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“The Great Park that is well....not so great yet”

Orange County Great Park
Ranked #15 of 45 things to do in Irvine
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Stow, Ohio
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114 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“The Great Park that is well....not so great yet”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

The Great Park as ti;s called sits on the site of the old El Toro Air Base (you may remember seeing it blown up in the 1990’s movie Independence Day). After insane money spent cleaning up the space the Great Park is basically a carousel and balloon ride on an old air strip. The ballon ride is a lot of fun if you like going up 400ft on a tethered balloon - I recommend doing it at sunset when it’s cooler and the view is extra nice!

If your expecting a lot for the kids to do....don’t - take to Disneyland instead! If your looking to kill an hour or so, it’s a lot of fun, if you can find the entrance to the park.

Visited July 2014
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San Diego, California
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“Great Park Indeed”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Gorgeous park with the best sports fields/grass I have ever seen. Very well taken care of. Great bathrooms and lots of room to walk around. Plenty of parking

Visited August 2014
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San Diego
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“Lacrosse Tournament”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The facilities were first rate. Parking was great, fields were beautiful. Restrooms were spotless. We spent two weekends in a row at park at two different Lacrosse events and were very happy to be in such a wonderful park.

Visited August 2014
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74 reviews
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“Balloon Ride - No longer free”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

This is a great space for OC but it still has not caught on completely yet. It will eventually be a hub of outdoor activity. We checked out the free ballon ride but heard it costs $10 now. The view is unique and worth it. June 2010.

Visited June 2014
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irvine, ca
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“Its mostly free”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

The parking is usually free for the events being held at the park, only the large events held a few times a year do they charge for parking, there really isnt much to do there for the amount of land it occupies, but its free, (the balloon is no longer free, when we went it was, years ago) - Good views from the balloon.
Cute bike to take pictures on, but what to do after that? Just relax, enjoy nature and a very large lawn. Saturday evening movies during the summer is also a free event, check their site for events that might interest you....
http://www.ocgp.org/events/

Visited August 2013
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