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Orange County Great Park

Irvine, CA
+1 866-829-3829
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Must visit park for visitors

The great park is still in development. Parking is easy. The park offers a helium balloon ride for... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Shyam S
Seattle, Washington
The Great park babble continues

We spoke about the theft of the great park a couple of years ago. How this magnificent monument to... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
michael k
Lake Forest, California
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The great park is still in development. Parking is easy. The park offers a helium balloon ride for $10 a person and goes upto 400' . The running trails are well maintained and so is the visitor center.

Thank Shyam S
Reviewed 7 May 2017

We spoke about the theft of the great park a couple of years ago. How this magnificent monument to man's endeavors was stolen in the middle of the night and replaced with wrecked barracks, trees in boxes and a sorry faded balloon to mark where...More

2  Thank michael k
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Has not lived up to expectations. No resumption of Summer Shows, no entertainment or significant attractions.

Thank audgen333
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Come here if you have a specific thing to do or see, like soccer games, the balloon ride, or the farmer's market. As just a park, to hang out and recreate, it still suffers. It's getting better all the time, but still very incomplete. And...More

Thank MJWalsh
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Took a stroll to the park. It was fun to walk, look around, lots of lights at night, lots of soccer going on. The place felt safe, and was a great place for an evening stroll.

Thank Brian K
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This Great Park is NOT great yet, and might never be. For me, the only real attraction is the helium balloon ride. You can ride pretty far up on the tethered balloon to get a realy great view of the area, and a little bit...More

Thank JamesHunterRoss
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We keep getting promises of great things, but it's still a bit disappointing. Seems like someone has been wasting quite a bit of money trying to make this area interesting.

Thank CoastalPicRick
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Unfortunately after many many years and a lot of money spent, the Great Park has little to show for it. I went there with a friend from Iowa who said it reminded him of the barren fields back home. So much promise for what could...More

1  Thank leegL878WL
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Great place for activities, sports and concerts. A lovely way to spend the weekend with your family & friends.

Thank Ruby C
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I've been to the Great Park three times now, and it gets better every time! Originally, it was pretty sparsely populated, but now they've added music, interesting facts, and a big hot air balloon! This is a great activity for anyone who enjoys being outdoors...More

Thank jam00re
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Lucy P
26 April 2017|
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Response from MJWalsh | Reviewed this property |
The balloon costs $10 if you are 19 or older, $5 if you are 18 or younger and riding alone, and free if you are 18 or younger and riding with a paying adult. It's tethered to the ground, and you just go up about 400 feet... More
Isaia F
19 April 2015|
Response from OCIronMike | Reviewed this property |
If there are mild Santa Ana winds or a low cloud ceiling the balloon will be closed. Best is to call first.
Jillayne R
20 March 2015|
Response from michael k | Reviewed this property |
I know that there is storage for RV's. There is also a big parking lot that I havent seen used. I do not know if there are any hookups. There is a park office with a staff. I am sure if you go to the park website there will... More