Newport Beach and Irvine Attractions
Campus Drive and Jamboree
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9am to 3pm
Directions: Just south of the Campus-Jamboree intersection–look for a small service road. Watch for a banner that says UCI Arboretum.
This campus arboretum is dedicated to preserving endangered plants around the globe.
TURTLE ROCK NATURE CENTER
Hours: Monday through Wednesday 2pm to 4 pm, Saturday 10:30 am to 4:30 pm You may see some wild animals as you stroll along the paths of this little park. Inside the Nature Center are snakes, raccoons, and turtles on display at eye level for youngsters. Exhibits are informative, and illustrate how we can protect the environment.
ORANGE COAST SHOOTING AND TRAINING CENTER
11501 Jeffrey Rd
Hours: Wednesday through Thursday 12pm to 12 am. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5 pm Fees: $5.50 for non-members; lessons on Fridays by appointment only $50 per hr plus the cost of targets.
Here in the foothills of Irvine you can take aim and shoot at Orange Coast Shooting and Training Center.
WILLIAM R MASON REGIONAL PARK
18712 University Dr
Hours: Open daily to sunset
Fees: Small parking Fee
A day use park near the UCI campus. Mason Regional park has a nice lake with ducks. Barbecue fire rings and playground equipment make it a good place for a picnic stop. There are bicycle trails, fitness parcourse trails where you can jog and stop and exercise, a Frisbee golf course, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts. Hobbyists use the lake to sail their model sailboats. There is also a nature trail and interpretive programs.
A TASTE OF ORANGE COUNTY
Alton Parkway and Irvine Center Drive
3rd weekend in June
The three day event has several booths that radiate around its perimeter. Several sound stages feature rock, country, reggae and jazz bands that entertain the thousands of residents who come to sample cuisine from dozens of Orange County’s favorite restaurants. Wine tasting and a special entertainment area reserved for children are popular features.
OLD TOWN IRVINE
14972 Sand Canyon Ave
Directions: I-5, Exit Sand Canyon–on the western edge of the Santa Ana Freeway This long block of restored buildings includes a general store and a blacksmith’s shop. They have been converted into a restaurant and hotel, but the tenants were not allowed to change the structure of the buildings, so you can still enjoy their appearance by driving by or dining here.
IRVINE FINE ART CENTER
14321 Yale Ave
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 9am to 9pm; Saturday 9am to 3pm; Sunday 1 pm to 5pm Directions: At the intersection of Walnut and Yale Ave near the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway The community art gallery is located on the grounds of Heritage Park. It has rotating exhibits of paintings and sculptures that are changed every two months. Many programs are offered for children. Call for program schedule.
18881 Von Karman Ave
(Tower 17, Douglas Plaza)
(714) 476-0294 Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 5pm
Admission and Parking: Free
Directions: On the 12th floor of an Irvine office Building.
This is the first among California Museums. The art subject matter is known as California Impressionist. The paintings are from the collection of Joan Irvine Smith, who had acquired more than 2,000 such paintings. Most of these works, which date back between 1890 and 1930, depict California inspired land and seascapes. The exhibit includes paintings by such notable artist as Granville Redmond, Guy Rose and William Wendt.
California impressionist paintings are highly environmental in theme and mood. Smith wants her collection to foster a greater understanding between those people who are devoted to land development and those who are concerned with the environmental toll of more development in Orange County.
SEVERIN WUNDERMAN MUSEUM
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm.
Admission: $2 for adults, $1 for students and seniors.
Directions: Take the Santa Ana Freeway(I-5) to Alton Parkway and head east. Turn right at Muirlands and look for a white two story building with the name “Severin Group” on the outside.
The largest collection of art by French Multi-media Artist Jean Cacteau (1889-`963). Drawings, tapestries, ceramics and masks are on display here. There is also a memorabilia collection devoted to the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt.
IRVINE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
5 San Joaquin
Hours:Tuesday and Sunday 1 to 5 pm
Directions: Take San Diego Freeway (I-405) to the Culver Drive offramp and turn south. The museum is near the San Joaquin Golf Course.
Built in 1877, this is the city’s oldest stand structure. Its original function was as the cookhouse for the Irvine Ranch cattle camp. It now houses a one-room museum featuring exhibits on the history of Irvine Ranch. Antique farm equipment is on display, and there is a dress up area for children.
IRVINE SPECTRUM ENTERTAINMENT CENTER (The Big One)
Alton and Gateway
Edwards 21 movie theaters—3 large screen theaters, the most in the world!. Includes the new I-Max Theater. Saga City is located here too-loaded with the all the new, state-of-the-art video games. Huge selection of virtual games with 3-D rendering and graphics. Average price of a game-$1. There are also indoor and outdoor gift shops, tons of Restaurants, and an out takes photo center.
CD LISTENING BAR
3995 Alton Parkway
Directions: On the corner of Culver and Alton.
Here is a new way to buy music. You listen to it first. The CD Listening Bar has many listening stations with headphones that are set up on top of a bar with bar stools. Your selections are handed to you, and you may listen as long as you like.
3405 Michelson Dr
Orange Counties biggest and best Family Fun Center featuring: 3 Miniature golf courses, batting cages, bumper boats, soft play maze, lasertag, ferris wheel, two race tracks, 50,000 square feet arcade, McDonalds Express.
4624 Barranca Pkwy
Try our hottest lnline park. World’s largest inline skate store. Sales, service, Ramps, skate sharpening available.
RICAN GOLF RANCHO SANTA JOAQUIN GOLF COURSE
1 Sandburg Way
Large, undulating greens and hilly course give you plenty to work with here. The green fee is $41.00 on weekends which includes the cart. Two weeks advance reservations for a starting time is required.
Presenting a variety of classical and pop performances of music and dance, including student productions, local community groups, and touring professionals. Dramatic presentations, classical and modern dance, and symphonic concerts featuring both the UCI fine arts department and traveling companies hold limited engagements at this theater.
LI BURDI’S SCUBA CENTER
15315 Culver Dr #140
25 hours of classroom, pool & ocean instruction by professional P.A.D.I. instructions. P.A.D.I. certification card. $25 material charge. 10% student discount on all scuba equipment. Knowledge and experience of beach diving. Use of full ocean gear–tanks, wet suits, weights, regulators & gauges, alternate regulators, buoyancy compensator & hood.
IRVINE REGIONAL PARK
Chapman and Jamboree
Bike Rental, Paddle Boat Rentals, Fun for the whole Family.
IRVINE MEADOWS AMPHITHEATER
8808 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA
Irvine Meadows features concerts of pop, rock and classical music. There are three levels of seating, plus “meadow seating” above the reserved seats where listeners can picnic and enjoy the sounds of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra or big-name rock’n’roll bands. Tickets for concerts here or at many other Orange County sites can be purchased at Ticketmaster locations. Call (949) 740-2000 for information.
WILD RIVERS WATER PARK
8770 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
Hours: Open daily from Mid May through September
Admission-$25.00 General admission $18.00 Junior admission (under 48″ in height) We no longer have admission by age.
This is Orange County’s only water park. Here is where you can plummet down fast chutes of water and fling your body headlong into giant pools. This place is designed for letting your kids go crazy. Wild Rivers is easy to find. Just take the Irvine Center Drive exit south from I-405. It’s about one half mile on your right, at the same entrance as Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.