdoor retreats close to your Irvine hotel.
Whether you are traveling with children or are just a fan of parks, Irvine has plenty of them to explore. Orange County Great Park is well-known in the region and is located on the repurposed Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. This metropolitan park’s famous Great Park Balloon is always a hit, but even when it isn’t open, there are still plenty of classes, art exhibits and sports to try at the park. For the avid hiker, William R. Mason Regional Park is the attraction for you. Located in southern Irvine, this park truly has it all. From a 9-acre lake to a wilderness hiking area and even a golf course, there is no shortage of things to do here. If you are visiting Irvine with children, Heritage Park is a must-visit spot, boasting three pools and countless courts to host any sport they want to play.
For those in the mood for an indoor activity that makes you feel like you’re outdoors, be sure to visit the UCI Arboretum. This 12.5-acre arboretum and botanical garden features plants from the California Floristic Province, as well as South Africa. If religious attractions peak your interest, stop by Pao Fa Temple, one of the largest Buddhist monasteries and temples in the U.S. Or, when the urge to shop strikes, venture to nearby outdoor shopping center The Market Place. With over 120 stores, this shopper’s haven just northeast of Interstate 5 is the perfect place to do some retail therapy.
Whether you have it on the agenda to play outdoors, visit one of the region’s many companies on business, or simply enjoy the scenery of the San Joaquin Hills, Irvine truly is a city that boasts it all.