My family went on a little adventure this weekend to Orange County. We wanted to go somewhere we have never been before and break from our usual areas we go out to. Orange County not only has beautiful beaches but it is filled with nice parks and great nature reserves. So we decided to check out Irvine Regional Park. I had only heard a little bit about this park so we were excited to check out all that was there.
The park was huge! When you enter there is a entrance fee of $3 per car on weekdays or $5 on weekends. There is walking, biking and horseback riding trails all through out it. Many different bikes are available for rental. A steam engine train that travels through a portion of the park, cost to ride is $5 a person and children under 1 year ride free. We didn’t ride the train this trip but plan on going back since I have a coupon for it that only works on weekdays. There was a small lake with pedal bikes to rent to ride on the water. Pony rides and horse rentals are also available. Or you can just set up an picnic under the large shady trees while the children play on one of the playgrounds throughout the park.
Oh and I forgot to mention there is also a Zoo in the park! That’s right a zoo, how cool is that. The OC Zoo was located not to far inland from the enterance of the park. It is a small Zoo but we absolutely loved it. All the animals were so visible and close my toddler had no problem seeing them. The keepers were all so friendly and informative with the animal encounters. My daughter completed a scavenger hunt and received a free OC Zoo patch. Before I forget entrance to the Zoo is just $2 a person with children 3 and under free.
Another one of our stops in the park was to the Nature Center. Entrance to the Nature Center is free, there is a donation box to help with the upkeep and running it. I love to visit Nature Centers and see all the history about the area. They are usually interactive for the kids which I always feel is a great way of learning. My daughter completed another scavenger hunt in the center which was posted on a board with others after she finished. The Nature Center isn’t very large but there was a lot of my kids to do there. Some of the hands on activities were dusting for fossils, panning for gold, making animal tracks, a touch and guess station, and a replica of a Native American hut. This is just a bit of what is in the Nature Center.
I feel like I could keep going on about this wonderful park. My family had a great experience and were so glad to go on a little adventure here. It really paid off to go somewhere new and break from routine. If you happen to be out in the Orange County area be sure to check this place out!
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Rd,
Orange, CA 92869
Adventure is out there!