Irvine Travel Guide

  • Orange County The Great Park
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  • India Cook House
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    Ray's Pizza, Irvine, CA
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Irvine Things to Do

  • Orange County The Great Park

    We went there for the movie night in the park in Summer and for the Giant Balloon ride. However that evening due to windy conditions they had cancelled all Balloon rides. We were bit disappointed. The Great Park Balloon soars 400 feet above the ground and serves as a public observation deck for the area. It is one of the largest tethered helium...

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  • Movie at the park

    We went there for the movie night in the park in Summer and for the Giant Balloon ride. However that evening due to windy conditions they had cancelled all Balloon rides. We were bit disappointed.The Great Park Balloon soars 400 feet above the ground and serves as a public observation deck for the area. It is one of the largest tethered helium (not...

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  • Explore (Kinda) Great Park

    Well, the Great Park is not quite living up to its lofty name just yet- however, discover it while in town and you may just be impressed about what's happening here. Still building up, the 1,300+ acre space, formerly the El Toro Marine Corps station, is an emerging O.C. destination for recreation and entertainment. Currently, the Great Park is home...

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Irvine Hotels

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Irvine Restaurants

  • India Cook House

    Quantity and quality is best in the area. Service is quick and friendly. They also have all you can eat lunch buffet for only $8.95. Favorite Dish: Vegetarian dinner combo. Big bang for your buck. Avg Price per dish: $10 - $15 Cuisine Type: Indian Direction: In the Heritage Plaza, Next to Super Irvine Market Parking: Plenty spots...

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  • Big bang for your buck - Buffet or...

    Quantity and quality is best in the area. Service is quick and friendly.They also have all you can eat lunch buffet for only $8.95. Favorite Dish: Vegetarian dinner combo. Big bang for your buck. Avg Price per dish: $10 - $15Cuisine Type: IndianDirection: In the Heritage Plaza, Next to Super Irvine MarketParking: Plenty spots available in the...

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  • Get a Sufficient Chinese Food Fix at...

    For those traveling in Orange county and making Irvine Station a stop, Starwok Express/Donut Star may just satisfy you and company. It's typical Chinese American style offerings here, as well as tasty donuts, croissants and other pastry variety offered for the sweet tooth. Entree options include the ever popular orange chicken, bbq chicken, fried...

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Irvine Nightlife

  • See the biggest OC nightlife spectrum

    Irvine Spectrum is "where it's at". The "it" can many things- mostly it is the overall outdoor entertainment, opulence, and parking traffic headache of Orange county! Well, I shouldn't knock the parking situation there too much now because there are new parking garages there now -but there is still a mess there with the cars!It's never an easy...

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  • True OC Nightlife Fun!

    Chateaux is a restaurant and meeting spot but at 10 pm it changes into the best nightclub in Orange County! They have different music on different nights, included salsa on Tues. with lessons before the club opens! They have different DJ's depending on the night and a hip crowd. There is a dress code and bottle service is an options. They have many...

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  • Night Time Nightlife Workout!

    This fitness center was right across the freeway from the back of the hotel. I'm pretty sure it is open 24/7 because it was open everytime I walked outside, even at ungodly hours like 5 am. I was still on Eastern Standard Time! Geez, y'all read something bad into everything. ;-) Wear your workout gear and sweat to impress!

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Irvine Transportation

  • Arrive here via Amtrak/Metrolink

    Irvine Station is a stop for both Amtrak and Metrolink train services, thus, making it very accessible. Though not one of the best looking stops (I like to visit particularly attractive, charming train stations :-), Irvine Station is a rather convenient stop, busy throughout the day and evening. If coming from Los Angeles, take the Amtrak Pacific...

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  • Take Advantage of I-Shuttles

    Especially for those visiting here on business, the Irvine I-Shuttle buses are very efficient and serve as great companions of the main county buses (OCTA), especially when making train-bus travel.The I-Shuttle bus stops are along the main streets of Irvine where likely riders would arrive, where business and tourism thrive. There are 4 main...

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  • Irvine Spectrum Center Parking Center

    There is a wonderful parking structure to accomodate the visitors at the spectrum center. The structures have sensors that determine how many vehicles are inside at any given moment. As you enter the structure, a large digital display will tell you how many spots are left on a given levelThey have stairways and elevators. I don't like elevators,...

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Irvine Shopping

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  • Come Here for Your Misc Shopping

    Besides Irvine Spectrum, Irvine Marketplace is where to go in Irvine for big box retail shopping. Locals love their Target (probably the best looking and stocked Target location of all in O.C) here, as well as Barnes and Noble, Edwards Marketplace 10 several popular eateries like Chik-Fil-A, Natraj's Tandoori, and G-Burger. Irvine Marketplace is...

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  • Great Beauty Supply Store

    This is an upscale beauty supply with many hair products/tools, nail lines (Essie, OPI, etc) and makeup lines including Jane Iredale and Bare Minerals. If this interests you, it's worth checking out for sure! The Jane Iredale stuff, scented candles, nail/hair products discounted 20%. Average.

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  • Huge Entertainment Center

    This is a very large outdoor entertainment complex. There is a movie theatre with 21 screens, as well as a few department/ "specialty retail" stores: Nordstrom, Macy's, Target etc... Quite a few restaurants, Johnny Rocket, Javier's... etc! Many of the items for sale at the Spectrum can be found elsewhere, BUT, the Movie theater is unique in that...

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Irvine Local Customs

  • AhHa! I Got YOU! Made YOU Look!

    Get A Job Here!This is actually a place to park some additional photos you didn't see in the other catagories, just because I hardly ever get to put tips in this one. Hopefully, it still adds to your eye further images of a pretty cool place.

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  • Culture? HA HA HA! In Irvine?...

    Culture? HA HA HA! In Irvine? AHHHH HA HA HA!!! You mean aside from the pseudo bourgeois post-modern pop culture? ummmm...I'll get back to you on that one.Well, at least there's the South Coast Repertory Theatre, ohh and there's always Starbuck's!

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  • Irvine Hotels

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Irvine Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't Mess With This Bad Boy!

    Ok, sometimes I take liberties with tips and their all-encompassing narrow categories. Not trying to be negative, but some things are hard to fit into a confined area.Take this tree. It grows right beside the hotel. What kind of tree is it? That's what I want to know. And another question- why does no one working at the Crowne Plaza Hotel know what...

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  • Bring Some Patience to Park at the...

    OK, there are a good number of crowded places in So Cal at night but it's really ridulous that the wait for getting a parking space at the Irvine Spectrum is so long. If you have to come here on a weekend night, especially Saturday, come long before 8 pm to park or else you may have to wait about 20 min to get one (that is , unless you are really...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Irvine Tourist Traps

  • Irvine Harvest Festival or whatever

    You're better off mowing your 20 square feet of grass and complaining about gas prices to your neighbor than going to this event. They'll charge you to get in and then charge your for anything you want to see/do inside. Don't do it! Sneak through the fence and walk around. You'll see it wasn't worth the effort to move your feet. Mow your lawn or...

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  • The Irvine Spectrum is a...

    The Irvine Spectrum is a definite tourist trap. Good luck finding available parking on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Rumor has it that the center is hurting, but I can't see how. The Sprectrum is located where the 405 and 5 freeways meet, and includes a mega-plex movie theater, Dave and Buster's, etc. I would go during the week, if possible.

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Irvine What to Pack

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    by Yubert Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Pack light. Don't take everything with you. If you forget something, you can buy it in Irvine or at the South Coast Plaza, nearby.

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Irvine Off The Beaten Path

  • San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

    Head to the "Audubon House" to chat up the locals, and then head off to the trails and watch birds on a 300 acre sanctuary. There are several ponds, thriving local plants, and lots of birds. 10 miles of trail meander through it all, and not many people disturb your enjoyment. This is a beautiful place. Managed by Irvine Ranch Water District

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  • What the F?

    Hey, I just take the pictures here, ok? To my camera-like-eye this is just an example of some new-growth-appendages that need to be "shaped-up" by the landscaping and maintence crew. And Soon! What do you see??? heeheeheehee

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  • Walk on the University Campus and...

    The University of California Irvine has a gorgeous green campus and surrounding area full of elegant trees and cute rabbits and squirrels scurrying around. I was first introduced to teh campus durign high school era when I was practing for the SAT. Since then, I have loved going for walks. If you happen to be catching a UCI sports game or attending...

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Irvine Sports & Outdoors

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    by marinarena Updated Sep 21, 2013

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    Irvine is such a wondrous land for hikers and bikers alike. Throughout the city are dozens and dozens of flat and rugged trails and bikeways, covering well over 400 miles. Some areas to single out: UCI area, Woodbridge Community Park, Bommer Canyon, Quail Hill and Shady Canyon. Alll deserve to be mentioned individually really. Too little time and experience for me to do now but I'll be working on getting more familiar with these gorgeous paths. Do remind me to update later!

    Equipment: a good pair of walking shoes, bike gear for a long ride. Irvine- especially the more east one goes- gets hot !!!

    Irvine land reserve surrounding area, California
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    • Adventure Travel
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Hiking and Walking

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Irvine Favorites

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  • See Arthouse Cinema !

    Edwards Cinema at Irvine's University CenterIf one wants to find the really off beat and independent films to watch on a big screen, depend on the Edwards to deliver each time. Here, you will find other more refined and discerning arthouse cinema fans who appreciate the true experience of movie...

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  • Go Greek For a Weekend at St. Paul's

    Greek food!A Taste of GreeceIn keeping with America's love to celebrate other ethnic cultures with food, Irvine throws an annual fest featuring yummy, scrumptious Greek cuisine, spanakopita, kalamata, baklava and all. Held at Saint Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, A Taste of Greece is a great way to get introduced to arguably the best of Mediterranean...

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  • Try High Quality, Conscious Food

    Irvine's good-for-you restaurants!The city rivals Newport Beach and Laguna Beach as top city for dining out. Particularly, Irvine has a good number of restaurants and markets that emphasize good, conscious eating, often or exclusively with organic, gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options. Here is a list of some to try:Andrei's Conscious Cuisine...

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Explore Deeper into Irvine
Try Quality Organic American at Paul's
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Go to Barclay for a Play (and more)
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Hang out at the University- the Center, that is!
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See a concert under the stars at Irvine Meadows...
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Have Good NY Style Pizza at Ray's
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Irvine Spectrum Center
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Turtle Rock
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Irvine Spectrum Center Fountains
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Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX
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Russo's Spectrum Pets
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Irvine Spectrum Center Trolley Service
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John Wayne Airport
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No ordinary pizza here!
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Irvine Spectrum Center Kiddie Train
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Irvine Spectrum Center Carousel
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Irvine Spectrum Center Ferris Wheel
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Turtle Rock Community Park Plaque
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Agricultural Headquarters Office Complex
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Irvine Ranch Historic Park ~ Cogan House 1913
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Irvine Ranch Historic Park~ Mess Hall 1906
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Irvine Ranch Historic Park ~ Bunkhouse 1917
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Irvine Ranch Historic Park~ Krauss House 1897
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Irvine Ranch Historic Park~Red Barn 1900
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Katie Wheeler Branch Library~1876 Replicated
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Irvine Ranch Historic Park~Foreman’s Row 1906
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Irvine Ranch Historic Park~Avocado Grove
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Turtle Rock Community Park and Nature Center
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Nature Center Displays & Educational Tools
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Nature Center
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Go Global!
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Go bike riding or running on the trails
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Tuscany Mediterranee Grill
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Rated#1 best Italian and Mediterranean Irvine
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Awesome Dim Sum
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Ummmm...Yummy!!!
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Anybody Need Any Help Out Here?
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Images from the Irvine Business Community
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Work with an eye on "lovely"
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Go For The Sure Thing!
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Huge portions!
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