A Fine Time in Irvine

By Connect Staff, February 21, 2016

We look forward to seeing you at Connect California. As you begin to plan your trip, here are a few things to do in and around Irvine, Calif., in the heart of Orange County.

For The Foodies
Restaurants in Irvine offer casual diners and foodies alike the qualities that are quickly making Orange County a standout on the Southern California dining scene: fresh ingredients, diversity and leadership in “green dining.” From Bistango and Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails to BCD Tofu House and 85ºC, here‘s a list of favorite restaurants in town.

Hit The Beach
The shining stars of outdoor recreation in Orange County are the beaches—stretches of beautiful shoreline, quaint seaside towns, surfing, sailing and family fun. Irvine is less than half an hour from 15 beautiful, sandy miles of Orange County’s best beaches: Laguna Beach to the south, Huntington Beach in the north and everything in between. Pack your swimwear, stat!

Have Some Fun
The Orange County Great Park, still in its infancy, will one day be twice the size of Central Park in New York City and today offers rides in its giant, iconic orange balloon—a great way to see Irvine from 400 feet in the air. The park offers fun activities with events throughout the year, a rotating art gallery and a farmers market ever Sunday including: The Great Park Balloon – a 118 ft. high helium balloon that soars 400 ft. above the ground and offers a 360 degree view of up to 40 miles. The Great Park Carousel The Kids’ Area includes the Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, The Incredible Edible Farm, Walkable Historical Timeline, North Lawn recreation area, 105-acre Great Park Farm and Historic Hangar 244.

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